Weekly Roundup 2/14/2020

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Tech and Governance

Recently, Twitter made changes to its privacy policy to protect its users from state actors taking advantage of its API to merge usernames to phone numbers. The move comes after Google, YouTube, Venmo and LinkedIn sent a cease-and-desist letter to Clearview AI, “a facial recognition app that scrapes images from websites and social media platforms.” Twitter, in a blogpost, says its effort is part of the platform’s transparent effort to protect users data and third-party abuse of its application. 

Understanding what innovation is, and navigating within its scope in journalism has proved to be a challenge for media organizations seeking change. To provide guidance, due to the dynamic nuances of the newsroom, Dr. Julie Posetti in journalism innovation in the 2020s provides answers to pressing questions at the heart of journalism on what 'innovation in news' actually means.

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Artificial Intelligence

  • Reconciling Career Growth with the Use of AI in Job Search Amongst College Graduates - Career counselors are faced with the challenging task of helping college students navigate their odds when applying for entry-level positions. The current use of AI as gatekeepers to job opportunities can disenfranchise applicants based on grammar, facial expressions, and tone. 
  •  AI Outlook: Hopes and Prospects discusses the implications of the exponential growth of artificial intelligence (AI), and how it is "tremendously crucial to underscore valuable tools developed through AI" that can augment effective governance and participation.


Open Internet

Tech News

To promote prosperity, nations must seek ways to innovate through entrepreneurship.- Provides case studies to prompt critical thinking in approaches towards development. 

Democracy Food for Thought

“The Last Time Democracy Almost Died” goes down memory lane to look at another crisis era in American's democracy - the 1930s. Part of the response took advantage of the new technology of the time to foster more inclusive civic debate - which feels far away from 2020.