Researchers find racial, gender bias in online freelance marketplaces

In the “gig economy,” where algo­rithms drive matches between workers and cus­tomers, hiring someone should be bias free, right? Not so, according to new research led by Northeastern’s Christo Wilson. The find­ings sug­gest racial and gender biases exhib­ited by two promi­nent online free­lance mar­ket­places, TaskRabbit and Fiverr.

App vs. website: Which best protects your privacy? It depends

Both apps and web­sites leak per­sonal infor­ma­tion, including names, gender, phone num­bers, and e-​​mail. But don’t despair. North­eastern researchers, led by assis­tant pro­fessor David Choffnes, have devel­oped an auto­mated system to help you know which plat­form to use for your online interactions.

Researchers find that Android apps can secretly track users’ whereabouts

New research led by North­eastern pro­fessor Gue­vara Noubir reveals that some Android apps may auto­mat­i­cally transmit sen­si­tive infor­ma­tion, such as the routes you travel, through the phone’s built-​​in sen­sors. A mali­cious devel­oper, he says, “can infer where you live, where you’ve been, where you are going.”

Transgender student shares coming-​​out story

Coming out was like showing people who I am for the very first time,” said Alex Ahmed, PhD’19. “I wasn’t a dif­ferent person, but there was some­thing about me that was very dif­ferent, some­thing that could change how you see me.”

Northeastern ‘Disruptivator’ wants to improve musculoskeletal health

More than 100 mil­lion adults suffer from debil­i­tating mus­cu­loskeletal con­di­tions. Now one North­eastern student—a doctor of phys­ical therapy can­di­date named Lauren Jarmusz—is working to counter the health scourge, cofounding a startup aimed at con­necting people with doc­tors who spe­cialize in the field.

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What can Glass do for your health? Quite a bit.

Last week I got to sit in on the end-​​​​of-​​​​year pre­sen­ta­tions for asso­ciate pro­fes­sors Stephen Initlle and Rupal Patel’s class, Rein­venting health­care with Google Glass. You can read all about the […]

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The social side of Sandy

When dis­aster strikes, we rely on our social net­works for sup­port. During hur­ri­cane Sandy, neigh­bors helped neigh­bors by sharing elec­trical power with those who’d lost it or removing tree limbs […]