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ImageNet Roulette
ImageNet Roulette uses a neural network trained on the “people” categories from the ImageNet dataset to classify pictures of people. It’s meant to be a peek into how artificial intelligence systems classify people, and a warning about how quickly AI becomes horrible when the assumptions built into it aren’t continually and exhaustively questioned.
ai  surveillance  machinelearning  neuralnetwork  bias  politics  technology 
8 days ago by grantpotter
Food Insecurity Is Our New National Crisis | The Walrus
“What’s happened in Cape Breton is we don’t garden anymore,” McPherson says. “We always had gardens. We weren’t well off, but we were always well fed.”
food  politics  policy  economics  foodsecurity  security 
11 days ago by grantpotter
Overcoming Internet Disillusionment: On the Principles of Meme Design - Journal #83 June 2017 - e-flux
The shift from critical consumer to critical producer has come with a price: namely, information inflation.
literacy  culture  technology  web  digitalliteracy  politics  social 
28 days ago by grantpotter
Huawei, Big Brother and Technological Self-Destruction | The Tyee
“If an increasing number of people become fully aware of the threat the technological world poses to man’s personal and spiritual life, and if they determine to assert their freedom by upsetting the course of this evolution, my forecast will be invalidated.”
technology  culture  5g  politics  policy  economics 
4 weeks ago by grantpotter
[Essay] Machine Politics by Fred Turner | Harper's Magazine
By justifying the belief that for-profit systems are the best way to improve public life, it has helped turn the expression of individual experience into raw material that can be mined, processed, and sold.
history  politics  internet  platformcoop  coop  technology  culture 
8 weeks ago by grantpotter
What It Means to Be a Marxist
What Marxism teaches us is simply to approach questions of society from a material basis: how does human life persist? Through production of the goods and services needed to live. How are these things produced under capitalist society? Through exploitation of the labor of the working class, that is, by requiring one class of people to sell their labor as a commodity to another class to produce values. What is the result of this system? That workers are “alienated” from their labor, meaning from much of their waking life, constantly required to produce more and more with an ever-precarious access to the means of subsistence.
politics  economics  marxism  socialism  culture  labour 
december 2018 by grantpotter
The Land That Failed to Fail - The New York Times
Instead, China’s Communist leaders have defied expectations again and again. They embraced capitalism even as they continued to call themselves Marxists. They used repression to maintain power but without stifling entrepreneurship or innovation. Surrounded by foes and rivals, they avoided war, with one brief exception, even as they fanned nationalist sentiment at home. And they presided over 40 years of uninterrupted growth, often with unorthodox policies the textbooks said would fail.
china  economics  politics 
november 2018 by grantpotter
Video: What fascism is...and isn't - boing - Boing Boing BBS
Fascism is an authoritarian oligarchy which uses xenophobia as a rallying tool.
politics  culture  facism 
november 2018 by grantpotter
The End of Trust | Electronic Frontier Foundation
a collection of essays and interviews focusing on issues related to technology, privacy, and surveillance
privacy  surveillance  technology  culture  politics 
november 2018 by grantpotter
Everything You Thought You Knew About Western Civilization Is Wrong: A Review of Michael Hudson’s New Book, And Forgive Them Their Debts | naked capitalism
“Arnold Toynbee,” Hudson writes, “described Rome’s patrician idea of ‘freedom’ or ‘liberty’ as limited to oligarchic freedom from kings or civic bodies powerful enough to check creditor power to indebt and impoverish the citizenry at large. ‘The patrician aristocracy’s monopoly of office after the eclipse of the monarchy [Hudson quotes from Toynbee’s book Hannibal’s Legacy] had been used by the patricians as a weapon for maintaining their hold on the lion’s share of the country’s economic assets; and the plebeian majority of the Roman citizen-body had striven to gain access to public office as a means to securing more equitable distribution of property and a restraint on the oppression of debtors by creditors.’ The latter attempt failed,” Hudson observes, “and European and Western civilization is still living with the aftermath” (p. 262).
economics  politics  debt 
november 2018 by grantpotter
Opinion | The Newest Jim Crow - The New York Times
“It’s tempting to believe that computers will be neutral and objective, but algorithms are nothing more than opinions embedded in mathematics.”
ai  machinelearning  mathematics  math  politics  culture  technology 
november 2018 by grantpotter
Why does Jordan Peterson resonate with white supremacists?
“identity politics” is used as an expression to identify political deviance — to describe political actions defying imbalanced political structures we’ve been conditioned to accept.
politics  culture 
november 2018 by grantpotter
Black Liberation - 1967
Made with the direct participation of Malcolm X and narrated by Ossie Davis, this work of political cinema offers an intense, incendiary vision of black revolution across America.
documentary  history  politics  culture  economics  film  video 
october 2018 by grantpotter
Tax the Rich
markets don’t precede government policy — they’re created by it
politics  culture  taxes  economics 
october 2018 by grantpotter
Jacques Ellul: A Prophet for Our Tech-Saturated Times | The Tyee
resistance meant teaching people how to be conscious amphibians, with one foot in traditional human societies, and to purposefully choose which technologies to bring into their communities.
technology  culture  teaching  learning  Education  politics 
october 2018 by grantpotter
The Suffocation of Democracy | by Christopher R. Browning | The New York Review of Books
Faced with the Mueller investigation into Russian meddling in the US election and collusion with members of his campaign, Trump and his supporters’ first line of defense has been twofold—there was “no collusion” and the claim of Russian meddling is a “hoax.” The second line of defense is again twofold: “collusion is not a crime” and the now-proven Russian meddling had no effect. I suspect that if the Mueller report finds that the Trump campaign’s “collusion” with Russians does indeed meet the legal definition of “criminal conspiracy” and that the enormous extent of Russian meddling makes the claim that it had no effect totally implausible, many Republicans will retreat, either implicitly or explicitly, to the third line of defense: “Better Putin than Hillary.” There seems to be nothing for which the demonization of Hillary Clinton does not serve as sufficient justification, and the notion that a Trump presidency indebted to Putin is far preferable to the nightmare of a Clinton victory will signal the final Republican reorientation to illiberalism at home and subservience to an authoritarian abroad.
politics  culture  history 
october 2018 by grantpotter
The Age of Distraction: reclaiming our attention from technology’s hands
"digital technologies now privilege our impulses over our intentions. As information technologies have enveloped our lives, they have transformed our experiential world into a never-ending flow of novel attentional rewards. "
attention  politics  technology  culture 
june 2018 by grantpotter
Why we should bulldoze the business school| News | The Guardian
"the business school acts as an apologist, selling ideology as if it were science."
highered  education  politics  culture 
june 2018 by grantpotter
The trouble with charitable billionaires | News | The Guardian
“the so-called golden age of philanthropy is also an age of expanding inequality.”
economics  capitalism  politics 
may 2018 by grantpotter
Untitled (
“The most effective forms of censorship today involve meddling with trust and attention, not muzzling speech itself.”
democracy  politics  technology  literacy  digitalliteracy  internet 
january 2018 by grantpotter
Fetishizing Process
"Ultimately, he argues that specific procedures — especially consensus vs. supermajority rule — are substantially less significant as long as the practice is open, inclusive, and respectful."
politics  collaboration  consensus 
june 2017 by grantpotter
Netgain – Home
The Internet has transformed how we connect and engage with the world around us, creating challenges and opportunities in every area of contemporary life. It can be used to foster enlightenment and learning, and to promote justice. It can also be used to exert control, stifle legitimate discourse, and concentrate power in the hands of a few.
culture  politics  technology  web  internet 
june 2017 by grantpotter
Privacy Plan
"we need to decide whether to continue evolving into a surveillance society, or whether to rein in the government’s spying apparatus before more lives are ruined by information disclosures. "
surveillance  privacy  research  report  policy  politics 
june 2017 by grantpotter
Can SCientiStS Speak? An assessment of media policies in Canadian federal science departments for openness of communication
politics  canada  research  highered 
june 2017 by grantpotter
The Reign of 'Terror' -
the rhetoric of terror has been used by those in power not only to sway public opinion, but to direct attention away from their own acts of terror.
politics  canada 
june 2017 by grantpotter
Open Empowerment Initiative
"Open empowerment is self-empowerment enabled by the digital revolution that is scaling faster than institutions, rules and norms can respond."
technology  culture  open  research  politics 
june 2017 by grantpotter
After the Fall: Communiques from Occupied California
After the Fall is a love letter to the insurgent students and workers on California campuses. It is intended to spark excitement and discussion and we encourage students and others to use After the Fall to mobilize forces ahead of the March 4th offensive.
education  culture  resistance  politics  struggle 
june 2017 by grantpotter
The Death of American Universities
The idea is to divide society into two groups. One group is sometimes called the “plutonomy” (a term used by Citibank when they were advising their investors on where to invest their funds), the top sector of wealth, globally but concentrated mostly in places like the United States. The other group, the rest of the population, is a “precariat,” living a precarious existence.
highered  education  culture  politics  history 
june 2017 by grantpotter
The President's Commission Higher Education for Democracy, 1947
"If the ladder of educational opportunity rises high at the doors of some youth and scarcely rises at all at the doors of others, while at the same time formal education is made a prerequisite to occupational and social advance, then education may become the means, not of eliminating race and class distinctions, but of deepening and solidifying them. "
education  politics  policy  highered 
june 2017 by grantpotter
Technology should be used to create social mobility – not to spy on citizens
"There’s an implied max/min problem here: the intersection of a curve representing the amount of wealth you need to spend on guards to maintain stability in the presence of a widening rich/poor gap and the amount you can save on guards by creating social mobility through education, health, and social welfare is the point at which you should stop paying for cops and start paying for hospitals and schools."
technology  surveillance  politics  economics 
june 2017 by grantpotter
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