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Weizenbaum examines computers and society - The Tech
I think the computer has from the beginning been a fundamentally conservative force. It has made possible the saving of institutions pretty much as they were, which otherwise might have had to be changed. For example, banking. Superficially, it looks as if banking has been revolutionized by the computer. But only very superficially. Consider that, say 20, 25 years ago, the banks were faced with the fact that the population was growing at a very rapid rate, many more checks would be written than before, and so on. Their response was to bring in the computer. By the way, I helped design the first computer banking system in the United States, for the Bank of America 25 years ago.
computers  programming  business  politics  history  technology  via:jomc 
11 weeks ago by ignatz
The CIA's communications suffered a catastrophic compromise
According to the former intelligence official, once the Iranian double agent showed Iranian intelligence the website used to communicate with his or her CIA handlers, they began to scour the internet for websites with similar digital signifiers or components — eventually hitting on the right string of advanced search terms to locate other secret CIA websites.
google  security  infosec  cia  via:jomc 
november 2018 by ignatz
My Summer on the Content Farm – The Awl
"I was to be an intermediary between the web at large and the raw, reliably weird substance that results from the unlikely union of algorithmically created topic assignments and writers of, shall we say, widely variable competence. "
content-farm  demand  writing  doom  via:jomc 
july 2017 by ignatz
The Case Against Contemporary Feminism - The New Yorker
I worked as an editor at Jezebel, a site that, when it was founded, in 2007, helped to define online feminism—and served ever afterward as a somewhat abstracted target for women who criticized contemporary feminism from the left. These critics didn’t usually recognize how quickly the center is always moving, and Crispin has the same problem. Much of what she denounces—“outrage culture,” empowerment marketing, the stranglehold that white women have on the public conversation—has already been critiqued at length by the young feminist mainstream.
feminism  via:jomc 
february 2017 by ignatz
454 W 23rd St New York, NY 10011—2157 - List of shibboleth names
List of shibboleth names
by which the privileged judge their inferiors
language  class  shibboleth  via:jomc 
february 2015 by ignatz

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