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Facebook’s cryptocurrency will reportedly be announced this month

Social media giant Facebook is reportedly planning to announce its cryptocurrency, GlobalCoin, later this month, June 2019. Facebook also indicated they could even allow employees working on the project to accept payment in the cryptocurrency, which is said to be a stablecoin pegged to the US dollar. According to The Information (via CNBC), the company will let users…

Facebook shareholders try and fail to limit Mark Zuckerberg’s power

As a regular reader of my newsletter (subscribe here), you’ve been a witness to the relentless stories of Facebook playing fast and loose with user data, identity, security. Facebook then obfuscates, hides, and then slow-walks a response and possible changes. This is followed by returning to their earlier habits and repeating the cycle again months…

Asimov’s Laws of Robotics, and why AI may not abide by them

A great thought piece by Hans A. Gunno, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Engineer studying at the University of Southampton. First, a refresher on the three laws of robotics. Isaac Asimov (1920–1992) was, in addition to being a professor of biochemistry, considered one of the “Big Three” science fiction writers of his time. In the mid-1900s, he…

How to Be a ‘Gardener’ Parent

Gopnik, a psychology and philosophy professor at the University of California, Berkeley, is author of the book “The Gardener and the Carpenter: What the New Science of Child Development Tells Us About the Relationship Between Parents and Children,” in which she describes two distinct type of parents: gardeners and carpenters. The Gardener Parent vs. the…

Racial Literacy and the Potential for the Tech World

An interview with Dr. Howard Stevenson from the series on racial literacy & tech from Data & Society Faculty Fellow Jessie Daniels. This is the first interview in a series on racial literacy and tech, curated by Data & Society 2018–19 Faculty Fellow Jessie Daniels. It expands on ideas from her new paper Advancing Racial Literacy…

Cambridge Analytica: A Case Study In Behaviorism Run Amok

Craig Axford making the case that the news about Cambridge Analytica and their data collection on around 50 million users is not a new story at all. However, such manipulation has been playing an increasingly overt role in our society since the early 20th century. Axford begins with a quote by Jason Stanley from his…