Generating datasets with the same summary stats but very different graphs

I saw this on Boing Boing thanks to Cory, who found it via jwz. At Cory’s book talk last night in DC, he made an observation about morality and algorithms, namely that data is the more salient part of the questions around algorithmic transparency and fairness. This research is revealing in terms of how far data can be stretched and pulled while maintaining some high level coherence.

Read More …

Berners-Lee’s new work to re-decentralize the web

The article mentions Berners-Lee receiving the Turing Award, often called the Nobel prize for computing. The really interesting part is the description of Solid, his work to try to crack loose personal data from the central stores where it accumulates today, in order to restore control to users of where and how their data is accessed and used. Efforts along this line aren’t new, as the article notes the are increasingly relevant as traditional protections for online privacy are increasing eroded.
Read More …