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Gazing Back at the Surveillance Cameras That Watch Us

Security guards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London didn’t like the look of James Bridle.<p>As he walked around the hotel’s exterior photographing its security cameras, Mr. Bridle — an artist and writer — looked, to them, undoubtedly suspect. Who was he, they wanted to know, and what exactly was he …

UN human rights chief: Trump's attacks on press 'close to incitement of violence'

In the 20th century … feelings were stoked, directed at a vulnerable group for the sake of political gain Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein<p>I would be very suspicious of any commissioner seeking a second term because I’d wonder what deals are being struck Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein<p>Donald Trump’s anti-press rhetoric …

Human Rights

HDEV

High Definition Earth-Viewing System (HDEV)<p>The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) experiment aboard the ISS was activated April 30, 2014. It is …

HD video

Democracy at risk due to fake news and data misuse, MPs conclude

Democracy is at risk unless the government and regulators take urgent action to combat a growing crisis of data manipulation, disinformation and so-called fake news, a parliamentary committee is expected to say.<p>In damning conclusions to a report leaked by former Vote Leave campaign strategist …

Fake News

With ‘Spygate,’ Trump Shows How He Uses Conspiracy Theories to Erode Trust

WASHINGTON — As a candidate, Donald J. Trump claimed that the United States government had known in advance about the Sept. 11 attacks. He hinted that Antonin Scalia, a Supreme Court justice who died in his sleep two years ago, had been murdered. And for years, Mr. Trump pushed the notion that …

Bechdel test

The <b>Bechdel test</b> (/ˈbɛkdəl/ <i>BEK-dəl</i>)[1] is a method for evaluating the portrayal of women in fiction. It asks whether a work features at least two …

Trump and Putin: what we know is damning

In Helsinki, Trump’s true message to Putin is: “Thank you.” And we have no idea what to do about it.<p>On July 27, 2016, Donald Trump mounted a podium in Doral, Florida, and issued a plea. “Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing.”<p>Trump was referring …

Donald Trump

More Recycling Won't Solve Plastic Pollution

It’s a lie that wasteful consumers cause the problem and that changing our individual habits can fix it

Sustainability

The national calamity we don’t hear about – the death of local democracy | John Harris

‘We cannot survive as we are beyond this next financial year. There is no money. I am not crying wolf. I never cry wolf.” So says the Conservative leader of Torbay council, in Devon: a local authority that delivers the full range of services but can no longer function at even the most basic …

Tech, Polyphony & Power - Ella Fitzsimmons [Camp Digital 2018]

Upskirting to become a criminal offence punishable by two years in jail

In the most serious cases, those convicted could be put on sex offender register in England and Wales<p>Upskirting – the taking of surreptitious, sexually intrusive photographs – is to become a specific criminal offence punishable by up to two years in prison.<p>The justice minister Lucy Frazer confirmed …

Jack Schulze and Timo Arnall on the importance of material exploration for designers

Jack Schulze and Timo Arnall on the importance of material exploration and experience design At RealtimeBoard, we regularly talk to designers, …

Facebook says Cambridge Analytica may have gained 37m more users' data

The Facebook data of up to 87 million people – 37 million more than previously reported – may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, the company has revealed.<p>This larger figure was buried in the penultimate paragraph of a blogpost by the company’s chief technology officer, Mike …

Act Now To Shrink The Confidence Gap

<i>By Nancy F. Clark</i><p>There’s been distressed chatter about the gender confidence gap ever since journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman began promoting their new book, <i>The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know</i>. I like to see studies that show how women are …

Academic in Facebook storm worked on Russian 'dark' personality project

MOSCOW/FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The psychologist at the center of a scandal over the misuse of millions of Facebook users’ personal data worked with Russian researchers on a study of toxic personality traits.<p>FILE PHOTO: The sun rises behind the entrance sign to Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park …

St. Petersburg

Hate speech leads to violence. Why would liberals defend it? | Nesrine Malik

Britain’s banning of three rightwing extremists has been criticised, but why not – the right to a platform isn’t absolute<p>The Home Office doesn’t often get it right – but by declining to indulge the muddled preciousness that surrounds the freedom of speech debate, it has done so. In the space of a …

Wednesday briefing: The hidden ‘air war’ on Hillary Clinton

Top story: Data svengali boasts of covert Trump campaign<p>Hello – it’s Warren Murray with the news tailored to fit your morning.<p>Cambridge Analytica’s boasts about covert work to get Donald Trump elected are fuelling outrage against Facebook, while MPs have demanded an explanation in person from Mark …

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica face mounting pressure over data scandal

Growing calls in US and UK for investigations to explain data breach affecting tens of millions<p>Facebook and the analytics company that worked with Donald Trump’s election team have come under mounting pressure, with calls for investigations and hearings to explain a vast data breach that affected …

Donald Trump

Shining a light on the dark arts of political campaigning

Did Facebook ads win the presidency for Donald Trump? Did they cause Brexit? Are they changing the way democracy works?<p>Install Who Targets Me to find …

Strange Attractors and Paths Untrodden

<i>Experiments with chaos + information spaces</i><p><i>The following is adapted from Episode 4 of Artist in the Archive. You can listen to the whole thing</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p>In …

Ursula K. Le Guin: A Rant About "Technology"

A Rant About "Technology"<p>In an interesting and favorable notice of <i>Changing Planes</i> (which you can find elsewhere on the site, in Spanish and English), …

Internet Research #2

1. I’ve always enjoyed Matt’s ‘filtered for’ posts, but I especially enjoyed this turn of phrase:Computer chip architecture is about the regulated …

Inventions

This is an American Workday, By Occupation

I simulated a day for employed Americans to see when and where they work. <b>Read More</b>

Work from Home

German Court Rules Cities Can Ban Vehicles to Tackle Air Pollution

BERLIN — Germany’s highest administrative court ruled on Tuesday that vehicles can be banned from some city streets as part of efforts to improve air quality in urban areas, a decision that could have far-reaching consequences for the country’s automakers and the diesel technology they promoted for …

Does the Illuminati control the world? Maybe it’s not such a mad idea | Julian Baggini

The world is confusing and complex. When we dig for the truth, we flirt with madness<p>If the Illuminati is real, it’s got to be the least secret secret society in the universe. It’s so bad at keeping itself hidden that its existence is proclaimed all over the internet by people whose investigative …

Conspiracies

Be a Pal, My Dudes

A few specific ideas for being a good ally<p>So, we run a workshop to help women reduce the impact of gender bias in the workplace. A commonly asked …

There's Blood In The Water In Silicon Valley

The bad new politics of big tech.

Rude people secretly impress us, even if we don’t really like them

We don’t like rude people.<p>At least, that’s what we tell ourselves. The reality is, we allow them to be rude. On some level, we are impressed by their rudeness. So impressed, in fact, that sometimes we ask them to be president.<p>I’ve spent a year studying rudeness in all its many forms. I’ve looked at …

Penguin Random House

Beware of Google's Intentions

A decade ago, Chicago handed over control of its parking meters to a cadre of private investors. Officials pitched the deal as an innovative win-win. …