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Chatting about why we're building Relevant on Tank Magazine... "Right now we have an overabundance of populist metrics online and not enough hierarchical structures that can help us navigate the digital world. That’s the void that Relevant is trying to fill." ...Read More
“We do family meetings every Sunday where we review goals for the week, our to-do list, and activities coming up”
Megapixels covered in NYT - but also check out this incredibly blasé business model: "Clarifai used the images from OkCupid to build a service that could identify the age, sex and race of detected faces, Mr. Zeiler said. He said Clarifai had access to OkCupid’s photos because some of the dating site’s founders invested in his company. ...Read More
“In addition to the fine, Facebook agreed to more comprehensive oversight of how it handles user data, according to the people. But none of the conditions in the settlement will restrict Facebook’s ability to collect and share data with third parties.”
“The more we adapt to the absence of ambient privacy, the more the world will split: the worst of us rising to the top, their awfulness baked into their reputation and recontextualised as courage or honesty, the rest of us retreating ever further from the public sphere, trying to find ...Read More
"Is 5G solving real, pressing problems or merely creating new ones?"
ICE is using DMV photo databases in combination with facial recognition tech to find illegal immigrants and deport. The underperforming racially bais / algorithmic software is known to often generate false positives among the ethnically brown and women. The post 911, anti-privacy, ICE detention, surveillance state, is one of the most frighting, and critical points in time Americans have ever faced, period. ...Read More
"Amazon and Microsoft are battling it out over a $10 billion opportunity to build the U.S. military its first "war cloud" computing system."
Control Delete: An undercover report from Xinjiang on China's brutal "re-education" of Uighur citizens and the maximum surveillance conditions on which China's ethnic cleansing relies.
“There are many musicians who are thriving where I would argue that the music itself is a secondary consideration, and perhaps the image is primary,” Dryhurst says. “This is nothing new. However, the supremacy of image over sound in music is more severe than it has ever been.”
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Destroyer of worlds
Nicky Woolf is the editor of New Statesman America and a former Guardian US reportermembers.tortoisemedia.com ↗︎
I find this piece to be a little too apologetic but it’s an interesting read on the birth of 8chan + how it provides a “safe space” for hatred and misogyny online.
It’s super important that there are spaces out there for people to educate themselves and others and to feel supported during their journey. “YouTube lets people get more detailed information and find out more about how to transition, and ways to live a healthy life," she said. "People can find someone who's like them [on YouTube] and feel less alone." ...Read More
“Steyerl’s work and its reception should remind us of the dangerous seductiveness of authority, which we’re especially susceptible to when it confirms our beliefs.”
"The total mass of insects on our planet is droppping by 2.5% a year - meaning that insects could be wiped out altogether within a century... In 10 years you will have a quarter less, in 50 years only half left and in 100 years you will have none"