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    I appreciate Quinta's work (especially on Rational Security) but this thread demonstrates a real gap between academics/journalists and SV.

    Quinta Jurecic @qjurecic
    algorithms are not neutral, they are designed. could you design an algorithm to review these ads more quickly than humans? maybe!

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    I am seeing a ton of coverage of our recent issues driven by stereotypes of our employees and attacks against fantasy, strawman tech cos.

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    Nobody of substance at the big companies thinks of algorithms as neutral. Nobody is not aware of the risks.

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    In fact, an understanding of the risks of machine learning (ML) drives small-c conservatism in solving some issues.

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    For example, lots of journalists have celebrated academics who have made wild claims of how easy it is to spot fake news and propaganda.

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    Without considering the downside of training ML systems to classify something as fake based upon ideologically biased training data.

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    A bunch of the public research really comes down to the feedback loop of "we believe this viewpoint is being pushed by bots" -> ML

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    So if you don't worry about becoming the Ministry of Truth with ML systems trained on your personal biases, then it's easy!

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    Likewise all the stories about "The Algorithm". In any situation where millions/billions/tens of Bs of items need to be sorted, need algos

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    My suggestion for journalists is to try to talk to people who have actually had to solve these problems and live with the consequences.

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    And to be careful of their own biases when making leaps of judgment between facts.

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    If your piece ties together bad guys abusing platforms, algorithms and the Manifestbro into one grand theory of SV, then you might be biased

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    If your piece assumes that a problem hasn't been addressed because everybody at these companies is a nerd, you are incorrect.

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    If you call for less speech by the people you dislike but also complain when the people you like are censored, be careful. Really common.

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    If you call for some type of speech to be controlled, then think long and hard of how those rules/systems can be abused both here and abroad

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