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Silicon Valley Can't Be Trusted With Our History
the internet is messing with human cognition in ways that will take decades to fully understand. Some researchers believe it is altering the way we create memories. In one study, researchers told a group of people to copy a list of facts onto a computer. They told half the group that the facts would be saved when they finished and the other half that the facts would be erased. Those who thought that the facts would be saved were much worse at remembering them afterward. Instead of relying on our friends and neighbors — or on books, for that matter — we have started outsourcing our memories to the internet.

So what happens if those memories are erased — and if the very platforms responsible for their storage are the ones doing the erasing? That scenario is a threat everywhere, but particularly in countries where the authorities are most aggressively controlling speech and editing history. We say the internet never forgets, but internet freedom isn’t evenly distributed: When tech companies have expanded into parts of the world where information suppression is the norm, they have proven willing to work with local censors.
Those censors will be emboldened by new efforts at platform regulation in the US and Europe, just as authoritarian regimes have already enthusiastically repurposed the rhetoric of “fake news.”

The reach and power of tech platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are so new and strange that we’ve barely begun formulating a response. But we can learn from the activists already doing it; from Mosireen, or the team behind the Syrian Archive — six people, with a budget of $96,000, who are preserving thousands of hours of footage from their country’s civil war. The archive recently published the Chemical Weapons Database, documenting 221 chemical weapons attacks with 861 verified videos, implicating the Assad regime in a pattern of war crimes and putting the lie to armchair investigators helping to propagate conspiracy theories in the West. One of its cofounders recently told the Intercept that he spends nearly all his time making sure videos aren’t deleted from the big tech platforms before he gets a chance to download them.
censorship  syria  chemical-weapons  assad  history  youtube  video  archival  mosireen  the-syrian-archive  archives  memory  facebook 
19 days ago by jm
If iPads were meant for kids
A long list of the misfeatures that IOS/Android devices have regarding child use. 100% agreed with this
ios  ipad  iphone  parenting  devices  kids  android  youtube 
5 weeks ago by jm
YouTube, the Great Radicalizer - The New York Times
It seems as if you are never “hard core” enough for YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. It promotes, recommends and disseminates videos in a manner that appears to constantly up the stakes. Given its billion or so users, YouTube may be one of the most powerful radicalizing instruments of the 21st century.
youtube  culture  politics  radicalization  crazy  machine-learning  google  zeynep-tufekci 
9 weeks ago by jm
'Fiction is outperforming reality': how YouTube's algorithm distorts truth
"no matter which political side the researcher started from, the platform pushed pro-Trump, anti-Clinton videos."
youtube  truth  fake-news  conspiracy-theories  google  algorithms  politics  brexit  trump 
february 2018 by jm
How Syria's White Helmets became victims of an online propaganda machine | World news | The Guardian
The way the Russian propaganda machine has targeted the White Helmets is a neat case study in the prevailing information wars. It exposes just how rumours, conspiracy theories and half-truths bubble to the top of YouTube, Google and Twitter search algorithms.

“This is the heart of Russian propaganda. In the old days they would try and portray the Soviet Union as a model society. Now it’s about confusing every issue with so many narratives that people can’t recognise the truth when they see it,” said David Patrikarakos, author of War in 140 Characters: How Social Media is Reshaping Conflict in the 21st Century.
propaganda  white-helmets  russia  disinfo  syria  facebook  assad  google  youtube  fud  algorithms 
december 2017 by jm
Something is wrong on the internet – James Bridle – Medium
'an essay on YouTube, children's videos, automation, abuse, and violence, which crystallises a lot of my current feelings about the internet through a particularly unpleasant example from it. [...]

What we’re talking about is very young children [..] being deliberately targeted with content which will traumatise and disturb them, via networks which are extremely vulnerable to exactly this form of abuse. It’s not about trolls, but about a kind of violence inherent in the combination of digital systems and capitalist incentives. It’s down to that level of the metal.'
internet  youtube  children  web  automation  violence  horror  4chan  james-bridle 
november 2017 by jm
Yonatan Zunger's twitter thread on Twitter's problem with policy issues
'I worked on policy issues at G+ and YT for years. It was *painfully* obvious that Twitter never took them seriously.'

This thread is full of good information on "free speech", nazis, Trump, Gamergate and Twitter's harrassment problem.

(Via Peter Bourgon)
via:peterbourgon  harrassment  twitter  gamergate  threads  youtube  google-plus  policy  abuse  bullying  free-speech  engagement 
october 2017 by jm
Baby laughing hysterically at ripping paper [video]
classic Youtube unicorn chaser, saving for future use
unicorn-chaser  youtube  funny  babies  paper  videos  ffu 
may 2017 by jm
Zeynep Tufekci: "Youtube is a crucial part of the misinfomation ecology"
This is so spot on. I hope Google address this issue --
YouTube is crucial part of the misinformation ecology. Not just a demand issue: its recommender algo is a "go down the rabbit hole" machine.
You watch a Trump rally: you get suggested white supremacist videos, sometimes, auto-playing. Like a gateway drug theory of engagement.
I've seen this work across the political spectrum. YouTube algo has discovered out-flanking and "red-pilling" is.. engaging. So it does.


This thread was in response to this Buzzfeed article on the same topic: https://www.buzzfeed.com/josephbernstein/youtube-has-become-the-content-engine-of-the-internets-dark
youtube  nazis  alt-right  lies  politics  google  misinformation  recommendations  ai  red-pill 
february 2017 by jm
Tarkovsky Films Free Online
Ivan's Childhood, Andrei Rublev, Solaris, The Mirror, and Stalker -- all viewable for free on YouTube thanks to Mosfilm. quality not great though....
film  movies  art  video  youtube  mosfilm  tarkovsky 
november 2016 by jm
[net-next,14/14] tcp_bbr: add BBR congestion control
This commit implements a new TCP congestion control algorithm: BBR
(Bottleneck Bandwidth and RTT). A detailed description of BBR will be
published in ACM Queue, Vol. 14 No. 5, September-October 2016, as
"BBR: Congestion-Based Congestion Control".

BBR has significantly increased throughput and reduced latency for
connections on Google's internal backbone networks and google.com and
YouTube Web servers.

BBR requires only changes on the sender side, not in the network or
the receiver side. Thus it can be incrementally deployed on today's
Internet, or in datacenters. [....]

Signed-off-by: Van Jacobson <vanj@google.com>
google  linux  tcp  ip  congestion-control  bufferbloat  patches  algorithms  rtt  bandwidth  youtube  via:bradfitz 
september 2016 by jm
youtube/doorman
Doorman is a solution for Global Distributed Client Side Rate Limiting. Clients that talk to a shared resource (such as a database, a gRPC service, a RESTful API, or whatever) can use Doorman to voluntarily limit their use (usually in requests per second) of the resource. Doorman is written in Go and uses gRPC as its communication protocol. For some high-availability features it needs a distributed lock manager. We currently support etcd, but it should be relatively simple to make it use Zookeeper instead.


From google -- very interesting to see they're releasing this as open source, and it doesn't rely on G-internal services
distributed  distcomp  locking  youtube  golang  doorman  rate-limiting  rate-limits  limits  grpc  etcd 
july 2016 by jm
My kids don't have a YouTube channel — but they pretend they do
“Dad is making a right turn now,” my 5-year-old son Jack will say as he newscasts the ride to school to a fictional audience. “Don’t forget to subscribe,” his sister Ella, 6, will often interject -- again, to no one in particular.

When I was their age, I’d pretend to be a soldier or a baseball player. Today, kids apparently aspire to be vloggers. It’s not enough for them to watch their favorite shows. They want to broadcast their lives, banter with commenters and keep their make-believe view counts high.
youtube  kids  wtf  video  broadcasting 
june 2016 by jm
SNES Code Injection -- Flappy Bird in Super Mario World
hand-injecting an entirely different game into Super Mario World on the SNES by exploiting buffer overflows BY HAND. this is legendary behaviour
games  hacks  exploits  buffer-overflow  snes  code-injection  amazing  flappy-bird  seth-bling  video  youtube 
march 2016 by jm
Streaming will soon pass traditional TV - Tech Insider
the percentage of people who say they stream video from services like Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu each day has increased dramatically over the last five years, from about 30% in 2010 to more than 50% this year. During the same period, the percentage of people who say they watch traditional TV [...] has dropped by about 10%. When the beige line surpasses the purple line [looks like 2016], it will mean that more people are streaming each day than are watching traditional TV. 
streaming  hulu  netflix  tv  television  video  youtube 
september 2015 by jm
J. G. Ballard predicted social media in a 1977 essay for Vogue
'In the intro essay to High Rise it says that J G Ballard predicted social media in a 1977 essay for Vogue. Here it is'
j-g-ballard  social-media  twitter  instagram  youtube  future  society  vogue  1977  facebook  media 
april 2015 by jm
Zoë Keating on getting a shitty deal from Google's new Music Key licensing
The Youtube music service was introduced to me as a win win and they don’t understand why I don’t see it that way. “We are trying to create a new revenue stream on top of the platform that exists today.” A lot of people in the music industry talk about Google as evil. I don’t think they are evil. I think they, like other tech companies, are just idealistic in a way that works best for them. I think this because I used to be one of them. The people who work at Google, Facebook, etc can’t imagine how everything they make is not, like, totally awesome. If it’s not awesome for you it’s because you just don’t understand it yet and you’ll come around. They can’t imagine scenarios outside their reality and that is how they inadvertently unleash things like the algorithmic cruelty of Facebook’s yearly review (which showed me a picture I had posted after a doctor told me my husband had 6-8 weeks to live).
google  business  music  youtube  zoe-keating  music-key  licensing  tech 
january 2015 by jm
The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed | WIRED
“Everybody hits the wall, generally between three and five months,” says a former YouTube content moderator I’ll call Rob. “You just think, ‘Holy shit, what am I spending my day doing? This is awful.’”
facebook  wired  beheadings  moderation  nsfw  google  youtube  social-media  filtering  porn  abuse 
october 2014 by jm
The Wadsworth Constant
For EVERY youtube video, I always open the video and then immediately punch the slider bar to about 30 percent. For example, in this video, it should have just started at :40. Everything before :40 was a waste. This holds true for nearly every video in the universe.


Via Joe Drumgoole -- it's true!
via:joedrumgoole  videos  youtube  skip  wadsworth-constant  fast-forward  funny 
april 2014 by jm
GIFFFFR
turn Youtube videos into animated GIFs (via Waxy)
via:waxy  gifs  youtube  video  animated-gifs  images  web 
february 2014 by jm
Jeff Dean - Taming Latency Variability and Scaling Deep Learning [talk]
'what Jeff Dean and team have been up to at Google'. Reducing request latency in a network SOA architecture using backup requests, etc., via Ilya Grigorik
youtube  talks  google  low-latency  soa  architecture  distcomp  jeff-dean  networking 
november 2013 by jm
How To Buffer Full YouTube Videos Before Playing
summary - turn off DASH (Dynamic adaptive streaming) using a userscript.
chrome  youtube  google  video  dash  mpeg  streaming 
september 2013 by jm
How to avoid crappy ISP caches when viewing YouTube video
Must give this a try when I get home -- I frequently have latency problems watching YT on my UPC connection, and I bet they have a crappily-managed, overloaded cache box on their network.
streaming  youtube  caching  isps  caches  firewalls  iptables  hacks  video  networking 
august 2013 by jm
Why YouTube buffers: The secret deals that make -- and break -- online video
Should ISPs be required to ensure they have sufficient upstream bandwidth to video sites like YouTube and Netflix?
"Verizon has chosen to sell its customers a product [Netflix] that they hope those customers don't actually use," Schaeffer said. "And when customers use it and request movies, they have not ensured there is adequate connectivity to get that video content back to their customers."
netflix  youtube  streaming  video  isps  net-neutrality  peering  comcast  bandwidth  upstream 
july 2013 by jm
3-D Printer Brings Dexterity To Children With No Fingers
'A South African man who lost part of his hand in a home carpentry accident and an American puppeteer he met via YouTube have teamed up to make 3D-printable hands for children who have no fingers. So far, over 100 children have been given "robohands" for free, and a simplified version released just yesterday snaps together like LEGO bricks and costs just $5 in materials.'

This is incredible. Check out the video of Liam and his robohand in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB53-D_N8Uc
3d-printing  3d  makers  robohands  hands  prosthetics  future  youtube  via:gruverja 
june 2013 by jm
Double vision: seeing both sides of Syria’s war
A skirmish is filmed, using HD video cameras, by both sides. Storyful pinpoint the location. War as panopticon
storyful  war  syria  future  tanks  battle  video  youtube  hd  panopticon 
march 2013 by jm
Fauxdelma Healy Eames
you really know you've made it as an inept Irish politician when Panti Bliss gets dressed up in her most senatorial wig to take the mickey out of you
funny  comedy  fidelma-healy-eames  politics  ireland  social-media  inept  youtube  video 
march 2013 by jm
Cliff Click in "A JVM Does What?"
interesting YouTubed presentation from Azul's Cliff Click on some java/JVM innards
presentation  concurrency  jvm  video  java  youtube  cliff-click 
december 2012 by jm
NASA's Mars Rover Crashed Into a DMCA Takedown
An hour or so after Curiosity’s 1.31 a.m. EST landing in Gale Crater, I noticed that the space agency’s main YouTube channel had posted a 13-minute excerpt of the stream. Its title was in an uncharacteristic but completely justified all caps: “NASA LANDS CAR-SIZE ROVER BESIDE MARTIAN MOUNTAIN.”

When I returned to the page ten minutes later, [...] the video was gone, replaced with an alien message: “This video contains content from Scripps Local News, who has blocked it on copyright grounds. Sorry about that.” That is to say, a NASA-made public domain video posted on NASA’s official YouTube channel, documenting the landing of a $2.5 billion Mars rover mission paid for with public taxpayer money, was blocked by YouTube because of a copyright claim by a private news service.
dmca  google  fail  nasa  copyright  false-positives  scripps  youtube  video  mars 
august 2012 by jm
VIDEO: Drone ‘spies’ on Mountjoy, and the Facebook and Google offices · The Daily Edge
TheJournal coverage of that drones-over-the-Aras video. some truly demented comments fearing for "intellectual property", somehow
the-journal  drones  video  youtube  ireland  privacy 
june 2012 by jm
LOITERING THEATRE - YouTube
'An excerpt from LOITERING THEATRE by Caroline Campbell and Nina McGowan - a film exploring forbidden and inaccessible space in Dublin through flying drones equipped with cameras.' Mountjoy Prison and Aras an Uachtairain, notably
dublin  forbidden  exploration  urban-exploration  loitering  youtube  video  film  ireland  drones  hack-the-city  science-gallery 
june 2012 by jm
YouTube bypasses the DMCA
more on the Rumblefish-owns-birdsong Youtube fiasco
youtube  dmca  rumblefish  birdsong  copyright 
march 2012 by jm
YouTube Identifies Birdsong As Copyrighted Music - Slashdot
'So I asked some questions, and it appears that the birds singing in the background of my video are Rumblefish's exclusive intellectual property."' Major problems with how YouTube is now policing IP infringement, it seems
birdsong  absurd  google  fail  youtube  rumblefish  copyfight 
february 2012 by jm
Hero orang-utan sparks copyright row - The Irish Times - Thu, Jun 16, 2011
"They did not have the right to sell it and have infringed his copyright. It is as simple as that." Scummy -- some company called "News Team International" taking YouTube content and passing it off as their own
youtube  copyright  scummy  news-team-international  video 
june 2011 by jm
Storymap
great UI for a little Dublin oral-history site -- just a GMaps mashup with links to YouTube, but it works very well
dublin  ireland  storymap  stories  oral-history  people  google-maps  mashups  youtube  video  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
Lady On The Rock by Jessie Ward [YouTube]
A Dublin mystery solved! those white plaster statues that covered Dublin, appearing in almost every council house window, explained
lady-on-the-rock  statue  dublin  ireland  video  movies  short-films  documentary  youtube  memes  plaster  from delicious
january 2011 by jm
YouTube - Mass Effect 2 Launch Trailer
whoa. really looking forward to this, Mass Effect was one of the best games I've ever played
mass-effect  games  via:colmbrophy  xbox  scifi  video  youtube  trailers  from delicious
january 2010 by jm
YouTube - "charlie brooker's gameswipe" ibbstersthecrapgamer
all 6 parts of the first episode, via Waxy. will watch this at some future point when I have free time again!
towatch  youtube  bbc  gameswipe  charlie-brooker  comedy  from delicious
october 2009 by jm
8-bit trip
flipping amazing stop-motion LEGO animation paying homage to classic C=64 and NES gaming, featuring International Karate, Pong, Tetris, Super Mario Bros, and Pac-Man from swedish duo Rymdreglage (via Conor)
wow  8-bit  animation  stop-motion  video  youtube  rymdreglage  c=64  nes  international-karate  pac-man  pong  tetris  mario-rosenstock 
august 2009 by jm

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