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Who Benefits from Health Misinformation?

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The insightful blog post from Data & Society: Points draws attention towards the harmful effects of health misinformation that circulates on social media and the internet. The author explores how minsinformation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic created an online information ecosystem that eroded trust in health experts and institutions. Read more: Who Benefits from Health Misinformation?

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Remember When You Could See Inside a Gaming Console?

The thought-provoking article from Wired discusses the translucent design of older video game consoles to provide an insight into gaming culture. Translucency allowed intrepid gamers to look inside their consoles, which enabled a culture of creative console modification and repair. The author notes that current generation consoles have sharply diverged from the aesthetics of translucency …

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Do Brain Implants Change Your Identity?

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This article from The New Yorker reports on the experiences of people who have used brain implants to treat epilepsy. It paints a fascinating narrative of the ways in which these technologies can shape people’s understanding of themselves and their relationship to the world. The author also raises significant doubts surrounding brain implant technology, whose …

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Rethinking Artificial Intelligence through Feminism | CCCB LAB

How might intersectional feminism inform machine learning algorithms? This post explores this question by drawing attention to the Feminist Data Set art project. This fascinating project brings together theories of social justice, feminism, data science, and design, in order to provide critical insight into every step of the AI development project. Read more about the Feminist Data …

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Can Free Assembly Survive the Internet?

This review essay from Public Books discusses how digital surveillance affects the political practice of assembly and protest. By analyzing Laura DeNardis’s The Internet in Everything: Freedom and Security in a World with No Off Switch, Sasha Costanza-Chock’s Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need, and Shalini Kantayya’s documentary Coded Bias, this article …

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LAPD Asked for Ring Surveillance Video Related to Black Lives Matter Protests

This news article discusses the use of private security cameras, public surveillance, and policing protestors, by drawing attention to the LAPD’s investigation of the Black Lives Matter protests in the summer of 2020. The article uncovers how the LAPD garnered information from the owners of Amazon Ring security systems in the neighborhoods where protests had …

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The Dictatorship of Data

Robert McNamara is remembered as JFK’s and LBJ’s secretary of defense, who was a primary motivator in escalating the Vietnam War. What is less known about McNamara–as discussed in this recent MIT Technology Review article– is that he was obsessed with accumulating data for any objective that he undertook. While ordinarily we would think this …

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Body Language

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In this thought provoking article from The Baffler, Sanjana Varghese discusses the dangers of biometric surveillance beyond facial recognition. Whereas facial recognition has rightfully occupied a lot of attention for its racist biases and its authoritarian overreach, Varghese points towards other similar technologies that also deserve public critique. Varghese discusses emotion recognition, gait recognition, earprint …

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Why Facebook Can’t Fix Itself

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This article from The New Yorker dives into the longstanding content moderation troubles at Facebook. At heart is the difficulty of balancing a platform that values “free speech,” on the one hand, with policing and stopping the spread of hateful content on the other. The article’s author Andrew Marantz critiques Facebook at failing to adequately …

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