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Forms – Office of the B.C. Information and Privacy Commissioner
The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act ("FIPPA") gives you the right to request records held by "public bodies" including Ministries, local governments, municipal police forces, and crown corporations. You can request records that contain your own personal information, or records such as reports, audits, and financial information of the public body.
freedom  data  information  foi  canada  politics  howto  bc 
23 hours ago by ivar
The Way of the Doofus Warrior
Applying Boyd OODA analysis to Donald Trump.
politics  decision-making  information 
yesterday by tsuomela
cityofsound: Journal: Notes on "Ambient Commons", by Malcolm McCullough
Dan Hill: "McCullough's insights into high and low resolution, focus, attention, immanent data, context suggesting intent, and the nature of the ambient, are hugely useful. I can't recommend the book highly enough to those interested in what the present and future of the contemporary urban landscape might look like when refracted through a rich understanding of the past."
city  attention  information  books 
2 days ago by jbushnell
Journey into information theory
We've always been communicating.... as we moved from signal fires, to alphabets & electricity the problems remained the same.
information  learning  classes 
2 days ago by bjtitus
Almost None of the Women in the Ashley Madison Database Ever Used the Site
Overall, the picture is grim indeed. Out of 5.5 million female accounts, roughly zero percent had ever shown any kind of activity at all, after the day they were created.

The men’s accounts tell a story of lively engagement with the site, with over 20 million men hopefully looking at their inboxes, and over 10 million of them initiating chats. The women’s accounts show so little activity that they might as well not be there.

Sure, some of these inactive accounts were probably created by real, live women (or men pretending to be women) who were curious to see what the site was about. Some probably wanted to find their cheating husbands. Others were no doubt curious journalists like me. But they were still overwhelmingly inactive. They were not created by women wanting to hook up with married men. They were static profiles full of dead data, whose sole purpose was to make men think that millions of women were active on Ashley Madison.

Ashley Madison employees did a pretty decent job making their millions of women’s accounts look alive. They left the data in these inactive accounts visible to men, showing nicknames, pictures, sexy comments. But when it came to data that was only visible on to company admins, they got sloppy. The women’s personal email addresses and IP addresses showed marked signs of fakery. And as for the women’s user activity, the fundamental sign of life online? Ashley Madison employees didn’t even bother faking that at all.

There are definitely other possible explanations for these data discrepancies. It could be that the women’s data in these three fields just happened to get hopelessly corrupted, even though the men’s data didn’t. Or maybe most of those accounts weren’t deliberately faked, but just represented real women who came to the site once, never to return.

Either way, we’re left with data that suggests Ashley Madison is a site where tens of millions of men write mail, chat, and spend money for women who aren’t there.
privacy  datamining  information 
3 days ago by jtyost2
Infosphere | e-flux
As part of GLOBALE, the new art event in the digital age, the ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe presents the exhibition Infosphere. The exhibition gives an overview of art in the era of the digital revolution and its social consequences. In addition, it provides insights into the new data world, whose existence has been finally brought home to the general public through the NSA affair. 

The biosphere, from the atmosphere to the oceans, forms the habitable zone in which humans and other life forms live. But since the discovery of wireless radio technology based on electromagnetic waves roughly 150 years ago, we also live in an infosphere.

The infosphere spans the Earth with technical media such as radio, TV, mobile communications, and the Internet, which use electro-magnetic waves and therefore guarantee a global flow of information in real time. Without the global, digitally controlled transfer of information and transport of goods and passengers, the existential demands of more than seven billion people could not be met.

Since alphabetical code was supplemented with numerical code during the information revolution, algorithms have become a fundamental element of our social order. It often appears as if there is no instruction manual available. This becomes very apparent with topics such as surveillance, big data, or copyright on the Internet. The artworks on show in this exhibition present answers that artists, designers, architects, and scientists have found today to the acute challenges of the infosphere.

More than 70 artists will exhibit in Infosphere, including The Office for Creative Research, The Critical Engineering Working Group, Bitnik, Julius Popp, Stéphane Degoutin and Gwenola Wagon, Tyler Coburn, Emma Charles, Zach Blas, Sterling Crispin, Aram Bartholl, and Jia. For Jia’s work, The Chinese Version, an exhibition catalog will be published by Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther König.

Also part of the Infosphere exhibition is Armin Linke’s project The Appearance of That Which Cannot be Seen. It makes the invisible aspects of the infosphere visible: cables and hardware, data centers, spy, surveying and weather satellites, the server rooms of financial corporations and banks, as well as the infrastructure of the infosphere. Scientists and theorists (Ariella Azoulay, Bruno Latour, Peter Weibel, Mark Wigley, and Jan Zalasiewicz) were invited to engage with Armin Linke’s photographic archive. In close cooperation with the artist, different images have been selected to be presented in the exhibition in various combinations.
infrastructure  invisibility  internet  materiality  information 
4 days ago by shannon_mattern

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