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Arvind Narayanan
By the same token, it should be a sobering moment for computer science academia. With few exceptions, work that tries to bring accountability to big tech companies is relegated to the fringes of our discipline. CS these days cozies up to power far more than speaking truth to it.
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Arvind Narayanan Jul 30
Replying to @random_walker
There's a lot of concern today about industry funding of specific researchers. That's important, but a 100x deeper problem is that the tech industry warps CS academia's concept of what is even considered a legitimate research topic. This influence is both pervasive and invisible.
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Arvind Narayanan Jul 30
Replying to @random_walker
Most of the industry influence happens without any money changing hands. Academia's dependence on industry data is one way. Another is that most grad students go on to industry jobs and naturally prefer to work on topics that increase their employability.
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Arvind Narayanan Jul 30
Replying to @random_walker
Here's my favorite example of the warped landscape of CS research. There is a subfield called "security and privacy". This makes some sense technically, but politically it is an absurd juxtaposition and suffocates effective privacy research. Here's why.
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Arvind Narayanan Jul 30
Replying to @random_walker
If you'll pardon the generalization, security research aims to fix industry's problems; privacy research aims to speak truth to power. Security has higher status for obvious reasons. Privacy papers face the hurdle of being seen as legitimate research by security-minded reviewers.
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Arvind Narayanan Jul 30
Replying to @random_walker
My lived experience is countless reviews along the lines of "how is this research?", "this is not novel", "the results are not significant enough for publication", and, in one extreme case, "this paper should be rejected because the conference will be sued if it is accepted".
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Avinash Ramachandra Jul 30
Replying to @random_walker
Interesting thought. tech, that believes that they're anti-establishment and setting up a new world order, does not have inside activists who will keep them grounded. So, if a similar approach continues, can singularity be that far away?
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Monique Attinger, Low Ox Coach πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ Jul 30
Replying to @random_walker
I’m curious... is there an overview piece of journalism that would give me more context? I was in IT a long time ago - so should be in lay person’s language.
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Raj Singh Jul 30
Replying to @random_walker
It because of the predominant human value system (power, greed, status) is valued more than anything else for the time being. We can see those values infiltrate all areas of importance in society.
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mike πŸ°πŸ‘¨ Jul 30
i'm not sure if this is better or worse than the "olden times" when CS was essentially 100% sponsored by the military but
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