This Tech Startup Is Helping the Cops Track Sex Workers Online | VICE | United States
Rescue Forensics may believe they have the right to copy ads to build their own product, but they may also expose advertisers by repurposing their information in ways they never meant for it to be used. "You can see a similar privacy issue at play with the FetLife 'meat list,'" Jeong said, "where someone scraped FetLife to create a list of profile names, ages, locations, sexual orientations, and BDSM roles of women on FetLife under 30."
Darkness at Noon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Darkness at Noon (German: Sonnenfinsternis) is a novel by Hungarian-born British novelist Arthur Koestler, first published in 1940. His best known work, it is the tale of Rubashov, an Old Bolshevik who is arrested, imprisoned, and tried for treason against the government that he had helped to create.
2 days ago
WikiLeaks - Sony Archives
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2 days ago
As sentencing nears for Atlanta teachers, many condemn their conviction - LA Times
“It really made me angry to see teachers in handcuffs, because I’ve never seen a banker in handcuffs,” Young said. “To try this under a RICO statute was a sin and a shame, and the folk who did that will probably go to hell.”
education  prison 
2 days ago
Why We've Decided to Organize 
Every workplace could use a union. A union is the only real mechanism that exists to represent the interests of employees in a company. A union is also the only real mechanism that enables employees to join together to bargain collectively, rather than as a bunch of separate, powerless entities. This is useful in good times (which our company enjoys now), and even more in bad times (which will inevitably come).
2 days ago
Becoming Kabakov - Magazine - Art in America
During Marc Chagall's visit to Moscow in 1973, a young artist asked him whether it was better to join the nonconformist art circles in the USSR or to emigrate. Chagall replied that if being a nonconformist artist meant having no exhibitions at home, one should leave. Ilya Kabakov, who also confronted this dilemma, admits that he nevertheless "would have stayed [in Russia] forever if Perestroika hadn't come."1  When he finally did leave, in 1987, he was determined to compensate for 30 years of missed exhibition opportunities.
moscow  kabakov 
2 days ago
At Red October, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov explore a society that no longer exists | Russia Beyond The Headlines
The large-scale installations created in the past two decades with his wife Emilia Kabakov have catapulted them to the forefront of the international art scene. As artists, the Kabakovs move people, critics and viewers alike, because they tell epic and sometimes intimate stories. It is nothing less than poignant that the duo, who are grandparents now, keep reflecting on a Soviet society long gone by. Many of their installations create an echo chamber of emotions as they explore flight, fantasy, memory and the dark side of utopia. Often - but not always - their visions are absurdist or ironic.
“Monument to a Lost Civilization,” now on display at the Moscow gallery Red October was first displayed in 1999 in Palermo. The retrospective includes 37 installations consisting of 140 pieces. “Monument” was also shown at the First Biennale of Contemporary Art in Kiev.
moscow  art  exhibition  kabakov 
2 days ago
Artangel | Description and conception of "The Palace"
The installation displays and examines a seemingly commonly known and even trivial truth: the world consists of a multitude of projects, realized ones, half-realized ones, and not realized at all. Everything that we see around us, in the world surrounding us, everything that we discover in the past, that which possibly could comprise the future - all of this is a limitless world of projects.
art  conceptualism  kabakov 
2 days ago
Ta-Nehisi Coates on Twitter: "Being forced to debate your humanity with people who know nothing about you is basically allowing them to run out the clock."
Being forced to debate your humanity with people who know nothing about you is basically allowing them to run out the clock.
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3 days ago
Avogadro Corp | The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears
 Avogadro Corp: The Singularity Is Closer Than It Appears is a techno-thriller about the accidental creation of an artificial intelligence.

David Ryan is the designer of ELOPe, an email language optimization program, that if successful, will make his career. But when the project is suddenly in danger of being canceled, David embeds a hidden directive in the software accidentally creating a runaway artificial intelligence.
email  affect-computing  sci-fi 
3 days ago
Art Protest Groups Join Forces for Guerrilla Ribbon-cutting at New Whitney Museum
I pointed out that we had recently reported that 30% of the artists in the Whitney’s inaugural exhibition are women, and asked her what she thought about that fact. “That’s something that some people will be happy about, but when you realize for probably over 50 years at least half the graduating classes of art schools have been female, [then we have to ask] what happens? They obviously don’t get the same professional opportunities. Yes, that is better than ever before, but why should we be happy about 30%?”
3 days ago
Asco (art collective) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Asco was an East Los Angeles based Chicano artist collective active from 1972 to 1987. The name Asco is derived from the Spanish word meaning disgust and nausea with the impulse to vomit. Harry Gamboa, Jr., Gronk, Willie Herrón and Patssi Valdez form the core members of the grou
5 days ago
Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Conference – Contemporary And
The Fak’ugesi: Digital Africa Festival is an umbrella event hosted by Wits University and the JoziHub in Johannesburg.  The Festival is aimed at coordinating and curating a number of stand-alone conferences, exhibitions, workshops, short-courses and other activities in the inner city of Johannesburg that will promote the fusion of creative and technical development in Africa by “switching on the power” of digital culture. The primary activities for Fak’ugesi Digital Africa Festival took place in September 2014.
5 days ago
BBC - Future - The dystopian lake filled by the world’s tech lust
After it rains they plough, unstoppable, through roads flooded with water turned black by coal dust. They line up by the sides of the road, queuing to turn into one of Baotou’s many coal-burning power stations that sit unsettlingly close to freshly built apartment towers. Everywhere you look, between the half-completed tower blocks and hastily thrown up multi-storey parking lots, is a forest of flame-tipped refinery towers and endless electricity pylons. The air is filled with a constant, ambient, smell of sulphur. It’s the kind of industrial landscape that America and Europe has largely forgotten – at one time parts of Detroit or Sheffield must have looked and smelled like this.
environment  china  supply-chain  iphone  mongolia 
5 days ago
BLDGBLOG: Signal-Blocking Architecture and the Faraday Home
An interesting new project by Space Caviar asks, "Does your home have an airplane mode?"

Exploring what it could mean to design future homes so that they offer an optional state of complete electromagnetic privacy, they have put together a "domestic prototype" in which the signal-blocking capabilities of new architectural materials are heavily emphasized, becoming a structural component of the house itself.

[Image: "RAM House" by Space Caviar].

In other words, why just rely on aftermarket home alterations such as WiFi-blocking paint, when you can actually factor the transmission of signals through architectural space into the design of your home in the first place?
home  architecture  iot  space-caviar  privacy 
5 days ago
First-Generation Students Unite - NYTimes.com
A professor once described how hardships become inscribed on one’s body, and Ms. Barros thought of her father, a janitor at a home for troubled boys, and the wrinkles carved in his face from worrying about money and her mother’s health. Majoring in sociology, she says, “has made me hyperaware of class differences here.”

Weary of trying to pass as middle class, Ms. Barros decided to “come out,” borrowing the phrase from the gay community. She joined and now leads the two-year-old Harvard College First Generation Student Union, which has 300 on its email list. “This is a movement,” she said. “We are not ashamed of taking on this identity.”
education  class  intersectionality 
6 days ago
Kehinde Wiley Shows Why Black Lives Matter | Al Jazeera America
In a 2008 interview with The Art Newspaper, Wiley compared mugshots to 18th-century portraiture. "One is positioned in a way that is totally outside their control, shut down and relegated to those in power, whereas those in the other were positioning themselves in states [of grace] and self-possession,” Wiley said.
mugshots  race  blacklivesmatter 
6 days ago
Talk:Brave New World Revisited - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
(full text)

Under the relentless thrust of accelerating over-population and over-organization, and by means of ever more effective methods of mind-manipulation, the democracies will change their nature; the quaint old forms--elections, parliaments, Supreme Courts and all the rest--will remain. The underlying substance will be a new kind of non-violent totalitarianism. [(re: "manufacture of consent"--ed)] All the traditional names, all the hallowed slogans will remain exactly what they were in the good old days. Democracy and freedom will be the theme of every broadcast and editorial--but democracy and freedom in a strictly Pickwickian sense. Meanwhile the ruling oligarchy and its highly trained elite of soldiers, policemen, thought-manufacturers and mind-manipulators will quietly run the show as they see fit.
rights  democracy  aldous-huxley 
8 days ago
Eric Lanke: Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley
Under the relentless thrust of accelerating over-population and increasing over-organization, and by means of ever more effective methods of mind-manipulation, the democracies will change their nature; the quaint old forms—elections, parliaments, Supreme Courts and all the rest—will remain. The underlying substance will be a new kind of non-violent totalitarianism. All the traditional names, all the hallowed slogans will remain exactly what they were in the good old days. Democracy and freedom will be the theme of every broadcast and editorial—but democracy and freedom in a strictly Pickwickian sense. Meanwhile the ruling oligarchy and its highly trained elite of soldiers, policemen, thought-manufacturers and mind-manipulators will quietly run the show as they see fit.
democracy  aldous-huxley 
8 days ago
Those Like Us | Issue 22 | n+1
Lila’s inability to understand is partly the product of an emerging class difference, one that widens between the women as they age. But it also feels generational, as if Lila, trapped in the old neighborhood like Lenù’s mother, has joined the ranks of mute and angry women who know firsthand the condition their daughters describe but feel alienated, even enraged, by the obfuscating theoretical language they use to dissect it....The Neapolitan books are riddled with formulas: love triangles, sudden reversals, fabricated cliffhangers marking the return of tertiary characters. Strings of commas generate an unstoppable forward momentum — the reader doesn’t read so much as fall through the pages — and much of what grips our attention could be called gossip. The Turin daily La Stampa called the novels “a soap opera,” a telling if unfair accusation. In the hands of a gifted writer, it’s sometimes the most conventional stories — those that bear the features of pleasure genres, including their much-hated feminine strains “chick lit” and “soap opera” — that make the best vehicles for radical thought. With this Ferrante has given intellectual and literary women an invaluable gift: books that speak to them in a language their mothers can understand.
feminism  elena-ferrante 
9 days ago
Danilo Dolci - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
One technique that he innovated was the "strike in reverse" (working without pay), which initiated unauthorized public works projects for the poor. This earned him his first notoriety in 1956, when he gathered some 150 unemployed men to mend a public road.[8][9] The police called it obstruction; his helpers walked away; he lay down on the road and was arrested.
justice  labor  activism 
9 days ago
The double-standard of making the poor prove they’re worthy of government benefits - The Washington Post
The second issue with these laws is a moral one: We rarely make similar demands of other recipients of government aid. We don't drug-test farmers who receive agriculture subsidies (lest they think about plowing while high!). We don't require Pell Grant recipients to prove that they're pursuing a degree that will get them a real job one day (sorry, no poetry!). We don't require wealthy families who cash in on the home mortgage interest deduction to prove that they don't use their homes as brothels (because surely someone out there does this). The strings that we attach to government aid are attached uniquely for the poor.
bias  stigma  politics  poverty 
10 days ago
From Lynching Photos to Michael Brown's Body: Commodifying Black Death
You've probably seen a photo of a lynching before. You've probably seen a video of a Black person fighting, being beaten or killed. Societally, many have grown accustomed to feeling some sense of ownership around Black bodies in life and in death, partially through widely disseminated visuals of brutality against Black people. These include imagery of the dead, brutalized or dying Black body.
10 days ago
Chelsea Manning Shares Her Transition to Living as a Woman — Behind Bars
In her first interview with the press from military prison in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, Manning told Cosmopolitan about her experience behind bars and her lifelong desire to live as a woman. The interview was done by mail, as the military does not allow prisoners to speak with reporters by phone or in person.
10 days ago
How to Navigate the Art World - The Daily Beast
“more artists now come through art programs in the United States each year than were produced by the city-states of Florence and Venice during the entire fifteenth century.”
art  market 
10 days ago
Evelyn M. Hammonds, "New Technologies of Race"

In this article, Hammonds argues that the concept of "race", both as a cultural and scientific notion, remains translated through terms of morphology, despite shifts in the meanings and manifestations of that morphology. Morphological understandings of race which posit "races" composed of discrete and identifiable physiological configurations are employed in ostensible boundary crossing through computer morphing programs. Under the pretense of fostering greater racial understanding, this use of the technology re-inscribes the omnipotent narrative power of elites, and elides real structural relations of inequality. The violent history of miscegenation is erased in seemingly egalitarian technological relations, and the right of white men to retain privileges of naming/encoding is re-affirmed.

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lurk  race 
11 days ago
MYSTIC (surveillance program) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
MYSTIC is a voice interception program used by the National Security Agency. The program recorded every phone call made within a non-specified country for thirty days
nsa  voice 
12 days ago
The Shrinks Who Only See CIA Officers - The Daily Beast
sit in banal warrens of cubicles or in closed rooms in top-secret facilities scrutinizing the details of a nightmarish gallery of prisoner beheadings, attacks on U.S. military forces, and sexual abuse of children. It’s their job to find clues in the material that might indicate how an attack was carried out, when another might be coming, and where terrorists are holding their hostages.
12 days ago
Purvi Patel Could Be Just the Beginning - NYTimes.com
before Purvi Patel, there was Bei Bei Shuai, a Chinese immigrant who tried to commit suicide while pregnant and was also charged with feticide. The charges against Shuai were dropped in 2013 after she pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and spent a year in custody. In Iowa, Christine Taylor faced charges for attempted fetal homicide after falling down the stairs, going to the hospital and being reported for trying to end her pregnancy.
abortion  criminal-justice  prison 
12 days ago
On Landings, Soft and Otherwise, and Aggressive Lacks of Proportion – The New Inquiry
Jon Ronson’s article so aggressively lacks this precise sense of proportion that it might convince you to overlook little things like the glaring absence of his subject’s ruined life from an essay ostensibly about how twitter ruins lives.
14 days ago
The Irrationality of the Atlantic's Piece on AA | addiction.com
Glaser’s valid points about the need for more alternatives to AA are overshadowed by her critique of Alcoholics Anonymous as “just as damaging and dangerous” as drinking for those who don’t find success with AA. In a March 26th interview with NPR about the Atlantic piece, Glaser goes so far as to tie AA to a specific tragedy, saying, “Someone sent me an email this morning about a younger brother who committed suicide last night with the [AA] Big Book and a glass of Scotch next to his bed.” Her insinuation that AA is to blame for addicts who don’t recover from their addiction demonstrates a woeful lack of understanding about both Alcoholics Anonymous and the disease of addiction.
14 days ago
Dangerous Days Ahead | Jacobin
Alain Badiou and Stathis Kouvelakis in conversation on Syriza and whether a radical break from the eurozone is possible.
14 days ago
Silvia Federici, “Wages Against Housework” | caring labor: an archive
Men are able to accept our services and take pleasure in them because they presume that housework is easy for us, that we enjoy it because we do it for their love. They actually expect us to be grateful because by marrying us or living with us they have given us the opportunity to express ourselves as women (i.e. to serve them), ‘You are lucky you have found a man like me’. Only when men see our work as work-our love as work-and most important our determination to refuse both, will they change their attitude towards us. When hundreds and thousands of women are in the streets saying that endless cleaning, being always emotionally available, fucking at command for fear of losing our jobs is hard, hated work which wastes our lives, then they will be scared and feel undermined as men.
emotional-labor  feminism 
15 days ago
Preoccupying: Silvia Federici | The Occupied Times
Obviously the world is finite, but from the point of view of building an anti-capitalist strategy the material limits of capitalist development should not be our concern. We should be more concerned with people’s fascination with capitalist technology that contributes to fueling extractivist politics and the destruction of our environment. As long as so many people worldwide are addicted to capitalist technology, capitalism will manage to overcome the limits it may encounter.
feminism  housework  labor  capitalism 
15 days ago
The Yale Law Journal - Forum: Tiny Constables and the Cost of Surveillance: Making Cents Out of United States v. Jones
theory of “structural privacy rights” that Surden proposes is a simple idea synthesizing several complex ones.18 The simple idea is that structural constraints—physical and technological barriers—make certain conduct costly, sometimes impossibly costly.19 These costs act as non-legal regulations, essentially providing a non-legal “right” against the behaviors they prevent.20 Yet rapid changes in technology can quickly and unexpectedly eliminate these long relied-upon structural rights, especially when it comes to privacy.21 Surden’s message to policymakers, similar to Kerr’s message to the courts, is that they can recognize and adjust for diminishing structural rights against privacy invasion by adding new legal protections to replace them as they are lost—i.e., that they can impose new legal costs to compensate for the drop in actual costs.22
economics  privacy  surveillance  law 
15 days ago
In Treatment, but in Which Language? - NYTimes.com
Talking about himself felt less shameful, I suspected, when done in a foreign language. A non-Russian-speaking therapist would not understand the nuances of the hurtful “names” he had been called. The harm would not be repeated. A foreign language kept him safe, but at the same time, Alex indicated that he had not really been touched by any of these therapeutic encounters. Now — consciously or not — he had made the move to therapy in his native language.
16 days ago
Freddy Martinez Is Exposing Chicago Cops' NSA-Style Surveillance Gear | VICE | United States
It took the curiosity of a skinny, fidgeting 27-year-old to force the Chicago Police Department to admit they purchased controversial surveillance technology. The department, legally boxed into a corner over its use of a device known as the StingRay, finally admitted to acquiring the cell-phone tracking product last summer, six years after actually buying the thing. The watchdog work came not from a newspaper or any other media outlet in the city, but Freddy Martinez, an information technology worker who oversees websites for a private company from a downtown office building.
stingray  surveillance  chicago  cities 
17 days ago
How Culture Works? - YouTube
Movie has been produced as a part of the project “Multiculturalism does not work? Artists against violence”.
Producer: Ludwig van Beethoven Association

“Multiculturalism does not work. Artists against violence” was co-financed by the EEA Funds for the period 2009-2014 under the “Promotion of diversity in culture and arts” programme.
Film & Animation
17 days ago
Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?
The problem lies not so much with some feminists' concept of what femininity
is, but rather with their misconception--shared with the public at large--of what
art is: with the naive idea that art is direct, personal expression of individual
emotional experience, a translation of personal life into visual terms. Art is
almost never that, great art never is. The making of art involves a selfconsistent
language of form, more or less dependent upon, or free from, given
temporally defined conventions, schemata, or systems of notation, which have
to be learned or worked out, either through teaching, apprenticeship, or a long
period of individual experimentation. The language of art is, more materially,
embodied in paint and line on canvas or paper, in stone or clay or plastic or
metal-it is neither a sob story nor a confidential whisper....It also becomes apparent why women were able to compete on far more equal
terms with men--and even become innovators--in literature. While art making
traditionally has demanded the learning of specific techniques and skills, in a
certain sequence, in an institutional setting outside the home, as well as
ecoming familiar with a specific vocabulary of iconography and motifs, the
same is by no means true for the poet or novelist. Anyone, even a woman, has
to learn the language, can learn to read and write, and can commit personal
experiences to paper in the privacy of one's room. Naturally this oversimplifies
the real difficulties and complexities involved in creating good or great
literature, whether by man or woman but it still gives a clue as to the possibility
of the existence of an Emily Bronte or an Emily Dickenson and the lack of their
counterparts, at least until quite recently, in the visual arts.
art  theory  feminism 
20 days ago
Hal Foster · After the White Cube · LRB 19 March 2015
But this doesn’t explain the sudden embrace of live events in institutions otherwise dedicated to inanimate art. During the first boom in museums in post-1989 ‘new Europe’, Rem Koolhaas remarked that since there’s not enough past to go around, its tokens can only rise in value. Today, it seems, there’s not enough present to go around: for reasons that are obvious enough in a hyper-mediated age, it is in great demand too, as is anything that feels like presence.
museums  art  institutions  history 
22 days ago
It’s Not Just Ferguson | The Nation
the city racks up millions of dollars each year in fines and court fees by illegally harassing its black population. What the federal government did not say, however, is that the practice of criminalizing black people to raise money for police and court systems is not rare; local governments across the country have been doing it for years—ironically, to offset the spiraling costs of the incarceration boom of the past three decades.
ferguson  prisons  corruption  police  racism 
22 days ago
Murky Inquiry Targets Critic of N.Y.U. Role in Abu Dhabi, and a Reporter - NYTimes.com
he was told last year by United Arab Emirates security authorities that he would receive generous payments and immunity from prosecution if he would write favorably about the government. He said he had refused and had not been permitted to re-enter the country after leaving for a short period.
uae  middle-east  press-freedom  free-speech 
23 days ago
From Microsoft, a Novel Way to Mandate Sick Leave - NYTimes.com
On Thursday morning, Microsoft announced that it would require many of its 2,000 contractors and vendors to provide their employees who perform work for Microsoft with 15 paid days off for sick days and vacation time.
labor  corporations  microsoft  work 
23 days ago
We tried. We learned. We’re trying something new: Mayday.US, v2 — Medium
Yet the election was a bust. We had picked hard races, except for one. Beyond that one, we won just one. The other six defeats gave the skeptics no reason to doubt the conventional view that Americans don’t care about the corruption of their politics. “It’s a zero issue,” Politico quoted a political consultant after the election.
elections  lessig  politics 
23 days ago
Deployment of Controversial Urban Sensor System Aided by Aggressive Lobbying - The Intercept
ShotSpotter sensors use microphone and satellite technology to detect, locate and report gunshots to police. Critics worry that the microphones are prone to false alarms, and more troubling, appear to vacuum up street-level conversations in the neighborhoods where it has been installed. Evidence from conversations recorded by ShotSpotter microphones has been used to prosecute criminals in court.
surveillance  audio 
23 days ago
Closure Of Private Prison Forces Texas County To Plug Financial Gap : NPR
the destruction was so severe that the sprawling detention compound has been shut down. All 2,800 inmates were transferred.

Willacy County is now facing the question — what does it do now that its biggest moneymaker is out of business?...."What else can we do?" Alexandre says. "At the moment, we have been depending on inmates."
23 days ago
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