Friction-Free Racism

Chris Gilliard in Real Life Magazine. All annotations in context. Questions about the inclusivity of engineering and computer science departments have been going on for quite some time. Several current “innovations” coming out of these fields, many rooted in facial recognition, are indicative of how scientific racism has long been embedded in apparently neutral attempts…

Hey mom, did you see this? Camps are using facial recognition, latest use of controversial tech

More than 100 summer camps are using facial recognition technology to help parents catch a glimpse of their kids when they’re away at camp, a convenience that also raises privacy concerns over the increasing reach of surveillance in society. I first encountered this technology at a recent road race. I'll have a post on my questions/concerns soon. Venture…

Effortless Slippage

Fascinating look at the dimensions of citizenship in current and future networked systems by Ingrid Burrington. Some passages of interest: The historical maps made of the internet—and, later, the maps of the world made by the internet—are both reflection and instrument of the ideologies and entanglements of the networked world. They are one way we might navigate…

Who should hold the keys to our data?

An interesting look at the reinvigorated debate around ownership of our data and digital identity. Some powerful quotes: Politicians, entrepreneurs, academics, even bureaucrats spend an awful lot of time these days lecturing each other about data. There is big data, personal data, open data, aggregate data and anonymised data. Each variety has issues: where does…

Palantir Knows Everything About You

Palantir, a data-mining company created by Peter Thiel, is aiding government agencies by tracking American citizens using the War on Terror, Bloomberg reports. From the report: The company's engineers and products don't do any spying themselves; they're more like a spy's brain, collecting and analyzing information that's fed in from the hands, eyes, nose, and ears.…

Rethinking the Simple Bare Necessities

Great points as always from Aaron. I have not seen the FANGS moniker before, and have to say that I like it. This also raises (for me) questions about whether or not there is room for new tech startups given the way that the "FANGS" buy out, develop out, or "aqui-hire" new startups and ideas,…