Daily Dish Thursday Feb 14, MMXIX
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Paper: Dirty Data, Bad Predictions: How Civil Rights Violations Impact Police Data, Predictive Policing Systems, and Justice. [ssrn.com/4] ” We show serious problems with predictive policing being used where there is evidence of illegal and discriminatory police practices.” – “for any jurisdiction where police have been found to engage in such practices, the use of predictive policing in any context must be treated with skepticism and mechanisms for the public to examine and reject such systems are imperative.”
Paper: Audio AI: isolating vocals from stereo music using Convolutional Neural Networks [towardsdatascience.com/4] What if we could go back to 1965, knock on Abbey Road Studios’ front door holding an ‘All Access’ badge, and have the privilege of listening to those signature Lennon-McCartney harmonies A-Capella? Our input here is a medium quality mp3 of We Can Work it Out by The Beatles. The top track is the input mix and the bottom track, the isolated vocals coming out of our model.
EU Copyright Directive has just been finalized, final wording of Article 11 (pdf) and Article 13 (pdf), For a proper breakdown Julia Reda’s details about the text, how we got here and what to do now. [juliareda.eu/2] and the EFF site for updates and action
Reddit published their Transparency Report 2018 [reddit/3] 2x requests for user data compared to 2017, (752 vs 310 prior year) – 77% of which were complied with.
Meet The Amateur Astronomers Hunting For Spy Satellites [.supercluster.com/2] In addition to enabling rapid correspondence between individual collaborators, satellite observers use the web to share tracking details, photos and other information on sites like satobs.org  and Heavens Above. The ability to rapidly compare notes and organize observations, coupled with the emergence of dozens of satellite tracking software programs  based on decades of tracking data, has transformed the hobby
School. But will it work? [wapo/21] Many aspects of the program, however, remain a mystery, and it’s unclear how exactly the surveillance system’s data and performance will be regulated, measured or tested for potential flaws. The school district rejected a Washington Post request to see records relating to the project, including officials’ communications with the company, citing a broad Florida statute exempting any information related to surveillance systems from public-records law.
Art and entertainment worlds cosy up at Frieze Los Angeles [theartnewspaper/8] WME is the first agency to expand beyond singular artist representation, by investing in a platform for dealers with numerous artists each in what could be seen as a more large-scale commitment. Of all the Hollywood agencies moving into the contemporary art market, Schiff says, “[Endeavor] has made a smart move—it bought into the only vertical in the art world”.
Billy Bragg writes first in series of political pamphlets by musicians [Guardian/13] Running to 15,000 words, Bragg’s polemic, The Three Dimensions of Freedom, will be published in May and will tackle the battleground that free speech has become. Bragg argues, said publisher Faber & Faber, “that to protect ourselves from encroaching tyranny, we must look beyond this one-dimensional notion of what it means to be free and, by reconnecting liberty to equality and accountability, restore the individual agency engendered by the three dimensions of freedom”.