seanstern + techculture   10

Legends of the Ancient Web
Argues that the history of radio parallels the internet.
techculture  history  politics 
january 2018 by seanstern
So Close. – Hacker Noon
From the pride in his overworked employees to the belief that high-end consumer products provide a pathway to joy to the casual mention of integrated, seamless data collection, everything about this article borders on self-parody. Juicero 2.0?
techculture  capitalism 
january 2018 by seanstern
Who benefits from the push to teach all kids to code?
Article that takes a critical approach to the CS for All movement. Not sure I agree with claim that it's ALL about money and generating new consumers. There's probably a bigger role of implicit bias. That is, it's probably being done because folks believe software development and silicon valley culture will genuinely benefit marginalized communities. This makes it easy to forget to ask hard questions about harms and seek input from said communities.
techculture  schoolculture  CSforAll  inequality  teaching 
january 2018 by seanstern
Are Algorithms Building the New Infrastructure of Racism? - Issue 55: Trust - Nautilus
Investigation of how implicit bias in engineers and data sources can further cement racism, sexism, and other forms of inequity in society. Analogizes Robert Moses's infrastructure plans and its effects on marginalized groups to tech infrastructure now.
america  history  techculture  racism 
january 2018 by seanstern
Engine Failure
Thoughts from researchers on privacy, bias, and deep systemic flaws of making ever tech product a platform that treats consumers as products.
google  algorithmic-curation  bias  facebook  techculture  capitalism  from twitter
december 2017 by seanstern
When G.M. Was Google | The New Yorker
Is a profitable company the product of good culture? Or is "good culture" the result of a profitable company?
techculture  capitalism  economics  from twitter
november 2014 by seanstern

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