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The War Inside 7-Eleven

The sun hadn’t yet risen over Gurtar Sandhu’s 7-Eleven store near downtown Los Angeles on Jan. 10 when four plainclothes U.S. Immigration and Customs…
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Inside the Trump Administration’s Fight to Add a Citizenship Question to the Census - The New York Times
Inside the Trump Administration’s Fight to Add a Citizenship Question to the Census

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross testified under oath that the citizenship question was requested by the Justice Department. Documents show otherwise. Credit Luke…
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9 days ago
There’s No Such Thing as a Web Without Gatekeepers – Power Trip – Medium
There’s No Such Thing as a Web Without Gatekeepers – Power Trip – Medium
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15 days ago
I’m an Amazon Employee. My Company Shouldn’t Sell Facial Recognition Tech to Police.
I’m an Amazon Employee. My Company Shouldn’t Sell Facial Recognition Tech to Police.

The authenticity of the following anonymous op-ed has been verified by Medium’s editorial staff. Our columnist, Trevor Timm, has also interviewed the op-ed’s…
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27 days ago
How Racial Data Gets 'Cleaned' in the U.S. Census - The Atlantic
How Racial Data Gets 'Cleaned' in the U.S. Census

The 2010 United States Census allowed 63 possible responses for race. Ross D. Franklin / AP At a doctor’s visit, on a college-admissions application, or even in…
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29 days ago
We Are All Research Subjects Now - The Chronicle of Higher Education
We Are All Research Subjects Now

T his spring, with some fanfare, Facebook and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) announced that they would team up for a novel research collaboration.…
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4 weeks ago
bellingcat - From Memes to Infowars: How 75 Fascist Activists Were “Red-Pilled” - bellingcat
From Memes to Infowars: How 75 Fascist Activists Were “Red-Pilled” - bellingcat

The vast majority of domestic terror attacks in the U.S. are carried out by white supremacist organizations . Atomwaffen, a neo-Nazi death squad with five…
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4 weeks ago
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Opinion | How YouTube is quietly radicalizing the next generation — and making millions

Get the Think newsletter. Twitter Becca Lewis is a researcher at Data & Society, a research institute focused on the social and cultural issues arising from…
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5 weeks ago
Facebook Is Reviewing its Policy on White Nationalism After Motherboard Investigation, Civil Rights Backlash - Motherboard
Facebook Is Reviewing its Policy on White Nationalism After Motherboard Investigation, Civil Rights Backlash

This piece is part of an ongoing Motherboard series on Facebook's content moderation strategies. You can read the rest of the coverage here . Facebook told…
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7 weeks ago
Peter Pomerantsev: Russia Uses Fluid Ideology to Undermine the EU | urve eslas
Peter Pomerantsev: Russia Uses Fluid Ideology to Undermine the EU

I think Russia is defined by its very fluid approach to ideology. They can jump to any message they need at any particular time. So they have their hands free.…
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7 weeks ago
The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People - Motherboard
Here's How Facebook Is Trying to Moderate Its Two Billion Users

This spring, Facebook reached out to a few dozen leading social media academics with an invitation: Would they like to have a casual dinner with Mark Zuckerberg…
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7 weeks ago
Microsoft researcher cautions media not to fall prey to fringe groups flying ‘false flag of conservatism’ – GeekWire
Microsoft researcher cautions media not to fall prey to fringe groups flying ‘false flag of conservatism’

Fringe groups are seeking to manipulate the media and tech companies with accusations of anti-conservative bias, aiming to invoke anger among conservatives and…
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7 weeks ago
How conspiracy theories spread from the Internet’s darkest corners - The Washington Post
Perspective | How conspiracy theories spread from the Internet’s darkest corners
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8 weeks ago
Free Speech Is Not the Same As Free Reach | WIRED
Free Speech Is Not the Same As Free Reach

The algorithms that govern how we find information online are once again in the news—but you have to squint to find them. “Trump Accuses Google of Burying…
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9 weeks ago
How WhatsApp Destroyed A Village
How WhatsApp Destroyed A Village

How WhatsApp Destroyed A Village In July, residents of a rural Indian town saw rumors of child kidnappers on WhatsApp. Then they beat five strangers to death.…
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9 weeks ago
Opinion | The Devil in Steve Bannon - The New York Times
Opinion | The Devil in Steve Bannon

Ejected from the White House, Steve Bannon won’t fade away. Not just yet. He’s in France, finding uncommon cause with Marine Le Pen. He’s in Italy, cheering for…
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11 weeks ago
The Meteoric Rise of Professor Jordan Peterson | Psychology Today
The Meteoric Rise of Professor Jordan Peterson

Source: Facebook /Fair Use We often hear people say they wish they had the fortune to purchase Microsoft or Apple or Amazon before those companies began their…
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11 weeks ago
Share Article: "John McCain, War Hero, Senator and Presidential Contender, Dies at 81"
Breaking News, World News & Multimedia

Cohen Is Being Investigated for Loans in Excess of $20 Million Federal authorities investigating whether President Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael D.…
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11 weeks ago
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Don’t be evil — Google at war with itself

The full-blown crisis of confidence that has overwhelmed Facebook and resulted in a flight of talent from that company has now come to Google. As we learnt late…
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12 weeks ago
QAnon and Pinterest Is Just the Beginning | Hapgood
QAnon and Pinterest Is Just the Beginning

I have been talking about Pinterest as a disinformation platform for a long time, so this article on QAnon memes on Pinterest is not surprising at all: Many of…
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12 weeks ago
Meet Jonathan Albright, The Digital Sleuth Exposing Fake News | WIRED
Shadow Politics: Meet the Digital Sleuth Exposing Fake News

When we met in early March, Jonathan Albright was still shrugging off a sleepless weekend. It was a few weeks after the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas…
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august 2018
Ethical OS Helps Tech Startups Avert Moral Disasters | WIRED
Silicon Valley Writes a Playbook to Help Avert Ethical Disasters

Silicon Valley is having its Frankenstein moment. The monsters of today are the billion-dollar companies we've come to depend on for everything from search…
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august 2018
Policy Entrepreneurship At The White House: Getting Things Done In Large Organizations by Tom Kalil
For a total of 16 years, I had the honor and privilege of working at the White House, first for President Clinton (1993-2001) and later for President Obama (2009-2017). My colleagues and I had the opportunity to help design, launch, and sustain dozens of science and technology policy initiatives. We launched major research initiatives to create the “industries of the future,” such as robotics and advanced materials. We worked with Congress to give every agency the authority to support incentive prizes of up to $50 million, and to make it easier for startups to raise capital and go public. We built coalitions of government agencies, companies, foundations, universities, and nonprofits to prepare 100, 000 K-12 STEM teachers, foster more vibrant startup ecosystems all over America, advance the Maker Movement and accelerate the commercialization of federally funded research.1. On a good day we were able to serve as “policy entrepreneurs,” which involved generating or spotting new ideas and taking the steps needed to identify and evaluate policy options, support a sound decisionmaking process, ensure implementation, and monitor the effectiveness of the president’s policies and initiatives.
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august 2018
How Silicon Valley Became a Den of Spies - POLITICO Magazine
How Silicon Valley Became a Den of Spies

The West Coast is a growing target of foreign espionage. And it’s not ready to fight back. By ZACH DORFMAN Politico illustration/iStock/Wikipeida SAN…
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july 2018
The Role of Technology in Political Economy: Part 3 « Law and Political Economy
The Role of Technology in Political Economy: Part 3

Yochai Benkler — In the prior two posts in this set I described how the leading mainstream economic explanation of rising inequality and its primary critique…
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july 2018
The Role of Technology in Political Economy: Part 2 « Law and Political Economy
The Role of Technology in Political Economy: Part 2

Yochai Benkler — Yesterday I outlined the ways in which the dominant “skills-biased technical change” and “winner-take-all economics” explanations of inequality…
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july 2018
The Role of Technology in Political Economy: Part 1 « Law and Political Economy
The Role of Technology in Political Economy: Part 1

Yochai Benkler — What role does technology play in rising inequality? Is it, as the dominant view among policymakers argues, the primary explanatory variable,…
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july 2018
The Census Bureau owes us some peace of mind - The Washington Post
Opinion | The Census Bureau owes us some peace of mind

(Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg) Joshua A. Geltzer, senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council from 2015 to 2017, is executive director of…
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july 2018
Departing Facebook Security Officer's Memo: "We Need To Be Willing To Pick Sides"
Top Facebook Security Officer's Departing Memo: "We Need To Be Willing To Pick Sides"

news Departing Facebook Security Officer's Memo: "We Need To Be Willing To Pick Sides" In a brutally honest note about his departure, Facebook’s Chief Security…
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july 2018
DO CELL PHONES CAUSE CANCER? - Newsweek - Blendle
DO CELL PHONES CAUSE CANCER?

Absent proof of harm, health officials and regulators have been in a holding pattern for 30 years. But the evidence is STARTING TO STACK UP Tiffany Frantz g ot…
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july 2018
Security Experts Warn Census Bureau: Beware of Hackers - CityLab
Here's a New Thing to Worry About: Census Hackers

The Villages, a retirement community in central Florida, is one of the fastest-growing places in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Carlo…
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july 2018
Undercover Facebook moderator was instructed not to remove fringe groups or hate speech - The Verge
Undercover Facebook moderator was instructed not to remove fringe groups or hate speech

Illustration by William Joel / The Verge An investigative journalist who went undercover as a Facebook moderator in the UK says the company lets pages from…
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july 2018
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A Global Guide to State-Sponsored Trolling

_______ |_ _| | | | | ____| | | | | | | | \______/ ournalist Nedim Turfent was reporting on a brutal counterterrorism operation in Turkey’s Kurdish region when…
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july 2018
Design Justice, A.I., and Escape from the Matrix of Domination
Design Justice, A.I., and Escape from the Matrix of Domination

Part 1: #TravelingWhileTrans Millimeter Wave Scanning, the Sociotechnical Reproduction of the Gender Binary, and the Importance of Embodied Knowledge to the…
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july 2018
A Fight for Men’s Rights, in California Courts - The New York Times
A Fight for Men’s Rights, in California Courts

SAN DIEGO — Rich Allison is a former Marine Corps captain who was never in combat. Now he is on the front lines of the culture wars. Mr. Allison, 47, is a key…
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july 2018
Facial recognition technology: The need for public regulation and corporate responsibility - Microsoft on the Issues
Facial recognition technology: The need for public regulation and corporate responsibility - Microsoft on the Issues

All tools can be used for good or ill. Even a broom can be used to sweep the floor or hit someone over the head. The more powerful the tool, the greater the…
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july 2018
Microsoft Urges Congress to Regulate Use of Facial Recognition - The New York Times
Microsoft Urges Congress to Regulate Use of Facial Recognition

Amid a growing call for regulations to limit the use of facial recognition technology, Microsoft on Friday became the first tech giant to join the chorus. In a…
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july 2018
What If Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since 1987?
What If Trump Has Been a Russian Asset Since 1987?

On June 14, 2016, the Washington Post reported that Russian hackers had broken into the Democratic National Committee’s files and gained access to its research…
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july 2018
French connection - The Economist - Blendle
French connection

BUSINESS Schumpeter Forget McKinsey. A Gallic intellectual is the key to controlling how businesses are perceived NOT many businesspeople study post-war French…
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june 2018
Yelp, The Red Hen, And How All Tech Platforms Are Now Pawns In The Culture War
Sites Like Yelp And Twitter Are Just Pawns In The Culture War

Just one of thousands of trolling posts from Yelp reviewers angry at the Red Hen for asking White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave its…
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june 2018
Meet Antifa's Secret Weapon Against Far-Right Extremists | WIRED
Meet Antifa's Secret Weapon Against Far-Right Extremists

The email arrived just as Megan Squire was starting to cook Thanksgiving dinner. She was flitting between the kitchen, where some chicken soup was simmering,…
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june 2018
Trump's Changes to the Census Could Hurt Red States Too - The Atlantic
The Unpredictable Political Effects of 2020 Census Tinkering

Michelle R. Smith / AP It isn’t hard to discern a pattern in the way the Trump administration is planning to conduct the 2020 Census, in the same way that it’s…
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june 2018
Opinion | The Ornithologist the Internet Called a Murderer - The New York Times
For some time, I’d been searching for Christopher Filardi, a biologist with decades of field experience in the Solomon Islands. I wanted to interview him for a book I was writing, but the email system at the American Museum of Natural History, which once listed him as the director of Pacific programs at its Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, bounced back my message.
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june 2018
When Will Climate Change Make the Earth Too Hot For Humans?
When Will the Planet Be Too Hot for Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.

To read an annotated version of this article, complete with interviews with scientists and links to further reading, click here . I. ‘Doomsday’ Peering beyond…
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june 2018
Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown is off Twitter because of an abusive meme - Polygon
How an ironic, abusive meme drove Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown off Twitter

On June 13, 14-year-old Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown deactivated her verified Twitter account, @milliebbrown. Reports indicate that harassment drove…
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june 2018
Yes, the Media Still Matters – Trust Issues – Medium
Yes, the Media Still Matters – Trust Issues – Medium

T he 2016 election made the public examine the media with newly critical eyes, for reasons valid (the press’ failure to capture Donald Trump supporters’…
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june 2018
How Trump Voters Decide Who to Trust – Trust Issues – Medium
How Trump Voters Decide Who to Trust – Trust Issues – Medium

In a post-truth era, how do you know what to trust? As a way to combat a political climate devoid of expert opinions and facts, many have championed media…
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june 2018
The Biology Of Disinformation: Memes, Media Viruses, And Cultural Inoculation
by Doug Ruskhoff, David Pescovitz, and Jake Dunagan (IFTF Report)

Political campaigns have always relied on values, visions, narratives, and ideologies to win votes.
Whether virtuous or cynical, this effort comes down to propaganda: the leverage of social and psychological biases to promote a particular point of view.
propaganda  memes 
june 2018
On the Proper Motives of Corporate Directors (or, Why You Don't Want to Invite Homo Economicus to Join Your Board) by Lynn A. Stout :: SSRN
One of the most important questions in corporate governance is how directors of public corporations can be motivated to serve the interests of the firm. Directors frequently hold only small stakes in the companies they manage. Moreover, a variety of legal rules and contractual arrangements insulate them from liability for business failures. Why then should we expect them to do a good job?

by Lynn A. Stout
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june 2018
Find Out What Google and Facebook Know About You – Trust Issues – Medium
Find Out What Google and Facebook Know About You – Trust Issues – Medium

H ackers obtained the Social Security numbers of more than 145 million Americans. Paid political chaos monkeys allegedly harvested data from at least 87 million…
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june 2018
The Deadly Incel Movement’s Absurd Pop Culture Roots
The Deadly Incel Movement’s Absurd Pop Culture Roots

F or years, one of the first Google hits on my name was an article titled “Stalking Sady Doyle.” It was written in 2011 by the “men’s rights” advocate Paul…
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june 2018
The Lifespan of a Lie – Trust Issues – Medium
The Lifespan of a Lie – Trust Issues – Medium

It was late in the evening of August 16th, 1971, and twenty-two-year-old Douglas Korpi, a slim, short-statured Berkeley graduate with a mop of pale, shaggy…
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june 2018
We All Have ‘Trust Issues’ – Trust Issues – Medium
We All Have ‘Trust Issues’ – Trust Issues – Medium

A bout six weeks ago, we at Medium gave ourselves a simple goal: identify the Most Important Issues Facing the World Today—capital letters intended—and find the…
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june 2018
User Agreements Are Betraying You – Trust Issues – Medium
User Agreements Are Betraying You

There’s a better way for us to interact with tech companies The user agreement has become a potent symbol of our asymmetric relationship with technology firms.…
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june 2018
A New Tech Manifesto – Trust Issues – Medium
A New Tech Manifesto

Six demands, from a citizen to Big Tech The stories turn up daily: Social media is being used to undermine democracy. Someone has run off with millions of…
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june 2018
Facebook Fabricates Trust Through Fake Intimacy – Trust Issues – Medium
Facebook Fabricates Trust Through Fake Intimacy

'And when we trust, we share' Imagine owning a robot that’s programmed to follow your orders, no matter what. With full predictability guaranteed, you’d be…
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june 2018
New Lessons From the Pentagon Papers Leaker in the Age of Trump
New Lessons From the Pentagon Papers Leaker in the Age of Trump

Daniel Ellsberg on trust, nuclear war, and when to break an oath Before Edward Snowden or Chelsea Manning, there was Daniel Ellsberg. In 1971, Ellsberg leaked…
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june 2018
My So-Called (Millennial) Entitlement – Trust Issues – Medium
My So-Called (Millennial) Entitlement

Did we really expect too much, or were we just gaslit? I am at the San Francisco International Airport some barely recent morning, registering for a travel…
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june 2018
Memes That Kill: The Future Of Information Warfare
Memes and social networks have become weaponized, while many governments seem ill-equipped to understand the new reality of information warfare. How will we fight state-sponsored disinformation and propaganda in the future?
memes  warfare  manipulation  propaganda 
june 2018
The Muralist and Enumerator | Census Stories, USA
The Muralist and Enumerator | Census Stories, USA

The records of the U.S. Census Bureau reside in Washington, D.C., in the National Archives building built in the depths of the Great Depression to provide a…
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june 2018
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China eyes role as world’s power supplier

Deep in a tangle of planning bureaucracies in western Beijing, the future of a country nearly 3,000km away is under discussion. Xie Qiuye, president of China’s…
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june 2018
How to Solve the Disjuncture between Tech… and Everybody Else
How to Solve the Disjuncture between Tech… and Everybody Else

At the Tech and Society Solutions Lab, we’re focused on what’s happening in tech, and thinking about how we best anticipate and prevent the ways tech can go…
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june 2018
Did Sirhan kill RFK? RFK Jr. doesn’t think so. - The Washington Post - Blendle
Did Sirhan kill RFK? RFK Jr. doesn’t think so.

TOM JACKMAN Nearly 50 years after his father’s assassination, a son questions history Looks like you disabled JavaScript. Would you consider turning it on…
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june 2018
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