Author: Samuel Matlack

How Tech Despair Can Set You Free — The New Atlantis

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In this article, Samuel Matlack reflects on socio-cultural commentary from Jacques Ellul on contemporary technological society. Despite the title and subtitle, Matlack doesn’t actually address how one is set free (it is also not clear what exactly one is being set free from); rather, he tries to formulate that pervasive sense that something has gone …

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‘Really alarming’: the rise of smart cameras used to catch maskless students in US schools | Surveillance | The Guardian

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In this article from “The Guardian,” Mark Keierleber discusses the disturbing presence of surveillance in schools. This surveillance was introduced to monitor students either going maskless or wearing masks improperly during Covid. But even as regulations change and the surveillance no longer used for that purpose, the surveillance is remaining in schools. There are a …

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How protesters in Russia and Ukraine are staying safe online – Los Angeles Times

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This article discusses what is being done in light of Russia cracking down on and arresting those protesting the war against Ukraine. Individuals have taken to posting information in ‘code’ that can be discerned by people, but not algorithms. In addition, social media companies like Facebook and Twitter have also made changes to make it …

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Data & Society — Bounty Everything: Hackers and the Making of the Global Bug Marketplace

This article provides a brief introduction to the work Bounty Everything: Hackers and the Making of the Global Bug Marketplace, by Ryan Ellis and Yuan Stevens. Their report is about the hackers hired to find bugs in programs, how this work is hired and carried out, and critiquing this model. They worry that this current …

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Ukrainian Websites Are Going Dark. Archivists Are Trying to Save Them.

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Claire Woodcock’s recent article (link below) discusses the importance of archiving digital cultural information during times of war, particularly when cyber warfare is being waged against the nation right along with conventional warfare. The article discusses the efforts archivists are making to ensure that Ukraine’s digital information is not erased. Source: Ukrainian Websites Are Going …

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Spouse Surveillance

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In an unnerving article, “I Used Apple AirTags, Tiles and a GPS Tracker to Watch My Husband’s Every Move,” Kashmir Hill describes the advanced, and affordable, technology available to individuals to track or record people without their knowledge. (Hill did have her husband’s knowledge, as she mentions early on.) Hill mentions stories about people discovering …

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