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Bias in Search Engines And Algorithms

A critical analysis of the explicit and implicit biases present in various search engines, databases, and algorithms that people regularly interact with in their daily lives

"New Algorithms Perpetuate Old Biases in Child Welfare Cases" by Elizabeth Brico

"The Algorithm That Helped Google Translate Become Sexist" by Parmy Olson

Typing "Asian girls" into Google brings up pornographic and highly sexualized results

After Noble brought up how typing "black girls" into Google brought back pornographic results, Google corrected the issue. The same can't be said for typing "Asian girls," but Noble begs a bigger question here. Why does typing "____ girls" into Google bring up porn even when the individual never typed porn into the search bar? Many people believe that the content that pops up on the first page of Google is the most popular/credible, but that doesn't explain this disturbing trend.

"How We Analyzed the COMPAS Recidivism Algorithm" by ProPublica

"A beauty contest was judged by AI and the robots didn't like dark skin " by Sam Levin

"Education with a Debt Sentence: For-Profit Colleges as American Dream Crushers and Factories of Debt" by Hannah Appel and Astra Taylor

"Artificial Intelligence Is Now Used to Predict Crime. But Is It Biased?" by Randy Rieland

"How algorithms rule our working lives" by Cathy O'Neil

"Researchers find gender and racial bias in Amazon’s facial recognition software, widely used by cops" by Nicole Karlis