Jane Ruffino: The debate over how algorithms control our lives raises questions on transparency

In the last few weeks, we've heard about Facebook altering their algorithm to experiment on users.

10th August, 2014

In the last few weeks, we've heard about Facebook altering their algorithm to experiment on users. We've heard that dating site OK Cupid deliberately manipulated people's match percentages (the site gives you a percentage match with other user profiles) to see how much perception of compatibility influenced actual compatibility.

What we know, learn, understand, believe and value is shaped, not by an algorithm, but by human beings acting around a set of algorithms. Except most...

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