Kira’s set of bias-fighting tools are designed to reduce the impact one person’s bias can have during human review. A Reviewer Analytics feature aims to ensure that admissions officers are rating applicants consistently and fairly: by calculating the average rating for each reviewer across all applications, colleges can identify outliers who are scoring applicants with too much or too little rigor. To counter groupthink, which can give more weight to the loudest voice in the room, the software combines feedback from multiple reviewers without each reviewer seeing their colleagues’ ratings and notes and produces an overall average score for each applicant’s responses. … [Read more...] about Schools are using software to help pick who gets in. What could go wrong?
Last month, Facebook said that WhatsApp users were vulnerable to a sophisticated exploit capable of hacking into phones with little more than a few unanswered calls. The new exploit was likely part of Pegasus, a spyware suite created by the Tel Aviv-based NSO Group, which boasts of its ability to take over phones and computers on behalf of high-paying government clients, according to WhatsApp and Citizen Lab, a research center at the University of Toronto. While the U.S. Justice Department recently told Fast Company that it is aware of the exploit, a rep for the agency would not comment on whether it is actively investigating it. … [Read more...] about Inside the shadowy world of spyware makers that target activists and dissidents
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on January 23 pledged a new round of tax cuts that he said would benefit ordinary Americans. President Donald Trump, who faces a tough re-election bid in nine months, raised the possibility of tax cuts earlier this week, saying a proposal could be rolled out within three months. … [Read more...] about US Treasury Secretary pledges tax cuts for ‘middle class’