e.Woke #12: Racist Algorithms and Another Ransomware Attack!

Welcome to e.Woke #12!

This week, we take a look at how acts of violence and greed are reflected in our digital realm. We see how algorithms are racist, how companies can invade your personal privacy, and why people have to stand up to these monopolies:

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Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men from Hate Speech But Not Black Children

This week, a ProPublica investigation revealed how the largest censorship algorithm was created, and how the algorithm is definitely racist. The investigation includes documents and slides that are used to train Facebook content moderators. One of the slides asks “Which of the below subsets do we protect?” and the possible answers are 1 – Female Drivers, 2 – Black Children, and 3 – White Men. The answer? White Men. (via ProPublica)

After Philando Castile’s Death, Investigators Tried to Secretly Get Access to Diamond Reynolds’ Facebook and Phone Records

After the murder of Philando Castile, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) ordered Facebook and Sprint to provide them access to Diamond Reynolds’ account, his girlfriend. Not only that, but they also issued a gag order about it: to leave Reynolds in the dark as they went through her accounts. They “justified” the requests by saying they were looking for evidence of “criminal activity.” (via Gizmodo)

A Ransomware Outbreak Is Infecting Computers Across the World Right Now

We saw another ransomware attack this week, quickly spreading through Spain, France, Ukraine, Russia, and other countries. These attacks would display red text on a black background, demanding $300 worth of bitcoins before your files are accessible again. (via Motherboard)

Tom Wheeler Defends Title II Rules, Accuses Pai of Helping Monopolists

Former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler stood up for net neutrality earlier this week, saying “we the people have to say no, and take it to court.” The Trump FCC has been unapologetic in their efforts to repeal net neutrality… so those who are fighting for a free and open internet are urging people to file comments to the FCC. (via Ars Technica)


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