Tag: identity

Digitally Literate #203

Know the WhyDigitally Lit #203 – 6/29/2019 Hi all, my name is Ian O’Byrne and welcome to issue #203 of Digitally Literate. In this newsletter I distill the news of the week in technology into an easy-to-read resource. Thank you for reading. Please subscribe if you haven’t already. This week I was busy helping to…

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…

Online activists are silencing us, scientists say

Researchers say social media activists’ thought-policing is having a chilling effect on pursuing cures for diseases. Advocates on social media are targeting scientists who release studies that don’t fit into their views on the diseases, going so far as to wishing for the demise of their careers because of a research paper. Scientists say it…

Phantom You [Tube]: Fighting Our Digital Doubles

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6C4KPHcSOA&lc=z23pth4opxeawfnm4acdp43acmzboskt3fh31n4lnkxw03c010c.1552656695569650 With our online and offline lives becoming increasingly connected, to what extent do we create our own other? And to what effect? Since the 1990s, horror and sci-fi have considered how we might create our own worst enemy – and the friendly face of this dystopian future is yours. SOURCE: What’s so great about…

Autocomplete Presents the Best Version of You

It is interesting to see how individuals continue to modify their behaviors to fit the abilities of technology…as opposed to tech modifying to meet the needs of people. In eight years, we’ve gone from Damn You Autocorrect to treating the strip of three predicted words as a sort of wacky but charming oracle. But when we try…

Want to own your data? Start by owning your identity

The map of our identity is often linked to physical and digital artifacts. We not only have birth certificates, and ID cards…we also have digital proof of identity. In digital spaces, we often have multiple identities that we need to create, and attend to. Since the advent of the internet, the need to create identities has…

Representation and the internet with Franchesca Ramsey

Representation and the internet with Franchesca Ramsey

In season three, episode five of the IRL podcast, Veronica Belmont and Franchesca Ramsey meet the people working to make the web — and the world — friendlier places for you, me and everyone else. The animated video shared above is a clip from this episode.  

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

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

More than 100 summer camps have added a high-tech solution feature 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.

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

Effortless Slippage – e-flux Architecture – e-flux (e-flux.com)

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?

Who should hold the keys to our data? | Nigel Shadbolt and Roger Hampson (the Guardian)

The Observer’s Facebook revelations reignited debates about ownership of our details. But while we seek privacy in parts of our digital life, open data elsewhere could be a force for good

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…