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Julia Angwin is a senior reporter at ProPublica. From 2000 to 2013, she was a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where she led a privacy investigative team that was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting in 2011 and won a Gerald Loeb Award in 2010. Her book "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security and Freedom in a World of Relentless Surveillance," was published by Times Books in 2014, and was shortlisted for Best Business Book of the Year by the Financial Times.
Also in 2014, Julia was named reporter of the year by the Newswomen’s Club of New York. In 2003, she was on a team of reporters at The Wall Street Journal that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for coverage of corporate corruption. She is also the author of “Stealing MySpace: The Battle to Control the Most Popular Website in America” (Random House, March 2009). She earned a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Chicago and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University.
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Jan. 26, 8 a.m.Americans face unprecedented threats to the digital safety of their personal information. We offer nine tips to foil hackers, ransomware, online trackers, data brokers and other menaces.
Dec. 30, 2016, 3:44 p.m.ProPublica’s analysis of bias against black defendants in criminal risk scores has prompted research showing that the disparity can be addressed — if the algorithms focus on the fairness of outcomes.
Dec. 27, 2016, 8 a.m.The site shows users how Facebook categorizes them. It doesn’t reveal the data it is buying about their offline lives.
Nov. 11, 2016, 9 a.m.Facebook says it will build a system to prevent advertisers from buying credit, housing or employment ads that exclude viewers by race.
Oct. 28, 2016, 7 a.m.Facebook’s system allows advertisers to exclude black, Hispanic, and other “ethnic affinities” from seeing ads.
Oct. 21, 2016, 7 a.m.Google is the latest tech company to drop the longstanding wall between anonymous online ad tracking and user’s names.
Oct. 19, 2016, 7 a.m.Artificial Intelligence is only as good as the patterns we teach it. To illustrate the sensitivity of AI systems, we built an AI engine that deduced synonyms from news articles published by different types of news organizations.
Oct. 12, 2016, 7 a.m.As we enter the era of artificial intelligence, machines regularly conduct experiments on human behavior. Here’s a look at how software used by the New York Times and New York Post uses you to test their headlines.
Oct. 5, 2016, 7 a.m.The phone you use, the computer you own and the ZIP code you live in can all be factors in what prices you see when shopping online. Welcome to the world of mass customization.
Sep. 28, 2016, 6 a.m.We live in an era of increasing automation. But as machines make more decisions for us, it is increasingly important to understand the algorithms that produce their judgments.
Sep. 20, 2016, 7 a.m.Amazon bills itself as “Earth’s most customer-centric company.” Yet its algorithm is hiding the best deal from many customers.
Sep. 20, 2016, 7 a.m.We examined the listings for 250 bestselling products across a wide range of categories, from electronics to household supplies, over a period of several weeks this summer.
Aug. 1, 2016, 2:21 a.m.As algorithms control more aspects of our lives, we need to be able to challenge them.
July 29, 2016, 10:56 a.m.Northpointe asserts that a software program it sells that predicts the likelihood a person will commit future crimes is equally fair to black and white defendants. We re-examined the data, considered the company’s criticisms, and stand by our conclusions.
July 29, 2016, 10:55 a.m.Northpointe asserts that a software program it sells that predicts the likelihood a person will commit future crimes is equally fair to black and white defendants. We re-examined the data, considered the company’s criticisms, and stand by our conclusions.
May 25, 2016, 10:47 a.m.A computer program rated defendants’ risk of committing a future crime. These are the results.
May 23, 2016, 7 a.m.There’s software used across the country to predict future criminals. And it’s biased against blacks.
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March 14, 2016, 10:35 a.m.It stops Verizon’s zombie cookie in its tracks, but allows AT&T to keep charging customers extra if they want privacy.
March 7, 2016, 5 p.m.The settlement is the latest sign that the FCC is stepping up privacy enforcement actions.
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