The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Paper - The Atlantic
reflection on the vulnerability and ephemerality of digital data
"design and function have a way of diverging when millions of people enter the equation."
security  election  democracy  paper  memory  hacking  cybersecurity 
8 days ago
Is The Internet Good or Bad? Yes. – Matter – Medium (2014)
Zeynep Tufekci
" Twitter isn’t a traditional broadcast company; there’s no editor-in-chief who can be bought or pressured. So when the hundreds more protesters showed up, and were met with police, tear gas, and water cannons, people learned about it again on social media. Soon the protest was an order of magnitude larger. "
. . .
"Even if it were possible to catch us through mass media, messages that work for one person often fail to convince others. Big-data surveillance is dangerous exactly because it provides solutions to these problems. Individually tailored, subtle messages are less likely to produce a cynical reaction. Especially so if the data collection that makes these messages possible is unseen. That’s why it’s not only the NSA that goes to great lengths to keep its surveillance hidden."
surveillance  internet  activism  wikileaks  NSA  tracking  violence  algorithm  panopticon  bigdata 
16 days ago
Decolonizing technology: A reading list | Beatrice Martini – blog
One example of the ‘borderless colonial’ phenomenon comes from digital technology. While many technical innovations are asserted as universally positive and beneficial to communities worldwide, beyond borders and across cultures, a closer analysis of who holds the power, who has agency, and whose interests are promoted, can often reveal a very different picture. Questioning how and for whom tools and services are created, and with which rights and restrictions they are made accessible, shows how closely and frequently technology can reproduce colonialist paradigms, also exacerbating its consequences through the large and fast scale of the mechanism which spreads it.
platforms  postcolonial  power  digitaldivide 
16 days ago
"The Internet of Hate" (2016)
After Charlottesville, Nazis, white supremacists, and the alt-right have become a lot less welcome on the web. So they’re building their own.
(with clever illustrations)
racism  misogyny  trolling  harassment  election  moderation  internet  hashtag  illustration 
16 days ago
All the Feelings: Jennifer Doyle’s 'Hold It Against Me'
In other words, when we have strong or unresolved feelings about a work of art, we aren’t just dealing with the art, we’re also being forced to deal with ourselves, if only briefly. Doyle seems to be asking us to look at why we choose to stay in or promptly exit those difficult moments, and what can be gained in examining those impulses.
affect  emotion  difficulty  difficult-lit  art  pain 
16 days ago
Why Artificial Intelligence Is Still Waiting For Its Ethics Transplant | WIRED
“New ethical frameworks for AI need to move beyond individual responsibility to hold powerful industrial, governmental and military interests accountable as they design and employ AI"
"Often when we talk about ethics, we forget to talk about power. People will often have the best of intentions. But we’re seeing a lack of thinking about how real power asymmetries are affecting different communities."
agency  AI  ethics 
18 days ago
Ed Benguiat - YouTube
"what is graphic design? placing things in the correct order so they're pleasing to the eye"
"I don't really like anything I've ever designed"
"the computer is only as good s the person operating it"
typography  graphicdesign  interview  art 
18 days ago
Scripting News: May 31, 2017
Get a blog. If your ideas have any value put them on the open web. Facebook is trying to kill it. Trust me you will hate yourself if they succeed. Same with Google.
facebook  facebookworldtakeover  blogging 
23 days ago
Daring Fireball: Fuck Facebook (2017)
You might think it’s hyperbole for Winer to say that Facebook is trying to kill the open web. But they are. I complain about Google AMP, but AMP is just a dangerous step toward a Google-owned walled garden — Facebook is designed from the ground up as an all-out attack on the open web.
facebook  facebookworldtakeover 
23 days ago
A new tool called Hoaxy lets you search for terms and articles, and shows you how claims spread on Twitter as well as efforts to fact-check them.
fakenews  hoaxes  news  tools  visualization  com201  socialmedia 
23 days ago
How typeface influences the way we read and think
"There is a lot that is going on within any given font, often imperceptible to the eye."
typography  fonts  visualrhetoric 
25 days ago
Dynamic font choices can be the ultimate way to make a statement with your brand & showcase your personality
branding  fonts  typography  design  com202 
6 weeks ago
"Photography at the Crossroads" by Berenice Abbott - le magazineJeu de Paume / le magazine
It is more important than ever to assess and value photography in the contemporary world. To understand the now with which photography is essentially concerned, it is necessary to look at its roots, to measure its past achievements, to learn the lessons of its tradition. Let us briefly span its beginnings – they were truly spectacular.
photography  art  essays 
6 weeks ago
Logobook - Discover the worlds finest logos, symbols and trademarks
“Logobook is curated by Svizra, a growing community of international branding designers. Our ambition is to improve global design standards in logo and identity design, and encourage businesses and designers to create original logo designs.”
logos  design 
11 weeks ago
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