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Algorithms in Culture: Big Data & Society: SAGE Journals
A foundational concept in computer science, algorithms – loosely defined as a set of rules to direct the behavior of machines or humans - have shaped infrastructures, practices, and daily lives around the world. This special theme, based on a December 2016 conference at University of California at Berkeley, considers algorithms as objects of cultural inquiry. It explores the implications of their development and deployment across many Big Data contexts, including politics, journalism, criminal justice, science, organizations, labor, culture, and the construction of the self.
algorithm  culture  digital-culture  Bigdata  data-society  counterpoint 
9 days ago by PieroRivizzigno
Palantir's New Patents Shed Rare Light On Its Data Methods
Palantir is one of the world's most opaque and influential data companies. We dig into its patents as Facebook's data privacy scandal refocuses media attention on how personal data is used in business and beyond.
digital-culture  digital-feudalism  palantir 
march 2018 by PieroRivizzigno
Consent in the Digital Age: Can Apps Solve a Very Human Problem? - The New York Times
“No means no” began to give way to “yes means yes” as the credo of sexual consent decades ago, but the shift has been swiftly propelled in recent years by legislation and, most recently, by the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
psychology  blockchain  consent  digital-culture 
march 2018 by PieroRivizzigno
Silicon Valley's Laundry-App Race -- New York Magazine
> Entitlement is a straight line pointing heavenward

> The tidal wave of innovation that has swept out from Silicon Valley, transforming the way we communicate, read, shop, and travel, has carried along with it an epic shit-ton of digital flotsam

> Profits are higher on dry-cleaning, because who knows what dark alchemy is required to remove stains? No one, and everyone is willing to pay a premium to stay ­uninformed.

> “The laundry and dry-­cleaning industry, it’s all, like, old people,” says Dulanto in the nose-wrinkling manner of someone for whom aging is still an abstract concept

> When people in a privileged society look deep within themselves to find what is missing, a streamlined clothes-cleaning experience comes up a lot.
More often than not, the people who come up with ways of lessening this burden on mankind are dudes, or duos of dudes, who have only recently experienced the crushing realization that their laundry is now their own responsibility, forever.

> Mokhtarzada *got* Washio. He understood the indignities the company was trying to prevent. “You have to put your clothes in a car and drive them somewhere,” he says. “You have to take them out in *public*.”

> Every month, it throws a party for the [drivers], an open bar or a barbecue or bowling. “So they feel part of a community,” Metzner says. “It’s really good,” says Nadler as we are driving back from a visit to the vast building where Washio gets its laundry done, largely by immigrants who are not invited to the open bars or barbecues.
december 2017 by swlaschin
Rana Foroohar on Apple, Brexit, Uber, Basic Income, Trump, and Our Future Economy
I first posted about Rana Foroohar back in May, when her timely and well-received book Makers and Takers: The Rise of Finance and the Fall of American Business came out. That interview was one of our most-read pieces back then, but in the last few months, tens of thousands of new readers have come to NewCo Shift, and Rana was kind enough to come into the Nasdaq studios and shoot a fresh interview with us.
october 2017 by PieroRivizzigno
Facebook and Google promote politicized fake news about Las Vegas shooter | US news | The Guardian
The spread of rightwing blogs, claiming the shooter was an anti-Trump liberal, on to mainstream platforms is the latest example of hyper-partisan trolling after a tragedy
digital-culture  fake-news  Google  Facebook 
october 2017 by PieroRivizzigno
Opinion | Zuckerberg's Preposterous Defense of Facebook - New York Times
Responding to President Trump’s tweet this week that “Facebook was always anti-Trump,” Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook, defended the company by noting that Mr. Trump’s opponents also criticize it — as having aided Mr. Trump. If everyone is upset with you, Mr. Zuckerberg suggested, you must be doing something right.
digital-culture  Facebook 
october 2017 by PieroRivizzigno

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