Sunday, January 27, 2019

TECH Dozens -- Week ending Saturday 1/26/19

Last update: Sunday 1/27/19 @ 12:30 pm
This week's cover = Amazon's facial recognition app marred by substantial gender and racial bias ... Other top stories = U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill facing pro-Asian American, anti-affirmative action admissions lawsuit ... Google fined $57 million by European Union for data privacy violations ... Oracle underpays foreign Asian techs

The Digital Learning Lab's favorite tweets about how leaders in Black higher education at HBCUs and other colleges and universities are promoting the skills that yield more diverse employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in tech (#DiversityInTech) ... plus tweets about significant innovations in #EdTech and the broader context of information technology ... Big news, interesting stories, insightful comments, and good reads ... for the week ending Saturday 1/26/19

A. IBHE | B. Ed Tech | C. Info Tech | D. Hackers | E. Views | F. Chuckles

TECH Dozens: 201820172016

Cover Story ... Amazon's biased Rekognition +++++++++

A. Issues in Black Higher Ed (IBHE) ... Half-Dozen - 1
Top Story #1 ... U of NC, Chapel Hill affirmative action lawsuit +++++++++
  1. University of North Carolina defends race-conscious admissions in federal lawsuit ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, Washington Post, The Chronicle, Inside Higher Ed
  1. ICYMI: SSU is adding a certificate in Virtual Forensic Science: Evidence Processing, Documentation and Analysis. It will provide an immersive learning experience with ’s exclusive 3-D virtual reality crime scene investigation technology. Info:

  1. . Receives $1.5 Million from Black Billionaire Robert F. Smith ...
  1. The Howard Blockchain Lab Wants To Bring Cryptocurrency Education to HBCUs
  1. OSU Receives $2.5M Gift From JPMorgan Chase to Support Students of color ...
B. Ed Tech  ... Quarter-Dozen
  1. Roiled Over Rules on Regional Accreditors - via ...
Competency-Based Education (CBE) ...
  1. ICYMI released their 2018 National Survey of Postsecondary Competency-Based Education. For institutions with CBE programs, 55% consider CBE a means to expand access & 56% seek to better prepare stds for the workforce.
Online and blended ...
  1. ICYMI: . a company that hosts massive online courses and degrees, is the latest entrant among a growing number of online education providers that are entering the medical space.
C. Info Tech  ... Half-Dozen - 1
  1. We are running out of bees. And as one Colorado beekeeper put it, "It’s going to be a train wreck." ...
Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, bots, robotics ...
Top Story #2 ... Google fined for privacy violations +++++++++
  1. Google fined $57 million for burying privacy terms where users won't find them ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Wired, CNET, Fast Company
  1. We analyzed every single AI paper ever uploaded to a major research database and found the era of deep learning may soon end. by ..
  1. In America’s criminal justice system, an algorithm can determine the trajectory of your life. ,,,

  1. DeepMind’s feat is the most complex yet in a long train of contests in which computers have beaten top humans at games. ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by MIT Tech Review, VentureBeat, Motherboard
D. Hackers  ... Dozen - 2
Diversity In Tech ... stats & strategies
Top Story  #3... Oracle underpays foreign Asian techs +++++++++
  1. The U.S. Labor Dept. claims that Oracle strongly prefers hiring Asians with student visas for certain roles because they are “dependent upon Oracle for sponsorship in order to remain in the United States,” so the company can systematically underpay them. ... ... DLL Editor's note -- This story also covered by NY Times, Washington Post, Bloomberg, TechCrunch, Gizmodo
Back to Top
  1. /dev/color Is Bringing In Its Largest Cohort of Black Engineers Ever
Founders, techs, and execs
  1. Good ol' boys network, meet black girl magic: Black, female entrepreneurs are changing Silicon Valley @digitalundivided ...
Coding, courses, tutorials, & jobs
  1. GitHub: Numpy and Scipy are the most popular packages for machine learning projects ...
  1. .'s move to launch a school is in response to soaring growth in the field. ..
  1. Data Scientist roles are growing by 45% year over year! has collaborated with to bring Data Science education to the world. Join the new Nanodegree program to gain everything you need to launch a career in this exciting field!
  1. Betsy DeVos’ bet on boot camps - via ..
Hackathons, workshops, meetups, and other events ... 
  1. Welcome speaker head of & at . Her research blends experimentation, to better understand labor markets and consumer decision-making. Featured in
  1. Exciting news BlackTech Week Miami will be here in two weeks Please use promo code: 30btw19 to purchase a full conference ticket. Sale ends tomorrow at midnight! ... EVENT -- 5 to 9 February 2019
E. Views -- Comments and Opinions  ... Quarter-Dozen
  1. Author discusses new book about why American colleges and universities are stronger than many believe ...
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Long form ... good reads ... :-)
  1. What’s the right mix of human and machine in the classroom?
  1. Yes, “algorithms” can be biased. Here’s why ...
F. Chuckles, Shame, and/or Fake News  ... Quarter-Dozen - 2
  1. Good news for George Herbert Walker Bush: As of today, he is no longer the biggest wimp ever to serve as President of the United States.

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