Making Federal Research Results Available to All | whitehouse.gov
US - all 22 federal funding agencies in the US now have plans in place to make their publicly-funded research, publicly available.
open  access 
13 days ago
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts | whitehouse.gov
Jonathan L. Zittrain, Appointee for Member, National Museum and Library Service Board
17 days ago
The New World
A series of 5 programs on BBC radio 4 exploring issues changing our world including anti-elitism and post fact.
18 days ago
China has made obedience to the State a game | The Independent
If you post pictures of Tiananmen Square or share a link about the recent stock market collapse, your Sesame Credit goes down.
china  social-creditscoring  citizenship  hjd 
20 days ago
Guardian cuts costs but numbers ‘don’t add up’
Britain’s leading left-wing publisher burned through another £48m in cash in the last six months. How long can it go on?
Although the Guardian has reduced its costs and losses this year, a seismic shift in the publishing industry — where historic declines in print income are accelerating while digital advertising revenues flatline because readers are moving to mobile and Facebook and Google are taking the lion’s share — means the day of reckoning is closer. ... The Guardian’s digital business has gone into reverse as Google and Facebook swallow online advertising.
Platforms  public_sphere 
12 weeks ago
Donald Trump’s risky plan to use the Internet to suppress Hillary Clinton’s turnout - The Washington Post
What's not known is if Facebook nudges will actually affect how and when people vote. Facebook ran an experiment in 2010, showing that social cues on the social network could boost voter turnout. But that's different than getting particular people to take action or not based on a targeted ad. (Green and Issenberg note that the effect of trying to suppress the vote could just as easily be to inspire people to go to the polls; it's simply not clear how people will react.) This isn't about Trump trying to sell his brand to as many people as possible. It's about Trump trying to sell his brand to particular people.
facebook  election  bigdata  ee  algorithms 
12 weeks ago
China’s plan to organize its society relies on ‘big data’ to rate everyone - The Washington Post
Imagine a world where an authoritarian government monitors everything you do, amasses huge amounts of data on almost every interaction you make, and awards you a single score that measures how “trustworthy” you are.

In this world, anything from defaulting on a loan to criticizing the ruling party, from running a red light to failing to care for your parents properly, could cause you to lose points.
BigData  china 
october 2016
Kate Crawford & Ryan Calo: There is a blind spot in AI research : Nature News & Comment
Fears about the future impacts of artificial intelligence are distracting researchers from the real risks of deployed systems, argue Kate Crawford and Ryan Calo.
algorithms  AI  predictive_policing 
october 2016
Data Ethics
Newly emergent ethical issues inherent in using data at scale point to the need for both a broader understanding of the possibilities and challenges of using data in the philanthropic context as well as conscientious treatment of data ethics issues. Major foundations can play a meaningful role in building a broader understanding of these possibilities and challenges, and they can set a positive example in creating space for open and candid reflection on these issues. To those ends, we recommend that funders:
ee  responsible_data  rdf  engine_room  upturn  ethics 
october 2016
Subpoenas and Gag Orders Show Government Overreach, Tech Companies Argue - The New York Times
But the government has not given up the fight with the tech industry. Open Whisper Systems, a maker of a widely used encryption app called Signal, received a subpoena in the first half of the year for subscriber information and other details associated with two phone numbers that came up in a federal grand jury investigation in Virginia.

The subpoena arrived with a court order that said Open Whisper Systems was not allowed to tell anyone about the information request for one year.

Technology companies contend that court-imposed gag orders are being used too often by law enforcement and that they violate the Bill of Rights. The companies also complain that law enforcement officials are casting a wide net over online communications — often too wide — in their investigations.
ee  open  DOJ  signal  openwhispersystems 
october 2016
Financial Security Should Be the Next Human Right
According to a recent paper by economists Alan Krueger and Larry Katz, the number of workers in “alternative [employment] relationships” increased by more than half—from 10 percent of the workforce in 2005 to 15 percent of the workforce in 2015.— That’s nearly 10 million people. Put another way, new contingent jobs accounted for all the net new job growth during that time period.
ee  UBI  finance  uber  gig 
october 2016
JEBEL MARRA
n collaboration with Amnesty International, SITU Research designed this interactive digital platform to facilitate the organization, analysis and presentation of evidence documenting scorched earth and chemical weapons attacks of civilians in Jebel Marra, Darfur.

Accessing geo-spatial information, satellite imagery, witness testimony and photographs within a single interface, this tool is intended to provide a spatial and temporal account of previously undocumented violations.

The goal of this collaboration and the platform itself is to render visible the developments and scale of ongoing human rights violations in a remote and inaccessible part of Sudan.
ee  human_rights  amnesty  SITU  Sudan 
october 2016
Lemming Cliff – Medium
Here at the Lemming Cliff, you will be exposed to original documentation of human behavior, specifically as it relates to conflict, development, and — most heavily — human rights compliance. Contributors will be practitioners of various do-gooder arts, as well as the scientists that study them.
ee  human_rights  medium 
october 2016
For First Time, Destruction Of Cultural Sites Leads To War Crime Conviction : The Two-Way : NPR
As the Two-Way reported earlier this year, the ICC normally handles allegations of massacres and other human rights abuses. Mahdi's case instead centered on the intentional destruction of significant buildings in the ancient city of Timbuktu in Mali:
ee  SITU  ICC  presentation 
september 2016
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