Your company's Slack is probably sexist — Quartz at Work
Ignoring gendered communication patterns on Slack, or any digital platform, is a game where women lose the most, but no one truly wins.
gender  sexism  feminism  slack  chat  communication  inclusivity  email  mailinglist  research 
4 days ago
The Medium - daverupert.com
I have to keep reminding myself that I do have some control. I can build The Medium I want. I can cling to what’s good. And this gives me hope.
web  ethics  engineering  privacy  optimism  pessimism 
10 days ago
Scripting News: Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Winer is skeptical of integrity as a motive for HTTPS adoption.
Google would have you believe they want you to do the conversion so your words cannot be changed. No one gives a damn about changing your words.
security  integrity  confidentiality  surveillance  https  google  research  handoffs 
18 days ago
'Web cleansing': China's Xinjiang residents forced to install surveillance apps on their mobile phones | Hong Kong Free Press HKFP
Jingwang is a protection service with an adult and child categorization system introduced by Jiangsu Telecom. The main function is to block pornographic websites, online scams, trojan horses, and phishing sites; to alert users of how much time they spend online; and to enable remote control of one’s home network. The tool is intended to help kids develop a healthy lifestyle by building a safe web filter for the minors.
Terrifying double-speak for surveillance software t...
china  surveillance  privacy  security  web  totalitarianism 
19 days ago
This Is What A 21st-Century Police State Really Looks Like
All of these things are terrifying. Of particular interest to me was the "web cleansing" software that you can be forced to install on your phone.
surveillance  china  privacy  web  internet  totalitarianism 
19 days ago
Territory is a literary project about territories and the maps that will always fail to capture them. It’s about the naive dream of objectivity, and how we use the act of representation to both hide and broadcast our subjectivities.
maps  territory  literature  litreview  art  via:mohitgupta  onexactitudeinscience 
19 days ago
Statement: The Russell-Einstein Manifesto – Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs
There lies before us, if we choose, continual progress in happiness, knowledge, and wisdom. Shall we, instead, choose death, because we cannot forget our quarrels? We appeal as human beings to human beings: Remember your humanity, and forget the rest. If you can do so, the way lies open to a new Paradise; if you cannot, there lies before you the risk of universal death.

More than once, they call on scientists and politicians to act as individuals, rather than representa...
manifesto  einstein  nuclearweapons  ethics  engineering  history  peace 
20 days ago
Against an Increasingly User-Hostile Web
(Long, and not as helpful in its suggestions, but part of an increasing trend of these pieces.)
privacy  surveillance  web  advertising  ethics  dnt  engineering  essay 
21 days ago
Kumail Nanjiani on Twitter: "Tech has the capacity to destroy us. We see the negative effect of social media. & no ethical considerations are going into dev of tech."
Tech has the capacity to destroy us. We see the negative effect of social media. & no ethical considerations are going into dev of tech.
Actor from Silicon Valley show, discussing Silicon Valley.
engineering  ethics  techdel  twitter  siliconvalley 
21 days ago
The Shame Game: How Local Politics Took a Tasteless Turn | Political News | thebaycitybeacon.com
It’s just wrong - factually incorrect. Queers do not speak in a monolithic voice - in fact you can hardly get us to agree about much of anything. I’m queer and I don’t hate techies. Further, there are many Queer techies who are not self loathing. In the age of "Fake News”, facts matter.
queershatetechies  graffiti  hate  sf  mission  housing  gentrification  politics 
22 days ago
thanks for this prompt to analyze my own location data at a broad scale. My map:
from twitter
24 days ago
When Did I Last Visit __?
thanks for this prompt to analyze my own location data at a broad scale. My map:
from twitter
24 days ago
Anti-Fascist History and Politics, Explained | Teen Vogue
Unsurprisingly, the best explanation with historical and political analysis of "antifa" and anti-fascism is published in Teen Vogue.
antifa  fascism  politics  history  teenvogue  activism  resistance  racism 
29 days ago
A U.S. drone advisory group has been meeting in secret for months. It hasn’t gone well. - The Washington Post
Interesting example of a closed-door multistakeholder process, and the inevitable problems when confidentiality agreements prevent even the participants in the group from seeing the documents under discussion.
msh  standards  drones  process  secrecy  transparency 
4 weeks ago
Design Principles
A list of lists of design principles, with a non-exclusive focus on the Web.
design  principles  standards  adactio 
4 weeks ago
Voice Guidelines | Clearleft
A list of lists of advice, based on voice/conversational interfaces from various software products.
voice  conversational  conversationalui  bots  principles  design  advice  lists 
4 weeks ago
The Ethics of Unpaid Labor and the OSS Community | ashe dryden
I hesitate to break down actual percentages because attempting to discern someone's race or gender identity from their photo and name is dodgy business.
ethics  opensource  gender  via:benwerd  foss  github  hiring  discrimination 
7 weeks ago
The Copenhagen Letter, 2017
Let us move from human-centered design to humanity-centered design.
pledge  ethics  engineering  design  values-in-design  techdel  delegation 
9 weeks ago
draft-thomson-postel-was-wrong-01 - The Harmful Consequences of Postel
I'm not entirely sure that the design principles here are directly in contrast to the robustness principle, but they are common ideas that reflect the long-term issues with ignoring or replicating bugs.
history  design  ietf  interoperability  internet  robustness  postel  i-d 
10 weeks ago
Technical Standard-Setting Bibliography
Trying out maintaining a bibliography of standards-related work.
standards  litreview  bibliography  bibtex  mendeley  research  academia  dissertation 
10 weeks ago
The Ethics Canvas
An online tool/printable worksheet to map affected parties and ethical implications of a technology.
ethics  engineering  via:slack  techdel  decisionaltool 
10 weeks ago
The Very Bad Economics of Killing DACA - NYTimes.com
So this is a double blow to the U.S. economy; it will make everyone worse off. There is no upside whatever to this cruelty, unless you just want to have fewer people with brown skin and Hispanic surnames around. Which is, of course, what this is really all about.
racism  politics  sessions  immigration  nytimes  daca 
11 weeks ago
Tor: The Second-Generation Onion Router
We present Tor, a circuit-based low-latency anonymous communication service. This second-generation Onion Routing system addresses limitations in the original design by adding perfect forward secrecy, congestion control, directory servers, integrity checking, configurable exit policies, and a practical design for location-hidden services via rendezvous points. Tor works on the real-world Internet, requires no special privileges or kernel modifications, requires little synchronization or coordination between nodes, and provides a reasonable tradeoff between anonymity, usability, and efficiency.
tor  protocol  networks  techdel  routing  internet  tcp  design 
11 weeks ago
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This page itself is an experiment in this vein: what if certain content required us to disconnect? What if readers had access to that glorious attention that makes devouring a novel for hours at a time so satisfying? What if creators could pair that with the power of modern devices? Our phones and laptops are amazing platforms for novel content — if only we could harness our own attention.
offline  serviceworker  attention  internet  web  experiment 
august 2017
Burnout and Twitter fatigue | Read the Tea Leaves
One thing my personal exodus toward Mastodon did teach me, though, is that I can live without social media. Not only am I spending more time on Mastodon than on Twitter these days, but I’m spending less time on social media in general, to which I credit both sleeping better and feeling less anxious and distracted all the time. No more staying up late to read about the scandal du jour or hearing hot takes on the latest political calamity that, this time, will surely bring about the end of the world. No more watching people tear each other down over petty grievances, or hearing the sanctimonious echo-chamber sermons of those utterly convinced of their own righteousness.
fatigue  burnout  twitter  mastodon  health  distraction  socialmedia  via:mastodon 
august 2017
Free Speech: Only as Strong as the Weakest Link | Electronic Frontier Foundation
A strange diagram for Web architecture and the connection between a speaker and an audience, but it's interesting to see the step-by-step analysis of each potential chokepoint.

I feel like the diagram lets us down though in terms of identifying which places have many options that can be easily switched and which places are natural chokepoints.
eff  techdellab  architecture  internet  techdel  diagram  freeexpression 
august 2017
Fighting Neo-Nazis and the Future of Free Expression | Electronic Frontier Foundation
I'm not sure I agree with the analysis that DNS registrars/providers should make no content-based distinctions (because: there's a gajillion DNS providers out there), but the advice to have a clear content policy rather than ad-hoc decisionmaking seems compelling. DDOS-protection-services as an unexpected chokepoint in Internet architecture is a new, interesting regulation point.
eff  techdel  freespeech  internet  politics  architecture  techdellab  cdn  cloudflare 
august 2017
Ind.ie Labs: Set
A template that can work on client-side and server-side and just uses straight-up HTML (with data- attributes) instead of some bizarre curly-bracket syntax.
nodejs  templates  html  tool 
august 2017
A moderate speaks: By God, won’t someone else take a stand? - The Washington Post
This bill was not given the process it deserves. We should have deliberated in committee. We should have held hearings. We should have done this the right way. There is only one way to proceed: We must absolutely proceed with it. I, for one, will fight it tooth and nail. I will do everything except vote against it.
satire  politics  hcr  aca  wapo 
july 2017
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