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New piece of mine out today in Public Books: "Silicon Valley is not a Place" — a review essay of recent books by Li…
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This is the ideal tweet body. You may not like it, but this is what peak trolling looks like.
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Online education platforms scale college STEM instruction with equivalent learning outcomes at lower cost | Science Advances
Meeting global demand for growing the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce requires solutions for the shortage of qualified instructors. We propose and evaluate a model for scaling up affordable access to effective STEM education through national online education platforms. These platforms allow resource-constrained higher education institutions to adopt online courses produced by the country’s top universities and departments. A multisite randomized controlled trial tested this model with fully online and blended instruction modalities in Russia’s online education platform. We find that online and blended instruction produce similar student learning outcomes as traditional in-person instruction at substantially lower costs. Adopting this model at scale reduces faculty compensation costs that can fund increases in STEM enrollment.
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Choose your quarantine house
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Revisiting dissertation field notes for the first time in a while and really wishing that my past self had paid les…
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This tweet got way outside my usual lane, to a lot of grocery and other service workers. A lot of their comments no…
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I've been giving this advice a lot lately to editing clients:

Remember an academic book is not a mystery novel.…
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Wisconsin Primary Voters Receive ‘I Voted’ Gravestones
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. asks some incisive STS questions:
"What is a life worth saving? When do we declare that further measure…
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The 20th century is ending.

- Offices ⭢ remote work
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The (Josh) Marshall Plan - Columbia Journalism Review
History of TPM. great quotes about TPM 's style of writing.
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Red Thunder Audio // Ezra Teboul — Reading Lists
Reading Lists

Over the years I’ve put together a few reading lists. Here are some:

thematic - 

Sabotage/Luddism

Soviet Computing

Flowcharts and Diagrams

Machine Age

Punk

Art and STS

Artifacts have Politics

History of Electronics Theory

Mechanology

Sound Studio Equipment and Design History

Reverse Engineering

Chaine Operatoire

Musical Organology
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Feedback questions you're asking students - Google Groups
1) Where do you expect to be located for the rest of the semester?
2) What aspect of our class are you most worried about? What outside factors do we need to be aware of that impact your ability to participate in this class for the rest of the semester? 
3) Beyond our class, what is your main worry for the upcoming weeks?
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Remote Class
Good questionnaire on remote class questions
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our long reliance in the US on market-based solutions to overcoming digital inequality are proving inadequate. As a…
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actually i find the very notion of a “mask” problematic insofar as it names the site of an originary drift [dérive]…
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The MOOC Funnel - Degree of Freedom
In this case, the people coming into the funnel include anyone who has expressed even the slightest interest in buying a widget (by clicking on a banner ad, responding to a promotional flier, or simply being part of a widget-buying demographic).  And as those leads engage more deeply with a company or its products, some continue in their relationship (turning from “suspects” into “prospects”) while others lose interest.  This is why an experienced seller, who understands the flow of people within their sales process, knows how to keep his or her funnel populated with enough people at each stage needed to meet sales goals.

Now MOOC vendors are not selling widgets, but the sales funnel metaphor is already used to understand user behavior for Internet-based products given away for free.  In the case of commercial sites built on a “freemium” business model, for instance, people registering for a free online product represent the suspects at the top of a sales funnel, some of whom will eventually make it to the bottom of the funnel and become buyers of a site’s premium services.

In other cases, users of a site are not treated as potential customers but rather serve as the product offered to a different audience (such as advertisers).  In such cases, the online provider’s job is to keep one group (users) happy and engaged with a site while another audience (ad buyers) makes its way through a sales funnel like the one just described for widget-sellers.
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I hope this pandemic settles the “the two parties are the same” bs for good. Marxian frameworks that reduce the sta…
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I took pride in myself for knowing every single Shahrukh song in existence. And then this showed up and I don't eve…
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"Dear Professor Anderson:

It is a pleasure to accept your manuscript entitled 'Fake News is Not a Virus: On Platfo…
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"Look, it’s a long game, you know you’re going to lose your concentration when fatigue sets in… you're going to hav…
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Post Manuscript Submission Press Conference. Looking to use this momentum and take it into future papers..
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(429) https://twitter.com/familyunequal/status/1245142809688117248/video/1
Trump was asked about Gov. Cuomo's complaints. This was his answer. In real time.
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I know we're in the midst of a pandemic, but I must share that my MA thesis, which I first wrote six (6) years ago…
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Friend texted me this. I assume it's from Reddit, but sharing.
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I'm too sexy for my Zoom meetings.
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It’s like state governors are our parents and shelters-in-place is our punishment for not putting it back the first…
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It's an infelicitous time for broadcasting professional news, but I'm *very* happy to be joining
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"In a major victory for civil liberties and civil rights enforcement...a federal court has ruled that research aime…
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Sorry but can’t find creator for attribution. But feel free to add below.
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3/ For example, if they say, you should have quoted me! And it makes sense and it is helpful to do s…
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The ACM Digital Library (THE place for computer science scholarship, via ) is now open access until…
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From Manchester to Barcelona
100j nice essay thinking about relationship between computing and capitalism
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if you think epidemiology hobbyism is bad, wait till you see how people spend their time on twitter "engaging" in "…
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I am so angry about this bullshit.

Journalists are working hard on covering a public health crisis while dealing…
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The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of struggles between people and microbes.

Virus and he…
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Freedom Isn't Free
Good history of the open-source movement and its challenges. Is the open-source movement a challenge to capitalism? Or not? How could it be? 100j

Which is a shame, because the movement had the potential to be so much more. Free software arose out of the desire to decommodify data, to contest the idea of treating information as property. Of course, the movement’s ability to fulfill this desire was hampered by a lack of political analysis and historical context. Crucially, free software advocates neglected to recognize information as simply the latest battlefield in a centuries-old story of capital accumulation, as capital discovers new engines of profit-making and new areas of our common life to enclose. Still, there was something there: glimmers of a recognition that property is the enemy of freedom.
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Watch "Women We Love: Juhi Chawla | Rajeev Masand" on YouTube
Juhi Chawla acknowledges that she could have opted for better roles rather than going for safe ones in her high period from 1993-98.
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Thrown Out of Court | Washington Monthly
Hastily clicking through terms of service is now all it can take to surrender your rights to these companies. Once you do, your only path for recourse if you’re harmed by any one of them is “mandatory arbitration,” where the arbitrator is often chosen by the corporation you’re challenging, and any revelations about the company’s wrongdoing tend to be kept secret. Rather than band together under the light of the public courtroom, each individual has to work through the darkness of a private tribunal, alone, where arbitrators can interpret laws however they wish. Certain inalienable rights, the Court has ruled, are actually kind of alienable.

The court decisions that birthed this brave new world coincided with a rising conservative legal movement that advocates judicial restraint and a corporate lobby that has successfully pushed the idea that America is an excessively litigious society in dire need of “tort reform.” The result, lawyers and scholars say, is that thousands of cases that individuals once had a shot of winning can no longer even enter a courtroom, jeopardizing enforcement of laws spanning consumer and employee protection, civil rights, and antitrust.
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How do you keep an AI’s behavior from becoming predictable? – Ars Technica
nice summary of how Facebook plans to police spammers. 100j

To avoid this, Facebook's researchers have shifted from using account data to what might be called account metadata. Rather than using the number of posts a given account might make, it looks at the number of post a typical friend's account makes. Similar values can be generated for the average number of friends that the account's friends are connected to, how often friend requests are sent, and so on. A series of values like this are combined into a profile that the company's researchers are calling a "deep entity."
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Working for an Algorithm: Interview with Corentin Curchod – University of Edinburgh Business School
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Alex: I really enjoyed reading your article 'Working for an Algorithm: Power Asymmetries and Agency in Online Work Settings'. I think it serves as a nice exemplification of how online work settings tend to move away from formerly dyadic evaluation relationships between superior and employee towards a somewhat triadic relationship in which online customer evaluations play an increasingly powerful role. This message was impressively conveyed by illuminating the dark side of human-algorithm entanglement and how customer evaluations can potentially elicit power asymmetries in online work settings. Your article reveals power asymmetries at two levels—the transactional level and the governance level—as well as the three main mechanisms that invoke power asymmetries between customers and sellers at eBay: online customer evaluations as a new form of employee monitoring; algorithms as mediating and objectifying actor relations; and online evaluations as prompting sellers to find practical ways for retaining individual agency. Can you please tell us more about the context of the study? How and when did the idea for your article develop?
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platform economy: restructuring the space of capitalist accumulation | Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society | Oxford Academic
The platform economy and its leading firms, such as Amazon, Facebook and Google, are reorganising the geography of value creation and capture on both a local and global scale. This article argues that economic geographers have underappreciated the implications of the platform on space. First, we demonstrate the concentration of platform giants in terms of location on the US West Coast and in terms of their market share in various services, such as search, maps and online sales. Platforms are simultaneously intermediaries, two-sided markets, data aggregators and leading users of artificial intelligence (AI). Second, we use a labour taxonomy to demonstrate the extensive reach of these platforms in terms of the labour markets that they serve and shape. To illustrate these changes in the geography of value creation, we present case studies of Amazon and Google Maps to show their effects on the location of economic activity. Third, we elaborate on our contention that platforms are at once intermediaries and data hubs. AI is likely to reinforce the power of these platform leaders because they have the largest data sets, the most computational power, enormous teams of the best AI researchers and vast reservoirs of capital that they can use to make acquisitions. We conclude by identifying areas for future research and calling upon economic geographers to consider the implications of the platform economy in reshaping the space of economic activity.
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The front page of tomorrow's New York Times makes the best possible case for Medicare For All. (That yellow graph o…
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America has local political institutions but nationalized politics. This is a problem. - Vox
But by 1950, the conditions that sustained local variations on political culture and politics were already disappearing. Local, patronage-heavy parties were in decline because, as Hopkins writes, “civil service laws reduced already-limited supply of patronage jobs available at the same time that rising affluence reduced demand for them.” The older generation of spoils-seeking party men without fixed principles gave way to a new generation of activists attracted more to abstract moral issues than clerkships. State parties withered.
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