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Watch VICE News Tonight's full episode "Charlottesville: Race and Terror" – VICE News (Aug 2017)
On Saturday hundreds of white nationalists, alt-righters, and neo-Nazis traveled to Charlottesville, Virginia, to participate in the “Unite the Right” rally. By Saturday evening three people were dead – one protester and two police officers – and many more injured.
racism  politics  activism  extremism  BLM 
july 2018
Tropy
Take control of your research photos with Tropy, a tool that shortens the path from finding archival sources to writing about them. Spend more time using your research photos, and less time searching for them.
photography  research  tools 
july 2018
The Link Between Racism and PTSD | Psychology Today
Racism-related experiences can range from frequent ambiguous “microaggressions” to blatant hate crimes and physical assault. Racial microaggressions are subtle, yet pervasive acts of racism; these can be brief remarks, vague insults, or even non-verbal exchanges, such as a scowl or refusal to sit next to a Black person on the subway. When experiencing microaggressions, the target loses vital mental resources trying figure out the intention of one committing the act. These events may happen frequently, making it difficult to mentally manage the sheer volume of racial stressors. The unpredictable and anxiety-provoking nature of the events, which may be dismissed by others, can lead to victims feeling as if they are “going crazy.” Chronic fear of these experiences may lead to constant vigilance or even paranoia, which over time may result in traumatization or contribute to PTSD when a more stressful event occurs later (Carter, 2007). In fact, one study of female veterans found that African Americans scored higher on measures of ideas of persecution and paranoia, which the authors attributed to an adaptive response to racism (C’de Baca, Castillo, & Qualls, 2012).
hate  racism  study  violence  harassment 
july 2018
Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men… — ProPublica
Facebook has used these rules to train its "content reviewers" to decide whether to delete or allow posts. Facebook says the exact wording of its rules may have changed slightly in more recent versions. ProPublica recreated the slides.
facebook  racism  algorithm  race  censorship  hate  moderation 
july 2018
How Social Media Silences Debate - The New York Times (2014)
The Internet, it seems, is contributing to the polarization of America, as people surround themselves with people who think like them and hesitate to say anything different. Internet companies magnify the effect, by tweaking their algorithms to show us more content from people who are similar to us.
socialmedia  politics  filterbubble  democracy  PEW 
july 2018
Did Media Literacy Backfire? – Data & Society: Points (Jan. 2017)
In the United States, we’re moving towards tribalism, and we’re undoing the social fabric of our country through polarization, distrust, and self-segregation. And whether we like it or not, our culture of doubt and critique, experience over expertise, and personal responsibility is pushing us further down this path.
Media literacy asks people to raise questions and be wary of information that they’re receiving. People are. Unfortunately, that’s exactly why we’re talking past one another.
fakenews  facebookworldtakeover  facebook  news  election  digitalliteracy  boyd 
may 2018
Life of Objects: An Interview with Mary Mattingly - Art in America
I’ve been bundling my possessions into these boulder-like forms. Composed of computers, photographs, books and clothing, the sculptures are extremely heavy and cumbersome, which makes moving them arduous and Sisyphean.
nonhuman  objects  consumersociety  materiality  trash  hoarding  art 
april 2018
Grid by Example
This site is a collection of examples, video and other information to help you learn CSS Grid Layout.
css  grids  webdesign 
april 2018
Withering Under the White Gaze: The Hart Family Tragedy
“As if our lives have no meaning and no depth without the white gaze,” Morrison says.
The white gaze is the product of a culture that automatically centers whiteness and gives white people the benefit of the doubt. This is why, for days after the deadly crash, some people were refusing to even entertain the possibility of foul play because it did not compute with the familiar “white savior” narrative Jennifer and Sarah embodied.
blackness  race  whiteness 
april 2018
What smartphone photography is doing to our memories - Vox
“Just taking photos in general was enough to decrease scores on a memory test,” says Emma Templeton, a Dartmouth psychological researcher who was a co-author of the study.

Why? The simple answer is that the camera is a distraction. “It could just be that we’re using these devices, distracting ourselves from the experience, and because of that distraction, we don’t remember the thing we’re supposed to be paying attention to,” says Templeton.

And because of the ubiquity of smartphones, “we’ve just inserted into our daily lives potentially a giant source of distraction.”
photography  cellphones  memory  socialmedia  attention 
april 2018
A healthcare algorithm started cutting care, and no one knew why - The Verge (2018)
Algorithmic tools like the one Arkansas instituted in 2016 are everywhere from health care to law enforcement, altering lives in ways the people affected can usually only glimpse, if they know they’re being used at all. Even if the details of the algorithms are accessible, which isn’t always the case, they’re often beyond the understanding even of the people using them, raising questions about what transparency means in an automated age, and concerns about people’s ability to contest decisions made by machines.
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Idaho has since agreed to improve the tool and create a system that Eppink says will be more “transparent, understandable, and fair.” He says there might be an ideal formula out there that, when the right variables are entered, has gears that turn without friction, allocating assistance in the perfect way. But if the system is so complex that it’s impossible to make intelligible for the people it’s affecting, it’s not doing its job, Eppink argues. “You have to be able to understand what a machine did.”
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No one seemed able to answer basic questions about the process. “The nurses said, ‘It’s not me; it’s the computer,’” De Liban says.
tags: healthcare algorithm machineagency agency rhetoric
march 2018
'Utterly horrifying': ex-Facebook insider says covert data harvesting was routine | News | The Guardian
“It was well understood in the company that that presented a risk,” he said. “Facebook was giving data of people who had not authorised the app themselves, and was relying on terms of service and settings that people didn’t read or understand.”
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Parakilas said he lobbied internally at Facebook for “a more rigorous approach” to enforcing data protection, but was offered little support.
facebook  privacy  facebookworldtakeover  data  election  terms 
march 2018
How your Facebook 'likes' helped Trump steal the 2016 election | Will Bunch - Philly
What does political cyber warfare look like? As you might imagine, pretty ugly. In an election where most voters’ preferences are deeply rooted, a campaign like the one engineered by Cambridge Analytica tried to tap into the psychology of the voters who could most easily be peeled away from Trump’s opponent Hillary Clinton — young people who might be convinced to vote third-party, or blacks who’d been enthusiastic about Barack Obama but could be discouraged from showing up in 2016. Data seemingly as trivial as what sneakers or candy bars you like helped develop profiles of the persuadable.
facebook  facebookworldtakeover  election  democracy  data  psychology  fakenews 
march 2018
Thinking About Google Search As A Colonial Tool – Joshua Adams – Medium
3/17/19 - So how do prevailing ideas about the democratic potential of the internet and search engines blind us from the ways these tools privilege the values, beliefs, ideologies, and ontologies of the Western world? Though these are serious topics that deserve thoughtful study and research, they show the how digitals tools can reinforce oppressive social structures.
google  postcolonial  algorithm  search  democracy  society  race 
march 2018
On YouTube Kids, Startling Videos Slip Past Filters - The New York Times
“Algorithms are not a substitute for human intervention, and when it comes to creating a safe environment for children, you need humans,” Mr. Golin said.
Nov. 2017
algorithm  youtube  platforms  moderation  youth 
march 2018
YouTube Restores Account For Far-Right Activist Jerome Corsi
March 2018

“Debate and let ideas rise to the top in the marketplace of ideas”
moderation  youtube  conservatism  politics  speech  censorship 
march 2018
This Design Generation Has Failed
We need to slow. The. Fuck. Down. And pay attention to what we’re actually designing. We’re releasing new things into the world faster than Trump is causing scandals.
design  users  ethics  interface  error  userfriendliness  ucd 
february 2018
Trump's real plan for 2018 - Axios
A source close to the White House tells me that with an eye to getting Republicans excited about voting for Republicans in midterms, the president this year will be looking for "unexpected cultural flashpoints" — like the NFL and kneeling — that he can latch onto in person and on Twitter.
election  politics  postman  publicsphere  public_opinion  hate  twitter 
february 2018
Web Design - The First 100 Years
We take better care of scrap paper than we do of the early Internet, because at least we look at scrap paper before we throw it away.

This vision holds that the Web is only a necessary first step to a brighter future. In order to fix the world with software, we have to put software hooks into people's lives. Everything must be instrumented, quantified, and networked. All devices, buildings, objects, and even our bodies must become "smart" and net-accessible.

Then we can get working on optimizing the hell out of life.
media_history  internet 
january 2018
Olia Lialina: Vernacular Web 2
The space that we’ve researched as a new medium for the last ten years has turned into the most mass medium of them all. Nothing more than a mass medium, permeating our daily lives to the point of becoming invisible. Its numerous users are busy working, having a good time or expressing themselves, and they have almost perfect tools and services at their disposal. Connection never breaks, distinction between a server and a hard disk, between your desktop and that of another person has almost vanished, and there’s nothing that could contribute to the development of user-media relationship, nothing to provoke us.
webdesign  internet  users  userfriendliness  platforms  computing_history  1990s 
january 2018
The Elements Of Style: UNIX As Literature
But the most recurrent complaint was that it was too text-oriented. People really hated the command line, with all the utilities, obscure flags, and arguments they had to memorize. They hated all the typing. One mislaid character and you had to start over. Interestingly, this complaint came most often from users of the GUI-laden Macintosh or Windows platforms. People who had slaved away on DOS batch scripts or spent their days on character-based terminals of multiuser non-UNIX machines were less likely to express the same grievance.
macintosh  interface  userfriendliness  unix  code  difficulty 
january 2018
Hawaii missile alert: How one employee ‘pushed the wrong button’ and caused a wave of panic - The Washington Post
From a drop-down menu on a computer program, he saw two options: “Test missile alert” and “Missile alert.” He was supposed to choose the former; as much of the world now knows, he chose the latter, an initiation of a real-life missile alert.
design  ux  users  webdesign 
january 2018
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