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The Devastating Consequences of Being Poor in the Digital Age

Mary Madden discussing the privacy and security violations that occur in our increasingly digitized society. This is increasingly true for marginalized and vulnerable populations. The poor experience these two extremes — hypervisibility and invisibility — while often lacking the agency or resources to challenge unfair outcomes. Madden draws on work that focused on privacy perceptions…

Think You’re Discreet Online? Think Again

Zeynep Tufekci talking about the digital residue we leave behind as we use digital tools and spaces. There is the narrative that “as long as you’re careful online” you’ll be okay. As Tufekci indicates, there is no longer any chance of “opting out” of challenges in these spaces. Because of technological advances and the sheer…

Putting Down Your Phone May Help You Live Longer

A look at the connections between device use and hormone levels in our bodies. Specifically, Catherine Price is examining connections to dopamine and cortisol. Dopamine is neurotransmitter that is viewed by popular culture and the media as being “the main chemical of pleasure.” But, recent research in pharmacology suggests that dopamine may instead be connected…

My TED talk: how I took on the tech titans in their lair

The reporter who broke the Cambridge Analytica–Facebook scandal has taken down the tech giants for undermining democracy. In a TED Talk in Vancouver, Carole Cadwalladr called out the “gods of Silicon Valley” for their role in helping authoritarians consolidate their power in different countries. Some quotes from the TED talk Facebook, you were on the wrong side…

Privacy is too big to understand

As part of his Privacy Project newsletter, Charlie Warner talks about the challenges of defining and discussing privacy in current contexts. “Privacy” is an impoverished word — far too small a word to describe what we talk about when we talk about the mining, transmission, storing, buying, selling, use and misuse of our personal information.…

Facebook’s Head of Product Leaves After Privacy Pivot

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg published a manifesto about privacy that offered up a new direction for the company, one based on encrypted messaging & the interoperability of all of the messaging platforms within Facebook. A shift to move the company toward a future dominated not by public feeds but by private, encrypted messaging. Chris Cox, the Chief Product…

Social Media Are a Mass Shooter’s Best Friend

Ian Bogost on how technology platforms police content. Global internet services were designed to work this way, and there might be no escape from their grip. The internet was designed to resist the efforts of any central authority to control its content—even when a few large, wealthy companies control the channels by which most users…

The Shooter’s Manifesto Was Designed to Troll

Taylor Lorenz on the horrific mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.  In the hours after the horrific mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, people desperately searched the internet for any sign of a motive or meaning behind the attack. Early Friday, a number of unverified social-media posts surfaced, along…

A Mass Murder of, & for, the Internet

Kevin Roose on the mass murders in Christchurch, New Zealand. People used to conceive of “online extremism” as distinct from the extremism that took form in the physical world. If anything, the racism and bigotry on internet message boards felt a little less dangerous than the prospect of Ku Klux Klan marches or skinhead rallies.Now,…

The oxygen of amplification

Report on Better Practices for Reporting on Extremists, Antagonists, and Manipulators by Whitney Phillips. The Oxygen of Amplification: Better Practices for Reporting on Extremists, Antagonists, and Manipulators Online draws on in-depth interviews by scholar Whitney Phillips to showcase how news media was hijacked from 2016 to 2018 to amplify the messages of hate groups. The Oxygen of…