This week we begin with an article on how algorithm driven diligence, inadequate data and limited manual oversight is leading to flawed automated background checks and screening, which is making it difficult for tenants to rent apartments. The next piece is about HBOs streaming service HBO Max undertaking human curation of content instead of relying only on algorithms. Then, we cover how the use of a massive database on migrant labor in India can assist the government in making economic reforms. Next, we have a blog post by the International Monetary Fund that discusses the importance of accurate and timely economic data in a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic. The following story is on the launch of S&P Global Marketplace, a platform that allows users to explore and evaluate data from all four S&P Global divisions and select third-party alternative data solutions. Finally, we cover how C3.ai has created a large data lake for COVID-19 to service research related to the pandemic.
How Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters
This article was reported and written in collaboration with The Markup, a nonprofit newsroom investigating technology’s effects on society. Burglary and domestic assault in Minnesota. Selling meth and jumping bail in Kentucky. Driving without insurance in Arkansas. Disorderly conduct. Theft. Lying to a police officer. Unspecified “crimes.” Too many narcotics charges to count.
HBO Max is taking on Netflix with human curation instead of solely relying on algorithms
Just like nearly everything else on the internet, streaming services are ruled by recommendation algorithms that are designed to predetermine what people want before they ask for it. WarnerMedia is trying to accomplish the opposite with HBO Max. The company’s new streaming service, which will allow for three concurrent streams, is positing itself as a human-first platform — the opposite of Netflix’s strategy.
Massive database on migrant labour will help bring reforms
When Raj Kapoor picturized lyricist Shailendra-composed Mukesh-Lata duet “aa ab laut chalen, nazren bichhaye baahen pasaare, tujhko pukare desh tera” in the 1960 movie, Ganga-Jamna, he could not have imagined that six decades later the theme of this song and the exodus back to villages which the song portrayed will be a reality in vast parts of India.
Keeping Economic Data Flowing During COVID-19
Accurate and timely economic data are crucial for informing policy decisions, especially during a crisis. But the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the production of many key statistics. Without reliable data, policymakers cannot assess how badly the pandemic is hurting people and the economy, nor can they properly monitor the recovery.
S&P Global Launches Data Marketplace
S&P Global announced the launch of S&P Global Marketplace (Marketplace), a new data platform that offers the opportunity to explore, discover, and evaluate new datasets in a seamless and intuitive way.
Tom Siebel’s C3.ai Charts New Data Lake For COVID-19 Research
The enterprise data estate has grown. Enterprise business has for a long time had databases (everybody knows what these are), bigger data warehouses (that bring together data from disparate sources) and smaller data marts (components of data warehouses specific to an individual task, job or line of business)… all of which form the lion’s share of the data estate.