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Author Pasquale, Frank, author.

Title The black box society : the secret algorithms that control money and information / Frank Pasquale.

Publication Info. Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 2015.


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Description 1 online resource (311 pages)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 221-304) and index.
Contents The need to know -- Digital reputation in an era of runaway data -- The hidden logics of search -- Finance's algorithms : the emperor's new codes -- Watching (and improving) the watchers -- Toward an intelligible society -- Notes -- Acknowledgments -- Index.
Summary 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 portaits created are incredibly detailed, to the oint 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 secrecy for profit and explains ways to rein them in. Demanding transparency is only the first step. An intelligible society would assure that key decisions of its most important firms are fair, nondiscriminatory, and open to criticism. Silicon Valley and Wall Street need to accept as much accountability as they impose on others. -- from dust jacket.
Subject Power (Social sciences)
Elite (Social sciences)
Knowledge, Theory of.
Observation (Psychology)
LAW -- Computer & Internet.
Elite (Social sciences) (OCoLC)fst00908113
Knowledge, Theory of. (OCoLC)fst00988194
Observation (Psychology) (OCoLC)fst01042945
Power (Social sciences) (OCoLC)fst01074219
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Pasquale, Frank. Black box society. Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 2015 9780674368279 (DLC) 2014013480 (OCoLC)880831105
ISBN 0674736060 (electronic bk.)
9780674736061 (electronic bk.)
Standard No. 10.4159/harvard.9780674736061 doi
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