Welcome to e.Woke #76: New Tech, Same Oppression


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This week to your Digital Twilight Zone we take a look at old oppression tactics through new technology. Read how algorithms determine the reach of our freedom; how faster mobile data can leave behind entire communities; and, how surveillance technology aids the ever-growing police state.  

“An Algorithm That Grants Freedom, or Takes It Away”

Cade Metz and Adam Satarino for The New York Times explore “…an algorithm created by a professor at the University of Pennsylvania has helped dictate the experience of probationers for at least five years.” his piece takes a deep look at risk assessment tools and predictive algorithms. Shout out to  MediaJustice and Media Mobilizing Project who were featured for their database of prediction algorithms.  Plus, check out the guide from Community Justice Exchange on how to confront algorithms.  (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis for The New York Times)

“Why we don’t know as much as we should about police surveillance technology”

More AI, more problems. Vox’s Rebecca Heilweil gives in-depth coverage of the NYPD’s use of technology and their shady practices. On trying to get further information from the police department, she says, “if you want to know how the NYPD might be using tech to police your neighborhood, tough luck.” (Photo by David Cliff/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“Does 5G Have the Potential to Make the Digital Divide Worse?”

And we’re off to the races! 5G may seem like the next big step, but what if your community isn’t ready? Some cities rally to that call. In this piece from Government Technology, Zack Quaintance writes, “Due to new technology’s inherent likelihood to leave segments of the population behind, experts and stakeholders say government must work to ensure small-cell network rollouts benefit the whole of communities.”  (Photo by Joe Shutterstock)

“The Shadow Economy: Why Campaign Tech Keeps Failing”

Now for election news … let’s see how tech is creeping in. The Iowa Caucus was a hot mess from start to finish, but Evan Henshaw-Plath writes for the Civicist, “If you want to understand what happened with Shadow and the failure of its IowaReporterApp you have to understand how electoral campaign tech work is done and funded.” (Photo by AP Photo/Nati Harnik)


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