‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower
At the end of which Kogan’s app, called thisismydigitallife, gave him permission to access their Facebook profiles. And not just theirs, but their friends’ too. On average, each “seeder” – the people who had taken the personality test, around 320,000 in total – unwittingly gave access to at least 160 other people’s profiles, none of whom would have known or had reason to suspect.
facebook  data  privacy 
Facebook y Cambridge Analytica nos ofrecen la última evolución de la democracia
Unas 270.000 personas habían aceptado formar parte del supuesto experimento académico. Gracias a las características de esa app, y a la incapacidad de Facebook de proteger la privacidad de sus usuarios, su alcance fue exponencialmente mayor.
socialnetworks  surveillance  privacy 
Laura Freixas: ¿Qué hacemos con Lolita?
La novela de Nabokov debe ser leída, analizada y utilizada para entender cómo el patriarcado manipula en su beneficio, y para nuestra desgracia, la cultura. Pero en ningún caso debe ser sacralizada.
literature  women 
2 days ago
Miren Etxezarreta: "Para sostener las pensiones hace falta una reforma fiscal integral"
¿Si la riqueza española se distribuye en torno a un 46% al trabajo y a un 54% al capital, por qué el 75% de los impuestos se pagan por IRPF e IVA, es decir, lo pagan los consumidores y los trabajadores, y no llega al 25% lo que paga el capital?
economy  spain  politics 
3 days ago
Project Riese: The Secret Nazi Tunnels in Poland
A massive underground complex and tunnel system. Führer’s intended headquarter or weapons factory?
war  history 
3 days ago
El Paquete
El Paquete Semanal (“The Weekly Packet”): a clandestine in-person file-sharing network that distributes hard drives and flash drives full of media across Cuba. Nobody quite knows how it is created.
networking  Cuba 
3 days ago
US spy lab hopes to geotag every outdoor photo on social media
Imagine if someone could scan every image on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, then instantly determine where each was taken. The ability to combine this location data with information about who appears in those photos—and any social media contacts tied to them—would make it possible for government agencies to quickly track terrorist groups posting propaganda photos. (And, really, just about anyone else.)
privacy  surveillance  socialnetworks 
3 days ago
Portable Computer Pre-History: Portable Before Laptops
DYSEAC (1950, 20 tons) may have been the least-portable “portable” device ever created. It required two separate trailer vans to function.
Van No. 1 contains the control console, input-output, computer, storage, and 12 tons of refrigeration capacity. Its internal dimensions are approximately 39 x 7 x 9 feet and weighs about 12 tons. Van No. 2 contains DC power supplies, 6 tons of refrigeration capacity, and 1,700 cubic feet of spare space. This van also has internal dimensions of 39 x 7 x 9 feet. It weighs 8 tons.
4 days ago
La sembra sagnant de l’aviació feixista
Allò que s’accentuarà i “perfeccionarà” en la Segona Guerra Mundial, va començar a provar-se, i a practicar-se amb assiduïtat, a la Península. I, molt especialment, a l’arc mediterrani.
war  spain  history 
4 days ago
Sold: Isaac Newton's Notes on the Philosopher's Stone
The document details a months-long procedure of distillations and additions, heating and coolings, that end with the creation of “the Secret of Secrets,” the philosopher’s stone, which could transform lead into gold.
6 days ago
Building a Blockchain
Daniel van Flymen, and then Stephen Downes, have just learnt blockchains by building one. But: "This is just the tip of the iceberg".
8 days ago
The story behind the viral photo of a teacher in Ghana showing students Windows on a blackboard
The school has no computers even though students are expected to pass a national exam, including ICT, to progress to high school.
8 days ago
Cuando fuimos árabes: la posverdad sobre Al Andalus
Emilio González Ferrín. Ni hubo invasión islámica de la península Ibérica en 711 ni tampoco una reconquista cristiana casi 800 años después.
history  spain 
10 days ago
‘Dr. Strangelove’ Is Basically a Documentary
According to Daniel Ellsberg the scenarios involved aren't far from reality.
17 days ago
Ethereum’s smart contracts are full of holes
Sergey and colleagues (University College London) used a novel tool to analyze a sample of nearly one million Ethereum smart contracts, flagging around 34,000 as vulnerable.
19 days ago
Found: Details of Picasso's Plan for His Most Massive Work of Art
100-foot concrete monument that would have dominated USF campus in Tampa was never made. The State Board of Regents approved it on April 9, 1973, a day after Picasso’s death, but did not agree to fund its estimated $10 million budget.
19 days ago
Nokia, Vodafone To Install 4G on the Moon
First cosmic cellular network: module designed to transport and land two Audi rovers will also serve as an LTE base-station, allowing transfer of data and video back to Earth.
19 days ago
Manuel Castells: “Los globalizadores han sido nacionalizados. La democracia liberal ha colapsado”
…la red global de locos que se atreven a pensar en otro mundo y a luchar por él, comprometidos y enredados, es la única pócima a nuestros instintos asesinos como especie.
21 days ago
The Epic Story Behind Nokia’s Iconic Ringtone
Tàrrega’s biggest selling point was that he was long-dead. Nokia needed a sound free of expensive copyright claims.
23 days ago
Blockchain, Bitcoin and the Tokenization of Learning
There’s little precedent for any of these experiments. For what it's worth, Disney Dollars, though discontinued, can be purchased on eBay today for between $1 each to $14,300 for a mint-condition sheet.
blockchain  education 
25 days ago
Money Laundering Via Author Impersonation on Amazon?
Patrick Reames had no idea why Amazon sent him a 1099 form saying he’d made almost $24,000 selling books via Createspace, the company’s on-demand publishing arm. Until he searched the site for his name and discovered someone has been using it to peddle a $555 book that’s full of nothing but gibberish.
27 days ago
Philip K. Dick and the Fake Humans
We live in Philip K. Dick’s future, not George Orwell’s or Aldous Huxley’s. This does not look like totalitarianism unless you squint very hard indeed.
literature  internet  politics  sci-fi 
27 days ago
AI: the Ziggy Stardust Syndrome
Speed of light limits communication. Most advanced civilizations would “expand inward… not outward, where they’d lose patience waiting for feedback”. We wouldn’t be able to see them because, lost in their own thoughts, they’d have no interest in being seen.
4 weeks ago
Amazon owns my Echo, I’m just feeding it

<p>—Yeah, I feel like Alexa is a Trojan Horse.</p>
<p>—I don’t answer everything about horses yet. For trivia, try saying ‘give me a horse fact.’<p>
4 weeks ago
El negocio de la sanidad privada crece imparable a costa del deterioro del sistema público
Consultores privados atribuyen su auge a "las deficiencias en el sector sanitario público que sigue sufriendo las medidas restrictivas tomadas en 2012".
health  politics 
4 weeks ago
‘The Simpsons’ Has Predicted a Lot. Most of It Can Be Explained.
Writers rule on The Simpsons, not the actors… The result is a show packed with references to art, literature, pop culture, politics and science.
tv  predictions 
5 weeks ago
Let's Talk About Bitcoin's Insane Energy Consumption
…at a time when we lean on scientific development more than ever to fix the world’s problems, one of the most powerful computer networks in the world is doing idle work just to prove to others that it’s done work.
blockchain  bitcoin 
5 weeks ago
Sobre las 'portavozas'
O quizá para poder interpretar correctamente la naturaleza de ‘portavoza’ no haya que mirar en la morfología, sino que debamos observar el uso pragmático de la lengua.
language  gender 
5 weeks ago
A Map of the World's Largest Annual Human Migration
Chinese New Year, 2015. Baidu traced the travel of some 700 million people using its smartphone maps.
5 weeks ago
Adiós a John Perry Barlow, el primer activista de los derechos civiles online
…se intoxicó de la efervescencia tecnológica de la contracultura californiana y tuvo una visión temprana, certera y autocumplida de la Red.
5 weeks ago
"Toda cultura es naturalmente libre"
Mercè Molist entrevista a John Perry Barlow (2005). Hacer lo que no esperan que hagamos.
5 weeks ago
BrandYourself will scan your Facebook history before your future employers do
"I scanned my social media like a potential employer, and the results were scary."
6 weeks ago
Google and Facebook are watching our every move online. It's time to make them stop
76% of websites contain hidden Google trackers; 24% have hidden Facebook trackers.
facebook  privacy 
6 weeks ago
Las desigualdades económicas marcan el nivel de supervivencia de los pacientes de cáncer
Richard Sullivan: "La oncoplutocracia, mediante la que solo los pacientes y países ricos se benefician de los progresos contra el cáncer, tiene que parar".
health  politics 
6 weeks ago
How Photographers Captured the Incarceration of Japanese Americans During WWII
Japanese Americans had less than a week to register and pack up before they were moved to temporary detention centers. Each family was given a number. Then they were moved to one of ten camps across the country.
7 weeks ago
Panpsychism: The idea that consciousness is a fundamental feature of physical matter is gaining academic credibility
The materialist viewpoint states that consciousness is derived entirely from physical matter. It’s unclear, though, exactly how this could work.
physics  philosophy  consciousness 
7 weeks ago
Deanonymizing Tor: Your Bitcoin Transactions May Come Back To Haunt You
The researchers started with 88 unique bitcoin addresses from Tor hidden services, and then searched 5 billion tweets and 1 million pages on the Bitcoin Talk forum — ultimately linking 125 unique users to 20 Tor hidden services.
bitcoin  privacy 
7 weeks ago
The Man Trying to Fix Mount Everest's Towering Poop Problem
More than 26,000 pounds of human excrement is dumped at Mount Everest’s Base Camp annually.
7 weeks ago
Un món sense treball
Joan Sanchis i Muñoz. Les conseqüències socials i polítiques de l’automatització. L’ètica del treball com a obstacle.
economy  politics 
7 weeks ago
How to Spot a Communist Using Literary Criticism: A 1955 Manual from the U.S. Military
While a preference for long sentences is common to most Communist writing, a distinct vocabulary provides the more easily recognized feature of the "Communist Language."
literature  politics 
7 weeks ago
Refugiados: el misterioso coma de los niños en Suecia
"Creo que es una forma de autoprotección. Son como Blancanieves" (Elisabeth Hultcrantz, Médicos del Mundo).
war  neurology 
7 weeks ago
Tipu Sultan’s Mechanical Tiger
A symbolic representation of Indian resistance to British rule… a hidden mechanism causes the man’s arm to go up and down, while a set of bellows inside causes the animal to growl and the man to emit distressing cries of agony.
war  colonialism  art 
8 weeks ago
Bitcoin and Ethereum Have a Hidden Power Structure, and It’s Just Been Revealed
According to a two-year-long study at Cornell University, mining is not actually that decentralized in either system.
bitcoin  blockchain 
8 weeks ago
Social Decay by Andrei Lacatsu
Social networks as decaying storefronts. Uncanny and beautiful.
art  socialnetworks 
8 weeks ago
Gigantescas torres de 500 metros: el plan chino para engullir la contaminación
La primera torre experimental (de 100 metros de altura) ha mejorado la calidad del aire en un área circundante de unos 10 kilómetros cuadrados, produciendo diez millones de metros cúbicos de aire limpio en pocos meses. Apenas requiere de energía durante el día. La base está rodeada de invernaderos que absorben el aire contaminado y se calientan con energía solar.
8 weeks ago
Why I Left Silicon Valley, EdTech, and “Personalized” Learning
It was isolating with every child working on something different; it was impersonal with kids learning basic math skills from Khan Academy; it was disembodied and disconnected, with a computer constantly being a mediator between my students and me.
education  technology 
8 weeks ago
National Poo Museum – Sandown, England
All shapes and sizes, from humans and other animals, from the 21st century and from millions of years ago.
8 weeks ago
Retrato de una universidad en crisis: menos financiación pública, más gasto privado y más lejos de Europa
España es el sexto país que menos invierte en educación terciaria respecto al PIB de toda Europa.
spain  education  politics 
8 weeks ago
Three scenarios for the new age
Nicolas Colin: world hegemony in the twenty-first century. Who will lead the new paradigm? China? EU? The Internet nations/network states founded by Silicon Valley?
politics  history 
9 weeks ago
Renewable energy set to be cheaper than fossil fuels by 2020, according to new report
"These cost declines across technologies are unprecedented and representative of the degree to which renewable energy is disrupting the global energy system."
9 weeks ago
Tea if by sea, cha if by land: Why the world only has two words for tea
Both versions come from China. How they spread around the world offers a clear picture of how globalization worked before “globalization” was a term anybody used. The words that sound like “cha” spread across land, along the Silk Road. The “tea”-like phrasings spread over water, by Dutch traders bringing the novel leaves back to Europe.
history  language 
9 weeks ago
El derecho de manifestación pacífica y la represión penal de sus desviaciones o excesos
Miguel Pasquau Liaño, magistrado. La reducción de los derechos fundamentales a ornamento del sistema y el discurso bienpensante como antesala del autoritarismo.
politics  spain 
9 weeks ago
“Where birds don’t lay eggs”: How “shithole countries” was translated
Donald Trump: “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Instead, he suggested, the US should welcome more people from nations like Norway instead.
politics  translation  english 
9 weeks ago
Una visita (obligada) a la Fundación Francisco Franco
…cualquier periodista, historiador e investigador que busque documentación sobre la dictadura tiene que pasar por este obsceno museo dedicado a santificar al genocida.
history  spain 
9 weeks ago
Death as Entertainment at the Paris Morgue
Late 19th century. Tourists flocked to see bodies and guess how they got there. Émile Zola called it a “show that was affordable to all.”
death  places 
9 weeks ago
How Fanta Was Created for Nazi Germany
Made during war from fruit shavings, apple fibers, pulp, beet sugar and cheese production liquid remnants, its name was shorthand for fantasy.
history  war 
9 weeks ago
Kodak Ktypto
Kodakcoin: “an attention monger jumping onto a buzzy trend with a gimmicky approach”.
blockchain  copyright  photography 
9 weeks ago
The Oblique Strategies Web Site
By Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt, since 1975. Challenging constraints intended to help artists (particularly musicians) break creative blocks by encouraging lateral thinking.
9 weeks ago
Radiohead’s lawsuit against Lana Del Rey shows how all music is stolen
Hip-hop and rap are eternally riddled with claims of creative theft. The entire genre of jazz is essentially a study in plagiarism […] That pop music tends to overuse the same infamous four-chord progression doesn’t help things, either. To assert that any song is entirely original would be to say it stands apart from thousands of years of musical history […]
music  art  creativity  copyright 
9 weeks ago
El futuro de las pensiones: reflexiones y una propuesta
La pensión del futuro, pagada por los impuestos de todos, debiera ser igual para todos.
politics  economy 
9 weeks ago
The British Once Built a 1,100-Mile Hedge Through the Middle of India
It grew along the Inland Customs Line, a bureaucratic barrier created to impose a high salt tax on the people living on the relatively saltless side.
9 weeks ago
The web is dying, but mesh networks could save it
Giant closed cyberspaces like Facebook disguise themselves as public spaces. But all the tools and opportunities we need to supersede them are already in our hands: smartphones, peer-to-peer protocols and mesh networks.
networking  p2p 
10 weeks ago
Esto no puede acabar bien nunca
Javier Pérez Royo. El auto, desde la perspectiva del delito de rebelión, es esperpéntico.
spain  catalunya  politics 
10 weeks ago
La memoria histórica alcanza a los símbolos racistas del Sur en Estados Unidos
Monumentos y estatuas de ese pasado terrible en EEUU y en Europa han cumplido siempre la misma función. No la de enseñar una lección de historia, sino mostrar un recuerdo positivo o incluso heroico de los líderes racistas del siglo XIX y XX para continuar influyendo en las ideas del presente. En 2017 en EEUU han decidido poner fin a ese homenaje continuo.
history  politics  USA 
10 weeks ago
From Ghost to WordPress
Complaints about WordPress and reasons to go back from Ghost: no extensibility, no 3rd party apps, no IndieWeb.
wordpress  blogging  software 
10 weeks ago
El règim no funciona
La deconstrucció de la democràcia espanyola en l’informe del Consell d'Europa.
politics  spain 
10 weeks ago
Is Blogging Dead?
I would hate the concept to be gone or even in decline. I’d prefer to think it was an essential stepping stone—that we’re still just blogging, in ways big and small, without actually using that term to describe our actions.
10 weeks ago
Chrome is turning into the new Internet Explorer 6
Google is starting to ignore a principle it championed by making its own services Chrome-only.
Google  browser 
10 weeks ago
Personal data of a billion Indians sold online for £6, report claims
Newspaper says it bought access to details from world’s largest biometric database, used to administer public services.
data  privacy 
10 weeks ago
One city in China has more electric buses than all of America’s biggest cities have buses
Shenzhen has transitioned its 16,359 buses to a “new energy” future. The city’s 17,000 taxis are next.
11 weeks ago
This Wall of Lava Lamps Helps Encrypt the Internet
As the lava lamps bubble and swirl, a video camera on the ceiling monitors their unpredictable changes and connects the footage to a computer, which converts the randomness into a virtually unhackable code.
11 weeks ago
There's Healing Power in the Secret Electrical Language of Our Cells
Why can we heal a wound, but not grow back a severed limb? Michael Levin thinks the key lies in the secret electrical language our cells use to talk to one another, and he thinks we’re not far from cracking the code.
11 weeks ago
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