A healthcare algorithm started cutting care, and no one knew why - The Verge
. Virginia Eubanks, the author of Automating Inequality, says many programs in the United States are “premised on the idea that their first job is diversion,” increasing barriers to services and at times making the process so difficult to navigate “that it just means that people who really need these services aren’t able to get them.”
15 hours ago
Reading by numbers: a celebration of Virago at 40 | Books | The Guardian
thought it would be fun to do it by hunting out mentions of the numbers one to 40 in novels, short stories, poetry and plays by some of my favourite women writers – a good sprinkling of whom I first encountered as Virago authors – and putting them all together in a sort of literary collage. Many happy (if rather brain-boggling) hours of reading and splicing later, here's the result.
Fake News and Bots May Be Worrisome, but Their Political Power Is Overblown - The New York Times
Much more remains to be learned about the effects of these types of online activities, but people should not assume they had huge effects. Previous studies have found, for instance, that the effects of even television advertising (arguably a higher-impact medium) are very small. According to one credible estimate, the net effect of exposure to an additional ad shifts the partisan vote of approximately two people out of 10,000.
advertising  persuasion  fake-news 
Some Colleges Have More Students From the Top 1 Percent Than the Bottom 60. Find Yours. - The New York Times
At 38 colleges in America, including five in the Ivy League – Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, Penn and Brown – more students came from the top 1 percent of the income scale than from the entire bottom 60 percent.
education  class 
2 days ago
Lidija Haas reviews ‘A Grace Paley Reader’ edited by Kevin Bowen and Nora Paley · LRB 8 March 2018
You don’t have a story, Paley warned her writing students, if you’ve left out ‘money and blood’, i.e. how your people make their living, and whom they’ve been forced to live alongside.
writing  advice 
7 days ago
The Dangerous Misconceptions About the Opioid Epidemic and How We Respond
social justice advocates who might otherwise be organizing to end an epidemic that is devastating an entire generation see instead only hypocrisy from the system, and they move on.

That makes the drug war, which continues to be waged with ferocity, invisible to many who oppose its application elsewhere.
opioids  drugs  crime  new-hampshire 
7 days ago
How A Twitter Fight Over Bernie Sanders Revealed A Network Of Fake Accounts | HuffPost
These accounts also liked #resistance celebrities like liberal conspiracy theorist Eric Garland (“Time for some game theory”) and Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe. And they were often deployed in intra-Democratic Party battles.
sock-puppets  bot  bernie-sanders  politics 
7 days ago
Leaked: The Alt-Right Playbook for Taking Over YouTube
“I see many people on social media who are afraid to speak out against hateful ideologies, because they fear the shitstorm that would follow. Some Youtubers depend on the income from their channels, so they cannot afford to become unpopular due to trolls and hate comments.”
alt-right  youtube  trolls  traffic 
20 days ago
Tom Scocca wants to provide an alternative to the NYT Opinion section - Columbia Journalism Review
somebody is going to find the weakest part of your argument, and it might as well be you.
21 days ago
Donald Glover Can’t Save You | The New Yorker
Issa Rae told me that when she co-created and starred in the HBO sitcom “Insecure,” about two black women friends in Los Angeles, she knew that “if it didn’t work I’d have closed a door for a lot of other people. It had to be great.”
22 days ago
The Intersectional Presidency – Tressie McMillan Cottom – Medium
At its core, intersectionality is about nuance and context. Intersectionality emerged out of black feminism, most notably from legal scholar Kimberle’ Crenshaw. But, the idea of intersectionality is as old as recorded histories of black women trying to understand their place in a world where racism, sexism, and classism are always operating at the same time in their public and private lives
feminism  race  justice 
22 days ago
‘Success’ on YouTube Still Means a Life of Poverty - Bloomberg
Breaking into the top 3 percent of most-viewed channels could bring in advertising revenue of about $16,800 a year,
youtube  fame  microcelebrity 
22 days ago
Monica Lewinsky: Emerging from “the House of Gaslight” in the Age of #MeToo | Vanity Fair
House of Representatives decided to publish Ken Starr’s commission’s “findings” online—just two days after he had delivered them—it meant that (for me personally) every adult with a modem could instantaneously peruse a copy and learn about my private conversations, my personal musings (lifted from my home computer), and, worse yet, my sex life... If the Internet was a bête noire to me in 1998, its stepchild—social media—has been a savior for millions of women today (notwithstanding all the cyberbullying, online harassment, doxing, and slut-shaming).
56k  clinton  90s  media 
23 days ago
How Trump Conquered Facebook Without Russian Ads | WIRED
Facebook uses a complex model that considers both the dollar value of each bid as well as how good a piece of clickbait (or view-bait, or comment-bait) the corresponding ad is. If Facebook’s model thinks your ad is 10 times more likely to engage a user than another company’s ad, then your effective bid at auction is considered 10 times higher than a company willing to pay the same dollar amount...Despite folklore about “selling your data,” most Facebook advertisers couldn’t care less about your Likes, your drunk college photos, or your gossipy chats with a boyfriend. What advertisers want to do is find the person who left a product unpurchased in an online shopping cart, just used a loyalty card to buy diapers at Safeway
facebook  traffic  advertising 
24 days ago
A So-Called Expert’s Uneasy Dive Into the Trump-Russia Frenzy | The New Yorker
if I could do it all over again, I would have highlighted just how inept and haphazard those attempts were. That the Agency is now widely seen as a savvy, efficient manipulator of American public opinion is, in no small part, the fault of experts. They may derive their authority from perceived neutrality, but in reality they—we—have interests, just like everyone else
facebook  fake-news  russia  pundits  viral 
27 days ago
Natalie Portman Doesn’t Want To Live In Oblivion
I don't think that's what the conversation should be about. I think it should be about: Why didn't Elaine May make a movie every year? Why didn't Nora Ephron make a movie every year? Where's the female version of Bill Cosby? Why don't we see any Asian women in films?
feminism  hollywood  film 
29 days ago
Your Facebook data is creepy as hell – Hacker Noon
Facebook never deletes anything. Unfriended friends, past relationships, former employers, previous names, address book: you name it.

I created my account Friday, September 14, 2007 at 10:59am and all my actions have been recorded ever since
facebook  data  privacy 
29 days ago
Data and Dating: Who Else Wants Your Love? - Our Data Our Selves
Paul-Oliver Dehaye, together with human rights lawyer Ravi Naik and journalist Judith Duportail, analysed the personal data from Duportail’s Tinder profile after asking the company to send it to her. They got 800 pages of all her activity in the app, as well as apps connected to her social media profiles such as Facebook) 8. According to Dehaye, the data collected by the app and shared with third parties is used for profiling and can affect your life when asking for a loan, applying for a job, a scholarship, or medical insurance.
data  facebook  okcupid  tinder 
4 weeks ago
This Florida Teacher Hid 65 People During a Massacre
And then just watching the rest of the kids run by and just tell them keep running, keep running as you’re shutting the door, it’s hard.
school-shooting  school 
4 weeks ago
Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand | News | The Guardian
Thiel, a canary in capitalism’s coal mine who also happens to have profited lavishly from his stake in the mining concern itself.
silicon-valley  nz  apocalypse 
4 weeks ago
Sidewalk Labs: Google’s Guinea-Pig City in Toronto - The Atlantic
If the Sidewalk Toronto project were implemented as described in the vision document, the area would become some of the most heavily surveilled real estate on the planet
google  cities  gentrification  surveillance 
4 weeks ago
The Truth About Anonymous’s Activism | The Nation
By fetishizing the “weapons of the geek,” Coleman belies her radically techno-utopian belief—which colors the entire book but is never stated outright—that geeks offer the way to a better world through technological mastery.
trolls  4chan  anon 
5 weeks ago
Mark Zuckerberg’s Cringe-Worthy Attempt to Connect the World | Vanity Fair
If Facebook wants to keep from losing the youth to Snapchat—a new study by marketing firm eMarketer suggests that less than half of 12- to 17-year-old Americans will use Facebook at least once a month this year, and that also in 2018 Facebook will lose 2 million users under the age of 25—this seems like the wrong way to retain them.
facebook  youth  teens 
5 weeks ago
We Don’t Need New Laws for Faked Videos, We Already Have Them | Electronic Frontier Foundation
To win a false light lawsuit, a plaintiff—the person harmed by the deepfake, for example—must typically prove that the defendant—the person who uploaded the deepfake, for example—published something that gives a false or misleading impression of the plaintiff in such a way to damage the plaintiff’s reputation or cause them great offense, in such a way that would be highly offensive to a reasonable person, and caused the plaintiff mental anguish or suffering. It seems that in many situations the placement of someone in a deepfake without their consent would be the type of “highly offensive” conduct that the false light tort covers.
law  deepfakes  fakesters  faking  video 
5 weeks ago
Avoiding the echo chamber about echo chambers – Trust, Media and Democracy – Medium
Why, then, does the narrative of technology-fueled echo chambers continue to hold sway? One reason is that polarized media consumption is much more common among an important segment of the public — the most politically active, knowledgeable, and engaged. This group is disproportionately visible online and in public life.
5 weeks ago
A Commitment for More Than One Lifetime - The New York Times
“He leaned as far back as he could go in his chair in these crazy pants with his arms crossed,” she said, and wore a T-shirt that said “I Am John Galt” (a nod to the hero of the Ayn Rand novel “Atlas Shrugged’’) and wild yoga pants with flames, moons and stars.

“I loved the idea of seasteading and wrote about it for part of my thesis,” said Ms. Benjamin... taking cryogenics and life-extension technology into consideration.
silicon-valley  ayn-rand  libertarian  transhumanism 
5 weeks ago
Last blog standing, “last guy dancing”: How Jason Kottke is thinking about kottke.org at 20 » Nieman Journalism Lab
I never really got sick of the site. I would every once in a while, but since the membership thing happened, I really like sitting down and going to work for my members
5 weeks ago
100 Women, One Hotel, and the Weekend Retreat That Presaged Time’s Up By 18 Years | Vanity Fair
And why didn’t women in Hollywood know about the female pioneers who had shaped the business? Anders was devastated when she learned that Dorothy Davenport Reid, an acclaimed director in the 1920s, had died in obscurity 50 years later, “practically in my backyard in Woodland Hills,” Anders now recalls.
women  film 
5 weeks ago
The Bittersweet Beauty of Adam Rippon | Vanity Fair
. In the months since, it’s made me so sad for little me and little him—gay boys who were unaware of the mechanisms looming over them, who did not know they’d been spoken about
sports  olympics  lgbt 
5 weeks ago
Babylon Berlin on Netflix: Tom Tykwer Interview
“Let’s create a song that could play in the ’70s, that could play today and that could play in the ’20s.” There’s an in-between state. We want people to say, “I’ve heard this before, and I can imagine that people back then also heard this song.” We know that in the ’20s there were already first electronic instruments,
music  atemporality 
5 weeks ago
The Story Behind the World’s Most Famous Desktop Background
The company never told O’Rear exactly why they selected his photograph. “Were they looking for an image that was peaceful?” he mused. “Were they looking for an image that had no tension?” But the artist duo Goldin+Senneby, who spent months researching the photograph for a 2006 work, said that the Microsoft branding team “wanted an image with ‘more grounding’ than the images of skies they had used in Windows 95. Also, the green grass and the blue sky fit perfectly with the two main colors in the branding scheme.”
microsoft  design  photography 
5 weeks ago
Inside Facebook's Hellish Two Years—and Mark Zuckerberg's Struggle to Fix it All | WIRED
But according to a former Facebook executive in a position to know, the company believed that many of the Facebook accounts and the predatory behavior the letters referenced were fakes, traceable to News Corp lawyers or others working for Murdoch, who owned Facebook’s biggest competitor, MySpace. “We traced the creation of the Facebook accounts to IP addresses at the Apple store a block away from the MySpace offices in Santa Monica,”.... “We had to really flip him on that. We realized that if we didn’t, the company was going to start heading down this pariah path that Uber was on.”
myspace  media  facebook  moral-panic 
5 weeks ago
Web creator Tim Berners-Lee’s Solid project to reimagine internet data
To potentially help combat such practices he is working with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a way to “re-decentralise the web” and give netizens more control over their personal data.

Called Solid — derived from the term “social linked data” — the project aims to “radically change the way web applications work today, resulting in true data ownership as well as improved privacy,” the Solid website says.
web  decentralize 
5 weeks ago
Why I barely read SF these days - Charlie's Diary
Now, what's my problem with contemporary science fiction?

Simply put, plausible world-building in the twenty-first century is incredibly hard work.
sf  sci-fi  writing  fiction 
6 weeks ago
Probe (TV Series 1988– ) - IMDb
Austin James, an eccentric scientific prodigy, and his somewhat scatterbrained secretary, Michelle Castle, investigate a variety of murders, all with a scientific basis, whether it be a locked-room mystery in a nuclear reactor, or homicides committed with holograms.
tv  80s 
6 weeks ago
“As babies we went from Similac and Enfamil / To the internet and fentanyl.”
6 weeks ago
Uma deserves better
Don't misinterpret this: when there are discrepancies in a subject's story, that's when a reporter should push farther, dig deeper, keep reporting. Good reporters don't ignore the inconvenient or contradictory parts of a subject's interview; they dig deeper into them. That's not what seems to be happening in this Thurman story. Rather, Dowd veers into a part of the narrative that Thurman can't or won't disclose, and allows the ambiguity to remain in a way that's at once titillating and open to personal interpretation: two things reporting on sexual assault should never do
media  reporting  journalism 
6 weeks ago
Early Facebook and Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built - The New York Times
Jim Steyer, chief executive and founder of Common Sense, said the Truth About Tech campaign was modeled on antismoking drives and focused on children because of their vulnerability. That may sway tech chief executives to change, he said. Already, Apple’s chief executive, Timothy D. Cook, told The Guardian last month that he would not let his nephew on social media, while the Facebook investor Sean Parker also recently said of the social network that “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”
tech-regrets  labor  attention  google  facebook 
6 weeks ago
What Will It Take For The Film Industry To Really Support Women Filmmakers?
The festival this year was flush with vibrant, edgy, interesting, emotional work from women directors, beyond just the ones I mentioned, but it's going to be a slow, difficult process for some of them to gain traction in the wider world. And if distributors aren’t willing to gamble on them at even the festival level, what chance is there for women filmmakers to make gains in the broader film industry?
film  sundance 
7 weeks ago
Is it legal to swap someone’s face into porn without consent? - The Verge
“It absolutely bears repeating that so much of our brains’ cognitive capacities are predicated on believing what we see,” Goldman says. “The proliferation of tools to make fake photos and fake videos that are indistinguishable from real photos and videos is going to test that basic, human capacity.”
faking  revenge-porn 
7 weeks ago
Another Thing to Sort of Pin on David Foster Wallace - The New York Times
In the Internet era, Wallace’s moves have been adopted and further slackerized by a legion of opinion-mongers who not only lack his quick mind but seem not to have mastered the idea that to make an argument, you must, amid all the tap-dancing and hedging, actually lodge an argument.
writing  dfw  rhetoric  blogging 
7 weeks ago
The Dirty War Over Diversity Inside Google | WIRED
Diversity advocates say that by trying to stay neutral, Google is being exploited by instigators, who have disguised a targeted harassment campaign as conservative political thought.
google  diversity  harassment  silicon-valley 
7 weeks ago
Why It's Too Easy To Dismiss Technology Critics: Or, The Fallacies Leading A Reviewer To Call Nicholas Carr Paranoid
Bustillos commits a version of this framing fallacy when she writes...why is this the “real” question? Why is the only legitimate way to look at the pros and cons of automating medical practice through the lens of whether some results are better?
7 weeks ago
Book review: ‘To Save Everything, Click Here’ by Evgeny Morozov - The Washington Post
His critique of Google and other firms engaged in “algorithmic gatekeeping”is basically taken from Lessig’s first book, “Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace,” in which Lessig argued that technology is necessarily ideological and that choices embodied in code, unlike law, are dangerously insulated from political debate. Morozov presents these ideas as his own and, instead of crediting Lessig, bludgeons him repeatedly. Similarly, Morozov warns readers of the dangers of excessively perfect technologies as if Jonathan Zittrain hadn’t been saying the same thing for the past 10 years. His failure to credit his targets gives the misimpression that Morozov figured it all out himself and that everyone else is an idiot.
7 weeks ago
Postmodernism Did Not Take Place: On Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life - Viewpoint Magazine
The con­fla­tion of post­mod­ernism and Marx­ism may come as some sur­prise to those who iden­ti­fy as belong­ing to either side of the equa­tion. Per­haps the best-known the­o­riza­tion of post­moder­ni­ty, Fredric Jameson’s Post­mod­ernism: The Cul­tur­al Log­ic of Late Cap­i­tal­ism, con­ceives of the peri­od as an object of inquiry to which Marx­ist analy­sis may be applied, not a the­o­ret­i­cal per­spec­tive. Today, it is not uncom­mon to see con­dem­na­tions of post­mod­ernism and pleas for a return to Enlight­en­ment ratio­nal­i­ty in the pages of Jacobin. But Peter­son is not the only ide­o­logue to elide the dis­tinc­tion between these usu­al­ly opposed frame­works
theory  marxism  education 
7 weeks ago
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