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“Black Mirror” Reveals Our Fear of Robots and Algorithms We Can’t Control
“It’d be nice to imagine a future in which robots like the SpotMini are used to help us around the house, rather than hunt down and kill our fellow humans as they flee in terror. If the nightmare future depicted in shows like “Black Mirror” can be avoided, it will only come by asserting public oversight of the Silicon Valley companies whose policies are dictating the future shape of our societies — as well as our personal lives.”
indie  radar  blackmirror  technology  regulation  robots  robodog  bostondynamics 
january 2018 by laurakalbag
Consulting Adult: "Misogyny in the Valley"
“Successful” behaviors in corporate America were set by men, based upon how men use their brains and how they interact. Women do not readily fit into the corporate culture created by men, which values only the standards set by them. Alternate models of workplace skills are not yet understood and appreciated. Prevailing thought has always assumed that stereotypical male work behaviors are empirically proven to be winning behaviors.  
women  equality  inequality  technology  industry  approach  indie  indieroundup  4april15  culture 
april 2015 by laurakalbag
Pax Dickinson: Business Insider CTO forced out for sexist, racist tweets.
“Yesterday, some people read these tweets, retweeted them, and wrote stories about them. “I've been expecting this to happen for a long time,” Dickinson tweeted as the opposition kicked into gear. “With me, they don't just disagree. It quickly morphs into trying to threaten my job.” Today Dickinson is no longer the CTO of Business Insider.” By Amanda Hess on Slate
sexism  racism  diversity  technology  industry  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Why men interrupt women
“Just like mansplaining, manterruption is all about gender politics. The phenomenon reflects the belief that women are worth less, socially, than men, and that their voices are more important.” By S.E Smith on The Daily Dot
technology  diversity  women  genderpolitics  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
UK spies keep data on race, political views and more
“The report’s big surprise, though, was the first official disclosure of the existence of the agencies’ bulk personal datasets, described by the committee as “large databases containing personal information about a wide range of people”, and used to identify people, establish links, and analyse behaviour and connections. The more sensitive information in these datasets covers things like racial or ethnic origin, religion, political views, medical conditions, sexual orientation and so on.” By David Meyer on TechEU
eu  technology  policy  government  surveillance  gchq  nsa  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
To Truly Change Diversity In Tech, Follow The Money
“Kapor and other diversity-minded investors say that at the investment level, diversity does, in fact, affect the rest of the technology industry. VCs—94% of whom are male and mostly white, according to a Diana Project report—hold a lot of power that isn't being used well enough” By Jennifer Elias on Fast Company
diversity  women  technology  venturecapital  startups  indie  indieroundup  notincluded 
march 2015 by laurakalbag
Why are women leaving the tech industry in droves?
“That's a huge problem for the tech economy. According to the industry group, computing jobs will more than double by 2020, to 1.4 million. If women continue to leave the field, an already dire shortage of qualified tech workers will grow worse.” By Tracey Lien on the LA Times.
diversity  women  technology  industry  indie  indieroundup  27feb2015 
february 2015 by laurakalbag
Defending Human Rights in a Digital Age - Live Blogging from Goldsmiths
We were lucky to attend this panel last night in London. Fantastic discussion on technology, privacy, security, democracy and human rights.
technology  privacy  security  democracy  humanrights  indie  indieroundup  27feb2015  goverment  surveillance  corporatesurveillance 
february 2015 by laurakalbag

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