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 
13 hours 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.
2 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 
2 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.
2 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.
2 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 
2 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 
2 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 
2 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?
3 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 
3 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
4 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.
4 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 
4 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."
4 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.
4 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.”
5 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.
5 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.
6 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.”
6 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 
6 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 
6 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."
time  funny  mit 
8 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 
8 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 
8 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.
8 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.
9 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.”
10 days ago
Jennifer Jacquet | Edge.org
She works at the intersection of conservation, cooperation, and technology, with an emphasis on the evolution, function, and future of shame. 

Her areas of research/interest include marine ecology; conservation & evolutionary biology; cooperation; social approval; the evolution and function of guilt, honor, and shame, and the role of information technology in shaping environmental action—which fall under a broad interest in the tragedy of the commons.

With colleagues from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology and UBC's Math Department, she has conducted a series of experiments to study the effect of honor and shame on cooperation. She formerly wrote the Guilty Planet blog at Scientific American.
10 days ago
...........//: On Right-Wing Videogame Extremism
the full storify of his tweets is here. the most striking thing to me, beyond the bizarre level of arbitrary detail their relationship is documented in Gjoni's post (e.g. "I had my first panic attack Apr. 29th"), is that he uses the language of games and rules sets to intensely analyze the potential outcomes of situations he felt he was put in in their relationship. as John Brindle observed, the talk of puzzle pieces and investigation seem like some perverted version of the protagonist in the popular game Braid. they also recall the kind of universal strategies and "truths" about the opposite sex developed and disseminated by pick-up artists, but in a way they originate in game language - and game culture, in how games disembody and dehumanize subjects. 
10 days ago
The Future Of The Culture Wars Is Here, And It's Gamergate
The story continued in this vein—cautious, assiduously neutral, lobotomized, never questioning the premises of the Gamergate "firestorm" and "debate." Both sides were heard. And thus did Leigh Alexander's commentary on the pluralism of gaming today get equal time with a campaign bent on silencing her.

And that's how it works. It's a neat trick. Agitate bare-facedly for the absolute necessity of developers investing the vast majority of their resources in games pitched at the intellectual and emotional level of a 16-year-old suburban masturbator, and no one beyond the gaming world is going to take you very seriously. But make it a story about an oppressive and hypocritical media conspiracy, and all of a sudden you have a cause, a side in a "debate."
10 days ago
What Would Keep Ebola from Spreading in the US? Investing in Simple Research Years Ago. | WIRED
Infection prevention is a science of tiny details, all of them granular, almost none of them interesting to anyone outside the field. Granular means not just figuring out which protective equipment workers should wear in which situation — not as obvious as you would think, because the more you load them with gear, the more tired and distracted they become — but also determining the best ways to keep up their expertise in putting the equipment on and taking it off. It means designing room sinks so that bacteria don’t splash back out of the drain, and figuring out where to put shelves so nurses aren’t distracted on the way to the sink to wash their hands, and whether to focus on handwashing at all, or just encourage glove-wearing all the time.
health  medicine 
12 days ago
These Are the Emails Snowden Sent to First Introduce His Epic NSA Leaks | WIRED
From now, know that every border you cross, every purchase you make, every call you dial, every cell phone tower you pass, friend you keep, article you write, site you visit, subject line you type, and packet you route, is in the hands of a system whose reach is unlimited but whose safeguards are not. Your victimization by the NSA system means that you are well aware of the threat that unrestricted, secret abilities pose for democracies. This is a story that few but you can tell.
12 days ago
Nature, Pixelated - Issue 17: Big Bangs - Nautilus BY DIANE ACKERMAN
Long ago, the human tribe met to share food, expertise, ideas, and feelings. The keen-eyed observations they exchanged about the weather, landscape, and animals saved lives on a daily basis. Now there are so many of us that it’s not convenient to sit around a campfire. Electronic campfires are the next best thing. We’ve reimagined space, turning the Internet into a favorite pub, a common meeting place where we can exchange knowledge or know-how or even meet a future mate. The sharing of information is fast, unfiltered, and sloppy. Our nervous systems are living in a stream of such data, influenced not just by the environment—as was the case for millennia—but abstractly, virtually. How has this changed our notion of reality? Without our brain we’re not real, but when our brain is plugged into a virtual world, then that becomes real. The body remains in physical space, while the brain travels in a virtual space that is both nowhere and everywhere at once.
12 days ago
Laura Poitras’s Closeup View of Edward Snowden
“Scroll down, scroll down. I think you just take this out altogether. The whole thing. It’s too identifying. I think, given the risk, we should be careful. What I have the clearance to do is focus on the drone strikes and the watch list.” The watch list is the U.S. government’s long roster of known terrorists and other people deemed to pose a serious national-security risk...he wrote a letter to Poitras and Greenwald that said, in part, “While I pray that public awareness and debate will lead to reform, bear in mind that the policies of men change in time, and even the Constitution is subverted when the appetites of power demand it. In words from history: Let us speak no more of faith in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of cryptography.”
14 days ago
Contents of Time Capsule, Long Forgotten, Are Less Than Memorable - NYTimes.com
“disappointment is the most common response to time capsule openings.”
16 days ago
The complicity cost of racial inclusion | Al Jazeera America
It may be disconcerting for some people to recognize that the boundaries of whiteness can shift. The ubiquitous boxes we check on applications and census materials might lead us to believe that race is determinate. But race is a social construct, not a scientific fact: American whiteness was an ideological creation to rationalize the enslavement of Africans and the extermination of native peoples. As David Roediger argued in “The Wages of Whiteness,” racial antagonisms helped solidify 19th century American class structure
16 days ago
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