Tag Archives: discrimination

Fixing digital discrimination

By | March 8, 2017

Recent research suggests that racial bias can have a measurable impact on internet-based, sharing services like Airbnb. For example, a 2014 study from the Harvard Business School revealed that non-black Airbnb hosts can charge 12 percent more than black hosts for a similar property. To curb discriminatory practices, the study authors recommend concealing basic information, such as photos and names, until… Read More »

Online discrimination

By | November 1, 2016

In cyberspace, as in real life, it’s unlawful to discriminate against job candidates on the basis of age, race, nationality, disability, religion, or gender. But proving such bias is a challenge because the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, an anti-hacking law passed thirty years ago, makes it illegal to use some of the more common practices for detecting… Read More »