Josephine Lulamae (she/her)

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Josephine Lulamae reports on the latest developments in the field of AI. Prior to that, she worked as a paralegal and journalist in Berlin, Bristol, and Mytilene. Her work has been published in outlets including The Daily Beast, Coda Story, The New Republic, Gizmodo, Popula, Slate, and Quartz. She has a law degree from BPP University and a Bachelors degree in Philosophy from Cambridge University.

Articles for AlgoritmWatch

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Story, 12 January 2023

Does a simple algorithm help against domestic violence?

Police officers in the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania predict the likelihood of a future incident of domestic violence using ODARA, a Canadian tool with unproven reliability. It helps cooperation with social workers, but does not work all the time.

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Story, 26 October 2022

Visa-free travelers to the EU will undergo “risk” checks from 2023. Who counts as risky remains unclear

Two EU agencies, Frontex and eu-LISA, are developing ETIAS, a new system that automatically assesses the “risk” posed by some travelers. The sorting algorithm will be trained in part with past decisions by border guards.

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Story, 10 October 2022

Italian neofascists considered building an authoritarian AI to solve unemployment. They are far from alone.

The neofascist party Brothers of Italy proposed to use Artificial Intelligence to assign young people mandatory jobs. The idea has a lot in common with “algorithmic solutions” to unemployment in other EU countries.

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Story, 23 September 2022

Greece plans automated drones to spot people crossing border

The Greek Migration Ministry announced it would use EU-funded drones with “Artificial Intelligence” to track people seeking refuge at the border. Promises that they will also improve search and rescue operations ring hollow. 

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Story, 8 September 2022

Details of the Doctolib contract shed light on hiccups in Berlin’s vaccination drive

New documents indicate how the city of Berlin let Doctolib manage vaccination appointments at the height of the pandemic, when glitches left some patients waiting months for their shot.

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Story, 5 September 2022

The BAMF’s controversial dialect recognition software: new languages and an EU pilot project

"Pretty much hopeless", says computer linguist from the center where BAMF buys its training data.

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Philipp Schmitt & AT&T Laboratories Cambridge / Better Images of AI / Data flock (faces) / CC-BY 4.0

Story, 3 August 2022

War Crimes OSINT, Harassment, Doxxing Police and Protesters: Face Recognition for Everyone

With FindClone and similar services like PimEyes and Search4faces, a privacy "nightmare scenario" is already a reality. What are the (mis)use cases for face recognition tools that anyone can pay to use?

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Story, 13 January 2022

Fixing Online Forms Shouldn’t Wait Until Retirement

A new Unding Survey is investigating discrimination in online forms. But operators are already getting angry emails. Behind some: a recently retired IT consultant with one of the most common surnames in the world and 30 years experience of not being able to sign up.

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1 December 2021

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