Pretty much everyone in our modern world needs technology to get their work done, including in the nonprofit space. As problem-solving technologists in this sector, we see a lot of requests for proposals (RFPs) from organisations looking for support with a technology project. The majority we see both fall short of addressing project needs and don’t tap into the power of sharing and collaborating. We want to dive into why that is and what we can do about it.
One of our existing clients, Cathy O’Neil of ORCAA, asked us for some design help a couple months back. She does algorithmic auditing. Meaning: she checks the algorithms companies are building/using for bias. Sometimes algorithms create unfairness without intention. ORCAA wants to fix that and help groups write more unbiased algorithms. They control so much of our lives, after all. You can find algorithms used in teacher pay, the banking system, criminal justice statistics, and more. Even the media we see can be determined by algorithms.
Math in the age of technology
One of our clients, Cathy O’Neil was just featured on a great podcast called 99% Invisible! You can check out the work we did for Cathy’s consulting business, ORCAA (O’Neil Risk Consulting & Algorithmic Auditing) over here on Drew’s blog. Full disclosure: we did this project together before Good Good Work was born.
Not only is she a badass woman and mathematician, but Cathy does really important work auditing the algorithms that invisibly shape our lives. These highly tuned, mathematically magic spells are aimed at making life easier in the modern age, but they can also inadvertently cast curses, too (*ahem* Trump election…looking at you, Facebook).