Spring Awakening

US Privacy Framework Called For

Inertia around privacy laws in the US is finally heats up. Everyone is ready for a proper privacy framework. The United States as a nation is starting to feel the impact of privacy – not unlike what we are experiencing on an individual level.

It is starting to impact trade and communication networks. Our ability to negotiate is based on privacy. If we want shake hands with 5G networks owned and operated by adversarial nations thats also going to need be sorted out.

We are a porous mess – at a time when being info-sec tight is the protocol for success. See below from today’s FT, emphasis mine. it speaks to it’s impact on global trade and privacy being a competitive advantage and legal enabler.

EU official urges US to adopt tough data privacy rules. “[With Japan] we’ve seen all the advantages of having the bigger area where the data flows can go freely and how good that is for business. This is something which the US must understand. More and more, the protection of privacy will be a competitive advantage and a legal enabler [for business].

The parallel track of trade and data privacy — in a world when no big business can do without the transfer of data — is very relevant,” said the commissioner.

elsewhere around the net

Let’s Watch Netflix: Three Words Guaranteed to Kill a Romantic Mood [wsj]

Fooling automated surveillance cameras: adversarial patches to attack person detection [arXiv] In this paper, we present an approach to generate adversarial patches to targets with lots of intra-class variety, namely persons. The goal is to generate a patch that is able successfully hide a person from a person detector. An attack that could for instance be used maliciously to circumvent surveillance systems, intruders can sneak around undetected by holding a small cardboard plate in front of their body aimed towards the surveillance camera.

Think You’re Discreet Online? Think Again [nyt] In 2017, the newspaper The Australian published an article, based on a leaked document from Facebook, revealing that the company had told advertisers that it could predict when younger users, including teenagers, were feeling “insecure,” “worthless” or otherwise in need of a “confidence boost.” Facebook was apparently able to draw these inferences by monitoring photos, posts and other social media data.

Voice : Confs.

‘Data smog’ stats

According to IDC, more than 5bn consumers globally interact with data every day and, by 2025, that number will be 6bn, or 75 per cent of the world’s population. In 2025, each connected person will have at least one data interaction every 18 seconds, it predicts. Many of these interactions will come via the “internet of things”, those 5G chips in everything from vending machines to medical devices.

Open Web / Free Software

The Web is missing an essential part of infrastructure: an Open Web Index [arxiv] A proposal for building an index of the Web that separates the infrastructure part of the search engine – the index – from the services part that will form the basis for myriad search engines and other services utilizing Web data on top of a public infrastructure open to everyone. (PDF)

Why free software evangelist Richard Stallman is haunted by Stalin’s dream [] More than 30 years ago, Richard Stallman quit a doctorate program at the MIT to start the GNU Project, a free software operating system. Not only has he been an uncompromising purveyor of free software, but he also founded the free software movement, which now has thousands of volunteers and many more supporters across the world. So when Stallman turned up to deliver a talk in Mandya, a small town about 100 kilometres from Bengaluru, hundreds of students and a few teachers turned up.

Music

‘We Can Already See the Future’: Swizz Beatz on What Artists and Gallerists Can Learn From the Music Industry – [artnet] This graph where a 50/50 Apple split is dropped -or that massive digital disruption is alluded to as “rules rules kind of faded away” again, emphasis mine…

What are some lessons from the music industry that should be applied to the art industry? the music industry was run by the same rules for so long that those rules kind of faded away over time, and people started coming up saying, “No, those are old rules.” I remember when Apple first came onto the scene, I was at [Interscope Records co-founder] Jimmy Iovine’s house and he said, “I was with my friend Steve Jobs and he was telling me that all your music is going to be on this thing.” He was showing me all the playlists and he said, “These guys are trying to do a 50-50 deal with me, and I don’t really know yet.”

(there is way too much here to unpack, when he says rules ‘kind of faded away over time’ – he means radical massive digital disruption, when he Jimmy says 50/50 I say WHAT. – ED)

City Winery moving to Pr. 57 in Hudson River Pk [thevillager] Speaking to this paper shortly before the Pier 57 deal was announced, Dorf expressed frustration at Trinity for having urged him to expand his space, only for him to be left in the lurch when he found out that he had 12 months to vacate.

WarnerMedia quit a coalition of rival TV networks that it co-founded to fuel ad targeting – [wsj]

I got a broken face

Weekend edition, long reads, links +  streams 

AI and Music [TheVerge] The heart of this problem is that current US copyright law never differentiates between humans and non-humans. But, the Compendium of US Copyright Office Practices actually spends a lot of time talking about how humanness is a requirement for being considered a legal author. In an internal staff guidebook for the Copyright Office, the Compendium has a section titled, “The Human Authorship Requirement.”

Spotify’s Stock Is Risky Because the Music Industry Is Not Changing Fast Enough [Barrons] Some investors believe that the streaming service could become the Netflix of audio. But Apple, Amazon, and the record labels stand in the way.

Ian McEwan: ‘I write to find where I’m going’ [FT] “I take the materialist view that if we could find equivalence to all those neurons and axons and synapses, those are clearly sufficient necessary conditions of a consciousness,” says McEwan. “In other words, the mind is what the brain does from my point of view. And I am not really sure what other point of view there can be unless you are a vitalist, or you think that consciousness is the function of some being from heaven.”

American Masters – S33 E6: Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable. [PBS] Discover the life and work of Garry Winogrand, the epic storyteller in pictures who harnessed the serendipity of the streets to capture the American 1960s-70s. His “snapshot aesthetic” is now the universal language of contemporary image-making. Directed by Sasha Waters Freyer (Independent Lens: Razing Appalachia).

GAN's

Giving Generative Art Its Due [artnome] Generative art, once perceived as the domain of a small number of “computer nerds,” is now the artform best poised to capture what sets our generation apart from those that came before us – ubiquitous computing. As children of the digital revolution, computing has become our greatest shared experience. Like it or not, we are all now computer nerds, inseparable from the many devices through which we mediate our worlds.

The Rise of Generative Adversarial Networks [kdnuggets] A comprehensive overview of Generative Adversarial Networks, covering its birth, different architectures including DCGAN, StyleGAN and BigGAN, as well as some real-world examples.

GAN facial image could have been used to impersonate Bloomberg journalist [twitter]

INTV: Dir of ML at Apple Ian Goodfellow: Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) | MIT Artificial Intelligence (AI) Podcast

Gotta Catch ‘Em All: Using Concealed Trapdoors to Detect Adversarial Attacks on Neural Networks [arXiv] Trapdoors are the new honey-pots

Privacy Related  

Who’s using your face? The ugly truth about facial recognition [FT] This apparently porous relationship between an “academic” use of data that has been collected without consent, and the commercial exploitation of that same data, highlights the complex ethical questions surrounding face sets. The paper in which Boult introduced his dataset has been cited by six universities in Chile, Italy and the US and downloaded by at least four private companies based in Europe, China and the US, none of which seems to have published its work

Ethics committee raises alarm over ‘predictive policing’ tool [guardian] A report by West Midlands police’s ethics committee, however, raised concerns about the project. They said there were a lot of “unanswered questions giving rise to the potential for ethical concerns”.

Link round-up

Werner Herzog ¨Piracy has been the most successful form of distribution worldwide,”

The Real Stars of the Internet – The rater has become the rated. [NYT]

BBC TV, Radio and Film Scripts to Download and Read [bbc]

Live Streaming Schedule

Coachella streaming all weekend

Over Everything

Internet: (Austria is moving to ban internet anonymity with significant penalties for non compliance. Your SIM is your ID.) Federal Act amending a Federal Act on Care and Responsibility in the Network and amending the KommAustria Act. fines § 7. (1) Depending on the seriousness of the offense, the supervisory authority shall impose a fine of up to 500,000 euros, in case of recurrence up to 1,000,000 euros on a service provider….fines § 8.  (1) Anyone who, as the responsible officer, does not comply with the obligation stipulated in § 5 (3) commits an administrative offense and shall be punished with a fine of up to € 10,000.

AI:Algorithmic Accountability Act of 2019 Bill Text.pdf would require big companies to audit their machine-learning systems for bias and discrimination and take corrective action in a timely manner if such issues were identified. It would also require those companies to audit not just machine learning but all processes involving sensitive data—including personally identifiable, biometric, and genetic information—for privacy and security risks. Should it pass, the bill would place regulatory power in the hands of the US Federal Trade Commission, the agency in charge of vvconsumer protection and antitrust regulation. [technologyreview]

OPSEC: Why You Can No Longer Get Lost in the Crowd NYT Op-ed  “Understanding obscurity means paying attention to how space, time and people’s cognitive limitations make it difficult for others to surveil us or find out things about us”  (Is this piece pro privacy? I can’t tell its so obscure. It obscures civil rights + liberties issues associated with not being ‘obscured’ Their fait complete/that its done, obscuring that meaningful public protest and legislation can change things. They get the closing line right “the opposite of obscurity isn’t fame, but chillingly oppressive fear.” -ED)

Owned: Luxury Cars Missing After Fraud by Ap [wsj] Chicago police were searching on Thursday for dozens of missing luxury cars that were fraudulently rented via the mobile app used by car-sharing service Share Now. The company temporarily suspended its service in Chicago on Wednesday as police began tracking down the missing cars. … as of Wednesday afternoon, 100 remained un- accounted for, including about 50 Mercedes-Benzes that were believed to still be in the Chicago area.

Tool:  Google Search operators : there are new before and after time range operators and the old adv search page that was .ca located is at https://www.google.com/advanced_search

Trend: [ChinaDaily] In the third quarter of last year more than 14.5 million wearables were shipped within China. Sales of gadgets that support third-party applications rose about 74%, the market research company International Data Corp. says. In comparison, global shipments of wearable devices reached 32 million units during the three months. So China accounted for more than one third of sales in the industry.

Link Roundup:
Single Cortical Neurons as Deep Artificial Neural Networks !!

-This Is Silicon Valley : I feel myself becoming part of the machine

–Utah Bans Police From Searching Digital Data Without A Warrant,
Closes Fourth Amendment Loophole

The 72nd Cannes Film Festival has officially announced its selections for 2019

NP: Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile – “Over Everything”.

Live:
https://www.reuters.tv/l/PFoT . LDN

Slow News Day

How Congress Got Dumb on Tech—and How It Can Get Smart [washingtonmonthly]

Microsoft turned down facial-recognition sales on human rights concerns [reuterss]

Newsonomics: The newspaper industry is thirsty for liquidity as it tries to merge its way out of trouble

NYC NOTES – 1-2-3 Trains

If you ride the 1/2/3 train you may have noticed that if you get on at the zebra-stripes (mid platform where the conductor pulls up and points) they are now holding doors for people.

Have always entered trains from that part of the platform and over decades watched them slam doors in peoples faces in a rush to next stop – this was fine. It seems we have a new more civil subway now.

Supper Club: April and Life’s Work

Spring is officially here but the weather has been mixed.  For April’s Supper Club with M and T, I looked through my pantry and fridge, and decided on an Indian menu.  My friend had given me a loads of Indian spices and this best-selling cookbook by Camellia Panjabi, 50 Great Curries of India.

Menu: I had a butternut squash that I was anxious to use so decided on a soup, and I have always been a fan of chaats, and of course thought a curry would be mandatory.

Indian-Scented Butternut Squash Soup
Chickpea Chaat
Shahi Paneer with Basmati Rice

Drink: Sauvignon blanc

Dessert: Royce chocolates

Conversation: Changing careers mid-career

“How did you get to where you are?”

When I was working in television entertainment, I often tell the story about how students from my alma maters would ask how I got my job as a digital executive. My response was that I just followed my passions and trusted my instincts. I studied history as an undergraduate; worked in publishing in Tokyo; moved to Palo Alto for grad school; and moved to New York to join a start-up in fine art e-commerce (that went bust), then worked for Esther Dyson, and married my love for music with a gig at AOL; and then landed at Bravo where my other loves for food and fashion and pop culture were able to be fused with my by-then-kinda-long career in digital. But after many years making a living in the digital space, I hungered to get back to basics and knew that food was the direction I wanted to face. I took courses at the International Culinary Institute, and learned about plant-based nutrition and plant-based baking from Matthew Kenney Culinary. And now I am trying my hand at writing about my love of cooking, eating, and dining.

Not exactly a normal career path.

My Supper Club friends have been working all their lives but have also taken seemingly non-sequitur turns in their careers. When I met M in Tokyo, she was a news television anchor, and then went to business school, and started her career in finance. She’s looking to fuse her background with more pro-social causes now.

And T was and still is a fashion designer, producing beautiful natural fiber pieces, but she also went back to school and got her MA in Modern and Contemporary Art History from Christie’s as well as an MBA. She is now a private art advisor and curator, as well an educator.

Also, not exactly normal career paths.

We talked about the challenges of making new moves in our careers. You end up spending a lot of time explaining the shifts and weaving the right narrative to those parties who are not used to non-traditional career journeys. And we look to each other for advice, guidance and recommendations in our respective next steps. Just having open non-judge-y ears is so refreshing.

Life teaches us much and I feel that if we are truly paying attention, we would bend and grow in different directions throughout it.

Predictive Attrition Program

Invisible Networks New Ways of Seeing [BBC] How is technology changing the way we see? The artist James Bridle reimagines John Berger’s Ways of Seeing for the digital age and reveals the internet’s hidden infrastructure.

Data Reasoning in a Digital World . Syllabus

DISCRIMINATING SYSTEMS Gender, Race, and Power in AI (pdf) [ainow] There is a diversity crisis in the AI sector across gender and race. Recent studies found only 18% of authors at leading AI conferences are women,i and more than 80% of AI professors are men.ii This disparity is extreme in the AI industry:iii women comprise only 15% of AI research staff at Facebook and 10% at Google. There is no public data on trans workers or other gender minorities. For black workers, the picture is even worse. For example, only 2.5% of Google’s workforce is black, while Facebook and Microsoft are each at 4%. Given decades of concern and investment to redress this imbalance, the current state of the field is alarming.

IBM Says It Now Has a Patent on a ‘Secret’ Way to Predict When Employees Will Quit, and It’s 95… [wsj] I bring all this up because of IBM, which says that, using artificial intelligence, it can predict with 95 percent accuracy whether its employees will quit. The company’s HR division has a patent on a “predictive attrition program,”

TED talk journalist Carole Cadwalladr digs into one of the most perplexing events in recent times: the UK’s super-close 2016 vote to leave the European Union. Tracking the result to a barrage of misleading Facebook ads targeted at vulnerable Brexit swing voters — and linking the same players and tactics to the 2016 US presidential election — Cadwalladr calls out the “gods of Silicon Valley” for being on the wrong side of history and asks: Are free and fair elections a thing of the past?

Craigslist Founder Funds Security Toolkit for Journalists, Elections [darkreading] The toolkits, which will be developed by the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), are intended to “protect journalists and media outlets from cyber-attacks that are designed to either manipulate public opinion or expose sources, 

Man, Woman, and Robot in Ian McEwan’s New Novel [newyorker]  This is a future where “carbon-silicon hybrids” enjoy full civil rights, and the question is taboo. But the narrator, thrilled and terrified by the prospect of committing to an entity who cogitates “a million times faster” than he can imagine, can’t help but pose “the indelicate question.” Existential anxiety and erotic frisson converge in a single doubt: Robots—can we stand up to their scrutiny?

IGTV, Instagram’s not betting on an algorithm. Its (literal) money is on old-fashioned talent scouting. [verge]

Think tanks funded by Silicon Valley are working on Capitol Hill to overturn California’s landmark online privacy law  [intercept] its the legislative moves that signal true intent – all the FB privacy statements are laugable in light of this.  Same for the others.

The secret shame of the magazine hoarder [FT] Maybe the answer is simpler. To reduce the guilt, I will buy a cabin in the countryside to fill to the gills with magazines I definitely will, I swear, read. One day.

@Jack Ted Talk – SMH

Twitter account for /PrivacyProject : The New York Times Opinion Section is launching an ongoing examination of privacy.

Communities at risk: How encroaching surveillance is putting a squeeze on activists [privacyinternational]

Big News for People Who Spend Hours Staring at Maps on Planes  [wsj] The next generation of in-flight trackers will offer a much higher level of detail, taking fliers in a new, more commercial, direction. (the ratio of adverts to maps makes them completely unwatchable – i clocked 15 seconds out of minute to be maps on a recent flight – unwatchable  -ed)

Samples for “Unsupervised Singing Voice Conversion” [github]

Tuesday Link Round-up

Okay back to link goodness

ArchiveBox takes a list of website URLs you want to archive, and creates a local, static, browsable HTML clone of the content from those websites (it saves HTML, JS, media files, PDFs, images and more).

Protecting Nonverbal Data Tracked in Virtual Reality [pdf] (StanfordVR)
In this sense, hours of personal use within VR systems will provide the training data for algorithms that pair body language with subsequent behavioral outcomes, but the value in estimating outcomes could extend to the real world. The sci- ence fiction notion of determining future behavior—whether about what people buy, if they are ill, whom they want to date, or even if they might commit a crime—becomes a possibility. One can imagine spon- sored content that is designed for the sole purpose of determining future behavior. Instead of the typical strategy of product place- ment, sponsors could feature compelling VR experiences that are the equivalent of a Rorschach test, which elicit telling nonverbal pat- terns that they will later seek to detect in the physical world.

We Built a (Legal) Facial Recognition Machine for $60 [NYT]

AT&T sold its 9.5 percent stake in Hulu back to the streaming service at a $15 billion valuation. (WSJ)

Opt Out of Interest-Based Ads in the App Store and Apple News [apple]

Being Tracked While Reporting in China, Where ‘There Are No Whys’ [nyt]

15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook [WIRED]

Facial recognition technology (FRT) Roundup 

Todays Daily Dish focus is Facial recognition technology (FRT)

The collection of stories links and info below show just how much the public + private sector, scientific leaders, industry and media are all calling for accountability around FRT.

The only ones not speaking up our lawmakers. This is a critical time to ignore the embed first seek permission later rollout of FRT.

“Facial Recognition is the Plutonium of AI:”  (PDF) Facial recognition’s radicalizing effects are so potentially toxic to our lives as social beings that its widespread use doesn’t outweigh the risks.

MTA’s Initial Foray Into Facial Recognition at High Speed Is a Bust [WSJ]  Zero face were detected within guidelines

Privacy in 2034: A corporation owns your DNA (and maybe your body)   [fastcompany]

NYPD claws back documents on facial recognition it accidentally disclosed to privacy researchers [DailyNews] —LAPD drops program that sought to predict crime amid bias accusations ——- Axon looking to add facial recognition to its body cams

Global Facial Recognition Market EST to be 7.76 Billion USD by 2022

Lets not forget who is driving the append of off-line information, (FRT/LBS) with our online lives. —- To wit….Publicis to buy US digital marketing company Epsilon, which collects vast amounts of consumer data like transactions, location, and web activity, for $3.95B

Amazon shareholders have forced a vote on the companies deployment of FRT – No suprise The Board Recommends That You Vote “Against” This Proposal (pdf) requesting Item 6—Shareholder Proposal Requesting A Ban On Government Use Of Certain Technologies and refers to their AWS

Big Brother at the Mall [WSJ] The privacy debate moves beyond e-commerce as magic mirrors and beacons log shoppers’ data in bricks-and-mortar stores.  

China / AI / FRT

Of the 11 artificial intelligence startups, the two most well-funded companies, SenseTime ($1,630M) and Face++ ($608M), are both from China and focuses on facial recognition  —- Related –  Multiple surveillance systems using @YITUTech Facial Recognition Technology which were accessible to the internet without any form of authentication full with millions of recorded faces stored in MongoDB databases and indexed  Yes that’s the same FRT a certiain pop star used to on her audience.   One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority [NYT]  In a major ethical leap for the tech world, Chinese start-ups have built algorithms that the government uses to track members of a largely Muslim minority group.

One of the best sources of China AI information is this newsletter –  A breakout paragraph from a recent issue around FRT and China —- Notably, the reporter also writes, “even if the public security can get our ‘location information based on the cameras we have passed in the past 24 hours,’ there is some controversy over whether the public security system has the right to monitor the life trajectory of each of us, and what places we have passed each day; compared with identity information, which is information necessary to maintain law and order, and there is constant need to register (the identity information). But the monitoring of the former (real-time location in the past 24 hours) is very likely to violate our privacy.” PLEASE STOP with the notion that Chinese people don’t care about privacy.


/Links

NYT The Privacy Project

Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police (nyt) Google’s Sensorvault Is a Boon for Law Enforcement. This Is How It Works. (NYT)

The Hidden Horror of Hudson Yards Is How It Was Financed
Manhattan’s new luxury mega-project was partially bankrolled by an investor visa program called EB-5, which was meant to help poverty-stricken areas. This map makes me sick

A.I. Is Changing Insurance Sarah Jeong. [NYT OP-ED]

How the Anonymous Artist Banksy Authenticates His or Her Work

Pete For America – Design Toolkit  Excellent example of the parts required for a grassroot capaign

How to Win Friends and Influence Algorithms [wsj] From YouTube to Instagram, what you see in your feeds isn’t really up to you—it’s all chosen by invisible, inscrutable bots. Here’s how to take back at least some control.

Side Bar

I enjoy keeping abreast of restaurant and cooking news and on occasion, I parrot off the topline to my husband, and follow that with my two cents on the matter.  Here are a few recent articles that I had something to say about:

Three Courses, 20 Euros: The Affordable Dining Renaissance in Paris

This appeared in The New York Times’ Travel section on April 10 (for some reason, it’s not cross-indexed under Food even though the article is as detailed as many restaurant reviews).

Affordable dining is not unique and I am not sure if the claim  that “…the comeback of the city’s bouillons — those working-class restaurants that thrived in Paris during the 19th century” is necessarily true but the notion of a delicious 3-course meal at a price point under $25 resonated with me.  Certainly, the news of a global economic slowdown alongside the ostentatious opening of Hudson Years in New York where restauranteurs cater to the nano-1% (Shake Shack does not count) made this story on affordable dining both timely and appealing.

I know that there are many restaurants in New York that serve amazing fare that are not as expensive as the Tak Room or The Grill, and not a takeout slice either. The problem is that most of these places still have a rushed vibe and I loved the comment from one reader of this article who recounted a story where she profusely apologized for being late to a restaurant in Normandy and was told not to worry because their table was booked for the evening, not for 90-120 minutes.

I know many don’t want to linger or event want to eat dessert anymore but I like how a 3-course meal feels like a special meal these days. I also like how that special feel can be had for $25. I mean, that is the cost of a Seamless order.

I thought about how New York has Restaurant Week where select restaurants offer lunches and dinners at a pre-fixe rate of about $30 for lunch and $40 for dinner.  Of course, this does not include tip or tax, and a glass of wine is not $5 as noted in the article.

That said, unless the restaurants are operating at a loss (which I doubt), it makes me wonder why this cannot be more prevalent all year long?

How Lucky Lee’s Could Have Gotten an ‘American Chinese’ Restaurant Right

I have been following the Lucky Lee debacle over the last few days. Esther Teng outlines the mini-horror show in this Eater article.

What I like best about Teng’s piece is that she is not shrill and saliently lays out the offense and where today’s “clean” eating movement can often be a bit too ‘holier than thou.”  Some choice snippets:

-Haspel has applied a goop-like element to her marketing strategy, further compounding her insult of American Chinese food.

-Their recipes were adapted for the American palate — for instance, adding sugar and frying more items — creating a new culinary genre in the process. And because Chinatowns were considered “slums,” Chinese food acquired its still-present reputation as dirty. That needs to be acknowledged and respected in its historical context: American Chinese food evolved into what it is today because white people were its primary audience.

– . . .the way [Haspel] voluntarily described her food was only in relation to how it’s a better version compared to everything that came before it.

I will note that all of this bluster back-and-forth has nothing to do with the actual dishes being served.

My take in reading Arielle Haspel’s comments and responses is that she really doesn’t get it, still.  She cannot get out of her back-handed insult cycle because she cannot understand how her language is infused with “Goop-minded” arrogance, e.g. “There are very few American-Chinese places as mindful about the quality of ingredients as we are.”

I think back to a conversation a friend and I had when she was recounting a dinner party where an Asian guest asked why “some Asians get offended or are overly sensitive when [insert offense here]?”  We talked about how it difficult it is for anyone who has not been made to feel conscious of their identify, or the heat of shame to have empathy for others in certain situations.  Usually economics (and hence social standing) has shielded them from racism and belittlement. They just don’t get it, and it will be hard for them to ever get it because they are protected from seeing and feeling it.  I feel like Haspel falls into this category.

I sometimes say, it’s best to just keep one’s mouth shut and let your work do the talking.

Early morning production

The Urgent Quest for Slower, Better News [newyorker/33] Rauch points to the U.K.-based quarterly Delayed Gratification, which was established in 2011, as an example of Slow Media in action. Delayed Gratification, which has a Web site but is primarily print-based, describes itself as “the world’s first Slow Journalism magazine.” It promises to revisit “the events of the previous three months to see what happened after the dust settled and the news agenda moved on” and declares itself “proud to be ‘Last to Breaking News.’ ”

Google – Take your machine learning projects to production [google/8] AI Platform makes it easy for machine learning developers, data scientists, and data engineers to take their ML projects from ideation to production and deployment, quickly and cost-effectivel

Further the details Legislation to Ban Manipulative ‘Dark Patterns [senate.gov/4]  The Deceptive Experiences To Online Users Reduction (DETOUR) Act aims to curb manipulative dark pattern behavior by prohibiting the largest online platforms (those with over 100 million monthly active users) from relying on user interfaces that intentionally impair user autonomy, decision-making, or choice. The full bill text is available here.  (Seems light at first read and why 100M MAU line in the sand – ED)

Microsoft worked with Chinese military university on AI [FT9] Microsoft has been working with a Chinese military-run university on artificial intelligence research that could be used for surveillance and censorship.— Let’s suppose I’m an intelligence agency and I have pictures of people of interest; I can use the system to tell something about the place they’re in that they didn’t realise they were giving away.”

Open Questions about Generative Adversarial Networks [distill.pub /2] What we’d like to find out about GANs that we don’t know yet.

No, Your Instagram ‘Influence’ Is Not as Good as Cash, Club Owner Says [NYT /] The typical email from a “wannabe influencer” is something like: “I’m coming from the 25th to the 27th. We need three beds and food and accommodation.” In exchange, the traveler offers content instead of money.“We found this disrespectful,” he said in an interview Monday night. It didn’t help that often the “influencers” had fewer than 2,000 Instagram followers. “How can you help me if you are no one?” he asked.

Apple – Privacy on iPhone — Private Side advertisement