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Beware the Tory cult that’s steering Brexit
Brexit voters come in endless varieties. However, the particular sect now steering Brexit — the Europhobe wing of the Conservative party — is turning into a cargo cult. At the heart of it is ancestor worship. There’s a widespread belief in Britain that “the past is the real us”, says Catherine Fieschi, head of the Counterpoint think-tank. Perhaps no other country has as happy a relationship with its chequered history. And the self-appointed guardian of this relationship is the Conservative party.
ifh  cargo_cults  brexit 
december 2017 by peteashton
Snowden Archive-in-a-Box
The Snowden Archive-in-a-Box is an autonomous version of the Internet-based archive Snowden Digital Surveillance Archive. It is a stand-alone wifi network and web server that permits you to research all files leaked by Edward Snowden and subsequently published by the media. The purpose of the portable archive is to provide end-users with a secure off-line method for individuals to use this database without the threat of mass surveillance. By default, the wifi network is open, but users can create their own wifi passwords and choose their encryption standard.
ifh  snowden  installation  art 
september 2017 by peteashton
Fairness, Accountability, and Transparency
in Machine Learning
ethics  ifh  machine_learning 
september 2017 by peteashton
Facebook’s war on free will | Technology | The Guardian
"Automation has come in waves. During the industrial revolution, machinery replaced manual workers. At first, machines required human operators. Over time, machines came to function with hardly any human intervention. For centuries, engineers automated physical labour; our new engineering elite has automated thought. They have perfected technologies that take over intellectual processes, that render the brain redundant."
ifh  facebook 
september 2017 by peteashton
Pak Keung Wan : Lune
Lune began in 2009 and grew out from the series Untitled (in papyro). It has become a generative form currently comprising drawing, animation, projection and installation.

I came across a publication by NASA which details through diagrams every solar eclipse over a 5000 year period from -1999 June 12 to 3000 October 19.

​Each drawing stems from the linear path of shadow traversing the Earth’s surface as seen in each diagram. The forms in the In Papyro series evolve from numerous self-devised templates. Lune is drawn through one of those templates. 
Although the NASA publication informed the production of Lune, its underlying themes are shared by In Papyro. Here, there are correspondences that reveal and explain - the alignment of two (celestial) bodies bringing forth the (re)production of a life. Within these invaginated forms, in its folds, fissures and openings, I have begun to see Lune as some kind of prosthetic for a paternal activity where drawing, the still and moving image are surrogates through which a life is sustained. Lune is an act of reproduction.

There are 11,898 solar eclipses detailed in NASA’s publication and the 1200 drawings that make up this current animation span a mere 487 years.

Lune is ongoing
art  ifh  lunar_eclipse  pakkeungwan  via_Darren 
september 2017 by peteashton
Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’ — ProPublica
After being contacted by ProPublica, Facebook removed several anti-Semitic ad categories and promised to improve monitoring.
september 2017 by peteashton
Google explains how artificial intelligence becomes biased against women and minorities — Quartz
Time and again, research has shown that the machines we build reflect how we see the world, whether consciously or not. For artificial intelligence that reads text, that might mean associating the word "doctor" with men more than women, or image-recognition algorithms that misclassify black people as gorillas. Google, which was responsible for the gorilla...
ifh  discrimination  bias 
august 2017 by peteashton
Covering Your Tracks in the Age of Technology
During World War II, a radar operator tracks an airplane over Hamburg, guiding searchlights and anti-aircraft guns in relation to…
july 2017 by peteashton
Facebook and Google: most powerful and secretive empires we've ever known | Technology | The Guardian
We need better language to describe the technology companies that control the digital worlds in which we speak, play and live
ifh  google  facebook 
july 2017 by peteashton
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