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How the Racism Baked Into Technology Hurts Teens

October 24, 2020

Another in the growing chorus around algorithmic bias, this examination sums up an impressive array of mishaps and research to show that teenagers are especially impacted by AI and ML technologies. While their intense technological habits play a role in this vulnerability, author, Harvard doctoral student, and Spotify visiting researcher Avriel Epps-Darling makes the larger point that "everyone knows that human opinions are subjective, but algorithms operate under the guise of computational objectivity, which obscures their existence and lends legitimacy to their use." She argues that more attention to the developmental and psychological needs of teenagers – as distinct from those of adults – should be incorporated into emerging policies in the realm of data privacy and algorithmic bias.

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