How Facebook Is Throwing Our Brains Into Overdrive | Pacific Standard
the social network's ubiquity means that virtually every moment of daily human existence is carried out, in some way, immersed in or at least adjacent to Facebook. And that means every moment of daily life is inflected with the same compulsive risky-payoff nexus. This leaves no room for mindfulness or nuance, inflecting daily interactions beyond Facebook with the same fight-or-flight rewards-driven neuroses.
newcourse  Facebook  socialmedia  psychology  NDL301  radlib 
6 weeks ago
The New Octopus
by K. Sabeel Rahman

Technology has spawned new corporate giants. Their control of society’s digital infrastructure threatens our democracy. What should we do about it?
tech&society  socialmedia  google  economics  access  radlib 
9 weeks ago
Twitter deleted 200,000 Russian troll tweets. Read them here.
NBC News is publishing its database of more than 200,000 tweets that Twitter has tied to "malicious activity" from Russia-linked accounts during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
bots  twitter  fakenews 
february 2018
Sidewalk Labs: Google’s Guinea-Pig City in Toronto - The Atlantic
Instead of asking if this specific plan has promise, it might be better to pose more general questions: Who are cities for, and who gets to decide how they grow? Sidewalk Labs hopes the answer is technology companies. But the city still has a shot at responding to this assumption. The answer might have implications well beyond Toronto—eventually, it might impact cities everywhere.
cities  urbandesign  google  tech&society  smartcities  surveillance  privacy  radlib 
february 2018
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