Computer science and human rights

Historian: By "human rights" we refer at least to The Universal Declaration on Human Rights [link] and we refer to the Covenants thereto [link]. In the Declaration Article 27, part 1 says: "Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits." Note the word "freely" because it is crucial.

Physicist: Can we freely enjoy if we are being manipulated by secret computer algorithms using huge amounts of data about ourselves collected from our interactions with various computers. Can we freely enjoy if we only see information (search results, news, ads, etc) which match our historical interests. Can we freely enjoy when we are trapped in this echo chamber.

Historian: Can we freely enjoy when this echo chamber makes it hard for us to learn from different points of view and from different skills sets. Science, and all activities, work best when persons with different points of view and different skills sets embrace those differences and work together [link]. Here science is being used to make this hard.

Physicist: Which is why we link below to a Gresham College talk by Martyn Thomas on collecting personal data and using secret computer algorithms to trap us in this echo chamber. He is a long time expert on computer science. We have learned much about good and bad parts of computer science from his whole series of Gresham talks.

Martyn Thomas on this echo chamber [link]

Martyn Thomas Gresham series playlist [link]

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