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Robotics for Good [...]

> sustainably scale the positive impact of robotics across multiple social good sectors...

 

The Engine Room’s Advent Calendar 2016 [...]

Organisational advent calendars - highlighting top findings throughout the year. This one from The Engine Room, inspired by the Wikipedia Advent Calendar. > Counting down to Christmas with some of our top learnings and findings from 2016....

 

guifi.net, DIY Wireless Network [...]

A user owned network for internet access. guifi.net is a user-owned, open and neutral network in which a growing community of volunteers can connect their computers to form a sort of intranet and, at the same time, share an Internet connection. The non-profit network is free, minus any individual costs for networking equipment, and anyone is allowed to join and use it...

 

Linux preloaded [...]

A handy list of laptop vendors where the machines come preloaded with Linux. https://linuxpreloaded.com/...

 

Data Science Venn Diagrams [...]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="528"] The Data Science Venn Diagram by Drew Conway[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Data Scientist Venn Diagram by Stephan Kolassa[/caption] (more…)...

 

Help:: Getting Started / Day One [...]

Most people find that using Wikity to bookmark is a good place to start. The following video shows how you can bookmark with Wikity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IGbiATzsY Note that in the video the bookmark says 'Bkmrk' but in recent versions says 'Wik-it'. The editor has also been upgraded...

 

Sci-fi examples of Four Futures [...]

Four Futures by Peter Frase outlines some possible futures after capitalism, with a view to automation and the effects it could have. The futures are communism, rentism, socialism, and exterminism. This review on Goodreads has some examples of sci-fi renditions of these different types of future. > Communism: Star Trek, Corey Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magical...

 

Nick Srnicek on platform coops [...]

Nick Srnicek spoke at Newspeak House with Michael Roberts on the topic of technology, capitalism, and class.  We were encouraged to think about whether 'full unemployment' is desirable; how we could change the over zealous importance given to work ethic; and what technologies we should promote to bring about a post-work world.   As I've been reading about pl...

 

Climate change vs capitalism [...]

Solving climate change requires the end of capitalism.Michael Roberts at talk at Newspeak House. Same idea as expressed by Naomi Klein in This Changes Everything....

 

Is technology neutral [...]

"technology doesn’t dictate outcomes. Rather, it sets the parameters of possibility. Utopia is an option, but the robots alone won’t get us there. " https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/24/four-futures-life-after-capitalism-peter-frase-review-robots...

 

Ansible Portability [...]

Ansible is nicely portable. If you have a playbook, you can use it build a container, a dev VM with vagrant, a cloud instance on e.g. digitalocean, or even on bare metal machine. > Ansible Playbooks are portable. If you build a container with a pure Dockerfile, it means that the only way you can reproduce that application is in a Docker container. If you build a c...

 

Mirai Botnet [...]

Botnet which makes use of insecure connected IoT devices. > Mirai (Japanese for "the future") is malware that turns computer systems running Linux into remotely controlled "bots", that can be used as part of a botnet in large-scale network attacks. It primarily targets online consumer devices such as remote cameras and home routers.[1] )...

 

Eight Photographs [...]

> In November, 2014, Norma broke up with Morcos. He barraged her with texts, sometimes telling her that she needed to talk to him because his mother was deathly ill. (This was a lie.) Other texts threatened to post online her intimate photographs. A few months later, Norma received a text message from a stranger, who said that he’d seen her page on PornHub, one of t...

 

Harassment Silences Online Voices [...]

> This assessment came from a participant in my study on online harassment—a young woman of color living in a low-income neighborhood in New York City. Her tone was only half-ironic. While she faces plenty of challenges in her daily life, the digital world worries her more. She’s scared of being harassed for what she posts online, having personal photos hacked and...

 

Light Rail Ransomware [...]

> San Francisco Municipal Railway riders got an unexpected surprise this weekend after the system’s computerized fare systems were apparently hacked. According to the San Francisco Examiner, the MUNI system had been attacked on Friday afternoon. > > MUNI riders were greeted with printed "Out of Service" and "Metro Free" signs on ticket machines on late on Friday an...

 

Chicago Mayer Pays BIG For Trying To Make ‘Sanctuary City’ For Immigrants – American News [...]

Posted by [[American News]], a conservative site supporting Trump. Claims Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose name the article mis-spells (along with 'mayor') said that Chicago would be a "sanctuary city". Emanuel did say this, although he did not pay big. The article claims that he can be prosecuted under law and sentenced to up to 10 years of prison under section 13...

 

Why Ansible? [...]

Ansible automates server provisioning. You give it provisioning 'playbooks' and it executes it all over SSH to your remote host. This article gives an overview of how to provision a server with a Wordpress app installed on a digitalocean droplet. > Ansible is an automation tool for provisioning, application deployment, and configuration management. Gone are the d...

 

Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election [...]

> Russia’s increasingly sophisticated propaganda machinery — including thousands of botnets, teams of paid human “trolls,” and networks of websites and social-media accounts — echoed and amplified right-wing sites across the Internet[...] > “They want to essentially erode faith in the U.S. government or U.S. government interests,” said Clint Watts,...

 

Misleading since 1719: the historic opossum mom tail meme [...]

The commonly accepted image of baby opposums riding on their mother's back, with their tails hanging from hers which is pointed towards her head, actually has little scientific basis. It seems to be an early example of a meme - a contagious, self-contained idea. This meme was both started and debunked long ago and yet persists in popular perception to this day. (http...

 

Fudged image: historic illustration shows cocoa pod on stem [...]

Call it the fake news of the colonial era. Today, it is commonly known that the fruit of the cocoa tree is unusual: it does not grow on the branches, but hangs directly from the trunk on a short stem. But in the time after Europeans learned of such tropical plants, but before photography and before they were successfully grown in Europe, botanical illustrators tried t...

 

bower vs npm+webpack/browserify [...]

Seems to be a movement away from Bower and towards just npm and webpack or browserify. > In almost all cases, it's more appropriate to use Browserify and npm over Bower. It is simply a better packaging solution for front-end apps than Bower is. At Spotify, we use npm to package entire web modules (html, css, js) and it works very well....

 

GitLab vs GitHub [...]

Seems like GitLab is gaining more traction as a possible alternative to GitHub. Everything else aside, the fact that GitHub is closed source is a very interesting point to consider. > Partly as an experiment, partly because we've been using it at work for a while and I've been using it for private projects (you get unlimited private projects for free!) and I've be...

 

Exhibiting your art is like working a peep show [...]

> Monique Atherton will convert the project room into a live peep show booth, inviting viewers to communicate with her through the window of a soundproof booth by picking up a telephone and paying a small fee.  The conversation will begin once the money is placed into the slot at the rate of $1 per minute and end abruptly when time runs out.  The conversation can...

 

Machine Learning [...]

# Heading Subheading List * 1 * 2 * 3  ...

 

Shared value in platform coops [...]

"Platform cooperatives share value with the people who make them valuable.  Platform cooperatives combine a cooperative business structure with an online platform to deliver a real-world service. What if Uber was owned and governed by its drivers? What if Airbnb was owned and governed by its hosts?" http://www.shareable.net/blog/how-platform-coops-can-beat-death-...

 

Identity More Than Policy [...]

Supporters of Sanders, on the whole, were not to the left of supporters of Clinton on policy. Instead, there was something more presentational about the divide how they chose to express belief more than belief itself, a feeling about how policy should be discussed and in what terms. > Perhaps for that reason, the generational difference in ideology seems not to ha...

 

IndieWeb [...]

The IndieWeb is a set of ideas for getting away from the corporate web.  It's about having control over your own data. The IndieWeb is a people-focused alternative to the "corporate web". Your content is yours When you post something on the web, it should belong to you, not a corporation. Too many companies have gone out of business and lost ...

 

Information populism [...]

Interesting thoughts related to the current populist backlash against "experts".  A general appreciation of the scientific method will remove the need for "encyclopaedic minds and advanced sociologists"? "Available to everyone will be a general scientific education, especially the learning of the scientific method, the habit of correct thinking, the ability to ge...

 

Lorea [...]

A social networking autonomous techology to build a distributed, encrypted and federated network.   Manifesto reads like an artist's statement... "Available to everyone will be a general scientific education, especially the learning of the scientific method, the habit of correct thinking, the ability to generalize from facts and make more or less correct deductio...

 

crabgrass [...]

Crabgrass is a web application designed for activist groups to be better able to collaborate online.  https://0xacab.org/riseuplabs/crabgrass...

 

Fairphone [...]

The Fairphone 2 is designed to extend lifespan, increase repairability and reduce e-waste https://www.fairphone.com/en/2016/02/25/tackling-e-waste-with-fairphone-2/?lang=buffer0a65a&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=buffer&utm_campaign=null...

 

Alibi of Photocopies [...]

Via @RoxanneShirazi, a quote from Eco: “There are many things I do not know because I photocopied a text and then relaxed as if I had read it” (Eco 1977). He calls this the "alibi of photocopies" On social media, people are often [[More Willing to Share Than Read]] what they share. {{Tags: headlines}}...

 

Federation using git [...]

Could git be used as an underlying mechanism for federation of social media posts? Pros: lots of hosting options.   Easy to fork ideas.  'Gated' contributions via pull requests.  Version control for free. Cons: Oriented towards technical users.  Flat files may not be best data structure....

 

Collaboratively edited political manifesto [...]

The OpenPolitics Project  is a collaboratively edited political manifesto. The underlying mechanism it uses is Git hosted on GitHub. [[Federation using git]]...

 

Blog comments via pull requests [...]

Mark Seemann hosts his public blog on github.  One way to leave a comment is by forking his blog and sending him a pull request with the comment. [[Federation using git]]...

 

Inside a Fake News Sausage Factory [...]

> TBILISI, Georgia — Jobless and with graduation looming, a computer science student at the premier university in the nation of Georgia decided early this year that money could be made from America’s voracious appetite for passionately partisan political news. He set up a website, posted gushing stories about Hillary Clinton and waited for ad sales to soar. > > ...

 

Ethical issues in computing [...]

As software pervades the world more and more, it's important to think about the ethical implications of what we do. "I wish I could tell you that when I first saw those requirements they bothered me. I wish I could tell you that it felt wrong to code something that was basically designed to trick young girls. But the truth is, I didn’t think much of it at the time. ...

 

Google Ad Crackdown Is Ad Hoc [...]

> There are literally hundreds of ad networks. Literally hundreds. Last week my inbox was just filled everyday with people, because they knew that Google was cracking down — hundreds of people wanting to work with my sites. I kind of applaud Google for their steps, although I think what they're doing is kind of random. They don't really have a process in place for i...

 

Seeding Trump Groups [...]

> Do you know who wrote the actual FBI Clinton story? > > I do know who wrote the story, but only through an anonymous pen name. Privacy is something that we take very seriously in our writers group. The actual reasonings behind that story ... it's one of hundreds that have been written about mysterious deaths of Clinton associates or political foes. This one kind of...

 

Fake News Has Just Begun [...]

> You're talking about the future of this (fake-news business) which looks more insidious because it's more real? > > That's the way that it's going to be. Not just from where I am. I mean, this is probably going to be my last run in the fake-news biz, but I can promise you that it's not going to go away. It's even going to grow bigger and it's going to be harder to ...

 

Liberal Asymmetry [...]

> When did you notice that fake news does best with Trump supporters? > > Well, this isn't just a Trump-supporter problem. This is a right-wing issue. Sarah Palin's famous blasting of the lamestream media is kind of record and testament to the rise of these kinds of people. The post-fact era is what I would refer to it as. This isn't something that started with Trump...

 

Hundreds of Ad Networks [...]

> "There are literally hundreds of ad networks," he says. "Early last week, my inbox was just filled every day with people because they knew that Google was cracking down — hundreds of people wanting to work with my sites." > > Coler says he has been talking it over with his wife and may be getting out of the fake-news racket. But, he says, dozens, maybe hundreds o...

 

Coler Believes Fake NEws Did Not Have Impact [...]

> Coler says he has tried to shine a light on the problem of fake news. He has spoken to the media about it. But those organizations didn't know who he actually was. He gave them a fake name: Allen Montgomery. > > Coler, a registered Democrat, says he has no regrets about his fake news empire. He doesn't think fake news swayed the election. > > "There are many facto...

 

Asymmetrical Disinformation [...]

> During the run-up to the presidential election, fake news really took off. "It was just anybody with a blog can get on there and find a big, huge Facebook group of kind of rabid Trump supporters just waiting to eat up this red meat that they're about to get served," Coler says. "It caused an explosion in the number of sites. I mean, my gosh, the number of just fake ...

 

Pot for Food Stamps [...]

> He was amazed at how quickly fake news could spread and how easily people believe it. He wrote one fake story for NationalReport.net about how customers in Colorado marijuana shops were using food stamps to buy pot. > > "What that turned into was a state representative in the House in Colorado proposing actual legislation to prevent people from using their food sta...

 

Did Berliners choose green space over library space? [...]

Or was it a false choice? The city of Berlin planned to build on the open space at Tempelhofer Feld, until recently an airport, and part of the development plans was a new building to unite the central library, currently split between two sites. For the sake of preserving the green space as a park, the unprecedented size of which makes it one of a kind in the city, a...

 

CardBox:: Libraries as public spaces [...]

[[Did Berliners choose green space over library space?]] [[212 branches of NY Public Library, photographed]] [[Libraries are uniquely charged spaces]] [[Library in a sailboat]]...

 

Help:: Getting Started / Day One [...]

Most people find that using Wikity to bookmark is a good place to start. The following video shows how you can bookmark with Wikity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IGbiATzsY Note that in the video the bookmark says 'Bkmrk' but in recent versions says 'Wik-it'. The editor has also been upgraded...

 

CardBox:: Media Literacy [...]

[[Teens lack media literacy to detect fake & biased news]]...

 

To study a group, you need both inside and outside perspectives [...]

> What do native speakers contribute to a discourse about their own language? They are the only people who can provide an insider’s perspective that is very different from those who have grown up with dominant English or other languages[...] Non-native speakers of Pidgin can provide a supplementary discourse about Pidgin that helps to keep things honest. That is,...

 

Libraries are uniquely charged spaces [...]

"Bibliotheksflirt," published in German by Jonas Fansa in 2008, uses qualitative interviews of academic library patrons to show why patrons gravitate toward library spaces in their own right, not just to use the resources contained therein. Patrons mentioned the unique quality of the "library concentration" which they achieve when working there, the mysterious attr...

 

Library in a sailboat [...]

In the spirit of the bookmobile, in Indonesia, a library sailboat has been launched to serve the country's many small islands. > So in 2015, local news journalist Muhammad Ridwan Alimuddin decided to combine his twin passions for books and boats by setting up a mobile library on a baqgo, a small traditional sailboat. His aim? To bring fun, colourful children's book...

 

212 branches of NY Public Library, photographed [...]

Elizabeth Felicella, photographed these libraries "in long and short sentences," with the wish that "that the branch buildings of New York City’s public libraries be understood and maintained as a collection." http://urbanomnibus.net/2014/11/reading-room-a-catalog-of-new-york-citys-branch-libraries/...

 

Teens lack media literacy to detect fake & biased news [...]

> A growing number of schools are teaching students to be savvy about choosing and believing various information sources, a skill set educators label "media literacy." However, fewer schools now have librarians, who traditionally taught research skills....

 

Father’s Manifesto [...]

>The coexistence of racism and sexism in the so-called manosphere dates back to the dawn of the internet. One early men's rights site, Fathers' Manifesto, interspersed references to Warren Farrell's book The Myth of Male Power with calls to exile blacks from America....

 

Weev Libertarianism [...]

>Nonwhite voters' rejection of libertarianism has stoked extremism among some frustrated libertarians, according to the Daily Stormer's Weev. He described for me what he saw as the thinking among libertarians who join the cause: "First it's just, 'Leave me alone, don't legislate shit about me, let me have what I work for,'" said Weev, who does tech support for a va...

 

Racist Libertarianism [...]

>In March, Loyola University economics professor Walter Block announced on LewRockwell.com that he was forming a group known as Libertarians for Trump. Discussing the subject of slavery in a 2013 blog post, Block wrote: "The slaves could not quit. They were forced to 'associate' with their masters when they would have vastly preferred not to do so. Otherwise, slave...

 

Credibility Inception [...]

> Yarvin finds Trump lacking, a "hilariously pathetic" Hitler or Mussolini. "It's like watching the magician's 12-year-old son try to play with his father's spellbook," he says. Yet Yarvin values Trump's "ability to present himself as the candidate of 'No.'" By effectively hijacking the Republican Party and subverting political norms, Trump may hasten the downfall ...

 

Theil’s Incompatibility  [...]

>Thiel, who reportedly donated more than $1 million to Trump's campaign and was named to his transition team in November, has circled neoreactionary ideas. "I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible," he wrote on the Cato Institute's blog in 2009, adding that women and "welfare beneficiaries" have through their voting habits "rendered the notion...

 

Neoreactionary Enlightenment [...]

In what began in 2007 as a series of blog posts now sometimes cited by the alt-right, Yarvin laid out a political philosophy known as neoreaction or the "Dark Enlightenment." Combining a technocratic sensibility with reactionary political thought, neoreaction rejects Enlightenment concepts such as democracy and equality and instead advocates something much closer to a...

 

Weev in Ukraine [...]

Andrew Auernheimer, a.k.a. Weev, a notorious troll who moved to Ukraine to elude US authorities, claims he is ready to take alt-right trolling to the next level. Trump "is going to come in with a mandate," says Weev, who now helps run the Daily Stormer, "and if Congress doesn't give him what he wants, then it gets really fun for us. The battle gets really enjoyable an...

 

Cernovich [...]

>Likewise, provocateurs have increasingly sought to subvert journalism—facilitated by Facebook's feckless response to fake news stories flooding its platform during the height of the 2016 presidential race. A phony tale about the death of an FBI agent involved in the Clinton email investigation was shared far and wide just days before the vote.** Sites like Mike ...

 

Russian Troll Farms [...]

>The alt-right has elevated fringe trolling into a virulent form of propaganda that Spencer and others dub "meme magic." Trolls push hateful memes such as the Jewish "Happy Merchant" and the black "dindu nuffin" (a slur meant to echo "I didn't do nothin'") without fear of censure, thanks to the anonymity of Twitter and other platforms. Some journalists have specula...

 

Facebook Bans Ethnic Affinity Targeting [...]

> After weeks of push back from U.S. lawmakers, media and civil rights leaders, Facebook FB -0.46% on Friday announced it will stop allowing advertisers to use “ethnic affinity” to target the reach of employment, housing and credit-related ads with the aim of better preventing discrimination on the social network. > > Facebook’s policies ban discriminatory adve...

 

Pizzagate [...]

> The repercussions have been far-reaching. Mr. Alefantis, his friends and employees are now dealing with a flood of nasty comments on social media, threatening phone calls and even visits to their restaurant from people who say they believe the fake news articles. Mr. Alefantis has gotten in touch with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the local police and many so...

 

Herrenvolk Democracy [...]

> Herrenvolk democracy is a system of government in which only the majority ethnic group participates in government, while minority groups are disenfranchised.[1] Similar concepts include ethnic democracy and ethnocracy. The German term Herrenvolk, "master folk", was used in 19th century discourse that justified colonialism with the racial superiority of Europeans.[2]...

 

Curator Schrader on Facebook [...]

> Schrader ‘s job was to help make sure that inaccurate news didn’t trend on Facebook. But he said his trending topics division was eliminated just weeks after criticism earlier this year, that Facebook’s information gatekeepers were suppressing conservative viewpoints. He said his division could have helped minimize the amount of fake news. > > “By stopping ...

 

Lateral Reading [...]

> Teens also can learn basic skills used by professional fact-checkers, Dr. Wineburg says. Rather than trusting the “about” section of a website to learn about it, teach them “lateral reading”—leaving the website almost immediately after landing on it and research the organization or author. Also, explain to teens that a top ranking on Google doesn’t mean ...

 

Eighty-eight percent of 18 year-olds Get News From Facebook [...]

> By age 18, 88% of young adults regularly get news from Facebook and other social media, according to a 2015 study of 1,045 adults ages 18 to 34 by the Media Insight Project....

 

Legislative Polarization Is Asymmetrical [...]

> This movement among the public, and particularly the engaged public, tracks with increasingly polarized voting patterns in Congress, though to a far lesser extent. As many congressional scholars have documented, Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are now further apart from one another than at any point in modern history, and that rising polarization among ele...

 

Democratic Consolidation Reflects Broader Social Shifts [...]

> A second consideration is that the nation as a whole has moved slightly to the left over the past 20 years, mostly because of a broad societal shift toward acceptance of homosexuality and more positive views of immigrants. Twenty years ago, these two issues created significant cleavages within the Democratic Party, as many otherwise liberal Democrats expressed more ...

 

Not Quite Asymmetrical Polarization [...]

> The authors of the Pew report find it more difficult to deal with the question of whether these important changes are comparable for the two parties. A brief section on “Is Polarization Asymmetrical” carefully navigates the treacherous waters often associated with this question.  They note the shift in ideological consolidation among Democrats between 1994 and ...

 

Petticoat Government [...]

> Some contemporary presidential spouses have led active, involved political lives, providing more than a sounding board. Woodrow Wilson’s second wife, Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, served as a sort of shadow president when her husband was diminished by a stroke. (Critics called her administration the “petticoat government.”) Eleanor Roosevelt published books, maga...

 

Facebook Promotes Poll of ‘Doctors’ Who Say Hillary Clinton Is Sociopath [...]

> Two weeks after firing its entire editorial staff, Facebook’s Trending news section highlighted a report by the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons—which believes that the “gay male lifestyle” shortens lives by 20 years and abortion can cause breast cancer—claiming “most doctors polled” had “serious concerns” about Hillary Clinton’s ...

 

Mermaid Sites [...]

> Though BuzzFeed News looked at nine fake news sites in its analysis, there was a 10th, American News, that didn’t make it in. American News, liked by more 5 million people on Facebook, was bigger than the rest of the sites in the analysis by a wide margin. American News is not a fake news site, per se, but it often takes a nugget of truth and writes a dramatically...

 

Facebook FYI post on Hoaxes [...]

> In January 2015, Facebook got more aggressive. It wrote a News Feed FYI blog post with the title “Showing Fewer Hoaxes.” People were complaining about fake news and hoaxes, the blog post said, so Facebook would diminish these posts’ reach. “A post with a link to an article that many people have reported as a hoax or chosen to delete will get reduced distribu...

 

The Push for News at Facebook [...]

> And while it was likely never the company’s intent to create a system that encouraged people to hear only what they wanted — whether or not it was true — Facebook didn’t get here by accident. It made a huge push over the last four years to be a destination for news, indeed, to be your “perfect personalized newspaper.” Since that Obama tweet, the company ...

 

Facebook Lies About Curation [...]

> Now that it had new tools in place to identify and promote trending stories, Facebook took another step that it largely kept secret: It began making editorial decisions about the content that would appear in Trending. The company had hired a team of humans to curate its Trending column, but in August 2015, it told Recode that its algorithms alone were responsible fo...

 

Original Sharing Is Down at Facebook [...]

> So-called “original sharing,” where people post their own photos, text updates, etc., instead of simply pressing “share,” was declining. The extent of Facebook’s original sharing problem came to light in an April 2016 article in The Information, which reported that original sharing was down by 21% in mid-2015 compared to the previous year. With sharing dow...

 

Trump’s Racism vs. Obama Hug [...]

> Clearly, these Democrats hadn’t yet taken notice of his Facebook page. Two days later, a Trump post about immigration would receive more than 190,000 shares on Facebook. That was almost twice as many shares as Obama’s election night post had three years earlier....

 

Zuckerberg: A Personal Platform for News [...]

> By November 2014, Mark Zuckerberg was feeling pretty confident in Facebook’s capacity to deliver the latest news, enough so that he likened Facebook’s aim, incredibly, to that of a newspaper’s. “Our goal is to build the perfect personalized newspaper for every person in the world,” he said. “We’re trying to personalize it and show you the stuff that’...

 

Facebook Adds Trending [...]

> Five months later, on August 6, 2013, Facebook held a press event that, according to TechCrunch, repeatedly “emphasized real-time content” in its News Feed. The next day, Facebook added another feature: Trending. Facebook emphasized that Trending, a module that highlights some of the most talked about content on Facebook, was a small test, and promised to “sha...

 

Mobile Share Added to Facebook in 2012 [...]

> Facebook’s transformation began almost immediately after the 2012 election. On November 14, 2012, a full eight days after the vote, a TechCrunch headline proclaimed: “Facebook Finally Launches ‘Share’ Button For The Mobile Feed, Its Version Of ‘Retweet.’” > The move, seemingly minor at the time, set the table for a behavior shift on Facebook, encouragi...

 

Paris Wade, Conspiracy Writer [...]

> LONG BEACH, CALIF.—Fewer than 2,000 readers are on his website when Paris Wade, 26, awakens from a nap, reaches for his laptop and thinks he needs to, as he puts it, “feed” his audience. “Man, no one is covering this TPP thing,” he says after seeing an article suggesting that President Obama wants to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership before he leaves offi...

 

When People Feel Threatened, They Can’t Change [...]

> “Telling people they’re racist, sexist, and xenophobic is going to get you exactly nowhere,” said Alana Conner, executive director of Stanford University’s Social Psychological Answers to Real-World Questions Center. “It’s such a threatening message. One of the things we know from social psychology is when people feel threatened, they can’t change, ...

 

Technological Innovation [...]

If a new technology is not socially beneficial, then don't call it innovative. > I think there’s also a certain fatigue when it comes to the language of innovation. Is it really all that innovative to build a technology that generates short-term wealth for a small group who will then take that money and fly off to Mars? Or, should we think about innovation in te...

 

Help:: Getting Started / Day One [...]

Most people find that using Wikity to bookmark is a good place to start. The following video shows how you can bookmark with Wikity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IGbiATzsY Note that in the video the bookmark says 'Bkmrk' but in recent versions says 'Wik-it'. The editor has also been upgraded...

 

Prediabetic Analytics [...]

> Imagine you’re trying to cut down on sugar, because you’re pre-diabetic, but there are M&M’s literally everywhere you look, and every time you stress-eat an M&M, invisible nerds exclaim, “Aha! She actually wants M&M’s!” That’s what I’m talking about, but where you replace M&M’s with listicles. > > This human weakness now combines with technologic...

 

The Huffington Post Has a Fake News Problem [...]

> I tell this story to emphasize that it isn’t just Facebook that has a fake news problem, and it isn’t just Donald Trump and kids in Macedonia who are using social media to send the news spinning wildly away from the truth. When sites like the Huffington Post post partisan clickbait that is clearly untrue, they deserve to be shunned, not reshared. > In the contex...

 

Fake Ford Story, February [...]

> Can it be that “The Donald” is already affecting American policy, without even yet being the Republican nominee? > > It sure looks that way, or perhaps it’s just coincidence. However more likely than not, Trump’s constant bashing of Ford moving to Mexico, has apparently been making ripples both within the news media and perhaps among the voting public....

 

Prntly [...]

> On several occasions in October, Donald Trump tweeted links to stories at Prntly.com, a blog that didn’t exist during the last election cycle. One story (now offline but copied here) indicated that Trump’s support from blue-collar workers was the highest since Franklin Roosevelt in the 1930s. > > It'’s not clear what the basis for the claim was beyond that T...

 

AdSense Supports Hoaxing [...]

> This whole Google AdSense thing is pretty scary. And all this Facebook stuff. I make most of my money from AdSense — like, you wouldn’t believe how much money I make from it. Right now I make like $10,000 a month from AdSense. > > [Google’s top news link for ‘final election results’ goes to a fake news site with false numbers] > > I know ways of getting ...

 

I Thought They’d Fact Check It [...]

> I thought they’d fact-check it, and it’d make them look worse. I mean that’s how this always works: Someone posts something I write, then they find out it’s false, then they look like idiots. But Trump supporters — they just keep running with it! They never fact-check anything! Now he’s in the White House. Looking back, instead of hurting the campaign, I...

 

36 Degrees Warmer [...]

> Political people in the United States are watching the chaos in Washington in the moment. But some people in the science community are watching the chaos somewhere else — the Arctic. > > It’s polar night there now — the sun isn’t rising in much of the Arctic. That’s when the Arctic is supposed to get super-cold, when the sea ice that covers the vast Arcti...

 

Inaccurate Pell Grant Payments [...]

> The U.S. Department of Education overpaid Pell grant recipients by $2.03 billion in fiscal 2016 and made another $188 million in underpayments, according to an agency finance report released this week....

 

Leonard Cohen’s Fall [...]

> But the actual cause of his death was not simple old age. As his manager announced on Wednesday, he died following a fall.* And as our population continues to live longer and longer, falls are becoming the great plague of the modern era. They are the leading cause of accidental death in the elderly, and the incidence has increased steadily over the past decade. And,...

 

C. Wright Mills [...]

> Charles Wright Mills (August 28, 1916 – March 20, 1962) was an American sociologist, and a professor of sociology at Columbia University from 1946 until his death in 1962. Mills was published widely in popular and intellectual journals, and is remembered for several books, among them The Power Elite, which introduced that term and describes the relationships and c...

 

How Facebook News Feed Works [...]

> This is the ultimate guide to how Facebook chooses what to show in your News Feed, and how you can get your content seen by more people. > > Understanding how the News Feed works is tough because the algorithm is always changing. So TechCrunch launched this research project for today’s 10th anniversary of News Feed, interviewing Facebook’s team members, compili...