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25 Years ago I majored in Political Science and Comparative Culture. I never finished that study. But it did open my eyes to the pervasiveness of politics. My posts here tend to focus on developing software, securing information, making music, and my family. I strongly believe that those unaware (or ignorant) of politics and history wind up making software that hurts lots of people.

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@aeveltstra can you give me some examples? I love software too btw.

@HPBlackMamba Sure! Currently a hot topic is using A.I. for face recognition: those systems tend to get created in places with a low diversity in people's race and gender. Like China, Korea, Japan. So they get tested on a small diversity of people. And may work well for that subset. But then they get applied in a culture with a larger diversity. Like the USA. And then all of a sudden they fail to recognize Black people. Or automatically judge them suspect rather than victim or witness.

@HPBlackMamba We also see that medical software and devices intended for women, get tested on men, primarily, with the assumption that they'll work the same on women. Which winds up killing women.

@HPBlackMamba And then there's Abrahamic cultures which ignore, suppress, or murder people who don't adhere to a gender binary. That causes databases that get architected allowing only male or female. But what if you don't know? Many databases and input forms default to male. So an unidentified person gets misgendered. By default. Which makes it difficult to identify them. (Ask me how I know! I can talk about this for hours.)

@HPBlackMamba Cultural history also leads to problems, indirectly, via software. In the Americas, the colonialist empires tend to be at odds (putting it mildly) with First Nations. In Australia and New Zealand the native population is treated no better. Thus if a native person goes missing, their loved ones and leaders will be reluctant to report that to colonialist authorities. And those authorities will be reluctant to take the report or investigate. Which leads to...

@HPBlackMamba ...database and software application architecture that assumes all reported people are white. Which leads to public investigations being performed by predominantly white people. Which leads to native people and other non-white people to become even more reluctant to work with colonialist authorities. And thus the vicious circle continues.

@HPBlackMamba My spouse is a forensic genealogist who seeks to locate missing people and identify the unidentified, focusing on marginalized people. She's become an expert data analyst, scouring public federal, state, and international databases as well as social media. There's databases which don't provide search results for ungendered registrations. You can look up male and female, but not unknown. And then the database won't allow a change if the sex estimate was wrong (which happens often.)

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