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Virtual Discrimination: A challenge to the law

We, in this world of cut-throat competition, are continually thriving to outwit each other and get exposed to better opportunities. Relaxing as a student isn’t trendy and feasible too, as the placement isn’t just limited to your skill-set; it is about having better skills than your fellows. It may be justified on the part of the recruiters as the positions are scarce, and the persons applying for that is way more. They want to spend money on someone who can provide them with the best service. In order to meet the student’s demand for having an online presence of a platform that can avail them of the jobs, a plethora of websites has stood forward.
Like Google uses numerous algorithms to extract the purpose behind the keywords by the user, these recruiting sites use such algorithms to filter the best possible candidate for a particular job for a specific company. It may sound reasonable to everyone that it is justified as they don’t know what the actual filter is filtering. Associate professors Alan Mislove and Christo Wilson, in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University, are researching if such online job-hunting sites are ranking someone as less qualified than others based on your gender, race, or ethnicity.
They were keen to dig deep into the proprietary algorithms used by such sites and how they discriminate based on religion or ethnicity. However, the research was hit by a significant roadblock: A section of the U.S. Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, or CFAA, makes it a crime to violate a website’s terms of service. This act allows each site to change its terms to their discretion without informing or maintaining transparency. The professors have challenged this law and pleaded for its removal or amendment, as this research won’t be possible otherwise. We admit that research is not above the law, but if approved, it could serve justice to all the users who were or are about to get discriminated against. Discrimination on any platform is against social, moral, and ethical grounds.
Harminder Singh