All posts by Matthias Spielkamp

Why Zuckerberg’s “Independent Governance and Oversight” board is not gonna fly (but some of his other ideas are at least worth discussing)

Mark Zuckerberg is all for regulation of social media all of sudden. What’s wrong with that picture?

/ November 17th, 2018

The ethical abyss of big data research

“If a dataset can be downloaded from the web, regardless of whether it originated from a breach or other illegal activity, it is considered to be in the public domain and falls under the IRB exemption for public domain datasets.”...

/ June 19th, 2016

Algorithms make no value judgements – except the ones designed by humans

“Judgments, when being made by humans, can never be considered value-neutral.” Says Danny Yadron, technology reporter for Guardian US in his article Facebook controversy shows journalists are more complicated than algorithms. True enough. The problem with his article: The underlying assumption that in contrast...

/ May 13th, 2016