I am pleased to announce that my paper, tentatively titled “Countering Bias in Expert HR Systems: A Guide for In-House Counsel,” has been accepted for publication in the International In-house Counsel Journal.
The paper will present a very user-friendly guide to understanding and managing the risk from expert HR systems. As I’ve argued in this blog, management-side employment counsel must get deep under the hood of expert systems designed to perform evaluative functions on candidates and employees. From procurement to deployment, counsel must be equipped to understand the bias that will likely (unintentionally) creep into algorithmic decision-making and to manage the risk of such bias.
I’ve written extensively on Algorithmic Bias and the role that employment lawyers will have to play in countering it. A recent paper published in Science shows that bias empirically.
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This blog has advocated for the use of two-factor authentication. Recently, however, it was revealed that several high profile social media accounts were hacked, despite using two factor authentication.
Update: See Wired’s new piece on the subject: So Hey You Should Stop Using Texts for Two-Factor Authentication
Update: See Joint investigation of Ashley Madison by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Australian Privacy Commissioner at Paragraph 72, arguing that multiple iterations of the same factor is not multi-factor.
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The new Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) is designed to create a federal standard for trade secret protection – and includes remedies that permit federal judicial seizure of stolen trade secrets. DTSA fills an important gap in the statutory framework that employers have available to them to retrieve trade secrets stolen by departing employees, such as the CFAA (.pdf), the Economic Espionage Act and the patchwork of state trade secret laws (.pdf).
Here is what employment lawyers need to know and do now:
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The FTC’s new report Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion? [pdf.] is an important read from an increasingly powerful regulator in this area. Its important to employers is in two areas: use of big data in EEO contexts and use of big data and, I would argue, as the basis of workplace policies concerning the use of big data. Both bear more discussion in detail.
I am only being partly facetious by saying employers need a Chief Employment Law and Technology Officer. The fact is, though, employment lawyers must become tech-savvy and stats-savvy enough to play a meaningful role in the internal regulation of these technologies and methodologies as they are being developed.
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