YaleStudents website generates student debate, reveals potential data governance gap in University policy

Vaibhav Sharma, Photo Editor

Editor’s note, Nov. 17, 8:28 a.m.: On Tuesday morning, after the story’s publication, the site’s creators introduced new data protection policies in a major walkback from their initial site.

“When YaleStudents was first released, all users were automatically opted in. We have since realized that this was an improper and inappropriate use of data — data should only be displayed with explicit consent,” a new banner reads. It appears as a pop up window when visitors enter the site.

All Yale student users are now opted out by default on the website. To be visible on the “Lookalikes,” “Neighbors” and “Maps” pages, students must specifically choose to opt in.

As of early Tuesday morning, just two dots appear on the site’s map — belonging to Gunderson and Yao — a far cry from the thousands that represented students scattered across the world just hours prior.


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Virtual gold? Bitcoin’s rise sparks new debate amid pandemic

Bitcoin’s rally above $15,000 has reignited debate over whether the cryptocurrency is so-called digital gold or a perilously risky bet as investors grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

The world’s most popular virtual unit has gained over 30 percent in value in almost three weeks up to Friday, taking it close to its December 2017 peak when it reached nearly $20,000.

After a rollercoaster ride on markets since then, it began its latest meteoric rise on October 21, after US online payments provider PayPal announced that it would enable account holders to use cryptocurrency.

“It is the validation of a market which was still relatively uncertain a few years ago,” said Simon Polrot, president of Paris-based crypto-assets association ADAN.

Bitcoin was created in 2008 by the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto, and marketed as an alternative to traditional currencies.

Unregulated by any central bank, it was sold as an attractive option for investors

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Kanye West’s Comments About Black History Month Spark Debate on Social Media: ‘It’s Programming’

Kanye West made his way back into the headlines over the weekend after expressing some provocative thoughts concerning Black History Month. The rapper called the annual celebration “programming” for Black people.

During an appearance on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast with host Joe Rogan, which was published on Saturday, Oct. 24, the “Jesus Walks” rapper spoke for nearly three hours straight on a wide range of topics. West discussed his relationship with God and the music industry, his complicated presidential run, and his views on vast issues, including racism in America. Around the 44-minute mark, the rapper dove deeper into his thoughts on how Black History Month, a month designated to celebrate Black people’s achievements, has ultimately been corrupted.

Kanye West on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, screenshot

“Most Black people, we don’t know where we come. We think we came from slaves. We don’t know our bloodline,” West began.

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There Was a Winner in Thursday’s Night’s Debate

It’s Friday and I’m simply taking in the market action. I did have a chance to watch the vast majority of the Trump-Biden debate Thursday night. I will say this one came across much better than the last.

There was no clear-cut winner for me, but fossil-fuels will be a clear loser over the next four years if we see a Blue Wave. The opposite can be said for clean energy and green tech. I do believe green will win either way, but old school energy is the wildcard post-election.

That doesn’t take energy off the table for me as a trade. If anything, it has me watching it closely. If we don’t see weakness, then it would reinforce the idea a reversal is in the works. However, we are seeing some weakness Friday in the sector. The overall market has turned red as the possibility of a stimulus bill

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AI-powered computer declares Trump debate winner

A computer analysis powered by artificial intelligence declared President Trump the winner of the final presidential debate on Thursday.

Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie

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The analysis, performed by communication coaching software VoiceVibes, gave Trump a victory on 5 out of the 7 topics based on vocal delivery and how “polished” the participants sounded, according to the Washington Times.


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Trump reportedly outscored Biden on the topics of climate change, race relations in America, national security, leadership, and healthcare.

The methodology tracks what the company calls “graded performances on a scale of 0-10 (10 being best) based on dimensions of vocal delivery (meaning how professional and polished they sound, as following known best practices for speakers) and also predicts how a typical audience would perceive the speakers by using AI models that were trained on millions of data points on human perception of voice.”

“Keep in mind that our

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AI-powered computer says Donald Trump won the debate

An AI-powered computer analysis of the final 2020 presidential debate scored President Trump with the strongest performance on five out of seven topics.

The analysis by VoiceVibes, a communication coaching software, graded the performance of Mr. Trump and Democratic challenger Joseph R. Biden at Thursday’s debate based on vocal delivery or how professional and polished they sounded.

Mr. Trump outscored Mr. Biden on the discussion of climate change, race in America, leadership, national security and health care.

Mr. Biden scored highest on COVID-19 and immigration, according to the software.

The winners for each topic were determined based on the vocal analysis of confidence and authenticity.

Overall, Mr. Trump’s best topic was health care and Mr. Biden’s was immigration.

“Keep in mind that our software does not attempt to evaluate the content or merit of their statements or politics, rather the persuasiveness of their tone and vocal delivery,” said Debra Cancro,

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After Trump-Biden debate, Internet declares moderator Kristen Welker the real winner

One question garnering praise for Welker is one that appeared to be directed to all White Americans.

NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker is being praised today for her calm, able performance moderating the final presidential debate last night in Nashville. 

Welker, 44, was the only person of color chosen to moderate a debate during this presidential election cycle. She was tasked with helping ensure a smoother event than the candidates’ first one-on-one exchange on Sept. 29, which saw Fox News’ Chris Wallace largely lose control while both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden shouted and interrupted each other. 

NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker moderates the Oct. 22 debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)
NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker moderates the Oct. 22 debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images)

New York Times opinion writer Jamelle Bouie declared the “winner of the debate is

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Internet Decides Moderator Kristen Welker Wins the Debate

Thursday night’s final presidential debate was fraught with internet drama: big man memes, smiling Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden memes, and jokes about goggles.

The millions of Americans who tuned in for the last opportunity to see the candidates face off didn’t seem especially persuaded by either performance.

But one thing the internet was sure of: Kristen Welker of NBC News did an incredible job as moderator.

Moderating a presidential debate is a dangerous game. Often those who accept the challenge wind up on the losing side. Not Welker.

At the conclusion of the debate, Judy Woodruff of PBS complimented Welker’s “superb job tonight.”

Even President Donald Trump couldn’t help but express admiration for Welker’s performance. “I respect very much the way you’re handling this,” he said halfway through the hour-and-a-half debate.

“This sure as hell isn’t going to be the last time Kristen Welker moderates a presidential debate,” tweeted

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