Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar
As recently as six years ago, Myanmar was one of the least connected countries on earth. In 2012, only 1.1 percent of the population used the internet and few people had telephones, according to the International Telecommunication Union, a U.N. agency. The junta that had ruled the country for decades kept citizens isolated.

That all changed in 2013, when a quasi-civilian government oversaw the deregulation of telecommunications.
facebook  genocide  myanmar  asia  world  global 
1 hour ago
What Happened in Vegas — The California Sunday Magazine
A tragedy happens in your city, thousands of people are shot at like trapped animals, and yet most of them don’t live there and leave the following day. Everyone has dispersed, but a floating anguish remains....Las Vegas is a city nearly half of all Americans have visited, one that looms large in our country’s psyche.
las-vegas  shooting  longform 
The Unlikely Activists Who Took On Silicon Valley — and Won - The New York Times
acebook alone belonged to more than four dozen trade associations and industry coalitions, political shields that could advance Facebook’s interests in battles that were too toxic for direct engagement. It supported the Anti-Defamation League and the American Council of the Blind, the American Conservative Union and the N.A.A.C.P. It disbursed millions of dollars in grants to tech-advocacy groups — including those that sometimes criticized them. Like the web of personal data it mined for profit, Silicon Valley’s political network was simultaneously immense, powerful and inscrutable.
data  surveillance  google  california  politics 
2 days ago
Nannies are under constant surveillance. Online care sites are making it worse.
In other employment contexts, this type of scrutiny might get backlash for being invasive or potentially discriminatory. But the hiring norms for domestic work have always been different, in large part due to the intimacy of the work
labor  emotional-labor  domestic-workers  surveillance  childcare 
2 days ago
Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia - VICE
apps like Facebook or Instagram could have thousands of triggers. An ordinary conversation with a friend about needing a new pair of jeans could be enough to activate it. Although, the key word here is “could,” because although the technology is there, companies like Facebook vehemently deny listening to our conversations
surveillance  mic  advertising  privacy  facebook 
3 days ago
Alex Jones is far from the only person tech companies are silencing
Once systems like content moderation become the norm, those in power inevitably exploit them. Time and time again, platforms have capitulated to censorship demands from authoritarian regimes, and powerful actors have manipulated flagging procedures to effectively censor their political opponents.
moderation  twitter  facebook  platforms 
3 days ago
The Flourishing Business of Fake YouTube Views - The New York Times
The fake-view ecosystem of which Mr. Vassilev is a part can undermine YouTube’s credibility by manipulating the digital currency that signals value to users. While YouTube says fake views represent just a tiny fraction of the total, they still have a significant effect by misleading consumers and advertisers
traffic  youtube 
4 days ago
Tips For Requesters On Mechanical Turk: The BOT problem on Mturk
In an academic setting, 95% is an A. In a professional setting, 95% is abysmal. Many studies are published on Mturk using 80-95% and some using no qualifications at all. Your study WILL fill using 99% and above if you pay a fair wage.
research  methods  academia  mechanical-turk  amazon  mturk  bots  automation 
4 days ago
Aadhaar, India’s ID system, is a cautionary tale - The Washington Post
Technical glitches in integrating Aadhaar with India’s banking system is also wreaking havoc with welfare payments to its most vulnerable citizens. Aadhaar servers return error codes that few people are able to decipher, let alone fix. Wage payments from a national rural employment guarantee scheme are often delayed or go “missing.” The list goes on.
india  data  privacy  world 
4 days ago
Why Do People Share Fake News? A Sociotechnical Model of Media Effects – Georgetown Law Technology Review
Verrit, like Snopes, Politifact, and a host of other fact-checking sites, reflect fundamental misunderstandings about how information circulates online, what function political information plays in social contexts, and how and why people change their political opinions. Fact-checking is in many ways a response to the rapidly changing norms and practices of journalism, news gathering, and public debate. In other words, fact-checking best resembles a movement for reform within journalism, particularly in a moment when many journalists and members of the public believe that news coverage of the 2016 election contributed to the loss of Hillary Clinton.
journalism  fake-news 
5 days ago
Two-Faced — Real Life
Online platforms aren’t simply replacing stores by replicating their function. Instead they are making themselves gatekeepers capable of controlling and regulating commerce — just as Steam regulates the weapon skins market — playing a decisive role in which sellers continue to exist and which workers get to show up to work tomorrow.
amazon  markets  malls 
5 days ago
Facebook 2026
fulfill this mission of connecting everyone in the world. We’re bringing our “move fast” culture to this problem, and I’m really impressed with our team’s work. (interview from 2016)
5 days ago
Twitter’s new developer guidelines might end fun bot accounts.
Kazemi, Parrish, and other bot-makers, their mission couldn’t be more antithetical to the Russian trolls or the spammy accounts that are always trying to get you to click on scary links. They want the internet to be a less terrible place. But, with Twitter’s crackdowns, that’s going to be much harder for them to do, and accounts like Fellas Bot are going to be swept up in the process.
twitter  net-art 
6 days ago
The Business of Too Much TV -- Vulture
“It does feel a little bit like the Pop.com era,” Plec says, referring to Steven Spielberg and Ron Howard’s ill-fated $50 million attempt to create an online content portal back in 2000, which fell victim to the larger dot-com bubble. “Pop was the Netflix of the day, the job that everybody [in Hollywood] wanted. And there were a million other offshoots of that same kind of idea, and everybody was going over there to get out of the grind of mid-level Hollywood. Then they all lost their jobs.”
hollywood  production 
6 days ago
Could Twitter take a page from Something Awful? | The Outline
But the people who are permabanned are usually permabanned for a good reason: they're highly insane. There's certain traits that give them away unconsciously. Certain quirks we're familiar with.
6 days ago
'People You May Know:' A Controversial Facebook Feature's 10-Year History
AdWeek was reporting that people were “spooked” by the appearance of “people they emailed years ago” showing up as “People They May Know.” When these users had first signed up for Facebook, they were prompted to connect with people already on the site through a “Find People You Email” function; it turned out Facebook had kept all the email addresses from their inboxes
facebook  linkedin  algorithms 
8 days ago
California Burning | by William Finnegan | The New York Review of Books
Some experienced foresters saw problems with this policy. It spoke soothingly to public fears, but periodic lightning-strike fires are an important feature of many ecosystems, particularly in the American West. ..Native Americans had used seasonal burning for many purposes, including hunting, clearing trails, managing crops, stimulating new plant growth, and fireproofing areas around their settlements. The North American “wilderness” encountered by white explorers and early settlers was in many cases already a heavily managed, deliberately diversified landscape
environment  california  wildfires 
10 days ago
Hoverboarding While Black | Boston Review
And neighborhood groups for predominantly white populations aren’t just more robust. They also proliferate—as if the available online communities are never enough. A new group will spring up once every few months with the mission of allowing members to say what’s really on their minds. These offshoots often disdain the civility checks in place for the original neighborhood groups, and they typically frame themselves as focused on safety. The description for a group called “Community Safety Patterson Park UNCENSORED,” for example, reads
facebook  community  nextdoor 
10 days ago
Wells Fargo says hundreds of customers lost homes after computer glitch
Wells Fargo said the computer error affected "certain accounts" that were undergoing the foreclosure process between April 2010 and October 2015, when the issue was corrected.

About 625 customers were incorrectly denied a loan modification or were not offered one even though they were qualified, according to the filing. In about 400 cases, the customers were ultimately foreclosed upon.
banks  mistakes  failure  error  housing 
11 days ago
eplaces a letter with the letter 13 letters after it in the alphabet. It has been described as the "Usenet equivalent printing an answe
11 days ago
Facebook for Space?: Airbnb's Weird Corporate Nationhood — kate losse
the real force of “belonging” for Airbnb is to belong not to a particular neighborhood but to Airbnb itself (via a “shared brand identity” that “cannot be separate from all of you”), which is imagined as a rich, welcoming nation that spans the world, complete with its own flag/logo to symbolize that the inhabitants of a house are allegiant to the culture of Airbnb
design  global  airbnb 
11 days ago
How Tech Billionaires Hack Their Taxes With a Philanthropic Loophole - The New York Times
four years on, there is almost no trace of the Woodman Foundation, or that $500 million. The foundation has no website and has not listed its areas of focus, and it is not known what — if any — significant grants it has made to nonprofits. An extensive search of public records turned up just one beneficiary: the Bonny Doon Art, Wine and Brew Festival, a benefit for an elementary school in California.
money-laundering  philanthropy  silicon-valley 
12 days ago
The Challenge of ‘Chronic Lyme’ | by Rachel Pearson | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books
When patients meet my own attempts at using straightforward words with medical jargon, there is often a power issue in the room: my patient feels threatened. She has come into this room bearing a history I don’t yet know, and she needs to assert some power in this space.
medicine  health 
13 days ago
How a cabal of romance writers cashed in on Amazon Kindle Unlimited - The Verge
The top authors can drop $50,000 on a single ad campaign that will keep them in the charts — and see a worthwhile return on that investment.

In other words, self-published romance is no joke.
publishing  copyright  amazon 
13 days ago
Cold War 2.0 is already happening in space | The Outline
Outer Space Treaty of 1967, governments aren’t allowed to claim territories in outer space — such as the moon or an asteroid — on behalf of their own countries. However, that doesn’t mean businesses can’t do it. That means the way to promote national dominance in space is to promote space businesses, which in this case, includes commercial satellites.

And America isn’t the only one with this idea. The UK recently launched the UK Space Agency to promote its commercial space sector, and countries like France, Japan, Russia, and China are all investing in this sector as well.
13 days ago
Silicon Valley Wants to Improve Your ‘Digital Well-Being’ — and Collect More of Your Personal Data Along the Way - The Boston Globe
If anything, framing these issues around individual wellness pushes the ethical responsibilities that lie with tech companies onto consumers themselves — and advances those companies’ data-collection business models in the process.
attention  time-well-spent 
15 days ago
This Instagram Account Shows How Instagram Photos Look the Same
@insta_repeat is a new Instagram account that reveals the “visual sameness” of photos being posted to Instagram. Each collage shows photos by unrelated photographers that look remarkably similar.
15 days ago
The Generation X Gap - Nassau Weekly
the Messiah, Douglas Coupland, had returned to tell Generation X What Was Up with the Kids these Days.
art  generations 
16 days ago
Wildfires Raging in Greece and California Prove Climate Change Is Here
Thinking home was a safe sanctuary, realizing that a fire was ripping through home, causing death and destruction in seconds. Post-traumatic stress disorder is not uncommon, as is exhaustion, depression, anxiety, and more. Surviving a fire physically is only the first step towards recovery; the lingering health and mental effects are debilitating enough to be fatal in their own right.
16 days ago
Audit the algorithms that are ruling our lives | Financial Times
Another reason for the push back is that exposure of the algorithm might lead to inconvenient truths about the effectiveness and accuracy of the decision-making process. By not independently auditing your algorithms you can remain blissfully ignorant and keep plausible deniability when it comes to negative consequences.
algorithms  data  audit 
17 days ago
The Environment is Not a System | a peer-reviewed journal about_
How else might we think of environments in lieu of the systems metaphor? Tsing offers the concept of assemblage and here I build on her work, understanding environments as open ended assemblages of non-humans, living and nonliving, entangled in ways of life.
ecology  cybernetics  environment  ai 
17 days ago
The King Of Climate Fiction Makes The Left's Case For Geoengineering | HuffPost
As a leftist, I think there is a bad tendency among some leftists to conflate science with capitalism. They are not the same. I am against capitalism, I am for science.
sci-fi  quotes 
17 days ago
Caring for Capitalism - Los Angeles Review of Books
And like Westworld, The Bleeding Edge is a contemporary portrait of how a misguided quest for innovation is eroding the forms of connection that make us human.
medicine  biotech 
17 days ago
Warner suggests 20 ways to tackle problems posed by Google and Facebook - Axios
The report also suggested that, to increase visibility into competition, platforms could put a monetary value on an individual user’s data.
data  policy 
17 days ago
Where Did you Go to School? – Richard Kerby – Medium
I found that 40% of venture investors have attended Stanford or Harvard. Just TWO schools!
silicon-valley  harvard  stanford  university 
17 days ago
An Artist Honors Tamir Rice, One Orange Object at a Time - The New York Times
“What does it mean if you move beyond good intentions?” he asked. “It means that we’re talking then about advocacy, about accountability.”
art  blacklivesmatter 
17 days ago
The Surveillance State Destroys the Lives of Poor Whites & People of Color — EHRP
During the last two decades, policing has become synonymous with surveillance: the intense scrutiny of persons in public spaces. Poverty and the symptoms of drug addiction signify criminality to the police in ways similar to race. This surveillance targets the most vulnerable people in American society: people of color and poor whites. L. experienced a form of social oppression well known to people of color, targeted because their presence is considered a threat to others, because of their appearance, race, or presence in certain public spaces. 
17 days ago
For Sale: Survey Data on Millions of High School Students - The New York Times
Scholarships.com, for instance, asks students for their name, birth date, race, religion, home address and citizenship status and whether they have “impairments” like H.I.V., depression or a “relative w/Alzheimer’s.” Scholarships.com also has a subsidiary, American Student Marketing, that describes itself as the “exclusive broker” of the student data collected by Scholarships.com, offering it to marketers of student loans, credit cards and smartphones...could expose them to predatory marketing or exclude them from important opportunities.
education  data  data-brokers  privacy 
17 days ago
The Black Girl Looks at Other Black Girls: On “This Will Be My Undoing” by Morgan Jerkins - Los Angeles Review of Books
this is where Jerkins misses an opportunity to examine how social media can see people build community with those who share similar views as them without knowing them, or befriending them.,,They’re declared “important” and “necessary” by critics who don’t seem to know how to engage with work from marginalized writers beyond stressing that it should exist.
media  twitter 
17 days ago
How Did the Climate Apocalypse Become Old News?
self-censorship than ratings-chasing... in fear of right-wing backlash...But public apathy, and its cousin climate complacency, is as big a problem — perhaps bigger.
media  climate-change  journalism  clickbait 
20 days ago
Are.na / Blog – Imagining the Internet: Explaining our Digital Transition
To the extent that we can shape the Internet, what should that shape be? We imagine a future to engineer it, yet the products of the engineering process in turn direct and expand our imagination of the possible. What will the Internet become? An automated library? An indexed set of images? Video telephone calls? An immersive game? All of these were possibilities and all have now been realized.
technology  protocols  56k  networks  cyberspace 
20 days ago
How I stopped worrying and learned to love algorithms
Our culture has produced forms of mathematical “artificial” intelligence for solving problems over thousands of years: from the early geometry of the Babylonians, through the development of calculus, through the hand calculator allowing us to perform faster arithmetic, to the modern computer and the connected society. We are getting smarter with the help of mathematical models, and models are improving because we develop them
math  algorithms 
20 days ago
You Say You Want a Revolution? The Anti-Capitalist Film “Sorry to Bother You” Shows the Way
Riley critiqued an anti-Iraq War “die-in” in an interview with Build. The protest, he said, was enacted with the expressed purpose of making people “aware” of the carnage caused by the war. But “everybody knows the war is fucked up,” said Riley, “they just don’t think they can do anything about it. So there’s a different question that needs to be answered by the artists.” He added, “Art has a place, but it has to be connected to actual movements.”
art  activism 
20 days ago
Scallops Hotel: sovereign nose of (y)​our arrogant face Album Review | Pitchfork
Residing in Maine, milo, who releases much of his music under the name scallops hotel, favors cryptic lowercase song titles and stream-of-consciousness lyrics full of literary and art-world references. “I feel like Arthur Miller when The Crucible drop,”
maine  new-england  music 
20 days ago
Can We Make Non-Racist Face Recognition?
This dual bind—where black people are subjected to science rather than supported by it—is encapsulated in the concept of “medical apartheid,” a term coined by author Harriet Washington. Born from Washington’s robust historical analysis of medical experimentations on slaves, “medical apartheid” refers to how black people have been experimented on for the sake of scientific advances from which they don’t benefit.
surveillance  race  bias  face-detection 
20 days ago
When a Stranger Decides to Destroy Your Life
The story was re-posted on other sites, including one called BadBizReport.is where it has been viewed over 95,000 times. It quickly became the top search result for Glennon’s name on Google. Within a year, Glennon was experiencing the repercussions: Her number of listings dropped by half. She estimates that she’s lost $200,000 in business since 2015...It’s protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from being sued for the things their users say...there is no delete button, not to mention the copies of the post that appeared on other sites.
fake-news  doxing  facebook  harassment  mob  230  content 
21 days ago
IBM Watson Reportedly Recommended Cancer Treatments That Were 'Unsafe and Incorrect'
“This product is a piece of shit,” a doctor at Florida’s Jupiter Hospital said to IBM, according to the documents reviewed by Stat. “We bought it for marketing and with hopes that you would achieve the vision. We can’t use it for most cases.”
ibm  watson  vaporware  ai 
21 days ago
Beijing’s Big Brother Tech Needs African Faces – Foreign Policy
People did not consent to the use of their biometric data in this way,” Hove said. “Unfortunately, people do not have any way of holding the government accountable as there are no laws in place or any regulatory body tasked with the protection of people’s privacy or data protection.” Zimbabwe’s 2002 Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act doesn’t cover biometric data or cross-border flows of data, and, as Hove notes, “the government has rarely ever acted in the people’s interests.”
china  africa  zimbabwe  face-detection 
21 days ago
The Human Cost of the Ghost Economy
It seemed I was in that middling space of over-qualified for entry-level jobs, under-qualified for the jobs I most desired, and aged out or irrelevant as a labor union organizer, where I’d gained the bulk of my work experience...Temp jobs began after the second world war, offering work at companies like Kelly Girl, a billion-dollar staffing company based in Michigan, on a short-term basis.
labor  jobs  gig-economy 
21 days ago
Nobel in Economics Is Awarded to Richard Thaler - The New York Times
He showed that people will penalize unfair behavior even if they do not benefit from doing so.
This has important economic implications. It explains, for example, why an umbrella store may choose not to raise prices during a rainstorm
economics  behavior 
21 days ago
Channel 4 finds Facebook not deleting images of child abuse and racism - Business Insider
A journalist from the British broadcaster Channel 4 went undercover as a Facebook moderator and found a stream of toxic content that was intentionally left on the site.
facebook  moderation 
21 days ago
Bursting the bubble: in reality, most of us are exposed to a range of views online
Echo chambers and filter bubbles are — like fake news, automated troll bots and Cambridge Analytica’s personalized political advertising — concepts that shape our consciousness about social media. They are certainly useful, but they are far from universally applicable.
data  echo-chambers 
22 days ago
How Facebook’s Rise Fueled Chaos and Confusion in Myanmar
Facebook also had at least two direct warnings before the 2014 riots that hate speech was exploding on the platform and could have real-world consequences.
facebook  moderation 
22 days ago
Senator Ron Wyden reckons with the internet he helped shape - The Verge
I think the public has a right to control their own data. I think what is needed are clear, enforceable rules to make sure that the companies get explicit consent from their consumers to use consumers’ data. Not some kind of, “Well, it’s back there in page 75” of some kind of agreement in small print — that if you happen to have been a lawyer specializing in a degree in small print, you know something about it. Consumers have the right, in my view, to view and remove what companies have about them on their personal data, so that what belongs to them really continues to belong to them. And then, I think companies are obligated to tell users when their privacy is compromised in data breaches, and, clearly, that has not been done in the past and certainly hasn’t been done quickly.
policy  congress  230  data  privacy 
23 days ago
Mark Zuckerberg early management tactics and temper - Business Insider
Mark would love. He walks to Chris' computer and we demo the product to Mark. Mark thought it was shit. I know so because instead of giving product feedback, he screamed "this is shit — redo it!" threw water on Chris' computer, and walked away. All of us stood around in shock.
facebook  zuckerberg 
23 days ago
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