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Change Blindness

Welcome to Digitally Literate, issue #376. I worked on the following this week: The Dangers of Unchecked Algorithms – A Review of Weapons of Math Destruction – Weapons of Math Destruction explores how algorithms are being used to make important decisions about people’s lives, often without transparency or oversight. O’Neil reveals how algorithms can automate…

Start Often F*@k Achievements

Hello there. Here is Digitally Literate, issue #312. This week I worked on a lot of things in the background. If you haven’t already, please subscribe if you would like this newsletter to show up in your inbox. Reach out and say hello at hello@digitallyliterate.net. Watch on YouTube NYC’s nonprofit DIY internet is taking on…

Honest Signals of Intelligence

Welcome back all! As a reminder, our chapter, Co-constructing Digital Futures, is available for #OpenReview as part of the @mitpress Works in Progress program. Katie Paciga, Elizabeth Stevens, Kristen Turner and I worked with our children to understand privacy, security, and algorithms. This is published through MIT Press using an open peer review process. You…

Gift of Chaos Within You

Welcome back. This week I was tenured and promoted…and then bought a house. Oh…and I got the first shot of two of the COVID vaccine. Upgrades!!! This week I also posted the following: Our Magnum Opus – Share a walk in your world. WalkMyWorld Learning Event 8. Our Magnum Opus. The World Is Yours. What…

49% of all Google searches are no-click, study finds

A rich data set from analysis conducted by SparkToro. Zero-click searches have steadily risen over the past three years, up from 12% in 2016 to 48.96% in 2019. No click, or zero-click, searches are a search engine result page (SERP) that displays the answer to a user’s query at the top of a Google search…

Google tracks your movements, like it or not

Google tracks your movements, like it or not (apnews.com)

Google wants to know where you go so badly that it records your movements even when you explicitly tell it not to.

Location tracking services have been built in to Google Maps, and most specifically Android phones for some time. Google added the ability to turn location tracking off. An investigation by the Associated Press found that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve used a privacy setting that says…

How the Math Men Overthrew the Mad Men

How the Math Men Overthrew the Mad Men (The New Yorker)

Advertising has always been about the search for perfect targeting data, paving the way for the annihilating power of Google and Facebook.

Once, Mad Men ruled advertising. They’ve now been eclipsed by Math Men—the engineers and data scientists whose province is machines, algorithms, pureed data, and artificial intelligence. Yet Math Men are beleaguered, as Mark Zuckerberg demonstrated when he humbled himself before Congress, in April. Math Men’s adoration of data—coupled with their truculence and an arrogant conviction that their…

How did Google get so big?

How did Google get so big? (cbsnews.com)

60 Minutes reports on the power of Google, a company whose critics say has stifled competition

Interesting look at Google on 60 Minutes. Some pull quotes: People tell their search engines things they wouldn’t even tell their wives. I mean, it’s a very powerful and yet very intimate technology. And that gives the company that controls it a mind-boggling degree of control over our entire society.   Google wields enormous power…