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China’s leaders are softening their stance on AI - MIT Technology Review
This new, softer approach to artificial intelligence comes just over a year after the Chinese government announced an ambitious and aggressive AI plan. This blueprint called for Chinese AI researchers to lead the world by 2030, and for domestic companies to build an industry worth more than $150 billion. China’s tech industry has already embraced machine learning and AI at an impressive rate (see “China’s AI awakening”).
china  ai  information_economy  information_policy 
7 weeks ago by gwijthoff
Delete Your Account: On the Theory of Platform Capitalism - Los Angeles Review of Books
Companies such as Alphabet, with a market cap in the neighborhood of three quarters of a trillion dollars, have claimed to be neutral arbiters and spaces of informational exchange. No one really believes that anymore, but we lack language to grasp the way these platforms collapse profit and the social, culture and capital. As the media scholar Tarleton Gillespie has argued, the term “platform” tendentiously fuses several meanings to the benefit of these businesses, combining the software platform with the figurative and political senses of the word associated with freedom. Yet criticizing the propaganda of such usage is a less urgent intellectual task than trying to understand what the platformed world we now inhabit looks like.
economics  information_economy  platform_studies 
may 2018 by gwijthoff
Watch It, Facebook: New EU Data Rules May Have Broad Impact - The New York Times
GDPR, the right to privacy, and the possibility that Facebook, Google, etc. will be run differently in Europe than the rest of the world to meet regulations.

the European Union's new General Data Protection Regulation, which will be enforced from May 25. The rules, approved two years ago, also make it easier for consumers to give and withdraw consent for the use of their data and apply to any company that uses the data of EU residents, no matter where it is based.
privacy  regulation  information_policy  information_economy 
march 2018 by gwijthoff
European Commission on tackling fake news
In April 2017, Vice-President Andrus Ansip in charge of the completion of the Digital Single Market described fake news as a serious problem. At the same time he highlighted the need to protect freedom of speech and trust people’s common sense. He also mentioned media literacy and quality journalism as vital tools to address the spread of fake news online.
fake_news  information_economy  information_policy 
february 2018 by gwijthoff
The Strange Brands in Your Instagram Feed - The Atlantic
So, even if the prose is unreadable, it doesn’t really matter beause by the time you’re staring at the words, the content has served its purpose already. Just by arriving on the page while logged into Facebook, you’ve placed yourself in a custom audience that can be targeted on the Facebook back end. This is a basic capability of the system: it works for any demographic, from Chief Executive Officers to white supremacists to lion lovers.
capitalism  advertising  information_economy  facebook 
january 2018 by gwijthoff
Broadcasting Board of Governors - Wikipedia
The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) is an independent agency of the United States government.[1] According to its website, its mission is to "inform, engage, and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy."[2] The BBG supervised Voice of America (VOA), Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio y Television Marti, Radio Free Asia, and the Middle East Broadcast Networks.[3]
The board of the BBG was eliminated and replaced with a single appointed chief executive officer as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017, which was passed in December 2016.[4][5][6]
broadcasting  journalism  radio  information_economy  fake_news 
december 2017 by gwijthoff
Homepage - The Restart Project
The Restart Project is a London-based social enterprise that encourages and empowers people to use their electronics longer in order to reduce waste.
We help people learn to repair their own electronics in community events and in workplaces, and speak publicly about repair and resilience.
mineralogy  ewaste  tinkering  information_economy  repair 
october 2017 by gwijthoff
Q&A with an iPhone factory worker at Pegatron ChangShuo in Shanghai - Business Insider
What it's really like to work in a Chinese mega-factory, according to a student who spent 6 weeks there
mineralogy  labor  information_economy 
april 2017 by gwijthoff
Intro — Knowledge Infrastructures: Intellectual Frameworks and Research Challenges
This report lays groundwork for a new approach to understanding the massive transformations currently underway in how people create, share, and dispute knowledge. We explore some of the major questions that need to be addressed if these changes are to reach their full potential, and the types of inquiries they will require. We seek to inspire new ways of thinking around issues that have been obscured by older approaches and assumptions – some of them in the process of being undermined and remade by the very forces described here. Our report is at the same time a manifesto and an unfinished agenda, a statement and a provocation we hope will inspire others to further investigation.

Enormous transformations have occurred over the last 20 years in our systems for generating, sharing, and disputing human knowledge. Changes associated with Internet technologies — such as social media, “big data,” open source software, ubiquitous computing, and Wikipedia — have altered the basic mechanics by which knowledge is produced and circulated. Remarkable new knowledge practices have emerged, captured under the language of crowdsourcing, cyberinfrastructure, personal informatics, citizen science, open access, MOOCs, and dozens of other terms that wouldn’t have shown up in the Wikipedia pages (!!) of a decade ago
infrastructure  information_economy  dh 
september 2016 by gwijthoff
John Quiggin - Peak paper | Crooked Timber Feb 2016
I’ve recently published a piece in Aeon, looking at the peak in global paper use, which occurred a couple of years ago, and arguing that this is an indication…
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february 2016 by dunnettreader
Microsoft Plumbs Ocean’s Depths to Test Underwater Data Center - NYTimes.com
The effort, code-named Project Natick, might lead to strands of giant steel tubes linked by fiber optic cables placed on the seafloor. Another possibility would suspend containers shaped like jelly beans beneath the surface to capture the ocean current with turbines that generate electricity.
infrastructure  information_economy  networks  oceans 
february 2016 by gwijthoff
Asking the right question | Ctrl-Shift
Ctrl-Shift blog suggesting that many organisations are asking the wrong questions when it comes to data. When you ask the right questions, the solutions become much clearer, much quicker.
value_shift  PIMS  perfect_storm  trust  regulation  personal  information  economy  information_economy 
august 2015 by Ctrl-Shift
Can PIMS really earn their keep? - Ctrl-Shift
Are consumers prepared to pay for PIMS? If not - if PIMS have to be free to gain market traction - can PIMS really earn enough money to cover their costs? These are critical questions for the emerging market, and many of the answers currently being proffered are far too simplistic.
PIMS  business_models  information_economy 
november 2014 by Ctrl-Shift
The poetry and brief life of a Foxconn worker: Xu Lizhi (1990-2014)
Note: Below are translations by friends of the Nao project, starting with Xu's departing poem and an obituary, followed by other poems from 2011 to 2014. By translating these poems, we aim to memorialize Xu, share some of his excellent literary work, and spread awareness that the harsh conditions, struggles and aspirations of Chinese migrant workers (including but not limited to Foxconn) have not diminished since the more widely-publicized spate of 18 attempted Foxconn suicides in 2010, resulting in 14 deaths. Insiders report that thereafter, although the frequency of suicides decreased (mainly due to Foxconn's installation of nets making it more difficult for workers to jump from their dormitories, along with the development of workers' collective resistance), such suicides have continued to the present. Including Xu Lizhi, at least 8 cases have been reported in the media since 2010, but insiders say that many other cases go unreported. We hope that in the future, workers in Foxconn and elsewhere manage to find ways around such companies' military-style discipline and surveillance, come together, and forge collective paths out of this capitalist world of death, into a world worth living in. Don't give up!
china  apple  information_economy  media_ecology 
november 2014 by gwijthoff

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