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Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' Is Just a Harmless Meme—Right? | WIRED
If you use social media, you've probably noticed a trend across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter of people posting their then-and-now profile pictures, mostly from 10 years ago and this year.
Kate O'Neill is the founder of KO Insights and the author of Tech Humanist and Pixels and Place: Connecting Human Experience Across Physical and Digital Spaces.
Instead of joining in, I posted the following semi-sarcastic tweet...
My flippant tweet began to pick up traction. My intent wasn't to claim that the meme is inherently dangerous. But I knew the facial recognition scenario was broadly plausible and indicative of a trend that people should be aware of. It’s worth considering the depth and breadth of the personal data we share without reservations.
Of those who were critical of my thesis, many argued that the pictures were already available anyway. The most common rebuttal was: “That data is already available. Facebook's already got all the profile pictures.”
Of course they do. In various versions of the meme, people were instructed to post their first profile picture alongside their current profile picture, or a picture from 10 years ago alongside their current profile picture. So, yes: These profile pictures exist, they’ve got upload time stamps, many people have a lot of them, and for the most part they’re publicly accessible.
But let's play out this idea.
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3 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Facebook's '10 Year Challenge' -- Harmless Meme, or Training for Age-Progressive Facial Recognition?
Kate O’Neill, writing for Wired:
But let’s play out this idea.
Imagine that you wanted to train a facial recognition algorithm on age-related characteristics and, more specifically, on age progression (e.g., how people are likely to look as they get older). Ideally, you’d want a broad and rigorous dataset with lots of people’s pictures. It would help if you knew they were taken a fixed number of years apart — say, 10 years.
Sure, you could mine Facebook for profile pictures and look at posting dates or EXIF data. But that whole set of profile pictures could end up generating a lot of useless noise. People don’t reliably upload pictures in chronological order, and it’s not uncommon for users to post pictures of something other than themselves as a profile picture. A quick glance through my Facebook friends’ profile pictures shows a friend’s dog who just died, several cartoons, word images, abstract patterns, and more.
In other words, it would help if you had a clean, simple, helpfully labeled set of then-and-now photos.
I think it’s very fair to say we should all assume the worst with Facebook all the time now. That’s why I posted my 10-year challenge to Twitter instead of Instagram.
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3 days ago by rgl7194
Memes to Movements – listen.datasociety
An Xiao Mina presents a global exploration of internet memes as agents of pop culture, politics, protest, and propaganda on- and offline. Based on her new book, Memes to Movements: How the World’s Most Viral Media is Changing Social Protest and Power (Beacon Press, January 2019), Mina uses social media-driven movements to unpack the mechanics of memes and how they operate to reinforce, amplify, and shape today’s politics.

Crucially, Mina reveals how, in parts of the world where public dissent is downright dangerous, memes can belie contentious political opinions that would incur drastic consequences if expressed outright. She finds that the “silly” stuff of meme culture—the photo remixes, the selfies, the YouTube songs, and the pun-tastic hashtags—are fundamentally intertwined with how we find and affirm one another, direct attention to human rights and social justice issues, build narratives, and make culture.

Joining her in conversation is Data & Society Founder and President danah boyd.
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3 days ago by jonippolito
Russian op-ed smears Ocasio-Cortez, mistaking memes for actual quotes
Dmitry Kosyrev, a political commentator for the government media conglomerate “MIA Rossiya Segodnya” took aim at freshman U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in a December 16, 2018 RIA Novosti op-ed headlined “’In 1941, the Germans dropped an atomic bomb on us’: who now rules in the U.S.”
Kosyrev described Ocasio-Cortez – at 29, the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress — as being “famous for her enchanting ignorance.”
Noting that there are “several sites where her statements are collected,” Kosyrev attributed the following quotes to the congresswoman:
“If we give visas to immigrants, why not also give them a Mastercard?”
“Do you think a person will ever walk on the sun as he did on the Moon?”
“I don’t remember what year the Cold War was, but I know it was in the winter.”
“Never forget that on December 7, 1941, the Germans dropped an atomic bomb on Pearl Harbor.”
Kosyrev used those quotes to attack the nature of democracy, saying “it’s possible, for example, to think about what’s wrong with democracy if it doesn’t prevent the election of such characters.”
He also summarized general talking points used to criticize the U.S. Democratic Party, and called Ocasio-Cortez a “typical product” of the American educational system, which he called a “disaster.”
He added that Russia imported its educational system from the U.S. and Europe “at the very moment of collapse” in the 1990s, and that, given the current state of Russia’s educational system, graduates there could similarly come to the conclusion that the Cold War occurred “in the winter of an unknown year.”
While Kosyrev’s lengthy criticism of the U.S. educational system could have some merit, his conclusion followed his failure to notice or tell his audience Ocasio-Cortez never made any of the above statements.
The quotations he cited came from the “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Memes” website, a self-described “parody website,” which says its “main purpose is to be funny and make people laugh.”
“This website is not affiliated in any way with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, her agents, or anyone acting on her behalf in any way. This website is not affiliated with any political party, PAC, Government Agency of any county, or organization of any kind. Really it’s just one guy who builds websites for a living that had a crazy idea that wouldn’t go away,” a statement on the website’s “About Us” page reads.
Both her youth and political positions as a self-described democratic socialist have attracted an unusual level of media attention for a freshly-minted member of the U.S. Congress.
Russian state-funded broadcaster RT, in a January 5 article headlined “Premature obsession: Ocasio-Cortez’s top 7 media moments before setting foot in the Capitol,” wrote that “the Right, in particular, has pounced on minor gaffes that would be quickly forgiven among their own ranks.”
But in the case of Kosyrev, what he assumed were gaffes were in fact instances of political parody that he took at face value. therefore finds the premise of his article to be false.
russia  disinformation  gov2.0  social_media  meme  politics  fake_news  factcheck  AOC  congress 
7 days ago by rgl7194
Look at it! It's beautiful! (source: )
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