Who's Tracking Your Faceprint? - The Atlantic
Your face is yours. It is a defining feature of your identity. But it’s also just another datapoint waiting to be collected. At a time when cameras are ubiquitous and individual data collection is baked into nearly every transaction a person can make, faces are increasingly up for grabs.
biometrics  privacy  facialrecognition  radlib 
2 days ago
Visualizing the network that connects mainstream and extremist news
Now mainstream media have significant motivation to safeguard the data of their readers, both to keep them as customers and to maintain their credibility as a source of good information. But what about the adtech they use? Would you feel particularly violated if adnxs.com or 2mdn.net were in the news tomorrow as the source of a major data breach? And yet, outside of Google, those are two of the most prevalent sources of adtech in the sites we examined. The integrity of these ad sources are crucial to our ability to own, control, and safeguard our personal information. If any one of them fails, we could be in a heap of trouble. And yet just stopping by the Washington Post to read one or two articles could potentially expose information about us to dozens of different companies, most of which we know nothing about, and most of which do business with sites run by extremists or ― in the case of RT ― a hostile foreign government.
advertising  adtech  media  radlib  privacy 
2 days ago
Libraries as a luxury item – Medium
In the moral universe we occupy, asking that the current administration turn their priorities inside-out, take the NEA, NEH, and IMLS off the chopping block, double their funding, and use whatever’s left over for defense spending is a non-starter. But we must strenuously fight the notion that they are agencies our nation can or should do without. Libraries and arts organizations are not luxury items for our society. (That’s especially the case for those segments of our society who already have the fewest luxuries, and yet poor and less educated people have seen disproportionate declines in library use — perhaps because of cuts to local services.) Spending on them, and on the agencies which support their work, is not government waste. These agencies have earned their place on our list of national priorities, and they deserve to stay there.
libraries  publicgood  radlib 
2 days ago
Online Human-Bot Interactions: Detection, Estimation, and Characterization
Abstract
Increasing evidence suggests that a growing amount of social
media content is generated by autonomous entities known
as social bots. In this work we present a framework to de-
tect such entities on Twitter. We leverage more than a thou-
sand features extracted from public data and meta-data about
users: friends, tweet content and sentiment, network patterns,
and activity time series. We benchmark the classification
framework by using a publicly available dataset of Twitter
bots. This training data is enriched by a manually annotated
collection of active Twitter users that include both humans
and bots of varying sophistication. Our models yield high ac-
curacy and agreement with each other and can detect bots of
different nature. Our estimates suggest that between 9% and
15% of active Twitter accounts are bots. Characterizing ties
among accounts, we observe that simple bots tend to interact
with bots that exhibit more human-like behaviors. Analysis of
content flows reveals retweet and mention strategies adopted
by bots to interact with different target groups. Using cluster-
ing analysis, we characterize several subclasses of accounts,
including spammers, self promoters, and accounts that post
content from connected applications.
internet  radlib 
11 days ago
The Code4Lib Journal – Editorial: Introspection as Activism, or, Getting Our Houses in Order
by Ruth Kitchin Tillman - on library work as activist work if we're thoughtful about our values and our work.
values  libraries  archives  radlib 
6 weeks ago
All I Know Is What’s on the Internet — Real Life
IL can't accomplish anything unless it challenges the commodification of information and the control publishers have over it.
infolit  lifelonglearning  radlib 
7 weeks ago
danah boyd | apophenia » The Information War Has Begun
What’s at stake isn’t “fake news.” What’s at stake is the increasing capacity of those committed to a form of isolationist and hate-driven tribalism that has been around for a very long time. They have evolved with the information landscape, becoming sophisticated in leveraging whatever tools are available to achieve power, status, and attention. And those seeking a progressive and inclusive agenda, those seeking to combat tribalism to form a more perfect union —  they haven’t kept up.

The information war has begun. Normative approaches to challenging the system will not work. What will it take for news media to wake up? What will it take for progressives to start developing skills to fight back?
media  access  fakenews  radlib  NDL301 
8 weeks ago
Know-Nothing Nation - The Chronicle of Higher Education
What of the idea that debate in a liberal democracy ideally turns on an exchange of reasons among citizens? Such a conversation is difficult enough when participants inhabit different epistemic universes, but it grows even more difficult when standards for securing agreement drift apart from each other. You should believe this — because I read it in the newspaper, because experts say so, because holding Opinion X also commits you to Opinion Y. These are forms of intellectual consistency, yes, but our willingness to be bound by them is also a stance on the authority and relevance of truth to our beliefs. In agreeing to see truth and its attendant qualities as authoritative, we place limits on what reasons are acceptable to give in an argument and to which knowledge it is appropriate to appeal.
fakenews  publicgood  radlib  NDL301 
10 weeks ago
When Truth Becomes a Commodity - The Chronicle of Higher Education
What characterizes our modern techno-system is not simply the conditions of information superfluity it inhabits but that it is, still more important, a market. This is true across much of our contemporary scene. The widely reported success of a computer-science student in the distant republic of Georgia in churning forward faked and politically slanted U.S. election news for profit is a particularly vivid example of the global market in eye-catching facts that we have unwittingly created. Ads crawl through every news flash.

Still more of the modern market in truths is driven not by revenue streams but by individual desires. Clicks are its currency. They carry everyone’s wants. They cut through the information overload to return just the facts one is looking for. All wants in this sense are satisfied. The reorganization of society and the social imagination along market lines, which has accelerated so rapidly, reaches a kind of culmination. But in this reconstitution of truths as market commodities, the invisible hand working to sort things out is nowhere to be found. There is no dialogue. There is no discourse. There is no weighing of competing hypotheses. Truths slide past one another without contact points, headed for their designated purchasers.

The very idea of politics as an act of deliberation, by which people with inevitably different desires and starting positions must work something out, must find their way to a destination that none may have imagined before, is devalued in the process.
fakenews  truth  socialmedia  access  intellectualfreedom  radlib  NDL301 
10 weeks ago
Are There Limits to Online Free Speech ? Alice Marwick
a commitment to freedom of speech above all else presumes an idealistic version of the internet that no longer exists. And as long as we consider any content moderation to be censorship, minority voices will continue to be drowned out by their aggressive majority counterparts.
radlib  intellecutalfreedom  tech&society  NDL301 
11 weeks ago
Hacking the Attention Economy
over the last 15 years, I’ve watched as countless hacker-minded folks have started leveraging a mix of technical and social engineering skills to reconfigure networks of power. Some are in it for the fun. Some see dollar signs. Some have a much more ideological agenda. But above all, what’s fascinating is how many people have learned to play the game. And in some worlds, those skills are coming home to roost in unexpected ways, especially as groups are seeking to mess with information intermediaries in an effort to hack the attention economy.
radlib  hacking  socialmedia  tech&society  NDL301 
11 weeks ago
The Challenge Facing Libraries in an Era of Fake News | National News | US News
By Donald A. Barclay

Imagine, for a moment, the technology of 2017 had existed on Jan. 11, 1964 – the day Luther Terry, surgeon general of the United States, released "Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States."

What would be some likely scenarios?
lifelonglearning  radlib  fakenews  tech&society  NDL301 
11 weeks ago
We already have a Muslim registry. It’s called Facebook (FB), Google (Goog), and every major technology company that tracks its users — Quartz
The US government will never need to ask anyone to build Muslim registries, because tech companies have already built them. Dozens of times, as it turns out. And there is little to keep them out of the hands of the government, although some plans are taking shape as companies confront this threat.

Every major US technology company that tracks customers’ behavior (and that is most of them) is already a registry, and not just for Muslims. Data warehoused by Google, Twitter, Facebook, Verizon, AT&T, Visa, ad networks and others are capable of pinpointing minorities, as well as those with dissident views, says the advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).
privacy  socialjustice  socialmedia  tech&society  radlib  NDL301 
11 weeks ago
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