As this academic year comes to a bittersweet end, the writers and editors of the Daily’s opinions section are feeling quite nostalgic. The past two quarters have incited much campus controversy and discourse surrounding everything from freedom of speech to the rights of graduate students. We have witnessed students rallying around, petitioning on, and writing…
Michael Brown discusses the SCR’s decision to endorse him for ASSU Senator.
Recently, the Verge published a look inside one of Facebook’s deals with a content moderating contractor. Facebook hires these moderators to screen posts reported by users for violating their community standards. These moderators look at reported posts and decide whether to delete or allow them. Author Casey Newton was able to convince some former Facebook moderators, who are generally prohibited from discussing their work by NDAs, to tell her about their experiences. Their stories are deeply upsetting; they are routinely forced to witness extreme violence, constantly monitored and held to incredibly high standards for speed and accuracy. Accuracy is determined by how often moderators’ decisions agree with the decisions of slightly more senior moderators; more senior moderators are given a random sample of a regular moderators’ processed posts and asked to make their own judgments. At Cognizant, for example, moderators must be “accurate” at least 95% of the time. Within the Cognizant work site Newton examines, some moderators have responded to constant exposure to the worst of Facebook by buying into the conspiracy theories. One person genuinely believes the earth is flat, another has become convinced that 9/11 was not a legitimate terrorist attack, and another denies that the Holocaust took place.
In its second meeting, the Constitutional Council voted unanimously to defer a vote on the frivolity of the case Stanford College Republicans v. Undergraduate Senate for two weeks.
The College Republicans allege that the Senate violated the student government’s constitution in its decision to deny SCR funding to host controversial conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza.
On Friday, Jewish Student Association (JSA) member Sarah Myers ’21 began circulating two petitions opposing a recent request by the Stanford College Republicans (SCR) for funding for a campus visit by far-right conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza.
Stanford now faces increased external pressure in the push to fire incoming Norcliffe House Resident Assistant Hamzeh Daoud ’20, as Pennsylvania lawyer Jerome Marcus — in a Tuesday letter sent to President Marc Tessier-Lavigne — alleged that the University risks legal action should Daoud retain his position.
Board of Trustees Chair Jeff Raikes ’80 spoke on the University’s ongoing long-range planning process, Budget Plan for the 2018-19 year, Bay Area affordability challenges and investment decisions — among other subjects that emerged in the Board’s meeting on last month.