June brown bag discussion

For our June discussion we’ll be talking about information security, privacy, social media, and algorithmic culture and how all those things are impacting our society. If you’d like to read up on any of this before the June event, here are some helpful resources.

Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy, by Siva Vaidhyanathan.

Robyn Caplan, Content Standards and Their Consequences talk from ER&L 2018

Siva Vaidhyanathan, Antisocial Media talk from ER&L 2018

Danah Boyd, The Messy Reality of Algorithmic Culture talk from ER&L 2018

Stay tuned for more information about this session.

Petition against new machine learning journal

A large group of scholars has signed a petition protesting the creation of a new subscription journal from Nature, Nature Machine Intelligence.

https://openaccess.engineering.oregonstate.edu/home

They argue that most journals in the field are open access with no charges for readers or authors. The people signing the petition have said they will not submit to, review or edit for the journal. I’m not sure how large the machine learning community is, but the petition has over 2400 signatures (as of May 2nd).

Nature has stated they respect the opinions of the petitioners, but they feel the new subscription journal can co-exist with others by providing an outlet for interdisciplinary work that has undergone rigorous peer review.