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Northeastern researchers team up with Accenture to offer a road map for artificial intelligence ethics oversight

As artificial intelligence rapidly advances, and concerns over data use and security grow after each high-profile scandal, the discussion among researchers, policymakers, and consumers has centered on how to ensure that human values such as privacy and autonomy are protected as we adopt these systems. These discussions have driven efforts to develop ethical guidelines for…
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Published On: August 30, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,,,
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India has a plan to deport millions of Muslim immigrants. Here’s why it’s failing.

More than four million residents of India may be blacklisted as foreign migrants on Saturday, in what is being called the biggest disenfranchisement exercise in history. But the crackdown on illegal immigration is unlikely to trigger instant deportations on a grand scale, according to Northeastern professor Liza Weinstein, whose focus includes the urban political economy of India. Too many people…
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The federal deficit is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2020. Here’s what that means.

The federal budget deficit is expected to balloon to $1 trillion by the 2020 fiscal year, according to a new forecast from the Congressional Budget Office. The good news, says Alan Clayton-Matthews, an associate professor of economics and public policy at Northeastern University, is that unlike a household debt, the growing national debt “never has to be paid…
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Published On: August 29, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,
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Seafood processing plants are harsh workplaces. They don’t have to be.

Advanced sensing, automation, and artificial intelligence are changing workplaces in many industries. But these changes don’t have to mean that robots are replacing humans. Researchers at Northeastern are working with the seafood processing industry as a test case to learn more about how robots could be integrated into the workforce. These robotic coworkers would simultaneously…
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What’s really at stake in the trade war between the US and China?

After a weekend during which leaders in the United States and China promised to impose stiff new tariffs on each other’s goods—only to show signs of reversing those threats days later—the trade war between the countries with the world’s largest two economies seems to have cooled, for now. The tariffs that U.S. President Donald Trump…
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Published On: August 28, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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When corporations respond to terror attacks with acts of kindness–and when they don’t

In November 2015, when terrorists armed with firearms and explosives killed 130 people in Paris, France, a number of companies responded to the horror with compassion. A variety of cellphone carriers lifted service fees and waived charges to enable people to contact loved ones. Airbnb encouraged hosts to offer free housing for those whose flights had been…
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Published On: August 20, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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Human trafficking in the US is a much bigger problem than we think

Just how big of a problem is human trafficking in the United States? It’s hard to say, because state and regional law enforcement records likely reflect less than 10 percent of trafficking victims in the area, according to new research by Amy Farrell, a Northeastern University professor who studies human trafficking. Farrell and her colleagues came across some…
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Published On: August 19, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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Why does China have Uighur ‘re-education camps’? And are they really shutting down?

For the past two years, more than a million Uighurs, a predominantly Muslim ethnic group in northwestern China, have been living in camps described by the regional government as vocational training centers designed to “carry out anti-extremist ideological education.” The Chinese government maintains that Uighurs enjoy the same rights and freedom of religion as other citizens in Xinjiang,…
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Published On: August 16, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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The story behind the data on mass murder in the United States

News coverage in the days following the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, relied upon a common source for context: The AP/USATODAY/Northeastern University Mass Killing database. That’s because it’s the most comprehensive, most up-to-date repository of information on U.S. mass killings, says James Alan Fox, who is a criminologist at Northeastern University and one of the nation’s leading researchers on mass murder. It’s research by Fox,…
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Published On: August 15, 2019 | Tags: ,,,,
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A platform for violent hate speech has been implicated in three mass shootings. Should regulators step in?

Twenty minutes before the alleged shooter stormed into a Walmart in El Paso, Texas and killed 22 people, he reportedly posted an anti-immigrant screed onto 8chan, an online message forum that’s been linked to violent extremism. The post marked the third time in six months that a mass shooter has published a violent message on the site before carrying…
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Published On: August 14, 2019 | Tags: ,,,
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