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Fakebox · Docs · Machine Box · Machine learning in a box
Container with machine learning model that can identify "real" news. You can deploy it on your own, and it has a REST interface to query it.
machine-learning  software  politics 
13 minutes ago by mamapitufo
Chesterton’s Fence | National Review
"If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away."
politics  quotes  conservatism 
33 minutes ago by mario.d
Pando: A brief history of American gun nuts
the money quote:
Second Amendment cultists truly believe that guns are political power. That guns in fact are the only source of political power. That’s why, despite loving guns, and despite being so right-wing, they betray such a paranoid fear and hatred of armed agents of the government (minus Border Guards, they all tend to love our Border Guards). If you think guns, rather than concentrated wealth, equals political power, then you’d resent government power far more than you’d resent billionaires’ power or corporations’ hyper-concentrated wealth/power, because government will always have more and bigger guns. In fact you’d see pro-gun, anti-government billionaires like the Kochs as your natural political allies in your gun-centric notion of political struggle against the concentrated gun power of government.

How very convenient that works out to be.
weapons  politics  argument  history  reference 
2 hours ago by kmt
The Cambridge Analytica Con | Yasha Levine
But this story is being covered and framed in a misleading way. So far, much of the mainstream coverage, driven by the Times and Guardian reports, looks at Cambridge Analytica in isolation—almost entirely outside of any historical or political context. This makes it seem to readers unfamiliar with the long history of the struggle for control of the digital sphere as if the main problem is that the bad actors at Cambridge Analytica crossed the transmission wires of Facebook in the Promethean manner of Victor Frankenstein—taking what were normally respectable, scientific data protocols and perverting them to serve the diabolical aim of reanimating the decomposing lump of political flesh known as Donald Trump.
technology  politics  argument  history  reference 
2 hours ago by kmt
François Chollet on Twitter: "The problem with Facebook is not *just* the loss of your privacy and the fact that it can be used as a totalitarian panopticon. The more worrying issue, in my opinion, is its use of digital information consumption as a psych
The world is being shaped in large part by two long-time trends: first, our lives are increasingly dematerialized, consisting of consuming and generating information online, both at work and at home. Second, AI is getting ever smarter.
future  trends  politics  facebook  google 
5 hours ago by dancall
Exclusive: What Trump Really Told Kislyak After Comey Was Canned | Vanity Fair
Yet this triumph would be overshadowed by an astonishing conversation in the Oval Office in May, when an intemperate President Trump revealed details about the classified mission to Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, and Sergey I. Kislyak, then Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Along with the tempest of far-reaching geopolitical consequences that raged as a result of the president’s disclosure, fresh blood was spilled in his long-running combative relationship with the nation’s clandestine services. Israel—as well as America’s other allies—would rethink its willingness to share raw intelligence, and pretty much the entire Free World was left shaking its collective head in bewilderment as it wondered, not for the first time, what was going on with Trump and Russia.
politics  russia  israel  trump  airlines 
6 hours ago by bwiese
Mark Zuckerberg Is No James Madison
As a work of design, the Constitution is a brilliant piece of architecture, an intellectual foundation that has stood the test of time.

- In designing the Constitution, Madison managed to appeal to people’s better angels while at the same time calculating man’s capacity to harm and behave badly.
- Facebook’s designers, on the other hand, appear to have assumed the best about people. They apparently expected users to connect with friends only in benign ways.
- “If men were angels,” wrote Madison in Federalist 51, “no government would be necessary.”
- Not only should information be free, but sharing it is by nature a good thing.
- Its continued high growth depends on engagement levels and audience size. In the quest for revenue growth there is no incentive to expose impostors and make-believe content...false information tends to spread much faster than the truth. The further fake news spreads and the more user engagement it generates, the more money Facebook makes.
- it is hard to see how Facebook can endure in its present form. There is simply too much rot.

“In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself.”

- So, it's still a matter of business. When with false news, platform gains significantly more audience, many businessmen just can't resist temptations. It's the perfect case exemplifies how making money by promoting user engagement might go against humanity.
- Always keep in mind that when you appeal to people's better angle, be prepared with man's bad side. Learn to control them from going out of control and undermine the system.

data  technology  politics  business 
10 hours ago by upning
Tech Solidarity
"501(c)4 grass-roots organization whose goal is to better connect tech workers with the communities they live in. Our emphasis is on regular in-person meetings, volunteer assistance to organizations serving the vulnerable, and the creative use of labor law in pursuit of an ethical agenda.

Founded in November of 2016 by Maciej Ceglowski, a San Francisco web developer (Pinboard), Tech Solidarity holds quasi-monthly meetups in a number of American cities, coordinates volunteer help for NGOs, and helps secure working journalists and political campaigns."

Aiming for regular in-person events in every major tech center and towards 2018 Mid-terms running the "Great Slate" campaign in rural areas of swing states in order to galvanize Democrats and other opponents of GOP Republicans / Trumpists.

Startupinthecloud  Agrachina  Lifesnippets  Politics  NGO_NPO  community  Education  Media  urban-rural  Rural_Economy  Technology  Innovation 
13 hours ago by eocas
EXCLUSIVE: ‘Lone DNC Hacker’ Guccifer 2.0 Slipped Up and Revealed He Was a Russian Intelligence Officer
Guccifer 2.0, the “lone hacker” who took credit for providing WikiLeaks with stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee, was in fact an officer of Russia’s military intelligence directorate (GRU), The Daily Beast has learned. It’s an attribution that resulted from a fleeting but critical slip-up in GRU tradecraft.
politics  security 
22 hours ago by jasonsamuels

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