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Data-driven crime prediction fails to erase human bias

Rachel Ehrenberg - Science News - 8 March 2017
Work by HRDAG researchers Kristian Lum and William Isaac is cited in this article about the Policing Project: “While this bias knows no color or socioeconomic class, Lum and her HRDAG colleague William Isaac demonstrate that it can lead to policing that unfairly targets minorities and those living in poorer neighborhoods.”Read full article off-site

What happens when you look at crime by the numbers

Kathiann Kowalski - Science News for Students - 28 February 2017
Kristian Lum’s work on the HRDAG Policing Project is referred to here: “In fact, Lum argues, it’s not clear how well this model worked at depicting the situation in Oakland. Those data on drug crimes were biased, she now reports. The problem was not deliberate, she says. Rather, data collectors just missed some criminals and crime sites. So data on them never made it into her model.”Read full article off-site

Documenting Syrian Deaths with Data Science

Karthika Swamy Cohen and Lina Sorg - SIAM News Blog - 7 February 2017
Coverage of Megan Price at the Women in Data Science Conference held at Stanford University. “Price discussed her organization’s behind-the-scenes work to collect and analyze data on the ground for human rights advocacy organizations. HRDAG partners with a wide variety of human rights organizations, including local grassroots non-governmental groups and—most notably—multiple branches of the United Nations.”Read full article off-site

Amnesty International Reports Organized Murder Of Detainees In Syrian Prison

Richard Gonzales - NPR the two-way - 6 February 2017
100x100nprReports of torture and disappearances in Syria are not new. But the Amnesty International report says the magnitude and severity of abuse has “increased drastically” since 2011. Citing the Human Rights Data Analysis Group, the report says “at least 17,723 people were killed in government custody between March 2011 and December 2015, an average of 300 deaths each month.”Read full article off-site

How data science is changing the face of human rights

Marlene Den Bleyker - Silicon Angle - 6 February 2017
100x100siliconangleOn the heels of the Women in Data Science conference, HRDAG executive director Megan Price says, “I think creativity and communication are probably the two most important skills for a data scientist to have these days.”Read full article off-site