2019 Press room

Here is a collection of press coverage of the Human Rights Data Analysis Group.

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‘Bias deep inside the code’: the problem with AI ‘ethics’ in Silicon Valley

Sam Levin - Guardian - 29 March 2019

Kristian Lum, the lead statistician at the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, and an expert on algorithmic bias, said she hoped Stanford’s stumble made the institution think more deeply about representation.

“This type of oversight makes me worried that their stated commitment to the other important values and goals – like taking seriously creating AI to serve the ‘collective needs of humanity’ – is also empty PR spin and this will be nothing more than a vanity project for those attached to it,” she wrote in an email.

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Courts and police departments are turning to AI to reduce bias, but some argue it’ll make the problem worse

Katie Brigham - CNBC - 17 March 2019

Kristian Lum: “The historical over-policing of minority communities has led to a disproportionate number of crimes being recorded by the police in those locations. Historical over-policing is then passed through the algorithm to justify the over-policing of those communities.”

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Justice by the Numbers

Katia Savchuk - Pacific Standard - 1 February 2019

Wilkerson was speaking at the inaugural Conference on Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency, a gathering of academics and policymakers working to make the algorithms that govern growing swaths of our lives more just. The woman who’d invited him there was Kristian Lum, the 34-year-old lead statistician at the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, a San Francisco-based non-profit that has spent more than two decades applying advanced statistical models to expose human rights violations around the world. For the past three years, Lum has deployed those methods to tackle an issue closer to home: the growing use of machine learning tools in America’s criminal justice system.

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El científico que usa estadísticas para encontrar desaparecidos en El Salvador, Guatemala y México

Mariángela Velásquez - Yahoo Noticias - 13 January 2019

Patrick Ball es un sabueso de la verdad. Ese deseo de descubrir lo que otros quieren ocultar lo ha llevado a desarrollar fórmulas matemáticas para detectar desaparecidos.

Su trabajo consiste en aplicar métodos de medición científica para comprobar violaciones masivas de derechos humanos.

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