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Daily Archives: June 16, 2021

Experts Doubt Ethical AI Design Will Be Broadly Adopted as the Norm Within the Next Decade

Pew: “A majority worries that the evolution of artificial intelligence by 2030 will continue to be primarily focused on optimizing profits and social control. They also cite the difficulty of achieving consensus about ethics. Many who expect progress say it is not likely within the next decade. Still, a portion celebrate coming AI breakthroughs that will improve life..”

Making it easier to find government agencies Blog: “Finding contact information for a federal department or agency is a top task at and USAGov en Español. Our A-Z Index of U.S. Government Departments and Agencies directory is a popular feature and the result of many years of user testing and website user metrics. Over time, we’ve noticed a pain point… Continue Reading

The Good Finance Framework June 2021

Women in Banking and Finance: “In this study, suggested actions for firms to take to reduce the headwinds relayed by the women are identified. Equally valuable is information on tailwinds and ways in which they can be replicated or artificially constructed by firms to improve the growth and retention of women have been recommended. This… Continue Reading

Fox’s flagship “straight news” show has a troubling record on the climate crisis

Media Matters for America: “Nearly 88% of Special Report’s climate segments since 2009 either spread misinformation or perpetuated false or misleading narratives…Media Matters examined Special Report with Bret Baier’s coverage related to climate change and the environment between January 1, 2009, and May 3, 2021. We counted and analyzed segments devoted to climate change or… Continue Reading

When Graphs Are a Matter of Life and Death

The New Yorker: “…In A History of Data Visualization and Graphic Communication (Harvard), Michael Friendly and Howard Wainer, a psychologist and a statistician, argue that visual thinking, by revealing what would otherwise remain invisible, has had a profound effect on the way we approach problems. The book begins with what might be the first statistical… Continue Reading

Who to Call for Help When You Don’t Want to Call the Cops

Vice – 911 isn’t the only option—and it might not be the best one. Here’s a basic guide to how to handle emergency situations without involving the police. – “…Currently, lists local resources for more than 70 different metropolitan areas across North America, from NYC and Los Angeles to Prince George’s County, Maryland, and Hattiesburg,… Continue Reading

Indicators of Broadband Needmap

“NTIA’s Indicators of Broadband Need User Guide – The Indicators of Broadband Needmap was created by the United States Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). The map brings together several different datasets to show information on broadband availability within the United States. Layers in this map were created using data from the… Continue Reading

Ransomware claims are roiling an entire segment of the insurance industry

Washington Post: “The recent surge of ransomware attacks is upending the cyber insurance industry, pushing up the requirements and cost of coverage just as more companies need it. Ransomware attacks — in which cybercriminals take over an organization’s computer network and demand a payment to hand back control — have increased in frequency and severity… Continue Reading

The State of the Nation’s Housing 2020

Joint Center for Housing Studies Harvard University, The State of the Nation’s Housing 2020: “For most of 2020, the country has been beset by the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest sparked by longstanding racial injustice, and the devastating impacts of climate change. Although low interest rates and continued growth in some sectors have bolstered homebuying and… Continue Reading