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'This waterfront needs a highway': the huge mistakes cities keep making
Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway, which cuts the city’s waterfront off from the rest of its downtown area.Photograph: ArchonCodex/Getty Images M aking mistakes is…
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The Motherboard Guide to Amazon Prime Day - Motherboard
Today is Amazon Prime Day, a 36-hour shopping event invented to celebrate Jeff Bezos’s online marketplace dominance. It’s hard to remember a time before this…
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Amazon warehouse workers are striking across Europe on Prime Day
Amazon warehouse workers in multiple European countries are walking off the job today in protest of poor working conditions, according to a report from NBC News…
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How We’re Making Code of Conduct Enforcement Real — and Scaling it.
“1902” — Jason Abbott Public Domain In 2017 the Open Innovation team set goals envisioning Mozilla’s Community Participation Guidelines as a tool not only for…
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3 days ago
Privacy and P2P Protocols
In a modern P2P protocol white paper, under a section titled Network Privacy , there is a section that reads: “There is an inherent tradeoff in peer to peer…
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Code Red
Cases of Modelo sit on a rickety wooden table near the elevator, two laptops open to a Google sign-in sheet beside them. A few people mill around the table,…
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Facebook Proves It Isn't Ready To Handle Fake News
Facebook Share Pin Just one of Infowars' polarizing conspiracy claims spread via Facebook that didn't pan out. On Wednesday afternoon, Facebook invited a…
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Compromised version of eslint-scope published
Subscribe to updates for Compromised version of eslint-scope published via email and/or text message. Whenever an update is posted, you'll receive a…
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Compromised JavaScript Package Caught Stealing npm Credentials
A hacker has gained access to a developer's npm account and injected malicious code into a popular JavaScript library, code that was designed to steal the npm…
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Diversity fatigue is real: Atlassian's State of Diversity Report 2018
This year’s results show that fatigue has set in and progress has stalled. People are tired of talking about diversity and inclusion, frustrated by talk not…
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6 days ago
Jack Dorsey just blew up Twitter's company structure to prepare it for the next decade
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced a sweeping reorganization at the social media network on Thursday, just as Ed Ho, a vice president of product and engineering,…
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6 days ago
Private and secure multiparty histograms
Please pick a number between 1 and 10, and don’t tell anybody what youpicked. Got it? Great. Now, I know you chose a number with deep personal meaning to you.…
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6 days ago
Digital complicity: The intent and embrace of problematic tech
Digital complicity: The intent and embrace of problematic tech Joseph Reagle 2018 Introduction A framework for complicity Facebook’s intent Life hackers’…
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6 days ago
ThursdayBram.com – What they don’t tell you about creating style guides
This text was the basis of my recent talk at Write the Docs NA 2018, mostly about the glory and greatness of creating your own style guides from scratch. It…
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7 days ago
Tierra y libertad
T he last stars clung stubbornly to the cool violet canopy hanging over the San Joaquin Valley. In deepest September, the thick of the pistachio harvest, the…
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8 days ago
The rise of 'pseudo-AI': how tech firms quietly use humans to do bots' work
Some companies use humans to train AI systems; others secretly depend on them while claiming to have scalable AI tech.Photograph: Westend61/Getty…
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8 days ago
How to Fight Amazon (Before You Turn 29)
Tim Tomkinson Tim Tomkinson Shortly after I met Lina Khan, her cellphone rang. The call was from a representative of a national organization, regarding a speech…
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9 days ago
The Electric Flight of Spiders
A ballooning spider Michael Hutchinson On October 31, 1832, a young naturalist named Charles Darwin walked onto the deck of the HMS Beagle and realized that the…
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12 days ago
“I Was Devastated”: The Man Who Created the World Wide Web Has Some Regrets
Tim Berners-Lee, photographed in Amsterdam. Grooming by Patricia Van Heumen. Photograph by Olaf Blecker. “For people who want to make sure the Web serves…
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12 days ago
7 Tips for Better Bash
July 4, 2018 Who is this post for? So, you're writing a bash script. You use bash in the terminal, but you're kindafumbling your way through using bash to write…
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13 days ago
German police raid homes of Tor-linked group's board members | ZDNet
Undated file photo of Staatsschutz on a raid in Germany. (Image: file photo) In the early morning on June 20, German security services raided the homes of…
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13 days ago
Infinite Negative Utility: Why I Don't Love Gödel, Escher, Bach
Douglas Hofstadter's book Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid is a classic text that's had a strong influence on countless people. It's a venerated…
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13 days ago
"Stylish" browser extension steals all your internet history | Robert Heaton
"Stylish" browser extension steals all your internet history 02 Jul 2018 Before it became a covert surveillance tool disguised as an outstanding browser…
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13 days ago
Is Facebook a publisher? In public it says no, but in court it says yes
A lawsuit is claiming Mark Zuckerberg developed a ‘fraudulent scheme’ to exploit users’ personal data.Photograph: The Asahi Shimbun/The Asahi Shimbun via Getty…
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14 days ago
Juggalos figured out how to beat facial recognition
Last September, the world welcomed Juggalos (or Juggalettes, depending on which you prefer) to The Resistance when they marched on Washington en masses to…
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14 days ago
Disturbances #16: Digital Dust
Hello again. It's been a while. I'm still thinking about dust, though. This newsletter is really quite long (6700 words, jeez just write a book already), so I'm…
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16 days ago
FEMA's failing disaster victims who are still desperate for housing
After Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, tens of thousands of people were displaced from their damaged or destroyed homes. Many thousands of them have spent the…
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17 days ago
Reclaiming RSS – Aral Balkan
Reclaiming RSS 29 Jun 2018 RSS like it’s 1999. Before Twitter, before algorithmic timelines filtered our reality for us, before surveillance capitalism , there…
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18 days ago
ISP Column - June 2018
The ISP Column A column on things Internet Other Formats: Another 10 Years Later June 2018 Geoff Huston Ten years ago, I wrote an article that looked back on…
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18 days ago
The Bike-Share Oversupply in China: Huge Piles of Abandoned and Broken Bicycles
30 Photos In Focus Last year, bike sharing took off in China, with dozens of bike-share companies quickly flooding city streets with millions of brightly…
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20 days ago
Silicon Valley Is Growing a Conscience
Silicon Valley likes to think it is an engine of progress, which in turn helps tech companies self-identify as standard-bearers of progressivism. And in many…
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20 days ago
Women’s clothing retailers are still ignoring the reality of size in the US
It sounds like hyperbole, but it isn’t: Half of American women struggle to find jeans that fit at the mall. More specifically, only 13% of women’s jeans in…
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20 days ago
How to Avoid Card Skimmers at the Pump — Krebs on Security
Previous stories here on the proliferation of card-skimming devices hidden inside fuel pumps have offered a multitude of security tips for readers looking to…
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21 days ago
Gender Inclusive Tech Events: A hands on how-to guide
Hi, I’m Perry Eising , and I’m on a mission to make tech more approachable and inclusive. I’m the former faculty lead of Epicodus, and a long-time activist…
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22 days ago
Decolonize Co-ops
“In order to rise from its own ashes, a Phoenix first must burn.” – Octavia E. Butler The origin story is great. In a town much like yours, on a street out of a…
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23 days ago
The woman who taught internet strangers to actually care for one another
In 1989, a graduate student named Stacy Horn started an online community. This was before the World Wide Web, when “online” still meant a Bulletin Board System,…
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23 days ago
A hacker figured out how to brute force an iPhone passcode
(Image: file photo) A security researcher has figured out how to brute force a passcode on any up-to-date iPhone or iPad , bypassing the software's security…
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25 days ago
AI is Not a Community Management Strategy – Fertile Medium – Medium
Let’s start from the beginning. Say you make a website that allows people to say something online. Most people use it like you intended, and everything’s fine.…
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27 days ago
How I Broke, and Botched, the Brandon Teena Story
Brandon Teena (right) with Lana Tisdel in 1993. On December 31, 1993, a 21-year-old trans man named Brandon Teena was shot and stabbed to death near Falls City,…
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27 days ago
Managering in Terrible Times | Lara Hogan
Managering in Terrible Times Originally posted Feb 3, 2017 These are terrible times. You may be facing these events head-on as a member of a marginalized group…
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27 days ago
Restorative Practice and the Skills of Circle Keeping
Home Resources Training About Contact Blog Restorative Practices build community and can help set things right when the integrity of the community is challenged…
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29 days ago
How Feminist Zine Culture Has Evolved - VICE
This article originally appeared on VICE UK . To the untrained eye, it would appear the golden age of magazines is over. With Nylon , Teen Vogue , Glamour , and…
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4 weeks ago
Epic Systems v. The Work Force | Jennie Rose Halperin
If you’ve been thinking we should get together and sue the bosses, you’re well out of luck. In the words of Justice Neil Gorsuch in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis…
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4 weeks ago
On FOSS as a capitalism-like structure – Cassian – Medium
Or, Time is Money ~ Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) positions itself as being apart from capitalism. Software is written by people passionate about making…
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5 weeks ago
How Too Much Research Can Ruin Your Novel
It’s June of 1914, and Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, has arrived in Sarajevo with his wife, Sophie. We know what happens next.…
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5 weeks ago
How to Tame a Zombie Fungus
Relatives of this zombie-ant fungus have been domesticated by cicadas. Katja Schulz / Flickr In the summer of 2015, at a scientific conference in New Hampshire,…
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5 weeks ago
Underpaid and exhausted: the human cost of your Kindle
Five o’clock in the morning and the young woman’s eyelids are drooping. All night she has been removing spots of dust from Amazon smartspeakers with a…
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5 weeks ago
The Little-Known Behavioral Scientist Who Has Transformed Cities All Over the World - Behavioral Scientist
“Why are you architects not interested in people?” Ingrid Gehl asked her new husband, Jan. “What do you think about the fact that your architecture professors…
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5 weeks ago
Is Your Hospital Catholic? Many Women Don't Know. - Rewire.News
News Health Systems Is Your Hospital Catholic? Many Women Don’t Know. Jun 6, 2018, 4:09pm Amy Littlefield Patients seeking care in Catholic facilities have been…
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5 weeks ago
Internal Documents Show How Facebook Decides When a Poop Emoji Is Hate Speech
A single emoji can make all the difference between an innocent joke and a hateful message . With that in mind, Facebook trains its moderators in how a slew of…
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5 weeks ago
NTSB: Autopilot steered Tesla car toward traffic barrier before deadly crash – Ars Technica
NTSB The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on the March crash that killed driver Walter Huang in Mountain View. The…
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Letter: Electric Scooters Aren’t Selfies, They’re Selfie Sticks
Mike Blake / Reuters Unfortunately, the Electric Scooters Are Fantastic Updated on June 6 at 4:04 p.m. ET “The war is over and I have lost,” Robinson Meyer…
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5 weeks ago
What Americans Told Us About Online Shopping Says A Lot About Amazon
Close to two-thirds of Americans say they've bought something on Amazon, according to a new NPR/Marist poll. That's more than 90 percent of America's online…
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5 weeks ago
GitHub Is Microsoft’s $7.5 Billion Undo Button
Oh, GitHub, we knew ye … pretty well, actually, over the past decade. At least programmers did. To us you’ve been comically unavoidable, from your “ Octocat ”…
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5 weeks ago
Queens of the Phone Age: The Narrative Design of 'Reigns: Her Majesty'
Session Name Queens of the Phone Age: The Narrative Design of 'Reigns: Her Majesty' Speaker(s) Leigh Alexander Company Name(s) Independent Track / Format…
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5 weeks ago
The White-Savior Industrial Complex
Yuri Gripas / Reuters If we are going to interfere in the lives of others, a little due diligence is a minimum requirement. Left, Invisible Children's Jason…
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6 weeks ago
Episode 28: Women in Emergency Management
The Dukes shut up (for once) and hand things over to their crack co-hosts, Drs. Nicolette Louissaint and Samantha Montano, to discuss the personal and…
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6 weeks ago
SourceForge Hiding Fact that They Have Lost the Latest Revision of SVN
I still use Subversion regularly, and quite often I use it to handle big files. Even after two years since the malware chaos, I still thought there was a reason…
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6 weeks ago
Your Sea Wall Won’t Save You
Flood victims confront authorities on the outskirts of Bangkok, demanding that a gate be opened to release floodwaters, in October 2011. [AP Photo/Altaf Qadri]…
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6 weeks ago
Introducing the new SourceForge - SourceForge Community Blog
Today we’re starting to roll out a whole new look for SourceForge. As a quick refresher, SourceForge was acquired in 2016 and the new SourceForge team has been…
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6 weeks ago
Congratulations GitHub on the acquisition by Microsoft
Congratulations to GitHub on their acquisition by Microsoft ! This is validation of the growing influence of software developers in the world, and the…
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6 weeks ago
How incentives in the gig economy put workers at risk - Philly
news How incentives in the gig economy put workers at risk Updated: Thursday, May 31, 2018, 8:57 AM At a memorial for Pablo Avendano, who was killed while…
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6 weeks ago
Postmortem: Every Frame a Painting – Tony Zhou – Medium
Every Frame a Painting is officially dead. Nothing sinister; we just decided to end it, rather than keep on making stuff. The existing videos will, of course,…
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6 weeks ago
Facebook’s ad rules are forcing news outlets to register as political advertisers
Last Thursday, Showtime put out a string of trailers promoting its new documentary series The Fourth Estate , which follows a group of New York Times reporters…
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6 weeks ago
PyCon 2018 Code of Conduct Transparency Report
The PyCon Code of Conduct sets standards for how our community interacts with others during the conference. For 2018 the Code of Conduct underwent an extensive…
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6 weeks ago
Seniors Are More Conservative Because the Poor Die Off
Voting isn’t an easy thing if you are old, sick, and poor. Photo: Emile Wamsteker/Bloomberg via Getty Images One of the abiding realities of our political era…
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6 weeks ago
The photographer who hacked the world’s CCTV cameras
Share this In 2013, Marcus DeSieno found himself hiking through one of America’s vast and beautiful national parks. Despite the fact he was alone in the…
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6 weeks ago
Making trans inclusion at conferences a priority – Bron Lewis – Medium
If you’re going to talk the talk, you should walk the walk. (Photo of gray sneakers with rainbow shoe laces.) Real talk: being trans and asking for permission…
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6 weeks ago
Information Wars: A Window into the Alternative Media Ecosystem
Conspiracy Theories, Muddled Thinking, and Political Disinformation Background: Examining “Alternative Narratives” of Crisis Events For more than three years,…
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6 weeks ago
We need more radical solutions for diversity and inclusion
It’s clear change won’t happen fast — unless we experiment and aren’t afraid to fail. Photo by Nikoretro under CC 2.0 It’s been two years since we founded…
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6 weeks ago
The desert island.
I’m conscious when I go out in public that my very presence is a tiny act of rebellion. It’s a kind of rebellion that I find totally ridiculous – the idea that…
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6 weeks ago
okay i think i maybe understand hackathons now
i spent my last saturday mentoring and judging an all-day hackathon in jersey city with about 100 to 150 kids (it was organized by and took place in an all-boys…
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6 weeks ago
The Increasingly Intricate Story of How the Americas Were Peopled
Max Gros Louis, the grand chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation of Quebec, one of the tribes consulted in a new genetic study AFP / Stringer Tens of thousands of…
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6 weeks ago
The New Orleans Police Raid That Launched A Dancer Resistance
From local charities, to the editorial pages, to city politicians, New Orleans strip clubs were blamed for human trafficking, leading to abusive police raids –…
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6 weeks ago
On the wrong side of the digital divide in Cleveland, OH
By Afi Scruggs I f it wasn’t for his telephone, David Rosario wouldn’t have a job. Rosario, 29, works part time at Eliza Bryant Village, a nursing home not far…
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6 weeks ago
Grad discovers algorithms in justice system don’t always compute
This is one in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates. Most of us are at least casually familiar with the idea of due process. But…
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6 weeks ago
Tesla in Autopilot mode crashes into parked Laguna Beach police cruiser
A Tesla sedan in Autopilot mode crashed into a parked Laguna Beach Police Department vehicle Tuesday morning, authorities said. The collision happened at 11:07…
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7 weeks ago
Reformatting my gender – Danilo Campos – Medium
I have fun throwing men under the bus . There are a few reasons for this: It’s not as though men, as a group, have been particularly good to me Men who are…
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7 weeks ago
FBI: Kindly Reboot Your Router Now, Please — Krebs on Security
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is warning that a new malware threat has rapidly infected more than a half-million consumer devices. To help arrest…
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7 weeks ago
Natural Disasters and Environmental Events – MIT Center for Civic Media
This post was collaboratively written by Liz Barry, Greg Bloom, Willow Brugh, and Tamara Shapiro. It was translated by Mariel García (thank you). Español…
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7 weeks ago
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