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Coded Bias Documentary Thoughts & Review

What should be a surprise to no one is that there is widespread bias in artificial intelligence. The biggest giveaway here is the fact that artificial intelligence was defined decades ago by a homogenous group of white men. When Joy Buolamwini, an MIT Media Lab researcher, discovered that facial recognition technologies have racial and gender biases, she decided to investigate this ethical problem further and formed the Algorithmic Justice League. There is no such thing as neutral AI, and because of this Buolamwini decides to publish her studies (slamming big tech companies like Amazon)…


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Activism In Social Media and Digital Design

Edward Lorenz posed the question, “Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?” at the 139th meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science that took place almost fifty years ago (American Scientist). As it turns out, depending on who you ask there is no clear cut answer to this fascinating question. In today’s day and age, this provocative question continues to hold significance in pop culture more so than in the science world itself — a concept that surely would have flabbergasted Lorenz.

These types of questions are perfect, in…


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And the problems that occur when we mix those two things together…

One of the biggest dilemmas online right now is the spreading of misinformation. Telling everyone that your cat is the best cat in the world no matter what is not that big of a deal to try and innocently spread via the internet. (It’s true though, my cat is the best cat in the world and there’s just simply no point in trying to deny it) It’s when people start spreading misinformation in regards to science and politics that can complicate things for everyone. Simply put, the spread of disinformation and misinformation complicates the relationship between the online and social…


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Thoughts and examples on providing digital equity and inclusion in this online world

Equity and inclusion! It is so important and even vital for us in our day to day lives. That being said, it is important to remember that not everyone is able to experience digital equity and inclusion. If students don’t have access to reliable broadband connection, how are they supposed to be able to do a research project? If they don’t have access to tablets, how are they supposed to use even unreliable internet? Digital equity and digital inclusion are two terms that are essential for us to be aware of when it comes to talking about technology and ethics…


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Thoughts on the various ethical concerns regarding the spread of misinformation & disinformation in an online world

Covid-19 has led to many of us becoming Screen-Fatigued, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we haven’t been spending any less time online. What it does mean is that because the world has never relied more on internet technologies it is vital for us all to be aware of that f word — Fake News. …


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And other notable though lesser known mathematicians of the past

Math has never been my favorite subject. I would rather spend my time reading or writing then spend hours trying to solve proofs and complete complex trigonometry or calculus problems. Luckily, my future career does not require that much complicated math and thanks to the technologies that we have at our disposal today I have the capacity to simply plug numbers into a system in order to solve a problem. I think it is important to note that just because I don’t especially love math doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate it. Afterall, without mathematicians I wouldn’t be able to…


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A Final Semester Reflection

After reading the Rheingold article that was assigned this week, I was really struck with how well the two comics at the beginning of the chapter articulated what was about to be discussed. One of the lines of text reads: “The Future of Digital Media Depends on You and Us… The image also shows a sketch of the globe and arrows pointing all over the continents emphasize how our relatively new digital world connects and depends on us all as well. …


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Like any reasonable young adult, I have no concerns whatsoever about my reliance on technology or unhealthy Internet habits. By which I mean, I have no concern about my overall health because apparently nothing has consequences…

Ok, of course I worry about my reliance on technology and my unhealthy internet habits. But to be honest, I try not to think about it too much which in turn maybe isn’t the healthiest approach. I’ll blame my frontal lobe. In all seriousness, I think about my technology use almost daily and since the latest couple updates to the iPhone, every Sunday I…


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Why online learning is so important & why it is essential for today’s youth

When I think of the internet, I think of it as a virtually shared network with an infinite amount of space. It’s a place where anyone with a connection to the world wide web can come and share ideas and information. In the moment, I think that the purpose of sharing and spreading the information is unknown… There are too many factors as to who gets to digest the information and when that it is impossible to tell what the lasting impact that information or ideas will have. Not to mention the fact that the internet really is infinite! …


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The internet has been able to offer us so much and I love all the possibilities it still offers. One of the many, many opportunities that has arisen from the glorious thing called the internet is online gaming. Online gaming has become a huge part of youth’s fun-time. However, the internet is not always the safest place for our youth. In order to foster safe and responsible use of online games or “connected play,” I think it is important to recognize the dangers that can occur. Unfortunately, there are online predators out there and so it is vitally important to…

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