“The four ways that ex-internet idealists explain where it all went wrong”, by Tim Hwang for MIT Technology Review
Among the [Depressed Former Internet Optimists (DFIO)], this process is giving rise to a boomlet of distinct cliques with distinct views about how the internet went wrong and what to do about it. As an anxiety-­ridden DFIO myself, I’ve been morbidly cataloguing these strains of thinking and have identified four main groups: the Purists, the Disillusioned, the Hopeful, and the Revisionists.
internet  ethics  politics 
Yale Law Journal - Architectural Exclusion: Discrimination and Segregation Through Physical Design of the Built Environment
The built environment is characterized by man-made physical features that make it difficult for certain individuals—often poor people and people of color—to access certain places. Bridges were designed to be so low that buses could not pass under them in order to prevent people of color from accessing a public beach. Walls, fences, and highways separate historically white neighborhoods from historically black ones. Wealthy communities have declined to be served by public transit so as to make it difficult for individuals from poorer areas to access their neighborhoods.
architecture  civicplanning  racism  design 
The lingering effects of NYC's racist city planning—Hopes&Fears
Moses's discriminatory activity wasn't limited to Long Island. As Parks Commissioner of New York City, he imported his racist building methods to an area dense with people of color in need of relief from overcrowded neighborhoods.
architecture  racism  design  robertmoses 
“Regaining sight?”, by Léonie Watson
But I don’t under-estimate the cost of doing so; and that’s the thing, I know the cost. I’ve paid it once, only this time I’d be doing it in reverse. The emotional stress, the physical effort, the fear and uncertainty, the tears and frustration, would all be just as much to contend with as they were when I lost my sight.
accessibility  a11y 
2 days ago
Jet Li says he rejected The Matrix because he didn’t want his kung fu moves digitally recorded | Abacus
“I was thinking: I’ve been training my entire life. And we martial artists could only grow older. Yet they could own [my moves] as an intellectual property forever. So I said I couldn’t do that,” Li said.
automation  labor  movies  ethics 
2 days ago
Display: Contents Is Not a CSS Reset | Adrian Roselli
“Today browsers will take an element with display: contents and drop it from the accessibility tree.”
accessibility  a11y  css 
4 days ago
Offline Mode | Figma Help Center
While we don’t offer a full offline experience at this time, any files you currently have open in the desktop app can be edited while you're offline. When you're back online the changes you made should sync. However, you won't be able to import any files if you are not currently online.
offline  assumptions  biases  design 
5 days ago
The "Developer Experience" Bait-and-Switch | Infrequently Noted
JavaScript is the web’s CO2. We need some of it, but too much puts the entire ecosystem at risk. Those who emit the most are furthest from suffering the consequences — until the ecosystem collapses. The web will not succeed in the markets and form-factors where computing is headed unless we get JS emissions under control.
javascript  performance  progressiveenhancement  browsers 
5 days ago
Google Drops Out of Pentagon's $10 Billion Cloud Competition
Google’s announcement on Monday came just months after the company decided not to renew its contract with a Pentagon artificial intelligence program, after extensive protests from employees of the internet giant about working with the military. The company then released a set of principles designed to evaluate what kind of artificial intelligence projects it would pursue.
labor  ai  ethics  defensecontracts  defensecontracting  techindustry 
5 days ago
“Giovanni”, an interview with Jamila Woods by Fatimah Asghar, on the release of her new video (for Poetry Foundation)
“I like thinking about genre as a vision, or as a filter, something you can apply to whatever you make. I intermittently write poems when I’m teaching, or if I end up in someone’s workshop, but when you also do a lot of other things you’re like, am I not a poet anymore? If I haven’t written in a while, is that part fading away? But it’s been cool to lean into my poetry as a songwriter. At the same time, when I work with other artists, that’s when I realize how much I have to grow and learn.”
poetry  hiphop  feminism  women  race  writing  family 
5 days ago
Regulating for Responsible Technology: Introducing the Office for Responsible Technology
The body’s three core functions (more on each of these below) are significant undertakings in their own right and will require significant investment. Our estimate based on existing analogous bodies is that it will require in the region of £37 million a year to run — a significant sum, but a no-brainer if seen as of a long-term investment into our digital regulation infrastructure. The value of building the public’s trust in technology by mitigating digital harms and empowering regulators to allow responsible innovation to flourish is enough to pay this back a hundred times over.
govuk  uk  government  regulation  technology  techindustry 
10 days ago
“Seamful Design and Ubicomp Infrastructure”, by Matthew Chalmers
In this paper, we discuss taking a ‘seamful’ design approach to ubicomp systems. Some features that we designers usually categorise as infrastructure problems may, to users, be useful interactional features. Examples include the edges and gaps in 802.11 coverage, and the patterns of where one can and cannot get GPS positioning. Sometimes we cannot smooth over or hide these ‘seams’. Seamfulness is about taking account of these reminders of the finite and physical nature of digital media. Seamful design involves deliberately revealing seams to users, and taking advantage of features usually considered as negative or problematic. We outline the origins of the seamful approach, offer two examples of seamful design, and finally discuss potential approaches to ‘design for appropriation’ whereby user activity drives infrastructural adaptation.
design  networking  seams  ux 
13 days ago
Women Keep Fighting After Kavanaugh Confirmation
So let’s be one. Let this be the final stake in the heart of gender respectability politics. Let's cry in public and dare anyone to call us less powerful for it. Let’s love each other harder than they hate us. Let's be fat, angry, grieving, ugly, slutty, frigid, foreign, dark, broken, confused, crazy, queer, tender-hearted vengeance demons. Let's yell our truth at senators and justices and whomever else we feel like yelling at that day, not even because we believe it will change their minds, but simply because we want to. We play by our own rules now.
feminism  oppression  scotus  uspolitics  gender 
15 days ago
What Makes ‘The Good Place’ So Good? - The New York Times
“The Good Place” tries, improbably, to fulfill both functions at once. It wants to sit at both ends of the control knob simultaneously. Like any good modern comedy, the show is a direct IV of laughs, but the trick is that all of those laughs are explicitly about morality.
tv  morality  ethics 
16 days ago
The Way We Build – Airbnb Design
Technology companies are expected to move at an incredible pace, and building software is complex. Add ever growing teams to the mix and you often end up with disjointed experiences. This has led us to try to better understand how multiple teams can efficiently collaborate to build great, cohesive software.
design  designsystems  collaboration  collaborationgap  webdesign  digitaldesign 
18 days ago
“Creating Style Guides”, by Susan Jean Robertson for A List Apart
In jobs since, I’ve seen firsthand how style guides save development time, make communication regarding your front end smoother, and keep both code and design consistent throughout the site. It has been a revelation, and in this article, I want to show you how to build and maintain them, too.
css  design  patternlibraries  styleguides  modulardesign  webdesign 
18 days ago
The Automation Charade
Remarkable technological changes are indeed afoot, but that doesn’t mean the evolution of employment, and the social world at large, has been preordained. We shouldn’t simply sit back, awestruck, awaiting the arrival of an artificially intelligent workforce. We must also reckon with the ideology of automation, and its attendant myth of human obsolescence.

The problem is that the emphasis on technological factors alone, as though “disruptive innovation” comes from nowhere or is as natural as a cool breeze, casts an air of blameless inevitability over something that has deep roots in class conflict. The phrase “robots are taking our jobs” gives technology agency it doesn’t (yet?) possess, whereas “capitalists are making targeted investments in robots designed to weaken and replace human workers so they can get even richer” is less catchy but more accurate.
automation  labor  future  technology  politics  capitalism 
19 days ago
Humanoid construction robot installs drywall by itself

If Japan's Advanced Industrial Science and Technology Institute has its way, construction workers might be a thing of the past. Researchers have built HRP-5P, a humanoid bot that can handle a variety of construction tasks when there's either a staffing shortage or serious hazards. The prototype uses a mix of environment detection, object recognition and careful movement planning to install drywall by itself -- it can hoist up boards and fasten them with a screwdriver.
automation  labor  construction  technology  japan  future 
19 days ago
Opening up the GOV.UK Design System for contributions - Design in government
Service teams in departments and organisations hold valuable knowledge about their users. By inviting them to contribute to a set of patterns that everyone can use, we can reduce duplication of effort across departments. We can scale the Design System to deliver the things users need.
design  designsystems  civicdesign  govdesign  uk 
19 days ago
Côte de bœuf - Principia Gastronomica
A côte de bœuf (also known as a cowboy steak) is basically a thick, bone-in rib steak. I’ve become obsessed with the côte de bœuf; no other piece of beef seems to cut it anymore. I dream about it, my mouth waters just thinking about it. The obsession began last year at the Anchor & Hope in London, where Jeremy and I shared a slow-cooked rib that was crusty and salty on the outside, silky and rare on the inside, and so fabulously moreish that we polished off every last scrap of the massive thing even though I knew I’d have meat sweats for the rest of the night.
recipe  cooking  grilling  meat 
23 days ago
Why do remote meetings suck so much? – Chelsea Troy
A caucus (and specifically an unmoderated caucus) is a type of meeting with no rules about who talks in what order or for how long. Instead folks jump in whenever they have something to say. The caucus probably sounds akin to some of your business meetings: most teams consider this meeting setup ‘not too formal’ and therefore lean on it in some format.
communication  conversation  gender  meetings 
23 days ago
“the shame is ours”, by Anne Helen Petersen
The impetus to protect oneself fell on the girl. The impetus to say no fell on the girl. The work, the labor, of purity: it was all girls’.
feminism  rapeculture  sexualharassment  religion  toxicmasculinity 
26 days ago
The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People - Motherboard
as the internet has evolved, it has become increasingly corporatized, with companies like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Reddit, Tumblr, and Twitter replacing individually-owned websites and forums as the primary speech outlets for billions of people around the world.

As these platforms have grown in size and influence, they’ve hired content moderators to police their websites—first to remove illegal content such as child pornography, and then to enforce rules barring content that could cause users to leave or a PR nightmare.
moderation  content  labor 
26 days ago
Content Moderator Sues Facebook, Says Job Gave Her PTSD - Motherboard
Earlier this year, when we visited Facebook’s headquarters, multiple high-level employees told us that the company is working to make the job less stressful and potentially traumatic for its moderators. The company does have specific training protocols for content moderators, though the lawsuit alleges they are insufficient.
moderation  content  ptsd  labor 
26 days ago
Galen Framework | Automated testing of responsive design
Layout testing seemed always a complex task. Galen Framework offers a simple solution: test location of objects relatively to each other on page. Using a special syntax and comprehensive rules you can describe any layout you can imagine
automation  testing  design  css  browsers  devices  multidevice 
27 days ago
“Incomplete Open Cubes Revisited”, a digital project by Rob Weychert
As entrancing and rigidly systematic as it is, though, [Incomplete Open Cubes] is driven by a number of decisions which might be considered arbitrarily limiting. In particular, three aspects of LeWitt’s definition of an incomplete open cube are worthy of debate, as they significantly restrict the concept’s possibilities.
art  digitalart  design  critique  rwd  sollewitt 
27 days ago
He’s one of the only humans at work — and he loves it - The Washington Post
As of today, JD employs roughly 160,000 full-time workers in Asia. Over the next decade, [CEO Richard] Liu said, he hopes to see that number dwindle to “less than 8,000” better-paid staffers who work two or three hours daily.
automation  labor  technology  logistics  china  amazon  ecommerce 
27 days ago
“Prototyping Your Workflow“, by Mark Llobrera for A List Apart
There’s a seductive danger present whenever you see someone else outline their way of working, however. It’s easy to take their process as a rigid, universal truth. The trouble is, you and your team aren’t like everyone else—you have different strengths and weaknesses. Borrowing someone else’s process wholesale ignores the fact that it probably took them lots of fumbling to get to that point, and it’s going to take plenty of experimentation on your team’s part to figure out what works for you.
design  workflow  management  prototyping 
4 weeks ago
“Below the Surface of ICE: The Corporations Profiting From Immigrant Detention”, by David Dayen for In These Times
Going after ICE contractors’ cash flow indicates a new direction in activist organizing since the Trump administration began its controversial family separation policy. ICE relies on private contractors to carry out its detention operations, so one way to abolish ICE might be to make its association so toxic that it loses its collaborators.
corporations  ice  immigration  abolishice  capitalism  ethics 
4 weeks ago
Building the Future - Tiffani Ashley Bell
A GitHub-produced profile of Tiffani Ashley Bell, founder of The Human Utility.
civics  politics  engineering  femalefounders  water 
4 weeks ago
Winston Hearn | What's best for users
I think it’s worthwhile to avoid thinking that this state of the web happened <em>just because</em>. Rather, it’s important to critically examine what incentives have been in place in the past few decades that may have led to a web like we have. The web has only become a popular communication medium in my lifetime (I’m 33! I think!) and so all of this history we can look at is relatively recent. I believe there are two large incentives that have helped create the web that we have now: traffic and dollars.
amp  advertising  traffic  monopolies 
4 weeks ago
Despite Cleanup Vows, Smartphones and Electric Cars Still Keep Miners Digging by Hand in Congo - WSJ
The Apple spokeswoman, Sam Fulton, said the company started mapping its supply chain for rechargeable batteries in 2014 and that 100% of its smelters participated in independent third-party audits into cobalt-supply sources. Apple declined to say if its audits included Chemaf. The company’s supplier responsibility standards don’t exclude the use of creuseur-mined commodities.
capitalism  supplychains  infrastructure  samsung  iphone  latecapitalism  mining  apple 
4 weeks ago
Despite Cleanup Vows, Smartphones and Electric Cars Still Keep Miners Digging by Hand in Congo - WSJ
The Apple spokeswoman, Sam Fulton, said the company started mapping its supply chain for rechargeable batteries in 2014 and that 100% of its smelters participated in independent third-party audits into cobalt-supply sources. Apple declined to say if its audits included Chemaf. The company’s supplier responsibility standards don’t exclude the use of creuseur-mined commodities.
capitalism  supplychains  infrastructure  samsung  iphone  latecapitalism  mining  apple 
5 weeks ago
Cabrini Blues | by Reinier de Graaf | The New York Review of Books
Nine of the ten most racially segregated American cities are all located in the North, the “Land of Hope” during the Great Migration of African-Americans from the South between 1915 and 1970. In 2010, the list was topped by Chicago, where a history of racially restrictive covenants had pushed African-Americans almost entirely to what became known as the “Black Belt,” on the city’s South Side.
uspolitics  housingpolicy  racism  segregation  history  ushistory  race  racialjustice 
5 weeks ago
Pyramiden — the Story INSTITUTE
The ghost town Pyramiden (The Pyramid) was a Russian settlement and coal-mining community founded in 1927 in the Arctic, close to the Nordenskiold glacier at Svalbard, which is situated half way between Norway and The North Pole.
ussr  photography  ghosttown 
6 weeks ago
“The mystery of Tucker Carlson“, by Lyz Lenz for Columbia Journalism Review
What happened to make a rich white man the vox populi? How did I, a mom in the Midwest who can’t afford health care, become the humorless, censoring, liberal elite? How are the winners still insisting they are losers? What happened to this whole mess of a world? So I listen and listen. But I get no answers. Most of the quotes I get don’t make any sense. And I’m no closer to an answer now than when I started.

All I know is, he was definitely shouting.
politics  uspolitics  media  racism  foxnews 
6 weeks ago
“Labor’s day is coming” by Garret Keizer for SFChronicle.com
Not only organized labor but labor itself seems under threat. An Oxford University study predicts that nearly half of American jobs will be replaced by automation in the next two decades. The exploited worker has become the expendable worker.
labor  uspolitics  unions  scotus  automation  garretkeizer 
6 weeks ago
“Labor’s Last Stand”, by Garret Keizer for Harper’s Magazine
In the months following the [2016 presidential election], I began noticing an interesting difference between progressives who belonged to unions and those who didn’t. The non-union progressive—and I’m talking about the decent, open-hearted sort who doesn’t think he walks on water because he owns an electric car—was inclined to say, “We need to get out there and talk to those people.” The union figures I spoke with were more likely to say, “We need to get out there and listen.”
essay  labor  unions  uspolitics  scotus  garretkeizer 
6 weeks ago
Google AMP Can Go To Hell | Polemic Digital
“That’s what Google wants. They want websites to become fully AMP, every page AMP compliant and adhering to the limitations of the AMP standard.“
amp  googleamp  monopolies  regulation  seo 
6 weeks ago
wideNES - Peeking Past the Edge of NES Games | blog
Nevertheless, intrepid game developers squeezed amazing, iconic worlds into NES games: the maze-like dungeons of The Legend of Zelda, the sprawling planet of Metroid, or the colorful levels of Super Mario Bros.. And yet, due to the NES’s hardware limitations, gamers only ever experienced these worlds a single 256x240 viewport at a time…Until now.
nes  emulation  hacking  games  videogames  gamehistory 
6 weeks ago
“The Ecological Impact of Browser Diversity“, by Rachel Nabors for CSS-Tricks
“Let me be clear: an Internet that runs only on Chrome’s engine, Blink, and its offspring, is not the paradise we like to imagine it to be.”
browsers  devicediversity  web  webdesign  monoculture  ecology 
7 weeks ago
Cary Fukunaga Doesn't Mind Taking Notes from Netflix's Algorithm | GQ
"Because Netflix is a data company, they know exactly how their viewers watch things," Fukunaga says. "So they can look at something you're writing and say, We know based on our data that if you do this, we will lose this many viewers. So it's a different kind of note-giving. It's not like, Let's discuss this and maybe I'm gonna win. The algorithm's argument is gonna win at the end of the day. So the question is do we want to make a creative decision at the risk of losing people."
algorithms  automation  netflix  interview 
7 weeks ago
Critical Perspectives on Waluigi | The Empty Page
Waluigi is the ultimate example of the individual shaped by the signifier. Waluigi is a man seen only in mirror images; lost in a hall of mirrors he is a reflection of a reflection of a reflection. You start with Mario – the wholesome all Italian plumbing superman, you reflect him to create Luigi – the same thing but slightly less. You invert Mario to create Wario – Mario turned septic and libertarian – then you reflect the inversion in the reflection: you create a being who can only exist in reference to others. Waluigi is the true nowhere man, without the other characters he reflects, inverts and parodies he has no reason to exist. Waluigi’s identity only comes from what and who he isn’t – without a wider frame of reference he is nothing. He is not his own man. In a world where our identities are shaped by our warped relationships to brands and commerce we are all Waluigi.
videogames  games  philosophy  criticism  funny 
8 weeks ago
“Once Again, The Doorknob”, a talk by Olia Lialina
Interface design is a very powerful profession and occupation, a field where a lot of decisions are made, gently and silently. Not always with bad intentions, very often without any intention at all. But decisions are made, metaphors chosen, idioms learned, affordances introduced—and the fact that they were just somebody’s impulsive picks doesn’t make them less important.
affordances  ui  ux  ethics 
8 weeks ago
“Saving Zelda,” by Tevis Thompson
This is from 2012, and raises a couple decent structural crits early on. I’d be curious to know how/if the author’d revise this post-BotW.
videogames  zelda  games  criticism 
9 weeks ago
Ice Cube Celebrates The Eames - Dwell
“What I love about the Eames is how resourceful they are, taking something that already exists and making it something special, kind of like sampling.”
architecture  design  history  icecube  dwell 
9 weeks ago
download your twitter likes (nee favorites) and stick them into a sqlite db
twitter  twitterarchive  leavingtwitter 
9 weeks ago
“I Shouldn’t Have To Lose Weight For My Wedding. So Why Do I Feel Like A Failure?” by Scaachi Koul
“My wedding isn’t the most important day of my life, or at least, I don’t think it should be. But it could be the first day in a string of days of being done.”
weightloss  trauma  eatingdisorders  bodyimage  feminism  family 
9 weeks ago
YouTube is about to pass Facebook as the second biggest website in US
Facebook has seen a severe decline in monthly page visits, from 8.5 billion to 4.7 billion in the last two years, according to the study. Although Facebook's app traffic has grown, it is not enough to make up for that loss, the study said.
techindustry  traffic  monopolies 
10 weeks ago
Creating the “Perfect” CSS System, by lindsay grizzard
More than once over the years, I’ve typed some combination of the words ‘perfect CSS structure architecture’ into Google looking for guidance in building a maintainable and scalable environment. My work in these wide ranging CSS environments with equally diverse team dynamics has made me think a lot about what the “perfect” CSS system looks like for a project and a company.
css  frontend  architecture  research  process 
10 weeks ago
Yes, design systems will replace design jobs — DesignSystems.com
Design systems have plenty of tactical challenges — how to start, maintain and adapt them, and so on. But arguably the biggest question is cultural: What will happen to software designers’ jobs as their work is increasingly automated?
designsystems  labor  automation 
10 weeks ago
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