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The Black Box Society
Author: Professor of Law University of Maryland Frank Pasquale

ISBN: 9780674970847
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 29 August 2016
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.0 x 1.5
Description:
Every day, corporations are connecting the dots about our personal behavior'silently scrutinizing clues left behind by our work habits and Internet use. The data compiled and portraits created are incredibly detailed, to the point of being invasive. But who connects the dots about what firms are doing with this information? The Black Box Society argues that we all need to be able to do so'and to set limits on how big data affects our lives.  Hidden algorithms can make (or ruin) reputations, decide the destiny of entrepreneurs, or even devastate an entire economy. Shrouded in secrecy and complexity, decisions at major Silicon Valley and Wall Street firms were long assumed to be neutral and technical. But leaks, whistleblowers, and legal disputes have shed new light on automated judgment. Self-serving and reckless behavior is surprisingly common, and easy to hide in code protected by legal and real secrecy. Even after billions of dollars of fines have been levied, underfunded regulators may have only scratched the surface of this troubling behavior.  Frank Pasquale exposes how powerful interests abuse secr...

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