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Jian Ghomeshi Will Recover, His Alleged Victims Won't - Mic
As Anne Thériault suggests in Vice, Ghomeshi will most likely recover from this scandal. "Men in his position very rarely suffer any real and lasting consequences for these types of allegations — look at Roman Polanski, or Woody Allen, or Chris Brown,"
yesterday
The Pervocracy: The missing stair.
I think there were some people in the community who were intentionally protecting him, but there were more who were de facto protecting him by treating him like a missing stair.  Like something you're so used to working around, you never stop to ask "what if we actually fixed this?"  Eventually you take it for granted that working around this guy is just a fact of life, and if he hurts someone, that's the fault of whoever didn't apply the workarounds correctly.

"Fixing" doesn't always mean throwing someone out
yesterday
The Apology (A Letter To The Man I Murdered) — Medium
It wasn’t until I was ten years into serving my sentence that I began to take responsibility for causing your death. It started with a letter I received from my son. His letter made me face up to the fact that it was my thinking and the choices I made that caused your death and led to me serving out my most promising years in prison.
yesterday
Samaritans 'suicide Twitter-sniffer' backfires over privacy concerns • The Register
Samaritans Radar automatically scans the tweets of anyone the user follows and alerts subscribers to potentially suicidal tweets based on “trigger phrases”. However well-meaning the intention, many Twitter users were quick to point out that there were huge privacy implications, not to mention the creepy effect: “The people you follow won’t know you’ve signed up to it and all alerts will be sent directly to your email address,” according to the Samaritans website.

A recurring theme was that such an over-the-shoulder app could easily be co-opted to harass or stalk someone. “Hey there stalker, no need to read tweets yourself, this handy app will alert you when your target is feeling at their most vulnerable.”
affect-computing 
yesterday
Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud to Be Gay' - Businessweek
Being gay has given me a deeper understanding of what it means to be in the minority and provided a window into the challenges that people in other minority groups deal with every day. It’s made me more empathetic, which has led to a richer life. It’s been tough and uncomfortable at times, but it has given me the confidence to be myself, to follow my own path, and to rise above adversity and bigotry. It’s also given me the skin of a rhinoceros, which comes in handy when you’re the CEO of Apple
lgbt 
yesterday
from plastic surgery to public meltdowns amalia ulman is turning instagram into performance art | i-D Magazine
scripted three-months-worth of photos, videos and words. She was sneaking into luxury hotels to take selfies, and visiting H&M to buy and return clothes for her character, and taking pole-dancing classes to immerse herself in this imaginary lifestyle. The idea was to tell a very contemporary fairy-tale of a good girl gone bad
2 days ago
Surveillance Begins at Home
This piece in BetaBoston, which features a chilling personal story, also interviewed Andrew Lewman, the executive director of the Tor project, who touts Tor as a useful tool for shelters and social workers.
toread  surveillance 
2 days ago
Small Empires: Hunting for spare parts and seed funding with Partpic | The Verge
Partpic, a startup from Atlanta, Georgia, is hoping to solve that problem. Think of it as visual search for replacement parts. Snap some photos of the item with your phone and the app will try and match you to a replacement part you can buy nearby or online.
3 days ago
Pei-Ying Lin - Guiltless Excuses
via lauren mc
Guiltless Excuses is a mobile phone app, but it is not just an app. It is a management system for your little dark desire, and it tends to offer the community a better understanding of people’s psychological needs for being absence.
affect-computing  critical-design 
3 days ago
When Kathleen Hale’s Guardian story was published,... - DCB
That said, Hale’s story crossed a lot of lines. While she calls attention to how this was a particular unhinged time in her life, what I don’t think Hale and her supporters realize is that having a platform like The Guardian to publish your experience and being able to own your mistakes and even joke a bit about your mental health or have a voice at all, is a form of privilege. Not calling attention to your own privilege is of course, the most clear-cut form for privilege. Playing detective with someone else’s life is a form of privilege. Having the means to expose someone who doesn’t want to be exposed, not respecting boundaries and privacy, those are all forms of privilege. Hale’s story, as I see it, is fastened to her sense of entitlement. 
4 days ago
Disability, anonymity, and the dark side of the Internet – Opinion – ABC Ramp Up (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
. And for some of us with disabilities, it has brought great and positive changes to our lives. The Internet can reduce the experience of social isolation and exclusion, and provide an important means of connection when, all too often, inaccessible buildings, inadequate transport, and negative social reactions hamper our full and equal participation in society.
4 days ago
Edward Snowden: A ‘Nation’ Interview | The Nation
Chelsea Manning got thirty-five years in prison, while I'm still free. I talk to people in the ACLU office in New York all the time. I'm able to participate in the debate and to campaign for reform. I'm just the first to come forward in the manner that I did and succeed. When governments go too far to punish people for actions that are dissent rather than a real threat to the nation, they risk delegitimizing not just their systems of justice, but the legitimacy of the government itself. Because when they bring political charges against people for acts that were clearly at least intended to work in the public interest, they deny them the opportunity to mount a public-interest defense. The charges they brought against me, for example, explicitly denied my ability to make a public-interest defense. There were no whistleblower protections that would've protected me—and that's known to everybody in the intelligence community. There are no proper channels for making this information available when the system fails comprehensively.
indoors-outdoors 
4 days ago
72 Hours of #Gamergate — The Message — Medium
Digging into the actual text by hand, it’s clear that these tweets are anything but neutral. Roughly 90–95% take a clear side either in favor or against Gamergate.
4 days ago
Can Nature Videos Calm Prisoners In Solitary? — Medium
Inside the Intensive Management Unit (IMU) at Oregon’s Snake River Correctional Institution, Nakamura photographed the Blue Room, a space in which prisoners watch videos of nature. Nakamura’s photographs and Denson’s words is the first news reporting on this fringe behavioural management method.
images  prison 
4 days ago
sleep waking - fernando orellana - New York based new media artist
Using recorded brainwave activity and eye movements during REM sleep to determine robot behaviors and head positions, “Sleep Waking” acts as a way to “play-back” dreams. Through this piece we hope to investigate one of the possible human-robot relationships.
robots  dreams 
4 days ago
BBC - Podcasts and Downloads - Forum - A World of Ideas
Robot designers are working on making robot-human interaction more natural for us. But are there risks in making robots too emotionally appealing and inviting them into our homes? Can they ever become substitutes for human contact? Jack Stewart discusses these issues at the BBC’s World-Changing Ideas Summit in New York with designers Heather Knight and Andrea Thomaz, robot scholar Kate Darling and artist Fernando Orellana.
4 days ago
How Medium Is Building a New Kind of Company with No Managers
But Medium isn’t just taking a revolutionary approach to digital publishing — it’s changing the way companies operate too. As one of the fiercest and most faithful adopters of Holacracy – a radical new theory of corporate structure — Medium is experimenting with a completely management-free environment that’s laser focused on getting things done. Stirman couldn’t be more thrilled with the results: the freedom, the momentum, the productivity are all unparalleled, he says. But companies don’t have to go all-in on Holacracy to reap the benefits. If his transition from Twitter to Medium taught him anything, there are always more tactics to try to make things work better. Below, he shares his lessons from taking the leap.
4 days ago
Mindy Kaling Hasn’t Won a Nobel Prize. Yet. - NYTimes.com
As she stood by the banquettes, a tipsy man in his 80s cornered her and showered her with compliments, apparently mistaking her for Malala Yousafzai. “Congratulations on your Nobel Prize,” he said, before expressing wonder at how well she had recovered from Taliban gunshots.

Ms. Kaling was speechless. “Did he really think I’m Malala?” she said when he was safely out of sight. “And that if I were, I’d be at the Boom Boom Room?”
lol  race 
6 days ago
The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed | WIRED
o companies like Facebook and Twitter rely on an army of workers employed to soak up the worst of humanity in order to protect the rest of us. And there are legions of them—a vast, invisible pool of human labor. Hemanshu Nigam, the former chief security officer of MySpace who now runs online safety consultancy SSP Blue, estimates that the number of content moderators scrubbing the world’s social media sites, mobile apps, and cloud storage services runs to “well over 100,000”—that is, about twice the total head count of Google and nearly 14 times that of Facebook.
digital-labor 
8 days ago
Defining Online Harassment
First, they exploit networked tools to terrorize victims. They directly and unambiguously threaten physical violence, causing fear and intimidation that interferes with victims’ daily lives. They impersonate victims in online ads and social networks, suggesting their interest in sex and at times listing their contact information. Second, harassers do what they can to hijack people’s careers and reputations. They post reputation-harming lies about victims (accusing them of having herpes, AIDS, and criminal records, for instance). They engage in practices to ensure that reputation-harming posts appear prominently in searches of victims’ names. They send the defamatory lies to employers. They file false abuse reports in the hopes that platforms will shut down victims’ sites. Third, they invade victims’ privacy, often by posting victims’ nude photos in violation of their trust and confidence and by exposing their social security numbers. Last, harassers use technology to force victims offline. Distributed-denial-of-service attacks knock victims’ sites offline for hours, for instance.
abuse  harassment  trolls 
8 days ago
Gamergate Should Stop Lying to Itself -- Science of Us
Okay, fine, I thought. Let’s give this idea a shot. So where should I go to see the real Gamergate?

Gamergate’s Twitter denizens suggested a few windows to peek into: KotakuInAction, a subreddit that acts as something of an unofficial HQ (one of many — a problem I’ll return to) for gamergaters; 8chan’s Gamergate board, which has served as another GG staging area since 4chan shut down discussion of GamerGate following threats and harassment (a whole other conspiracy theory that could take several articles to explain); and a Google Hangout session with real-life gamergaters I was invited to take part in by a self-proclaimed advocate of the movement.
gamergate 
8 days ago
Ex dishes on sex life with Steve Jobs | New York Post
Steve often said that he had a strong sense of having had a past life as a World War II pilot. He’d tell me how, when driving, he felt a strong impulse to pull the steering wheel back as if for takeoff. It was a curious thing for him to say, but he did have that sense of unadorned glamour from the forties.
steve-jobs 
8 days ago
Q&A: Laura Poitras | The Nation
I think about privacy in terms of the creative process. Since I'm reporting on Snowden's material, I have to assume that my communications are targeted. So I find when I'm sitting down at my computer to actually write something—say I've been asked to write an essay—then I start to write and I realize, Jesus, I'm not sure whether my keystrokes are being documented. It sort of hinders my ability just to be creative, to have that space you need to express yourself. I actually reread 1984 when I was getting Snowden's e-mails and there a moment where the protagonist wants to write in a journal. He's not sure where he can do it in his room because everything is surveilled, and he ends up in the corner of the room because that is, maybe, the one private space. And then he finds the can't even write. That echoes in my mind when I'm working on this material. You internalize the sense of being watched. As Foucault describes in his writing about the panopticon, it doesn't really matter if there's somebody sitting in the tower, watching you, so long as you think that there could be somebody sitting in the tower.
surveillance  laura-poitras 
8 days ago
Here’s Why Public Wifi is a Public Health Hazard — Matter — Medium
We took a hacker to a café and, in 20 minutes, he knew where everyone else was born, what schools they attended, and the last five things they googled.
security  wifi  privacy 
8 days ago
The Uncanny Language of Medical Instagram - The Awl
A few months ago a friend showed me a story about an app called Figure 1. It was billed as "Medicine’s Answer to Instagram," and had apparently just raised a couple million dollars. I downloaded it. I am not a doctor, nor did I claim to be one when I signed up. I checked "Journalist" from the "Non-Healthcare Professional" menu. This got me in on a sort of limited basis (selecting "Other" would have worked too). I couldn't post—that's for pros—but I could see everything.
photo-sharing  fucked-apps  social-media  medicine  privacy 
8 days ago
The Robots of Resistance | The Big Roundtable
If anything, the real-world functionality of GIA and Landman belied their inherent subversiveness—always questioning the problems we choose to solve with technology, always asking: Why do new technologies so often serve the powerful first?What do you think?
9 days ago
Racism in International Context: Nigerian "Scam Baiters" - racismreview.com
These photos are called “trophies” in the parlance of the scam baiters, and in many ways are reminiscent of the photographs of lynchings that were once popular in the U.S.   The radio show This American Life did an episode about the men (yes, they’re all men) who do this. Perhaps not surprisingly, neither the CNN/Money.com report nor the This American Life episode mention race as even a factor at play in, if not an underlying motive for, these transnational vigilantes.  Certainly none of the reporting that’s been done about this to date mentions any similarity with lynching photography.
workingon  troll-baiting  race 
9 days ago
Feminist Frequency on Twitter: "#gamergate has its roots in a series of remix video musicals made by 4chan in 2013 to mock game critics & feminists: https://t.co/qJ2BbbGTuA"
#gamergate has its roots in a series of remix video musicals made by 4chan in 2013 to mock game critics & feminists: ªªhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcebgKvAoh0&index=9&list=PLD1xpUFB8zRiFl8cih6PXLznJNalmYail …ºº
10 days ago
The Yellow Umbrella of Democracy — re:form — Medium
The umbrella was a perfect symbol for the demonstration because it speaks of orderly civic life, of conscientiousness, of ordinary middle-class respectability. These are values the demonstrators have been very keen to instantiate, to counter the Chinese government’s insistence that they’re crazed radicals intent on destroying the social fabric.
10 days ago
Alison Kinney on Twitter: "How about that Hale piece? At first I read it in the context of confronting trolls. It appealed, because of how my trolls have made me feel."
How about that Hale piece? At first I read it in the context of confronting trolls. It appealed, because of how my trolls have made me feel.
trolls  abuse 
10 days ago
Bree Bridges on Twitter: ""Why would a reviewer EVER use a fake name?" implored the author currently stalking the hell out of one. "I can't think of one reason.""
"Why would a reviewer EVER use a fake name?" implored the author currently stalking the hell out of one. "I can't think of one reason."
anonymity 
10 days ago
Cyber Drag - Page 2 | Out Magazine
I never told Chad I wasn't Pete. How could I? In pretending to be a gay man, I wasn't simply trying to deceive. I had been too embarrassed by our intimacy to tell him the truth: that I was half his age and female, a sheltered suburban high school nerd with acne and frizzy hair. I felt close to him and did not want to let him down. And I didn't want to let go of our connection. If there had been a misunderstanding, I had to become the understanding to set it right. And since the Internet afforded me that obscurity, the Wizard of Oz curtain where anyone can be anything they really wanted -- anything in fantasy and nothing in reality -- I felt, in some strange way, it was still in the realm of fair.
10 days ago
Monica Lewinsky Speaks: 'It's My Mission To End Cyberbullying'
Clementi’s college roommate secretly filmed him kissing another man in their dorm room and streamed the video via webcam. Derided and ridiculed online, the 18-year-old jumped off the George Washington Bridge to his death.

“That tragedy is one of the principal reasons I am standing up here today,” said Lewinsky. “While it touched us both, my mother was unusually upset by the story, and I wondered why. Eventually it dawned on me: she was back in 1998, back to a time when I  was periodically suicidal; when she might very easily have lost me; when I, too, might have been humiliated to death.”
11 days ago
Manned mission to Mars: Female astronauts are cheaper to launch into outer space.
NASA was keenly aware of this, and that’s why in the early 1960s it nearly considered a female astronaut corps. Of course, politics and culture have a pesky way of sneaking into engineering decisions, especially when a country’s pride is on the line, according to Margaret A. Weitekamp, author of Right Stuff, Wrong Sex: America’s First Women in Space Program. Despite extensive training and excellent performance, the women in the program were dismissed. Some of the reasons included fears about public relations if female astronauts were killed, as well as NASA’s reliance on military pilots, who at the time were only male.
11 days ago
Time to get a life -- pioneer blogger Justin Hall bows out at 31 - SFGate
William Gibson, author of "Pattern Recognition" and "Neuromancer," announced he would stop blogging in May 2003, telling Wired magazine that "I do know from doing it that it's not something I can do when I'm actually working. Somehow the ecology of writing novels wouldn't be able to exist if I'm in daily contact." Although he didn't actually stop until September 2003, he waited a year, and then began posting again in October 2004.
12 days ago
Amazon's Company Town? - Nicole Brodeur - POLITICO Magazine
. “They always travel in groups of five, these programmers. There’s always a tall, skinny white guy; short skinny Asian guy; fat guy with a ponytail; some guy with crazy facial hair and then, an East Indian guy. It’s like they trade guys until they all have the right group.”
12 days ago
How One Boy With Autism Became B.F.F.'s With Apple’s Siri - NYTimes.com
Gus had never noticed Siri before, but when he discovered there was someone who would not just find information on his various obsessions (trains, planes, buses, escalators and, of course, anything related to weather) but actually semi-discuss these subjects tirelessly, he was hooked. And I was grateful. Now, when my head was about to explode if I had to have another conversation about the chance of tornadoes in Kansas City, Mo., I could reply brightly: “Hey! Why don’t you ask Siri?”

It’s not that Gus doesn’t understand Siri’s not human. He does — intellectually. But like many autistic people I know, Gus feels that inanimate objects, while maybe not possessing souls, are worthy of our consideration. I realized this when he was 8, and I got him an iPod for his birthday. He listened to it only at home, with one exception. It always came with us on our visits to the Apple Store. Finally, I asked why. “So it can visit its friends,” he said...For children like Gus who love to chatter but don’t quite understand the rules of the game, Siri is a nonjudgmental friend and teacher.
autism  disabled  affect-computing  artificial-intelligence 
12 days ago
GetUpp uses peer pressure and shame to keep you motivated - The Next Web
GetUpp that aims to help you honour your commitments.

Let’s say that you want an extra nudge to make sure that you go to the gym after work. You use the Web app or iPhone app to specify a trip to the gym, mark the its location on a map and state the time you plan to be there. You can announce your plan on Facebook and can even let your friends vote for whether they think you’ll achieve your goal.
fucked-apps  affect-computing 
12 days ago
The Time Traveler Convention - May 7, 2005
"A student at MIT is hosting a Time Traveler Party this week with the hope that people from the future will show up...too bad people from the future already know the party sucked!" Note the scorn dripping from the word "future."
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time  funny  mit 
14 days ago
Prejudice Revealed In Cop Who Killed Darrien Hunt | Hip-Hop Wired
Corporal Matthew Schauerhamer, one of the two officers involved in the shooting, had an article published in the local Crossroads Journal, that was to serve as guide on how to spot drug use in children. Midway through his essay, he starts alleging that musical artists, including Bob Marley and various rappers share a gateway with getting kids in the habit of substance abuse.
police  Darrien-Hunt 
14 days ago
Darrien Hunt family uncover sketches that suggest link to cosplay theory | US news | theguardian.com
Family and friends have struggled to explain why Hunt wandered around the neighbourhood with the two-to-three-foot metal sword, which they say was bought from a gift shop and did not have a sharp edge. Police say that it had a sharpened point and appeared to have a dangerous blade.

Attention was swiftly drawn online to Hunt’s remarkable resemblance as he walked around on the morning of 10 September to Mugen, a swordsman character in the short-lived Japanese anime series Samurai Champloo. The Comic Con convention had also taken place in Salt Lake City, about 35 miles to the north, the weekend before the shooting.

Hunt’s aunt, Cindy Moss, previously told the Guardian that a witness to the confrontation with police had told the family that Hunt “had his earbuds in, and was kind of doing spins and stuff, like pretending he’s a samurai”.
racism  cosplay  police 
14 days ago
“Raving Amazons”: Antiblackness and Misogynoir in Social Media by I’Nasah Crockett | Model View Culture
What we uncovered was an extended year-long plan, where 4chan users were to set up fake accounts where they would pretend to be Black women, women of color, trans women, and otherwise marginalized folks, infiltrate our spaces, study how we operate, then wage hashtag war.
14 days ago
Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users | World news | The Guardian
Whisper is also sharing information with the US Department of Defense gleaned from smartphones it knows are used from military bases, and developing a version of its app to conform with Chinese censorship laws...In July, during the recent Israeli war in Gaza, Whisper was able to monitor Israeli Defense Force soldiers on the frontline. “We had 13 or 14 soldiers who we were tracking – every whisper they did,” one Whisper executive said during the Guardian’s visit.
15 days ago
Unequal Time: A new book looks at work-life balance for health care workers.
the EMTs’ relationships with their wives were much, much more egalitarian than the doctors’ relationships with their wives. Ninety percent of the married EMTs had wives who also worked full-time. As Clawson and Gerstel note, “The EMTs talked of picking children up from school, feeding them dinner, or staying home with them when they got sick. The EMTs saw this work as their responsibility—shared with their wives.”
16 days ago
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