Great new Series on Algorithms in our everyday lives - ProPublica

ProPublica is an excellent nonprofit media outlet. they partner with other organizations to do in depth stories on our world. they have just released the second “episode” of Breaking the Black Box where they look at what they call “Black Box” algorithms (meaning algorithms that are secret or proprietary but have significant impact on our lives.

Episode 1: Facebook

Episode 2: Amazon

Earlier they did a great story on “Machine Bias” where they looked at how our justice system is using predictive algorithms to predict who will or won’t be a criminal. It hasn’t worked out so well. :frowning:

Steve Wright
CS Teacher
Oakland, CA


Thank you for sharing this. These resources can definitely be used to teach how data is collected using algorithms in everything we do.


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