FSIC Housing Task Force Op-ed – The Biden Housing Plan is a Good Start, Here’s How to Improve It

Potential homeowners in the U.S. are facing a myriad of challenges. From rising inflation to rising interest rates, the process has perhaps never been more challenging, especially for those going through it for the first time. And with the average 30-year rate increasing to 5.27 percent, more homeowners than usual are priced out of refinancing.

Many first-time home buyers also must deal with a number of egregious fees, due to zoning issues or as a result of employment verification services like The Work Number, which has raised its prices 31 percent over the last several years.

FSIC Blog Post – “The Wobblies”: Iconic Film on the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) Is Re-released for May Day

The film details the history of the Industrial Workers of the World — a radical union whose members are also known as Wobblies — and their inclusive fight to organize “unskilled” workers, secure fair wages and enshrine the eight-hour workday in the early 20th century before they were targeted and repressed by the FBI during World War I.

FSIC Press Release – FSIC Releases Special Report Titled “The Future of Facial Recognition and its Impact on Minorities: What Policy Makers Should Consider”

This paper examines the benefits of facial recognition technology, the danger of inaccuracies and human error, and the need for inclusion in the tech marketplace.  While there is some evidence that FRT has benefited underserved communities, the bias built into these systems must be reduced for communities of color to realize their full advantages.
According to Kevin B. Kimble, Esq., Founder and CEO of FSIC, “As FRT becomes more and more prevalent in people’s lives in the U.S., it is important that disadvantaged communities enjoy the benefits of this technology and not feel the brunt of its disadvantages.” 

FSIC Housing Task Force Blog Post – CFPB Warning to Banks, Credit Unions, and Fintech on Potential Misuse of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Should not Discourage the Proper Use of Technology

Recently, the director of the CFPB, Rohit Chopra, publically warned banks that depending too much on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and algorithmic lending during the mortgage application approval process might lead to fair lending violations.  He contends that all AI-based algorithms have built-in bias and will always have some bias.  Our question to the CFPB is, why haven’t they made the same warning to traditional lenders (banks) whose approval processes result in alarming levels of documented bias against disadvantaged and minority borrowers?