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Advocates of algorithmic techniques like data mining argue that these techniques eliminate human biases from the decision-making process. But an algorithm is only as good as the data it works with. Data is frequently imperfect in ways that allow these algorithms to inherit the prejudices of prior decision makers. In other cases, data may simply reflect the… (More)
Can empirical data generate consensus about how to regulate firearms? If so, under what conditions? Previously, we presented evidence that individuals' cultural worldviews explain their positions on gun control more powerfully than any other fact about them, including their race or gender, the type of community or region of the country they live in, and… (More)
The audacity of the Google Book Search (―GBS‖) initiative, under which Google has scanned millions of in-copyright books from the collections of major research libraries in order to index their contents and serve up snippets in response to search queries, was surpassed only by the audacity of the proposed settlement of the class action lawsuit that… (More)
Whether it is acting as a conduit, an editor, or an advisor, the search engine should put user interests first.
In 2000, a group of American entrepreneurs moved to a former World War II antiaircraft platform in the North Sea, seven miles off the British coast. There, they launched HavenCo, one of the strangest start-ups in Internet history. A former pirate radio broadcaster, Roy Bates, had occupied the platform in the 1960s, moved his family aboard, and declared it… (More)
For some time now, scholars have come to recognize the existence of numerous structural infirmities deeply embedded within the modern copyright system. 1 Most of these infirmities have been attributed to internal tensions within copyright law and policy, including the competing philosophies of access and control, use and exclusion, and rights and… (More)
This Article explains that certain features of U.S. law, particularly copyright law, contributed to Google's willingness to undertake the Google Book Search (GBS) project in the first place and later to its motivation to settle the lawsuit charging Google with copyright infringement for scanning in-copyright books. Approval of this settlement would achieve… (More)
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" You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. " 1 I. How should we think about privacy in a digital age? One approach is to focus on how people use computers: how what we choose to share about ourselves changes when we go online. 2 But we could also focus on how computers use people: how flows of personal information are transformed by… (More)