Most of us carry with us the ‘it won’t happen to me’ bias, but here’s the thing – harm is always possible when it comes digital and data.
From the Blog on bias
‘100% is easier than 95%’ according to some experts. Other experts advocate for incremental change. Both are true and both are incorrect.
Designs and blueprints are made, but there are always, always, countless decisions being made by those coding and building the product or system.
Part of being human is being biased, but this is not an excuse for us to have the same biases all our lives. However, shame is not needed, it is unhelpful.
We view data as objective and something separate from who we are. But, if data about a person is viewed as part of the person, does that change how we act?
Does it make sense for people like me or even teachers, police etc. here in the UK to be vaccinated before health care workers in Sudan? Brazil?
Why do we want to have a global registry of recipients of aid? Why do we treat recipients different than staff or donors?
Translation matters – it’s another way bias can get in. The staff member interprets the response. And that filtering can be biased.
Challenging our stereotypes do not threaten the majority, it simply creates possibility for those who didn’t think it was ok.