03.11.2019 The Weekly Spark

First, do no harm: A Hippocratic Oath for programmers.

The Weekly Spark

The Weekly Spark is here to kickstart your week. This issue is brought to you by Kate, Natania, Olivier, Sarah, Vicki, and the rest of the ThinkShout team.

(1) Beyoncé got sued

Digital spaces seem to dominate our lives, from news, to education, to entertainment. Which is why when people with disabilities are blocked or unable to access your content, it’s a civil rights issue—limiting their ability to participate in society. [Vox]

(2) Facebook is the new…Slack?

Ok, ok. Not exactly. But it’s clear from Zuckerberg’s investment in WhatsApp and Messenger that things are going in the direction of privacy-focused communications. [Recode]

(3) Your data might be sexist.

We often hear that data is indisputable, but data is formed from the questions we ask. Depending on who is asking the questions, your data could be biased—and ultimately, incredibly flawed. [LinkedIn]

(4) How politically open-minded is your state?

With the ability to curate social feeds, many of us operate in a political echo chamber. But how does where you live affect your political bias? This data visualization says it may have a greater impact than you think. [The Atlantic]

(5) Disasters exacerbate wealth inequality.

Climate change is the driving force behind our extreme weather patterns. And in times of disaster recovery, federal recovery is allocated according to cost-benefit calculations meant to minimize taxpayer risk. The tl;dr: after a disaster, rich people get richer and poor people get poorer. [NPR]

(6) First, do no harm: A Hippocratic Oath for programmers

What gets built is a reflection of the person building it—not just their vision, but their influences, worldview, and experiences shape the final product. That’s why it’s been suggested that “ethical training can empower technology workers by providing a framework for how to think about the impact and ethical implications of their work.” [OneZero]

(7) News via Instagram.

In this day and age of short attention spans, we dig this format of reporting from Jessica Yellin, former CNN Chief White House Correspondent. [Instagram]

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