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Who's the One Left Saying Sorry? Gender/tech/librarianship – Ruth Kitchin Tillman
This is one I expect to need permanently bookmarked, unfortunately.

Overpromising is a pattern I’ve come to recognize in library technology and, indeed, in other areas. In encountering this article, I was struck by another question…

How many women1 in libtech (and libraries generally) underestimate their own abilities because their work consists of following up on one of these overpromises and having to apologize over and over for not being able to deliver?

How does a woman feel about her skills, capacity, self, and accomplishments, if her work consists of cashing or voiding checks someone else wrote?2
feminisms  technology  notebene 
11 weeks ago by copystar
Bundling and Unbundling — Real Life
Reducing the world’s accumulated complexity — businesses, institutions, or cities — to sets of discrete tasks or features requires viewing the world as a computer does: quantifying value, weighing costs against benefits, and disregarding ambiguity. As if the messy analog world was code itself, unbundling frames each desirable feature of the world as an independent module that can operate anywhere without a loss of performance quality. The process rests on a faith that technology can isolate the true value of anything useful, removing it from its context without any loss of utility or desirability. Everything that can’t be valued and compartmentalized in that way — that can’t be conserved in the form of a worthwhile module — is discarded in the course of unbundling it. A newspaper’s localized audience, for example, previously developed a shared sense of identity as a community by reading the same publication every day. But that particular collectivity could only arise from the audience assembled by the bundle. “Community” can’t be broken out as an isolated independent “feature” to be consumed on demand by individual consumers.
11 weeks ago by copystar
Weizenbaum examines computers and society - The Tech
Q: Do you think that the computer is creating a technical elite, reinforcing old power structures, or remaking American society?

A: I think the computer has from the beginning been a fundamentally conservative force. It has made possible the saving of institutions pretty much as they were, which otherwise might have had to be changed. For example, banking. Superficially, it looks as if banking has been revolutionized by the computer. But only very superficially. Consider that, say 20, 25 years ago, the banks were faced with the fact that the population was growing at a very rapid rate, many more checks would be written than before, and so on. Their response was to bring in the computer. By the way, I helped design the first computer banking system in the United States, for the Bank of America 25 years ago.

Now if it had not been for the computer, if the computer had not been invented, what would the banks have had to do? They might have had to decentralize, or they might have had to regionalize in some way. In other words, it might have been necessary to introduce a social invention, as opposed to the technical invention.

What the coming of the computer did, "just in time," was to make it unnecessary to create social inventions, to change the system in any way. So in that sense, the computer has acted as fundamentally a conservative force, a force which kept power or even solidified power where is already existed.

Q: Did you have these concerns when you were designing the banking system?

A: Not in the slightest. It was a very technical job, it was a very hard job, there were a number of very, very difficult problems., for example, to design a machine that would handle paper checks of various sizes, some of which might have been crumpled in a person's pockets and so on, to handle those the way punch cards are handled in a punch card machine and so on. There were many very hard technical problems. It was a whale of a lot of fun attacking those hard problems, and it never occurred to me at the time that I was cooperating in a technological venture which had certain social side effects which I might come to regret. That never occured to me; I was totally wrapped up in my identity as a professional, and besides, it was just too much fun.
11 weeks ago by copystar
Tech and the Fake Market tactic – Humane Tech – Medium
It seems this “market” has some awfully weird traits.

Consumers can’t trust the information they’re being provided to make a purchasing decision.
A single opaque algorithm defines which buyers are matched with which sellers.
Sellers have no control over their own pricing or profit margins.
Regulators see the genuine short-term consumer benefit but don’t realize the long-term harms that can arise.

This is, by any reasonable definition, no market at all. One might even call Uber a “Fake Market”.
march 2017 by copystar
Mies van der Rohe Society | Speeches | ID Merger Speech
Technology is rooted in the past. It dominates the present and tends into the future. It is a real historical movement— One of the great movements which shape and represent their epoch. It can be compared only with the Classic discovery of man as a person, the Roman will to power, and the religious movement of the Middle Ages. Technology is far more than a method, it is a world in itself. As a method it is superior in almost every respect. But only where it is left to itself as in the construction of machinery, or as in the gigantic structures of engineering, there technology reveals its true nature. There it is evident that it is not only a useful means, that it is something, something in itself, something that has a meaning and a powerful form— so powerful in fact, that it is not easy to name it. Is that still technology or is it architecture? And that may be the reason why some people are convinced that architecture will be outmoded and replaced by technology. Such a conviction is not based on clear thinking. The opposite happens. Wherever technology reaches its real fulfillment, it transcends into architecture. it is true that architecture depends on facts, But its real field of activity is in the realm of the significance. I hope you will understand that architecture has nothing to do with the inventions of forms. It is not a playground for children, young or old. Architecture is the real battleground of the spirit. Architecture wrote the history of the epochs and gave them their names. Architecture depends on its time. It is the crystallization of its inner structure, the slow unfolding of its form. That is the reason why technology and architecture are so closely related. Our real hope is that they grow together, that someday the one be the expression of the other. Only then will we have an architecture worthy of its name: Architecture as a true symbol of our time.
january 2017 by copystar
This report is based on a year of research into how citizens in
Amsterdam are becoming producers of digital data through their use of technology , and the ways in which that data is becoming –
or will likely become in the future –part of the way the city is governed. We focused primarily on spatial data(geo-informati
on), defined as any digital data that indicates a person’s location or movements. Today, we produce spatial data with everything we do
, and in the future, it is likely that these data generated by city infrastructure and registration systems will become merged and linked with data generated directly by city residents such as social media postings, data from self-tracking devices and smart homes, maps generated by crowdsourcing, drones, and feedback of all kinds
opendata  cities  geo  technology 
december 2016 by copystar
RT : also, i still find it mindblowing R.U Sirius said this 20 years ago on the internet, tech culture and power
technology  from twitter
december 2016 by copystar
Decent Security
How to clean-up and secure parents electronics:
technology  UofWinds  from twitter
november 2016 by copystar
Hackathon Be Gone
: Just another unhealthy, unrewarding method to exploit programmers?
technology  from twitter_favs
february 2016 by copystar
A Flag for No Nations |
RT @jamesbridle: We are still pulling bodies from the water wrapped in material which was meant to send us into space:
notebene  technology 
january 2016 by copystar

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