Innovation Monitor: Bias, Algorithms & Unjust Systems

  • “Nationally, African-American deaths from COVID-19 are nearly two times greater than would be expected based on their share of the population. In four states, the rate is three or more times greater.”
  • “In 42 states plus Washington D.C., Hispanics/Latinos make up a greater share of confirmed cases than their share of the population. In eight states, it’s more than four times greater.”
  • “White deaths from COVID-19 are lower than their share of the population in 37 states and the District of Columbia.”
  • “All companies perform better on males than females with an 8.1% — 20.6% difference in error rates.”
  • “All companies perform better on lighter subjects as a whole than on darker subjects as a whole with an 11.8% — 19.2% difference in error rates.”
  • “IBM had the largest gap in accuracy, with a difference of 34.4% in error rate between lighter males and darker females.”

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