Meet Julia Angwin of The Markup
Yesterday, I was introduced to Julia Angwin, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Markup, via a video recording of her presentation on “Journalism for an Open Source World” at the 2018 Fall Conference of the Software Freedom Law Center.
In 2003, Angwin was one of The Wall Street Journal reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for their stories on corporate scandals in the United States. Her 2016 article How We Analyzed the COMPAS Recidivism Algorithm in Propublica was a clarion call to fellow journalists to apply the scientific method to reporting on the increasing and largely invisible impact of so-called “machine learning” and “artificial intelligence” in all our lives.
In this spirit, Angwin and colleagues – including Canadian Sue Gardner – have just founded The Markup – “a new publication illuminating how powerful institutions are using technology in ways that impact people and society.” I urge you to subscribe to their newsletter and to donate what you can.