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Thought-provoking thread on Facebook/YouTube content moderation
Extremely thought-provoking thread on the horrors of Facebook/YouTube content moderation, from Andrew Strait:
My time doing this work convinced me there is no ultimate mitigation measure for the mental harm it causes. Automation is not a silver bullet - it requires massive labeled data sets by moderators on a continuing basis to ensure accuracy and proper model fit.

There are steps to make this process less worse, but IMO it all comes back to a basic question - what technologies are worth the incredible human suffering and cost that moderators will inevitably experience? Is image search worth it? Is YouTube? Is Facebook?

I don't have an answer. But these platforms create the need for this kind of horrific work and that must be considered at the forefront of design and deployment of any platform, not as an afterthought.
horror  moderation  youtube  facebook  video  content  mental-health  andrew-strait  image-search  images  labelling  google 
20 days ago by jm
On the association between adolescent well-being and digital technology use
Lies, damn lies, and statistics. 'if we believe screens are destroying a generation [of kids] that would mean that so are potatoes, having asthma, not drinking milk, going to movies, music, religion, being tall, biking, and wearing glasses' [...]

'The take home from this new study is the evidence that smart phones are destroying a generation is not any stronger than potatoes and eyeglasses are destroying a generation. The moral panic surrounding the fear of screens is simply not supported by good science.'
potatoes  funny  glasses  asthma  milk  movies  music  religion  cycling  screens  screentime  kids  teenagers  wellbeing  mental-health 
9 weeks ago by jm
The Stress of Remote Working – Martin De Wulf – Medium
There is a lot of good to say about remote working, and I see a lot of rabid defence of the practice. That said, I have been working remotely for a little more than 5 years now, and I now must acknowledge that it does not come without stress. This might come as a surprise for some, but in the end, I think that remote working has taken some toll on me over the last two years, especially when I went almost fully remote for a year.


I have to say, I agree with this 100% -- I spent a few years remote working full time, and by the end of it I was absolutely delighted to return to a mainly office-based job.
business  work  life  coding  teleworking  remote-work  stress  anxiety  mental-health 
january 2018 by jm

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