The gig workers fighting back against the algorithms

In the Bendungan Hilir neighborhood, just a stone’s throw from Jakarta’s glitzy central business district, a long row of makeshift wooden stalls crammed onto the sidewalk serves noodle soup, fried rice, and cigarettes to locals. One place stands out in particular, buzzing with motorcycle drivers clad in green. It’s an informal “base camp,” or meeting […]

House-flipping algorithms are coming to your neighborhood

For years, Michael Maxson spent more nights in hotels than his own bed, working on speaker systems for the titans of heavy rock on global tours. When Maxson decided to settle down with his wife and their two dogs, they chose the city where stadium rock spectacles took him more often than any other: Las […]

Bipartisan legislation addresses tech companies’ chosen algorithms

A bipartisan group of House MPs wants to force tech companies to offer users options for algorithms – formulas that determine what information reaches users and in what order data arrives, such as: Google search results are presented. Legislation introduced Tuesday will allow tech companies to offer alternative algorithms or ranking systems that the government […]

Podcast: How pricing algorithms learn to collude

Algorithms now determine how much things cost. It’s called dynamic pricing and it adjusts according to current market conditions in order to increase profits. The rise of e-commerce has propelled pricing algorithms into an everyday occurrence—whether you’re shopping on Amazon, booking a flight, hotel or ordering an Uber. In this continuation of our series on […]

Frances Haugen says Facebook’s algorithms are dangerous. Here’s why.

In his statement, Haugen repeatedly highlighted how these phenomena are worse in non-English speaking regions as Facebook unevenly covers different languages. “In countries where there are no systems of integrity in the vernacular – and in the case of Ethiopia, there are 100 million people and six languages. “Facebook only supports two of these languages […]

Mathematicians use algorithms to stop gerrymandering

One of those users for decades was Thomas Hofeller, “Michelangelo of modern gerrymander” is the longtime Republican National Committee’s official re-regional director, who died in 2018. Gerrymandering schemes, “cracking” and “bundling” – to distribute votes to a party across counties, thus diluting their power and cramming like-minded voters into one district, wasting the power they […]