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binder
"Turn a GitHub repo into a collection of interactive notebooks powered by Jupyter and Kubernetes."
python  programming  notebook  github  integration 
march 2016
Data science defeats intuition: twin data points is the norm, not the exception - AnalyticBridge
An interesting example of bog standard note that human beings are usually bad at statistics and fail to understand what randomness really means or its effects. I'm not sure how this becomes a win for data science.
data-science  statistics  intuition 
march 2016
Overseas Surveillance in an Interconnected World | Brennan Center for Justice
"Recent debates about privacy and technology have focused on the actions of government agencies inside the U.S. — for example, the Federal Bureau of Investigation's efforts to break encryption on iPhones or the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone records. But in a new report, we found that the NSA's overseas surveillance activities through Executive Order 12333, most of which remain shrouded in secrecy, may have a far great impact on Americans' privacy."
privacy  surveillance  nsa  foreign-policy  intelligence 
march 2016
SHARE
"SHARE is building a free, open, data set about research and scholarly activities across their life cycle."
research  scholarly-communication  infrastructure  altmetrics  open-science 
march 2016
Reflection Stories — Responsible Data Forum
"Through the various Responsible Data Forum events over the past couple of years, we’ve heard many anecdotes of responsible data challenges faced by people or organizations. These include potentially harmful data management practices, situations where people have experienced gut feelings that there is potential for harm, or workarounds that people have created to avoid those situations. But we feel that trading in these “war stories” isn’t the most useful way for us to learn from these experiences as a community. Instead, we have worked with our communities to build a set of Reflection Stories: a structured knowledge base on the unforeseen challenges and (sometimes) negative consequences of using technology and data for social change. W"
data  ethics  big-data  reflection  story 
march 2016
Limitless Worker Surveillance by Ifeoma Ajunwa, Kate Crawford, Jason Schultz :: SSRN
"From the Pinkerton private detectives of the 1850s, to the closed-circuit cameras and email monitoring of the 1990s, to contemporary apps that quantify the productivity of workers, American employers have increasingly sought to track the activities of their employees. Along with economic and technological limits, the law has always been presumed as a constraint on these surveillance activities. Recently, technological advancements in several fields – data analytics, communications capture, mobile device design, DNA testing, and biometrics – have dramatically expanded capacities for worker surveillance both on and off the job. At the same time, the cost of many forms of surveillance has dropped significantly, while new technologies make the surveillance of workers even more convenient and accessible. This leaves the law as the last meaningful avenue to delineate boundaries for worker surveillance. In this Article, we examine the effectiveness of the law as a check on worker surveillance, given recent technological innovations. In particular, we focus on two popular trends in worker tracking – productivity apps and worker wellness programs – to argue that current legal constraints are insufficient and may leave American workers at the mercy of 24/7 employer monitoring. We then propose a new comprehensive framework for worker privacy protections that should withstand current and future trends."
law  surveillance  work  privacy 
march 2016
Glaciers, gender, and science
Paper has been criticized by global warming denialists as political correctness run amok. "Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change. However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers – particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge – remain understudied. This paper thus proposes a feminist glaciology framework with four key components: 1) knowledge producers; (2) gendered science and knowledge; (3) systems of scientific domination; and (4) alternative representations of glaciers. Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions."
geography  glaciers  feminism  sts  science  political-correctness  controversy 
march 2016
The three party system — Crooked Timber
"There are three major political forces in contemporary politics in developed countries: tribalism, neoliberalism and leftism (defined in more detail below). Until recently, the party system involved competition between different versions of neoliberalism. Since the Global Financial Crisis, neoliberals have remained in power almost everywhere, but can no longer command the electoral support needed to marginalise both tribalists and leftists at the same time. So, we are seeing the emergence of a three-party system, which is inherently unstable because of the Condorcet problem and for other reasons."
politics  political-science  sociology  partisanship 
march 2016
How Donald Trump Could Beat Hillary Clinton | The Nation
"In the general election, he could win by running to her left—and her right."
politics  campaign  2016  prediction  election  trade  liberal 
march 2016
Would You Give All Your Personal Data to Science? -- Science of Us
Intriguing comparison between large-scale social science and Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
social-science  big-data  longitudinal  quantification 
march 2016
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