Hindu nationalists have used social networks to whip up sectarian tempers against India’s Muslims for years. The Covid-19 infodemic is making this worse. As long as platform algorithms incentivize disinformation, no amount of fact-checking will solve the problem.
New data technologies offer governments great potential for the benefit of development and bring representational opportunities for marginalized communities. But where do legitimate actions in the name of National Security reasons start and human rights end?
Tech companies have taken over the power to make decisions for us. That can be convenient as long as it concerns playlists or navigation. However, under the guise of “objectivity”, their algorithms also categorize humans and reinforce social inequality. What happens when an algorithm hits?