'Utterly horrifying': ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine | News | The Guardian
“It was well understood in the company that that presented a risk,” he said. “Facebook was giving data of people who had not authorised the app themselves, and was relying on terms of service and settings that people didn’t read or understand.”
Parakilas said he lobbied internally at Facebook for “a more rigorous approach” to enforcing data protection, but was offered little support.
facebook  privacy  facebookworldtakeover  data  election  terms 
18 hours ago
How your Facebook 'likes' helped Trump steal the 2016 election | Will Bunch - Philly
What does political cyber warfare look like? As you might imagine, pretty ugly. In an election where most voters’ preferences are deeply rooted, a campaign like the one engineered by Cambridge Analytica tried to tap into the psychology of the voters who could most easily be peeled away from Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton — young people who might be convinced to vote third-party, or blacks who’d been enthusiastic about Barack Obama but could be discouraged from showing up in 2016. Data seemingly as trivial as what sneakers or candy bars you like helped develop profiles of the persuadable.
facebook  facebookworldtakeover  election  democracy  data  psychology  fakenews 
2 days ago
Thinking About Google Search As A Colonial Tool – Joshua Adams – Medium
3/17/19 - So how do prevailing ideas about the democratic potential of the internet and search engines blind us from the ways these tools privilege the values, beliefs, ideologies, and ontologies of the Western world? Though these are serious topics that deserve thoughtful study and research, they show the how digitals tools can reinforce oppressive social structures.
google  postcolonial  algorithm  search  democracy  society  race 
2 days ago
On YouTube Kids, Startling Videos Slip Past Filters - The New York Times
“Algorithms are not a substitute for human intervention, and when it comes to creating a safe environment for children, you need humans,” Mr. Golin said.
Nov. 2017
algorithm  youtube  platforms  moderation  youth 
4 days ago
YouTube Restores Account For Far-Right Activist Jerome Corsi
March 2018

“Debate and let ideas rise to the top in the marketplace of ideas”
moderation  youtube  conservatism  politics  speech  censorship 
15 days ago
This Design Generation Has Failed
We need to slow. The. Fuck. Down. And pay attention to what we’re actually designing. We’re releasing new things into the world faster than Trump is causing scandals.
design  users  ethics  interface  error  userfriendliness  ucd 
27 days ago
Trump's real plan for 2018 - Axios
A source close to the White House tells me that with an eye to getting Republicans excited about voting for Republicans in midterms, the president this year will be looking for "unexpected cultural flashpoints" — like the NFL and kneeling — that he can latch onto in person and on Twitter.
election  politics  postman  publicsphere  public_opinion  hate  twitter 
5 weeks ago
Web Design - The First 100 Years
We take better care of scrap paper than we do of the early Internet, because at least we look at scrap paper before we throw it away.

This vision holds that the Web is only a necessary first step to a brighter future. In order to fix the world with software, we have to put software hooks into people's lives. Everything must be instrumented, quantified, and networked. All devices, buildings, objects, and even our bodies must become "smart" and net-accessible.

Then we can get working on optimizing the hell out of life.
media_history  internet 
7 weeks ago
Olia Lialina: Vernacular Web 2
The space that we’ve researched as a new medium for the last ten years has turned into the most mass medium of them all. Nothing more than a mass medium, permeating our daily lives to the point of becoming invisible. Its numerous users are busy working, having a good time or expressing themselves, and they have almost perfect tools and services at their disposal. Connection never breaks, distinction between a server and a hard disk, between your desktop and that of another person has almost vanished, and there’s nothing that could contribute to the development of user-media relationship, nothing to provoke us.
webdesign  internet  users  userfriendliness  platforms  computing_history  1990s 
8 weeks ago
The Elements Of Style: UNIX As Literature
But the most recurrent complaint was that it was too text-oriented. People really hated the command line, with all the utilities, obscure flags, and arguments they had to memorize. They hated all the typing. One mislaid character and you had to start over. Interestingly, this complaint came most often from users of the GUI-laden Macintosh or Windows platforms. People who had slaved away on DOS batch scripts or spent their days on character-based terminals of multiuser non-UNIX machines were less likely to express the same grievance.
macintosh  interface  userfriendliness  unix  code  difficulty 
9 weeks ago
Hawaii missile alert: How one employee ‘pushed the wrong button’ and caused a wave of panic - The Washington Post
From a drop-down menu on a computer program, he saw two options: “Test missile alert” and “Missile alert.” He was supposed to choose the former; as much of the world now knows, he chose the latter, an initiation of a real-life missile alert.
design  ux  users  webdesign 
9 weeks ago
MoMA's Thinking Machines Explores the Effect of Computation on Artistic Production | | Eye on Design
“So much anxiety around our current moment is embodied by how we interface with new media and technology,” says Sean Anderson, the show’s curator and MoMA’s associate curator in the Department of Architecture and Design. “By exhibiting and narrating these objects from the museum’s collection, we not only deepen the story of postwar art and design, but also engage in a meaningful conversation about present-day realities, which are informed and implicated by developments in cybernetics, programming, and computing.”
The exhibition juxtaposes artworks, design items, and proposals in order to trace how computers have transformed aesthetics, and how machines entirely reshaped the way we approach designing, creating, and working.
typography  apple  design  code  computing_history  1980s  kare  art 
9 weeks ago
“Weird Facebook” and “Leftbook,” explained: How absurd meme groups could change Facebook for good
Welcome to the Facebook underground — a hidden network of meme communities and affinity groups that may just be the future of the social network as we know it.
facebook  wtf  experimental  alt-lit  memes 
10 weeks ago
The Weird Thing About Today's Internet - The Atlantic (May 2017)
Outside of the open-source server hardware and software worlds, we see centralization. And with that centralization, five giant platforms have emerged as the five most valuable companies in the world: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook.
centralization  internet  facebook  platforms  google 
10 weeks ago
Elspeth Diederix's Fine Art Photography | Time.com
The physical contact of working with the objects themselves is essential in creating the images. Although raindrops made with buttercups or a black dust fog may seem computer manipulated, they have carefully been sewn by hand or created by using a long aperture. I love creating the installations for the photographs: sewing flowers together, covering a motorcycle in pink pigment, creating a cloud from collected plastic bags. Most images take days of preparation and some objects I have with me for months until I find the right location in which to shoot them. By working with the material itself, I can make the objects more animated and the image easier for the viewer to see and believe.
art  photography  objects  materiality 
10 weeks ago
A Final Word on #notyourshield – Ashley Lynch – Medium
#notyourshield was always intended to be a culture jamming campaign to disrupt and silence rather than an innocuous grass roots campaign to give voice to the voiceless
gamergate  4chan  feminism  harassment  hashtag 
10 weeks ago
What Technophiles Need To Know: Part One – Howard Rheingold – Medium (1998)
Are we awake to the world we’re building, or are we, as an old Sufi saying goes, merely asleep in life’s waiting room?
rheingold  mediastudies 
december 2017
From Hate Speech To Fake News: The Facebook Content Crisis Facing Mark Zuckerberg : All Tech Considered : NPR (Nov. 2016)
It's hard to remember this sometimes, but Facebook has never claimed to be a free-speech platform. The company is trying to create a safe space where, unlike on Twitter, people can share without being trolled or shamed.
facebook  moderation  harassment  hate  fakenews  algorithm  platforms 
december 2017
10 years of Take Back the Tech! | GenderIT.org (Nov. 2016)
Online VAW or TRVAW (technology related violence against women) is being taken seriously for how it effects women and their well being, how it is patriarchal and wilful suppression of the voices of women, and actively contributes to a culture of silencing and censorship.
women  misogyny  harassment  censorship  socialchange 
december 2017
The Internet Isn’t the Wild Wild West Anymore. It’s Westworld. (april 2017)
last week both the Senate and the House — overwhelmingly with Republican votes — voted to overturn those limits, and to ban the FCC from ever imposing them again. President Trump is expected to sign the legislation, permanently making the internet a place for rapacious data collecting from largely unwitting consumers.
privacy  data  tracking  netneutrality 
december 2017
The Challenge That's Bigger Than Fake News | American Federation of Teachers
Below, we describe some of the most powerful strategies employed by fact checkers and how educators can adapt them to help our students become savvy web users. (For examples of classroom activities that incorporate these strategies, see the box to the right.)
fakenews  teaching  crapdetection  hoaxes  com200 
december 2017
The Ambivalent Internet: An Interview with Whitney Phillips and Ryan M. Milner (Part Three) — Henry Jenkins
it wasn’t internet memes—like Ken Bone’s sweater, Marco Rubio’s baby chair, or Ted Cruz’ alleged serial murders—that most conspicuously characterized the election. It was age-old memes—regressive stereotypes, blinding misogyny, blanket anti-elitism, and good old fashioned fear of the other—that made 2016 the meme election.
election  memes 
december 2017
A history of the American anti-feminism behind Clinton’s defeat | History News Network
his victory over a female candidate in a battle fought and won with apparent contempt for women’s rights makes a curious kind of sense if we read it as just the latest manifestation of a misogynist and anti-feminist line in American cultural life, stretching back to the 1940s and beyond. ... For Wylie, women in political life are “crooked” by definition, and part of a national slide into “moral degeneration, civic corruption, smuggling, bribery, theft, murder, homosexuality, drunkenness, financial depression, chaos and war”.
history  feminism  women  misogyny  politics  election 
december 2017
Captives of the Cloud: Part I - Journal #37 September 2012 - e-flux
We are the voluntary prisoners of the cloud; we are being watched over by governments we did not elect.
government  privacy  NSA  surveillance  centralization  censorship  internet  cloud  facebook 
november 2017
Tropico Vernacular: A recent history of graphic design and nationalism in the Philippines. - Triple Canopy
Why was Helvetica, with its idealized geometries floating above pristine white fields, yoked to the Technicolor identity of the Philippines, where nothing is the color of snow (too much dust and smog), and the very notion of blankness seems utopian (too little empty space)? Filipino graphic design is as over-crowded as the landscape of our country, which has the region’s second-highest urban population density rate. Here, minimalism can be understood as a sign of poverty, only surfacing when the designer does not possess enough technical or financial prowess for the addition of borloloy (lavish ornamentation), and fills the gaps with decorations that cost time and signify money. A white void might also denote a spiritual lack. There is no greater Filipino sorrow than being alone, and the singular focus—the whiteness—of minimalism can hardly be sold to a people whose idea of visual pleasure is an explosion of the colors and textures that constitute the experience of community. To us, variety is necessary to attract the eye and soul. Universality in design is not about the blurring of all colors into white—a color we wear to funerals—but rather the representation of every facet of the community
helvetica  design  modernism  graphicdesign  global  aesthetics  whiteness  webtext 
november 2017
Internet Ugly and the Aesthetic of Failing on Purpose - The Atlantic
Why has the meme-based web gone for quantity over quality? A few reasons. The first is speed. Many of these pieces are iterative, they respond to one another, and they happen on threads that move quickly and in some cases are deleted within a few days, or even within a few minutes. “Polish your reply in Photoshop for an hour and the thread might be done before you are,” Douglas writes. The second is that there’s nobody stopping someone from posting their work. There aren't traditional gatekeepers, no formal process of vetting anything. The approval comes in the form of shares and comments and spin-offs. And the people doing that sharing and jugging and iterating, ultimately, are fellow meme lovers who care more about jokes than about shading and brushwork.
photoshop  memes  internet-culture  internet  failure 
november 2017
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