Biased algorithms

A while back we looked into why a Google image search for "unprofessional hair" gave distinctively different results to a search for "professional hair". Despite others, who looked into the same exercise, putting the blame solely on Google's search algorithm for being "racist", a deeper look into the search results…

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Cooking numbers

"And we merrily merrily eatin' off these streams..." - JAY Z, Family Feud Last week TIDAL, a music streaming service owned by JAY Z, came under scrutiny and criticism for allegedly cooking numbers regarding how many times some of the songs on the platform were streamed. This came as a…

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State Sovereignty in the Internet age

If we had to distill part of what defines a nation's sovereignty, it would possibly come down to four key factors. Namely: Energy independence Financial independence Military independence Food independence I am aware that there are other factors that determine whether a state is sovereign or not, but, for the…

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Help me understand

On 15 March 2018, the Gauteng Department of Health (GDoH) in South Africa unveiled what they called a "historic ATM pharmacy". The first ATM pharmacy machine was deployed and launched in the Alexandra township of Johannesburg, at the Alexandra Plaza Shopping Centre. Also known as the "Pharmacy Dispensing Unit (PDU)…

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