Over the summer, I crunched the numbers on about 80,000 TikTok videos pertaining to the prank on Trump’s re-election rally in Tulsa. My main interest was understanding how TikTok’s algorithms may have played a role in promoting the prank. This post summarizes findings from my workshop research paper, which was presented at the RecSys 2020 workshop on responsible recommendation.
If you’ve seen The Matrix, you likely remember the déjà vu scene, in which Neo notices a black cat walk by twice:
Even watching the animated GIF can induce some disturbing chills. And that sense of disturbance is no coincidence: as Trinity quickly explains to Neo, this minor “glitch” involving the black cat is actually an important sign. It indicates that the agents of the Matrix have changed something in the program, rearranging the reality that Neo, Trinity, Morpheus, and others must face.
As Dr. Ruha Benjamin explains in her book Race After Technology, this scene from The Matrix provides an instructive depiction of a glitch as an important sign to pay attention to, rather than a trivial problem to ignore. …
As articulated by authors Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein, Data Feminism is “a way of thinking about data, both their uses and their limits, that is informed by direct experience, by a commitment to action, and by intersectional feminist thought.” It has seven core principles:
In this post, I will illustrate some principles from Data Feminism by breaking down this unemployment chart recently published by ProPublica.
To apply the first two core principles from Data Feminism (examine power and challenge power), we first need to understand what people in power have to say about unemployment right now. …