Thursday, January 26, 2017

Breaking the Black Box: How Algorithms Make Decisions About You

Please join us for another in our series of events focused on understanding how information and technology affect society at large. LITS will be hosting a Watch Party for: BREAKING THE BLACK BOX- How Algorithms Make Decisions About You.

Tuesday, January 31st from 6:45 pm to 8:30 pm
Stimson Room (6th Floor of the Williston Library), Mount Holyoke College

Here's some background from the event homepage:
Algorithms are everywhere, sifting through information to determine the curated news we read, the prices we pay for goods and services, and even which people are most compatible for us to date. But often we don’t know how, exactly, machines are making these decisions. WNYC's Manoush Zomorodi joins forces with ProPublica to talk about their recent investigation, "Breaking the Black Box," and launch Note to Self's own latest project: “The Privacy Paradox,” a five-part podcast and audience engagement series designed to take the mystery out of digital privacy. Hear about how to protect your personal data, the hidden biases in algorithms, and ways we can peek inside black boxes and hold actual people accountable. With ProPublica senior reporter Julia Angwin, entrepreneur and writer Anil Dash and Microsoft researcher Solon Barocas.

More information can be found here. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

LITS is committed to providing universal access to all of our events. LITS’ event and exhibit spaces are wheelchair accessible. Please contact accessible-lits@mtholyoke.edu to request disability accommodations. We ask that requests for accommodations be made as early as possible.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Download older Moodle materials by January 30, 2017

In order to comply with copyright law, LITS must turn off student access to Moodle course sites a few weeks after grades are due.

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If you wish to save copies of any Moodle materials from a Fall 2016 course site, please do so by Monday, January 30, 2017.  If you have an extension and require access to a course site beyond this date, please contact the course instructor.

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