Take Back Your Web - Tantek Çelik on Vimeo
We used to control our online identities, content, and experience. We now share Twitter names instead of domains; even web developers tweet and post on Medium instead of their own sites. We scroll social media and feel empty instead of reading news & blogs to feel informed and connected. Algorithmic feeds amplify rage & conspiracies, enabling tribal ad-targeting to polarise and spread misinformation, threatening democracy itself.

What happened? And what are we doing to fix it?
That's a big question that will require all of us, our communities, our employers, to shift. I don't want to wait, and you probably don't either.

What can you do for yourself, today?

Own your domain. Own your content. Own your social connections. Own your reading experience. IndieWeb services, tools, and standards enable you to take back your web.
reclaim  Web 
2 days ago
How to Convert Any HTML5 Template Into an Awesome WordPress Theme - WPMU DEV
What do you do when you can’t find the perfect WordPress theme? In all likelihood, you probably turn to a theme framework. However, every once in a while, you probably have this thought flit across your mind: “I should just code an HTML5 template and convert it into a WordPress theme.”

But that’s just a pipe dream right? Let’s be realistic.

The truth is, as long as you have some basic WordPress programming skills, converting an HTML5 template into a WordPress theme is within reach — provided you’re willing to put in the effort. In this post, I’ll show you how.
wordpress  theme  html5 
5 days ago
How We’re Using WordPress as a Headless CMS | Indigo Tree
The following is a transcript of the talk on Using WordPress as a Headless CMS, that developer Benjamin Read gave at WordCamp London 2018.  The talk covered:

1. What is a headless (or decoupled) CMS
2. Why use WordPress as a headless CMS
3. Tools and process for building a headless site
4. A basic example and some gotchas we found
5. The Future is (probably) headless
wordpress  api 
11 days ago
PeppeR Project – PeppeR Project
The PeppeR Project is a research initiative dedicated to the design of educational software that fosters 21st century skills.  The project’s core technology, called “PeppeR”, is a web-based collaborative workspace where students can engage in in-depth inquiry.  PeppeR offers a variety of specialized knowledge building features and social networking tools that support learners of all ages in their efforts to share information, identify key ideas, and progressively work to improve those ideas.

In doing so, PeppeR allows educators and instructional designers to customize the learning environment to their pedagogical or instructional preferences. Accordingly, tenets of flexible learning (ex. inform, engage, communicate, collaborate, curate, inform, assess) enable participants to optimize the educational experience.

Finally, PeppeR is also an excellent collaborative workspace for researchers to design, develop, and implement new, cutting-edge features (ex. social media, gamification, peer assessment). Subsequently, researchers are able to utilize learning analytics on anonymous data to gauge the effectiveness of such newly implemented features, which are not readily available in typical LMSs.
collaboration  online  learning 
11 days ago
Our Present as the Past’s Fictitious Future | Society for Cultural Anthropology
Much of technology’s material culture has developed as the realization of dreams from science-fiction narratives. Elon Musk, one of the foremost technology developers of our time, has stated that he is directly influenced by Iain Banks novels and by Isaac Asimov’s Foundation, the story of a man who tries to save the world by creating an alternate one. Martin Cooper, inventor of the mobile phone, was inspired by the Star Trek communicator, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg lists Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, a Lord of the Flies set in space, as one of his favorite books.

Today’s technologies are both inspired by and based on these and other science-fiction stories. Inspiration is not a problem in itself, for imagination is important in innovation and the creation of technological productions. But this becomes problematic when those who are realizing these inspirations use the original stories as blueprints or manuals for developing technologies that they then build and deploy in our present time and context, with the expectation that they will work in the same way that they did in science fiction.

Technological productions work in science fiction because they are imaginary, scripted in linear narrative paths. The technology used to create them may be based on pieces of functioning technology from the present, but it is imagined and described with as yet undeveloped capabilities, features, and degrees of acceptance. In science fiction, technology need not exist in any functional form. This sets up a dichotomy: science fiction is fictional science, but it can be perceived as a potential reality by those enthusiasts who are ensconced in building our technological future. The technology described in science fiction is shown to work in applied fictitious contexts. The real people who develop technologies based on their interpretations of what they extract from science-fiction stories seemingly take for granted that their productions will then work and fit into present culture. This is largely because that fictional technology had been shown to work in the visual and textual narratives that are their sources of inspiration.
Technology  netnarr 
12 days ago
The creeping threat of facial recognition
Facial recognition software is an innovation on the surveillance camera—which was deployed to solve a social problem. But only people, not technology, can solve social problems. People may have to apply technology to solve those problems, though, and therein lies the crux of our quandary: what technology is appropriate, and what is not, and what tools do we use, as Dr. Chowdhury and others ask, to form a “safe and healthy society”?

Answers to that question are now being offered up without sufficient public input. Tools for face recognition that are broadly available and inexpensive, and used without regulation or transparency, are most concerning. Also, it is unknown whether short-staffed, budget conscious, or technologically-inexperienced police departments will adhere to the voluntary rules set forth by facial recognition software vendors.
privacy  surveillance  netnarr 
12 days ago
Teaching an Inquiry Maths Problem - Conception of the good
In February 2018, I heard Andrew Blair speak at a CPD event about Inquiry Maths. Andrew is a Head of Maths and founder of his website Inquiry Maths where teachers can gain access to ideas about teaching Mathematics using the Inquiry Maths model.

Andrew and I tend to disagree over the best pedagogical approach when teaching Mathematics, but we agree in teaching many of the problems that he has shared on his website. When I create resources, I check out different sites for ideas, and I regularly check Andrew’s website. It’s fantastic! When I saw Andrew speak at this CPD event, he showed a mathematical inquiry task that I made a mental note to include in my resourcing for the following year.
teaching  math  inquiry 
12 days ago
Ethical EdTech
Much of what passes for educational technology is designed for purposes of profit-seeking, surveillance of students, and user lock-in. Other kinds of technology exist, but they typically lack the marketing and sales budgets of competing vendors. This is a directory, created by and for higher-ed educators, for sharing tools and use-cases. We believe that education can be a critical site through which to transform the broader tech industry and the cultures surrounding it.

What is Ethical EdTech?
Ethical EdTech does not assume a perfect or universally agreed-upon set of digital tools or rules. Tools by themselves do not guarantee ethical pedagogy, and we do not deny that tools not included here can be used in ethical ways. Rather, we seek to point out tools that value user freedom, privacy, and control, so that these norms might become more easily within reach. Read more about our working guidelines here and suggest your own.
17 days ago
How healthy is the internet? — The Internet Health Report 2019 — The Internet Health Report 2019
Is the internet unhealthy? We planted this question in your mind with the title of this report and in the questions we ask throughout. But you will not be getting a simple yes or no answer.

As you may have gathered, this publication is neither a country-level index nor a doomsday clock. We invite you to join us in assessing what it means for the internet to be healthy, and to participate in setting an agenda for how we can work together to create an internet that truly puts people first.

Our intention with this compilation of research, interviews and analysis (designed with input from hundreds of readers in collaboration with over 200 experts) is to show that while the worldwide consequences of getting things wrong with the internet could be huge – for peace and security, for political and individual freedoms, for human equality – the problems are never so great that nothing can be done. More people than you imagine are working to make the internet healthier, and getting things right, by applying their skills, creativity, and even personal bravery, to business, technology, activism, policy and regulation, education and community development.
internet  mozilla  netnarr 
17 days ago
Monomyth Online | Establishing the Epic Heroes of Online Learning
Writer and mythologist Joseph Campbell wrote about the monomyth in his seminal work, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, citing that many of our stories passed down throughout time follow a common narrative structure. Since its publication in 1949, Campbell’s seventeen stages within the monomyth have been identified in myriad works ranging in diversity from Homer’s Odyssey to Star Wars.

Adapting the monomyth structure to the online learning environment affords myriad opportunities to bolster student autonomy and engagement. Explore the three areas of the monomyth online to learn more about its application.
Storytelling  online  teaching 
18 days ago
Establishing Epic Heroes
 – Keegan Long-Wheeler
I developed a Storytelling Card Game for Online Learning Practitioners to play and consider their work and experiences through the lens of the Hero’s Journey. Holding a handful of cards, players are challenged to develop narratives describing their online learning experiences to share for group discussion.
Storytelling  learning  teaching  game 
18 days ago
The SETI screensaver shows us what the internet could've been
SETI@home is a long-term science project currently run by the Berkeley Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. It began in the early 1960s, when astronomers first began harvesting data from vast radio telescopes — like the one at Green Bank in West Virginia—to look for signs of life beyond Earth. The search and the science is much older than the screen saver, of course, which was released to the public in 1999 and still running today. But the screen saver has been directly helping that search for the past two decades.
web  history 
19 days ago
GoodRx List Price Index Reveals Rising Cost of Diabetes Treatments - GoodRx
List prices for diabetes medications and supplies increased by 58% since 2014—nearly double the rate of overall drug prices, according to a new analysis of list prices by the GoodRx Research team.
20 days ago
Dangerous High - Insulin Pricing is a Public Health Crisis | Insulin Nation
Insulins have gotten better over the years, and better insulins have been helpful for diabetic treatment. There is growing concern, however, about the very high cost of insulin, where prices have increased at seven times the rate of the consumer price index over the last 30 years. While the insulin market is not the largest, modern synthetic insulins are some of the highest-grossing medicines.
20 days ago
Dreaming Nefertiti: Ancient queens and chatbots
What I particularly like about Nefertiti Bot is that it both validates the experience of Teacherbot and moves the conversation on a little. Whilst it also invites a critique of itself, the questions posed are different: Why does a bot need to exist to provide a counter-narrative to museum artefacts? What stories aren’t being told in main-stream curatorial practices? Why does a 3D scanned head of Nefertiti exist? How did the original one find it’s way into a museum?

It also invites critique of a physical / digital artefact which I find fascinating. The possibilities for bots to be embedded into a range of contexts where they could act as provocative agents alongside engagement with another artefact, process, or activity has quite a bit of scope.
bot  netnarr 
20 days ago
We’ve created MuseNet, a deep neural network that can generate 4-minute musical compositions with 10 different instruments, and can combine styles from country to Mozart to the Beatles. MuseNet was not explicitly programmed with our understanding of music, but instead discovered patterns of harmony, rhythm, and style by learning to predict the next token in hundreds of thousands of MIDI files. MuseNet uses the same general-purpose unsupervised technology as GPT-2, a large-scale transformer model trained to predict the next token in a sequence, whether audio or text.
ai  music  netnarr 
20 days ago
Six things to do with your data before you die - MIT Technology Review
How to make sure your loved ones can get into all your accounts. Or, alternatively—how to cover your tracks.
20 days ago
[1904.08653] Fooling automated surveillance cameras: adversarial patches to attack person detection
Adversarial attacks on machine learning models have seen increasing interest in the past years. By making only subtle changes to the input of a convolutional neural network, the output of the network can be swayed to output a completely different result. The first attacks did this by changing pixel values of an input image slightly to fool a classifier to output the wrong class. Other approaches have tried to learn "patches" that can be applied to an object to fool detectors and classifiers. Some of these approaches have also shown that these attacks are feasible in the real-world, i.e. by modifying an object and filming it with a video camera. However, all of these approaches target classes that contain almost no intra-class variety (e.g. stop signs). The known structure of the object is then used to generate an adversarial patch on top of it.
In this paper, we present an approach to generate adversarial patches to targets with lots of intra-class variety, namely persons. The goal is to generate a patch that is able successfully hide a person from a person detector. An attack that could for instance be used maliciously to circumvent surveillance systems, intruders can sneak around undetected by holding a small cardboard plate in front of their body aimed towards the surveillance camera.
From our results we can see that our system is able significantly lower the accuracy of a person detector. Our approach also functions well in real-life scenarios where the patch is filmed by a camera. To the best of our knowledge we are the first to attempt this kind of attack on targets with a high level of intra-class variety like persons.
privacy  surveillance  netnarr 
26 days ago
Surveilling Strangers: The Disciplinary Biopower of Digital Genre Assemblages - ScienceDirect
This article identifies and names the digital visual genre of strangershots: photographs of strangers taken without their knowledge or consent and then shared online, accruing derogatory comments as they circulate through online networks. By closely describing a specific strangershot posted on Reddit and then connecting it to further examples, I aim to demonstrate that strangershots constitute a genre identifiable by the recurring social actions they accomplish by producing similar responses to recurring social situations. After identifying the genre, I apply actor-network theory to demonstrate how this genre is produced by assemblages of humans and non-human technologies. Following that, I argue that the genre reifies normalcy by leveraging biopower against non-normative bodies through explicit public shaming. The technological assemblage producing the genre, and the very notion of this genre as a regularized response to recurring social situations, has created new avenues for biopower to regulate individuals. This critical genre analysis provides nuance to assemblage theories of composition pedagogy by valuing ethical analyses of assemblage genre’s social actions. This analysis of strangershots helps us meet the digital imperative to pedagogically address 21st-century technology-driven composition practices while meaningfully considering the social actions performed by the genres and texts we teach.
privacy  photography  netnarr 
26 days ago
Be Wary of Silicon Valley’s Guilty Conscience: on The Center for Humane Technology | LibrarianShipwreck
With its carefully crafted website, smiling staff of reformed insiders, and fawning media reception it’s easy to be taken in by the Center for Humane Technology. And yet, as Jacques Ellul wryly warned, “One cannot but marvel at an organization which provides the antidote as it distills the poison.”[2]

Well-meaning though it may be, the Center for Humane Technology ultimately functions not as a solution to our technologically exacerbated problems, but simply as a way of making those problems slightly more palatable. It sees the cultural space that is opening up for criticism of technology and rushes in to ensure that this space is occupied by those who maintain close ties to the tech world – and thus it sets itself up as the arbiter of what passes for acceptable criticism. At a moment when there is growing concern that the high-tech dream is turning into a waking nightmare, the Center for Humane Technology swoops in to offer lifestyle tweaks (many of which are themselves technological) instead of systemic critiques. And by putting forth a slate of “former tech insiders and CEOs” the Center for Humane Technology polices the boundaries of who gets to participate in these discussions, making sure that it remains a conversation between former Google employees and current Google employees.
26 days ago
Duke MTMC contains over 2 million video frames and 2,700 unique identities collected from 8 HD cameras at Duke University campus in March 2014
privacy  netnarr  bigdata 
26 days ago
Netlify: All-in-one platform for automating modern web projects.
An all-in-one workflow that combines global deployment, continuous integration, and automatic HTTPS. And that’s just the beginning. Start for free
generator  static  cdn  webdev 
27 days ago
The History of the Web
The web’s history is fairly unique. It is at once extremely ephemeral and still nascent. The web was born as a document based medium. One of the features of this medium was that documents can disappear. And they often do. So even as the web rapidly advances, pieces of it get lost over time. Some moments have crystallized and stayed at the forefront of the web’s development. Others have receded into the background.

The goal of this site is to collect these moments and stories and start to build as complete a timeline as is possible. I’ll be gathering together the areas of the web history I’ve already dived into and starting to explore brand new areas. Along the way, I’ll share stories plucked from this research to start structuring a basic narrative about the moments that have been lost, and the ones that have not.
history  internet 
28 days ago
Tables for Layout? Absurd. - The History of the Web
Web designers that cut their teeth in the late 90’s and early 2000’s probably remember table-based layouts. This was a time when some webmasters forced their sites into perfect configuration using HTML data tables, spacer GIF images and a few kindred hacks. But for a while there, there weren’t a whole lot of options in terms of visual design. This is an attempt to trace that back and try to figure out where things went so wrong.
html  webdesign  history 
28 days ago
lorempixel - placeholder images for every case
Placeholder Images for every case. Webdesign or Print. It's simple and absolutely free! Just put the custom url in your code like this:
img src="http://lorempixel.com/400/200"
to get your FPO / dummy image. All images licensed CC BY-SA
webdesign  image  images 
4 weeks ago
NetHack: The Greatest Game You Will Ever Play
NetHack is the deepest and most challenging video game ever created. In continuous development by an international team of over 100 developers since 1987, NetHack boasts an unparalleled level of interactivity, replayability, and difficulty.

In NetHack, players are charged with the task of retrieving the Amulet of Yendor from the Mazes of Menace, a vast dungeon that is randomly-generated to insure a unique experience for each new adventure.

In the Mazes of Menace, your wits are your greatest strength, and success is dependent upon your creativity and cunning. There are no do-overs in NetHack, and death is swift for those who fail to learn the intricacies of the Mazes. NetHack is a truly difficult game, and many play for years before emerging from the dungeon victoriously.

Think you've got what it takes to plumb the depths, snag the Amulet, and make it out alive? Give it a go. NetHack is open-source and freely available for nearly every platform under the sun, and below you can find links to many popular versions.
4 weeks ago
Customizable SVG map visualizations for the web in a single Javascript file using D3.js
javascript  mapping 
4 weeks ago
COE Jumpstart | Tools and ideas for building your online course
Tools and ideas for building your online course
Designed to help you get started quickly and provide you with inspiration at your fingertips! Check out our showcases with examples from fellow UH & COE instructors!
teaching  online 
4 weeks ago
Mapping the world in 3D will let us paint streets with augmented reality - MIT Technology Review
Machines need an exact digital replica of our world if we’re going to get true, location-specific AR—or accurate robot food deliveries.
augmentedreality  netnarr 
4 weeks ago
Colorize Black and White Photos – Algorithmia
Bring new life to old photos by automatically colorizing them using the Algorithmia API. It's as easy as pasting in a URL above.

We're excited to introduce cloud hosted deep learning models on Algorithmia. The Colorful Image Colorization microservice is a computer vision algorithm trained on a million images from the Imagenet dataset.
photos  color  ai  cooltech 
4 weeks ago
Plagiarism, ‘book-stuffing’, clickfarms ... the rotten side of self-publishing | Books | The Guardian
Scams are rife, particularly when some authors can rake in thousands each month – but high-profile victims of plagiarism warn ‘day of reckoning is coming’
books  publishing  scam  netnarr 
4 weeks ago
Online tools for random words, Word to HTML, other free tools.
This website features text and html changing, converting, and generating tools designed to save you time making web pages or preparing content for web publishing projects or other groovy stuff. Or even use the site to make a random choice.

If you've ever needed to convert plain text to html paragraphs, alphabetize text, generate random words or remove line breaks then this website can save you from hours of needless manual labor.
webdesign  text  ds106  netnarr  prcon  cooltech 
5 weeks ago
Random Sentence Generator
Use this random sentence generator to create random sentences that can help you brainstorm, come up with new story ideas, or song lyrics.

The tool chooses nouns, verbs and adjectives from a hand-picked list of thousands of the most evocative words and generates a random sentence to help inspire you.

This method of using random words to generate ideas is largely inspired by the cut-up technique invented by the writer William S. Burroughs.
random  generator 
5 weeks ago
Hex Colors, Color Picker, Directory, Schemes, Paint Search & Conversions
A super handy too for finding color information from URLs, searches, images. It's the Wikipedia of colors
color  Design  webdesign  cooltech 
5 weeks ago
Social Feed Manager
Social Feed Manager is open source software that harvests social media data and web resources from Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Sina Weibo. It empowers researchers, faculty, students, and archivists to collect, manage, and export social media data. By running Social Feed Manager on behalf of their communities, cultural heritage and research organizations can provide an innovative service.
archive  socialmedia  tools  netnarr  cooltech 
5 weeks ago
Documenting the Now
Documenting the Now develops tools and builds community practices that support the ethical collection, use, and preservation of social media content
activism  archive  netnarr  civicimagination 
5 weeks ago
100 years of Bauhaus: what famous logos would look like in Bauhaus style
It’s bold. It’s minimal. It’s functional. After a hundred years, Bauhaus design continues to inspire artists, graphic designers and architects across the globe.

It outlasted a century’s worth of competing styles, survived the initial criticisms from traditionalists, and although the Nazis shut down the institution in 1933, the Bauhaus movement itself lives on to this day.

Logo designed by Jaseng99
And 2019 marks the 100th anniversary since this one-of-a-kind design revolution first started. To celebrate its impact, both then and now, we’ve asked our community of graphic designers to reimagine the most popular logos of today in the Bauhaus design style.
5 weeks ago
It’s easier than you think to craft AI tools without typing a line of code - The Verge
A lot of companies are trying to make it easier to use artificial intelligence, but few are making it as simple as Lobe. The startup, which launched earlier this year, offers users a clean drag-and-drop interface for building deep learning algorithms from scratch. It’s mainly focused on machine vision. That means if you want to build a tool that recognizes different houseplants or can count the number of birds in a tree, you can do it all in Lobe without typing a single line of code.
ai  prcon 
5 weeks ago
AI Experiments | Experiments with Google
AI Experiments is a showcase for simple experiments that make it easier for anyone to start exploring machine learning, through pictures, drawings, language, music, and more.
research  ai 
5 weeks ago
Web based audio recorder (one track) and editor with multiple list of effects that can be applied
webapp  audio  ds106  cooltech 
5 weeks ago
MP3 Cutter, Ringtone Maker - Online Edit, Cut, Join, Split your Ringtones, Music, MP3 and WAV files -- Bear Audio online tool
A brand new online audio editing tool that is based on HTML5 and doesn't require you to upload audio files to the server.
Main functions:

Cut and delete audio
Combine audio, songs, and ringtones together
Fade in and fade out audio
Mute and adjuste volume
Supported inport formats: MP3, WAV, OGG
Export format: WAV, MP3, M4R, OGG, AAC, WMA
audio  ds106  cooltech 
5 weeks ago
Beautiful Audio Editor
An experimental audio editor.
Copy. Snip. Pan. Record. Flexibly fade volume with envelopes. Apply and move effects (filters, compression, etc.) amongst tracks. And more.

Edit while playing for quick feedback.

Works online or offline.
Create and organize projects in Google Drive. Edit projects anywhere within Chrome or Firefox.

Store projects online or offline (in a local file to load later).
audio  ds106  cooltech 
5 weeks ago
TwistedWave Online Audio Editor
TwistedWave is a browser-based audio editor. You only need a web browser to access it, and you can use it to record or edit any audio file.

All the audio is stored and processed on the server, so you don't need to download anything, or save your work when you are done. Close your browser window and your work is saved. Open TwistedWave somewhere else, and all your audio files, with the complete undo history, are still available.

With a free account, you can edit mono files up to 5 minutes in length. Once you have an account, you can purchase a subscription to increase this limit.
Audio  ds106  cooltech 
5 weeks ago
Level up your productivity | Filterize
Filterize is an online cloud service that acts like your personal Evernote assistant. Tell Filterize what to do and it starts working instantly in the background for you. It simplifies repetitive tasks, avoids errors and saves time. Filterize works with both Evernote private and business accounts and on any device. 
5 weeks ago
DeepL Translator
"a machine translation service that produces translations of unprecedented quality"

A possible alt to google translate? DeepL
ai  language  tool  translation  prcon 
5 weeks ago
Toolishness is Foolishness
It has spread far and wide . . . a fondness for tools that transcends purpose and utility . . . as when folks grab a hammer to paint a flower just because they like hammers or because hammers are trendy or when they allow a computer to speak for them to an audience instead of telling their stories with a natural voice or when people turn to search engines to find truths more likely to reside in books or their own hearts.
learning  Technology  ideas 
5 weeks ago
Browser Fingerprinting: What Is It and What Should You Do About It?
Have you ever heard of browser fingerprinting? It’s okay if you haven’t, since almost nobody else has ever heard of it, either.

Browser fingerprinting is an incredibly accurate method of identifying unique browsers and tracking online activity.

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to wipe all of your fingerprints from the internet. But first, let’s start by exploring what, exactly, browser fingerprinting is.
privacy  netnarr  prcon 
5 weeks ago
Digital Detox 2.3: Biased, who me? – Digital Learning & Inquiry (DLINQ)
With the pervasive and growing prominence of social media in our social discourse, it appears that while we may not have our own facts, we tend to create a web of resources that are selective in the facts presented, or that reinforce if not echo our own interpretation of facts. For example, researcher Ana Lucía Schmidt and her colleagues found that “Content consumption on Facebook is strongly affected by the tendency of users to limit their exposure to a few sites.” The result is that we become less open to different interpretations of facts and less capable of analyzing the merits of others’ opinions. We use the validations of others with the same viewpoint to confirm our views and values. 

Not only do we tend towards sources that reinforce our positions, the very nature of social media exacerbates differences, encourages intolerance and moves our self-created comfort zones further from the political center. As Zeynep Tufecki notes in her book, Twitter and Tear Gas, “Facebook’s own studies show that the algorithm contributes to this bias by making the feed somewhat more tilted toward one’s existing views, reinforcing the echo chamber.”
fakenews  netnarr 
5 weeks ago
Mathematical and Puzzle Fonts/Typefaces
Below are several mathematical typefaces which are inspired by mathematical theorems or open problems. Most include a puzzle font: reading them is itself a mathematical puzzle.
font  mathematics  typography  prcon 
5 weeks ago
Dissection Font
In these fonts, each letter or digit or ampersand can be dissected (cut into pieces such that those pieces re-arrange) into a 6 × 6 square. The dissections all happen to be polyomino dissections, and they allow translation, rotation, and reflection in the piece re-arrangement. There are three different fonts, each using up to 2, 3, or 4 pieces in each dissection. Of course, with more pieces, it is easier to get nicer-looking letters. The 4-piece font uses some disconnected pieces (but still each piece moves as a single unit), while the 2- and 3-piece fonts use connected pieces. The 4-piece font is the only one where we achieve uniform letter heights.

Origin. The 3- and 4-piece font come from a draft of The Art of Computer Programming, volume 4, pre-fascicle 9B “A Potpourri of Puzzles”, where Knuth poses (and solves) two exercises in mathematical/puzzle font design. See Knuth's December 2018 profile in the New York Times. These fonts were originally presented at Knuth's 80th Birthday Party in January 2018.
font  netnarr  prcon 
5 weeks ago
The Weird Machine That Measured Radio Audiences in the '30s and '40s
The February 1945 issue of Radio-Craft magazine included an article titled “Radio Audience Meter” which looked at the machine that was revolutionizing audience measurement. First installed in homes on a trial basis in 1939, the Audimeter was placed next to a family’s existing radio.

The article included photo cutaways that showed how the Audimeter worked. Back in those days, radios had dials. Fitted with a series of gears, the Audimeter was a standalone device connected to a radio. It had an arm that moved whenever the radio dial was turned. So whenever the radio station was changed, the Audimeter’s arm would swivel along a long tape that was slowly rolling inside this gadget. The tape inside was about 100 feet long and three inches wide and reportedly lasted for about a month of recording.
history  radio  tech  prcon 
5 weeks ago
The Human Cost of Higher Education's Adjunct Shift - The Atlantic
Thea Hunter was a promising, brilliant scholar. And then she got trapped in academia’s permanent underclass.
academia  education  teaching  ideas 
5 weeks ago
Screening Surveillance
In all aspects of life, personal information is collected and analyzed by organizations that produce various outcomes—surveillance is not simply good or bad, helpful or harmful, but it is never neutral. These three short films were created to raise awareness about how large organizations use data and how these practices affect life chances and choices. We need to consider these implications, and critically examine the logics and practices within big data systems that underpin, enable, and accelerate surveillance.

These three short films speculating surveillance futures and the effects of deeply embedded and connected surveillant systems on our everyday lives were produced as part of a international multiphase project on Big Data Surveillance, by the Surveillance Studies Centre. Intended as public education tools to spark discussion and extend understandings of surveillance, trust, and privacy in the digital age, each film focuses on a different aspect of big data surveillance and the tensions that manifest when the human is interpreted by the machine.

Each film raises issues in our understandings of trust and surveilled relations:

Blaxites highlights issues that arise when different data systems are connected.
A Model Employee examines data ownership and the need to earn a system’s trust.
Frames exposes the problems in trusting sensor data and facial recognition to interpret human behaviour.
surveillance  netnarr 
5 weeks ago
home - Hanson Robotics
Hanson Robotics is an AI and robotics company dedicated to creating empathetic, living, intelligent machines that enrich our lives.
robot  netnarr 
5 weeks ago
How to Do Things with Memes
How do memes circulate? Why do memes circulate? What does it mean to express your feelings, attitudes, and even politics through memes? This three day mini course introduces you to the history of GIFs and memes, surveys the use and abuse of memes, and asks you to make your own memes. By the end of the course, you’ll have a better understanding of meme culture and be able to engage more deeply with this new folk art form.
meme  netnarr 
6 weeks ago
Web Design Museum 1991 – 2006
The main goal of the Web Design Museum project is to map out past trends in web design that were dominant on the Internet between 1991 and 2006. We would like to preserve the creative legacy of web designers from the turn of the millennium for future generations, since Internet users in 2030 would hardly guess how unique the websites in 2003 were in terms of their design.
history  webdesign 
6 weeks ago
Death by Robot - The New York Times
A handful of experts in the emerging field of robot morality are trying to change that. Computer scientists are teaming up with philosophers, psychologists, linguists, lawyers, theologians and human rights experts to identify the set of decision points that robots would need to work through in order to emulate our own thinking about right and wrong. Scheutz defines “morality” broadly, as a factor that can come into play when choosing between contradictory paths.
robot  bot  netnarr 
6 weeks ago
Generating a Bunch Of "Internet Noise" Isn't Going to Hide Your Browsing Habits
The theory here seems great, you head to a web site like Internet Noise or install an extension like Noiszy, and those sites perform random searches on Google, hoping to camouflage everything you’re actually searching for.

The problem is that it doesn’t really work for privacy purposes, a fact that Dan Schultz, the developer behind Internet Noise, even mentions on his web site when he says, “this button will make some noise as a form of digital protest. It does not make you safe.” Schultz’s project is meant to raise awareness as a sign of protest. It’s art, not a privacy tool.

Internet Noise doesn’t linger on sites long enough to leave that much of an impression, and even if it did spend more time there, filtering out the random noise would be a trivial task. Advertisers are looking for consistent visits to specific sites, not the places you randomly end up for a few seconds after searching for something on Google. If our ad profiles were filled with all the accidental clicks on Yahoo Answers links, they’d be pointless.
obfuscation  privacy  netnarr 
6 weeks ago
An Algorithm That Hides Your Online Tracks With Random Footsteps - The Atlantic
Can “polluting” browsing history with fake traffic make it harder for ISPs to spy on you?
privacy  netnarr  obfuscation 
6 weeks ago
Who is going to help build a pro-social web? – Dave’s Educational Blog
You need to help build a pro-social web. Every time you are fair to someone you disagree with on the internet, you leave a good connection behind you. You create a participatory node that represents your values. Every time you fact check something before you post it, you’re creating a reliable lesson that can be learned by someone else. Every time you participate, in a conscious, deliberate way, you are putting another stone into the foundation that supports the values you believe in.

The last three years have shown us the tremendous impact that a cynical, extremist and data-driven web can have on our culture. Look at what it’s done to our poor friends in the UK (good luck over there). So many of these damaging, divisive culture wars are the creation of companies (and governments) with an agenda that has nothing to do with the well-being of our society.

Please participate. Do it well. Put your values on the internet. Our society is literally being shaped by the internet right now, and will be for the foreseeable future. We are all watching the web we’re building. The web is us. Help build a good one.

Please help build a pro-social web.
netnarr  internet  future  ideas 
6 weeks ago
Privacy policies, shared openly
The companies listed below have all shown a commitment to being open and transparent about their policies and terms of service.
privacy  netnarr 
6 weeks ago
Digital Well-Being Is Common Sense | Common Sense Media
The ubiquity of smartphones and other internet-connected devices makes it possible for kids to interact with the digital world from a very young age. Ninety-eight percent of kids under 8 have access to a device at home, and 50 percent of teenagers say they feel addicted to their phones. Families have seemingly endless media and entertainment choices, but high-quality, age-appropriate content is still hard to find. Educators face new challenges with powerful learning tools (and powerful distractions) in the classroom. And technology companies collect all kinds of information from us (and from our kids), sometimes without clarifying how it will be used.

Every day, the world of media and tech gets more complex. But there's good news: Together with parents like you, and alongside educators, policymakers, and industry partners, we're building a movement to improve digital well-being for kids, schools, and communities everywhere.
6 weeks ago
Mathpix Snip
Take a screenshot of math and paste the LaTeX into your editor, all with a single keyboard shortcut.
math  app  cooltech 
6 weeks ago
What to do if your boss is an algorithm - BBC Ideas
Digital sociologist Karen Gregory on how to cope when your boss isn't actually human.
6 weeks ago
BBC - Future - Why there’s so little left of the early internet
It took nearly five years into the internet’s life before anyone made a concerted effort to archive it. Much of our earliest online activity has disappeared.
history  internet  reclaim 
6 weeks ago
YouTube Gif Maker - No Watermark
Create high-quality GIFs without watermark from YouTube videos. Search YouTube videos using full search below or paste the link to the video to get started.
generator  gif  netnarr  video 
6 weeks ago
Hypnospace, Wrong Box: New video games bring back the ’90s and 2000s web.
The cycle of adoption and abandonment, and the ways in which our virtual lives have been formed by this engagement in the past several decades, is integral to two new games that seek to memorialize shuttered virtual spaces. With Wrong Box, released in February, and Hypnospace Outlaw, published in early March to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web, players are transported into manifestations of the digital past, referencing web platforms popular during late ’90s and early 2000s. By revisiting vanished versions of our digital worlds, both games serve not just as simple gateways to a nostalgic past but as a reminder of the virtual lives we’ve continuously left behind ever since.
history  internet  reclaim 
6 weeks ago
Why you should always use YouTube's Privacy-Enhanced Mode - gHacks Tech News
YouTube launched a new feature on the site recently that it called Privacy-Enhanced Mode. You find the option when you open the embed options on the site to embed video code on third-party websites.

YouTube videos can be embedded on third-party sites like mine directly so that visitors to my site can play the videos without having to click through to YouTube first.

Privacy-Enhanced Mode is a new option that YouTube added to the embed preferences that improves privacy when embedding videos on third-party sites.

When enabled, YouTube won't store information about visitors to pages on your site that have YouTube videos embedded on them unless visitors interact with those videos. Think of it as click-to-play; unless you click, YouTube promises that it won't store information about you.
YouTube  privacy 
6 weeks ago
The culture war at the heart of open source
There’s a war going on. When isn’t there a war going on? But I’m not talking about a physical war here: I’m talking about a war over meaning. This particular war is a fight over what “open source” means.
culture  history  opensource 
6 weeks ago
Stack Roboflow: This Question Does Not Exist
Stack Roboflow uses a recurrent neural network to generate artificial questions about programming.

It does this by using a language model that was trained on a subset of the questions asked on Stack Overflow, a community of coders helping other coders.
ai  cooltech  netnarr  bot 
6 weeks ago
The Surveillance Studies Centre | A multi-disciplinary & international research centre at Queen's University
Surveillance of many kinds is growing rapidly throughout the world and the Surveillance Studies Centre (SSC) at Queen’s University is committed to high quality research to follow such developments. Current active research explores camera surveillance, ID systems, biometrics, social media, border and airport controls – indeed on many aspects of contemporary monitoring, tracking, management and control
surveillance  netnarr 
6 weeks ago
Music of Science (MoS)
Music is a language we are all trained in from birth.  As we develop, the songs we hear and sing help shape our impressions of the world around us.  Music enhances experiences, and provides emotional connections and novel understanding.

Science needs music. Any scientist will tell you there is a rich and deep beauty to exploring the natural world.  However, when scientists communicate their findings, the energy of the experience is often lost due to the objectivity that science demands while interpreting and sharing conclusions. 

The Music of Science is an effort to fuel science literacy and interest by sharing the incredible stories of science through a musical setting.  Though currently in its infancy, it will explore the adventures of today’s scientists, as well as their discoveries and the majesty of nature.
science  music 
6 weeks ago
School Stumbles Upon Chalkboards From 1917 During Renovation, Perfectly Preserved Lessons Provide Rare Look Into Past. | The Literacy Site Blog
Classrooms at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City were getting a routine facelift when renovators accidentally uncovered an incredible glimpse into the history of American education.

Construction workers were removing chalkboards– taking them down to replace them with new Smart Boards– when they stumbled upon some older chalkboards underneath. Luckily, they stopped to examine the chalkboards before destroying them, and they quickly realized that the boards were from 1917… Nearly 100 years ago! Stuck underneath layers of other boards, these antique chalkboards had been preserved with the chalk still on them, providing an amazing view of life in a mid-20th-century classroom.
teaching  history 
7 weeks ago
Our innovative new content format makes mathematics more interactive than ever before. At every step students have to actively participate, explore, and discover new ideas.

Unlike videos and other textbooks, students don’t just consume information: they engage through problem solving, reasoning and creativity.
education  learning  math  mathematics 
7 weeks ago
The Landlord Wants Facial Recognition in Its Rent-Stabilized Buildings. Why? - The New York Times
Last fall, tenants at the Atlantic Plaza Towers, a rent-stabilized apartment complex in Brooklyn, received an alarming letter in the mail. Their landlord was planning to do away with the key-fob system that allowed them entry into their buildings on the theory that lost fobs could wind up in the wrong hands and were now also relatively easy to duplicate.

Instead, property managers planned to install facial recognition technology as a means of access. It would feature “an encrypted reference file” that is “only usable in conjunction with the proprietary algorithm software of the system,” the letter explained, in a predictably failed effort to mitigate concerns about privacy.

As it happened, not every tenant was aware of these particular Orwellian developments. New mailboxes in the buildings required new keys, and to obtain a new key you had to submit to being photographed; some residents had refused to do this and so were not getting their mail.

In order to let neighbors who might not have seen the letter know what was potentially coming, five tenants convened in the lobby of one of the two buildings on a late October morning to spread the word. A few days later, those five tenants — like most of the residents at Atlantic, black women — received a notice from property management with pictures of the gathering taken from a security camera; they were told that the lobby was not “a place to solicit, electioneer, hang out or loiter.”
surveillance  netnarr 
7 weeks ago
Funny Illustrations Reveal Everyday Overheard Conversions
We’re all guilty of eavesdropping on other people’s conversations. And let’s face it—some of them can be pretty entertaining. Dreamworks animation artist Avner Geller illustrates the weird and wonderful things he overhears in cafes, public transportation, and on the streets of Los Angeles. His personal ongoing series of funny illustrations, titled #ThingsThatiHear, reveals just how strange modern life can be.
netnarr  digitallife 
7 weeks ago
NowComment makes it easy to have rich, engaging discussions of online documents no matter how large (or small) your class or collaboration group.

NowComment is fast, powerful, and feature-rich: you can sort comments, skim summaries, create assignments, hide comments, reply privately, and much more
It's free, a project of public interest group Fairness.com LLC.
collaboration  comment  discussion  annotation 
7 weeks ago
Privacy in Public – An Exhibit on Data Privacy Hosted by New York City's Public Libraries
The online world has shifted from a space of public discourse to one that’s increasingly fueled by access to our secrets, whether we are aware of it or not. What does it mean to participate on the web when so much of our personal data is used without our consent? 

Brooklyn Public Library, The New York Public Library, and Queens Library joined together to host Privacy in Public, an exhibit that interrogated what it means to sacrifice our personal information for the sake of convenience.  

From Saturday, December 15 through Friday, February 1, New Yorkers and their guests visted nine libraries across New York City to see new artwork that questioned our access to personal privacy in the digital age.  
privacy  netnarr 
7 weeks ago
Bushwick Analytica - tegabrain
Politicians and marketers now use data and online advertising to try to change our behaviors. But why should these tools only be utilized by people in places like Washington DC, Manhattan and London? Bushwick Analytica is a series of workshops recently held at Bushwick Public Library inviting local middle schoolers to harness the power of data driven advertising and develop and promote their own targeted campaigns. These sessions delve into the inner workings of internet advertising, and the many ways that data is collected online and used to categorize us.
advertising  tracking  netnarr 
7 weeks ago
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