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Wenyan-lang uses both traditional Chinese characters and classical Chinese grammar. One challenge in developing the language was how classical Chinese does not use spaces to divide sentences into words, “so how to split a sentence is a task of the reader and not the writer”
Humans love to sort ourselves into neat boxes - by gender, race, sexual orientation and more. But, in this extract from Data Feminism, Catherine D'Ignazio and Lauren F Klein argue that it's time to dispense with these classifications. ...Read More
"This is not a matter of the industry becoming more conservative as it has assumed more power and has more to gain from preserving the status quo. For all its celebration of disruption and innovation, the tech industry has always tended to serve existing power relations. In a 1985 interview ...Read More
“Mark doesn’t trust people. When he gets attacked in the media, it reinforces that distrust, which reinforces a bunker mentality at Facebook, and pretty soon you’re in an infinite loop,” The first four words of this statement about a person who created an online community is pretty disheartening.
"The normalization of surveillance by a range of widely adopted and readily available technologies have opened the way for insurance companies to insert themselves straight into our homes, cars, and bodies, thus gaining further abilities to assess our lifestyles and adjust our behaviors. In essence, they conflate a form of ...Read More
"What changes when you stop reading news that’s written by trained professionals — written on the static and finite surface of paper, using a process that few can afford — and start reading news in an online setting (which creates contrasting conditions)? It is not just the structure of the information we call news and the people who create it that changes — the area surrounding the news also changes. And this is where content-corrupting signals come into play."
“Woodrow Hartzog, a law and computer science professor at Northeastern University, doesn’t think privacy armor is the solution to our modern woes. “It creates an arms race, and consumers will lose in that race,” he said. “Any of these things is a half-measure or a stopgap. There will always be a way around it.” ...Read More
"The U.S. military could soon spot you in a crowd — not by your face or your gait, but by your unique heartbeat rhythm. The Pentagon recently developed and tested a laser that can scan and distinguish the pitter-patter of your heart from up to 650 feet (200 meters) away."
The data is drawn from inconspicuous cell phone apps, like games and weather apps, that ask the user’s permission to access their location. But the data has been used by DHS to “help identify immigrants who were later arrested,” and by CBP to identify cell activity in places such as ...Read More