Incident 135: UT Austin GRADE Algorithm Allegedly Reinforced Historical Inequalities

Description: The University of Texas at Austin's Department of Computer Science's assistive algorithm to assess PhD applicants "GRADE" raised concerns among faculty about worsening historical inequalities for marginalized candidates, prompting its suspension.


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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam


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