New package idea: one for the API

This is a service for inferring race and ethnicity from names, more details at

It could be a good complement to the gender package, to help people understand the composition of a community they are studying.

This is interesting but I have questions (not objections) about the the ethical use of this service. I would love to hear an ethicist’s take on how and when such a model should be used, and know whether any such consideration was made in its development.


Yes, I’d also be interested in hearing more about the ethics of this. Who would be a good person to consult on this topic?

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For one perspective on the gender package, here is a post by Oliver Keyes

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@noamross Would someone from the DISC conference have ethicist connections?