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M.E.D.  6.26.18

MIT 35 Innovators Under 35 2018

WAF World Building of the Year 2018 shortlist announced .  (So thats where the Elmhurst Gas Tanks went -ed)

Teaching Uncalibrated Robots to Visually Self-Adapt  [Google AI Blog]

Inside Facebook and Twitter’s secret meetings with Trump aides and conservative leaders who say tech is biased [WaPo]


Dorsey hoped to use the dinner as a way to build “trust” among conservatives who have long chastised the company, three of the people said. He defended Twitter against accusations that it targeted right-leaning users unfairly but still admitted that the company has room for improvement, according to the attendees.

The summer of hope  The Courage to Change | Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez  [YouTube]

How Twitter is fighting spam and malicious automation [Twitter Blog] Twitter to require email or phone number confirmation for new accounts, place a warning sign by suspicious accounts, and is using ML to find problematic ones  (More of these types of improvements please, less stickers, bookmarks etc -ed)

We’re also moving rapidly to curb spam and abuse originating via Twitter’s APIsIn Q1 2018, we suspended more than 142,000 applications in violation of our rules — collectively responsible for more than 130 million low-quality, spammy tweets.

Norwegian Consumer Council warns against dark patterns in Facebook and Google [pdf] (forbrukerradet.no)

Big data creating ‘two sided markets’    Thread –> []

1. The politics of big data platforms like Facebook and Google is developing in very different ways on the two sides of the Atlantic. We saw this today in a US Supreme Court ruling and in European Parliament hearings on Facebook. Both have to do with “two sided markets.”

Reality Winner, N.S.A. Contractor Accused in Leak, Pleads Guilty  [NYT]

Ms. Winner, who was honorably discharged from the Air Force in 2016, was working as a contractor for the National Security Agency when she obtained a copy of a report that described hacks by a Russian intelligence service against local election officials and a company that sold software related to voter registration.   (Whistle blower gets leak treatment, sentence tbd -ed)

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You Are The Media You Eat” by   (perhaps the most contextual link I have ever posted)

Orlando Pulls the Plug on Its Amazon Facial Recognition Program [NYT]

Spotting Image Manipulation with AI  [Adobe]

EDA – tracking Dots Extraction, Decoding and Anonymisation toolkit

Secret documents: The Federal Criminal Police Office can now use three state trojans

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M.E.D. MONDAY 6.24.18 .


Silicon Valley tech co’s to meet in SF on Wednesday to discuss privacy.

The NSA’s hidden spy hubs in eight U.S. cities [Intercept]  (legal and known)

YouTube is forming a new division dedicated to fashion and beauty content partnerships, led by Derek Blasberg. [bof]

Music videos to count towards UK singles chart for first time [SKY]

Developer videos in one place  [dev.tube]

Cannabis-based epilepsy drug to be first to win US approval . [FT]

Snapchat experiments with sharing ad revenue with creators [DigiDay]

NPR 35 Best songs so far this year.

Our team of five neural networks, OpenAI Five, has started to defeat amateur human teams at Dota 2.

Media M&A

Gray And Raycom To Combine In A $3.6 Billion Transaction
Companies Will Form Third Largest Television Broadcast Group

AT&T agreed to acquire digital ad firm AppNexus for $1.6 billion [appnexus]


What 7 Creepy Patents Reveal About Facebook  [NYT]

Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garçons Homme Plus, Junya Watanabe menswear SS19: can menswear solve the tailoring dilemma? [FT]

Want to Understand What Ails the Modern Internet? Look at eBay [NYT]

When the biggest platforms seem to be flailing or punting on problems, it’s often because they’re trying to address broad social issues with market solutions. They’re rediscovering, at scale and at great expense to their users, the ways in which a society is more than a bazaar, and the pitfalls of allowing human attention to be sold and resold as a commodity



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M.E.D. 6.23.18 Weekend Edition



Apple Keyboard Service Program for MacBook and MacBook Pro

CRISPR editing kids at the-odin.com  for 80 dollars you can Genetically Engineer Any Brewing or Baking Yeast to Fluoresce

Amazon, the Brand Buster [NYT]

Can a DNA Database Save the Trees? These Scientists Hope So [NYT]

Techniques for vertical storytelling [Webtoons]




Ryoji Ikeda | continuum  Mutations / Creations 2   Center Pompidou, Paris

Medieval Monsters at the Morgan   [NYC, Morgan]


Science + tools

CS 230 : Project Reports and Posters, Spring 2018

PeerTube: A ‘Censorship’ Resistant YouTube Alternative,  decentralized video hosting network, based on free/libre software

Youtube copyright policing software Content ID has been aggressive lately (likely cranky over Article 13 in the eu) which has led to increased popularity for distributed services like PeerTube.   Inverting YouTube’s centrally hosted servers by creating a “network of multiple small interconnected video hosting providers.”





Secrets and spies: can espionage ever be justified? [FT]

Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse [NYT]

German nuclear plant infected with computer viruses, operator says [Reuters]

In Ruling on Cellphone Location Data, Supreme Court Makes Statement on Digital Privacy

PDF https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-402_h315.pdf

Key: ‘Third Party’   “We hold only that a warrant is required in the rare case where the suspect has a legitimate privacy interest in records held by a third party,” Yesterdays ruling held some promise, we still have to deal with several other practices that are analog to this and not being culled Same for commercial application of the same data.




The risks associated with enabling the “creator” community are worth the reward as major platforms continue to roll out programs that both enable and reward this segment of their customer base.

YouTube introduces channel memberships, merchandise and premieres, VidCon 2018: Helping creators earn more money and build stronger communities


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M.E.D. – Summer Solstice Edition
Still working though what I want to do and say here.   Today less bullets more editorial

– in production


Companies are starting to realize that their are two sides to surveillance capitalism

Browsers are in the news with the new Firefox build getting a full throated rave review from the NYT.  Bowser privacy and the non profit status of Firefox as key differentiators.

These are privacy-conscious web products that Mozilla is in a position to expand on in the long term.

WSJ has a piece   “What the Airline Knows About the Guy in Seat 14C”   The below line should give everyone pause.

United rolled out a new app to its flight attendants earlier this year with so much information about people, the airline has been reluctant to turn on all the functionality.  ….“There is definitely an opportunity for us to leverage the data that we have on customers a little bit more,”


Instagram announced  IGTV  and benchmark of a Billion users at a presser.  IGTV is a new app for watching long-form, vertical video. Key features: videos are full screen and vertical.each video can be up to an hour long.

Comments are coming due on Sinclair and Tribune, MB Docket 17-179,  Comments and Petitions to Deny are due by August 7, 2017; Oppositions are due by August 22, 2017; and Replies to Oppositions are due by August 29, 2017.

I defy anyone to find the public comment page through search or navigation on the FCC site.  Search  Sinclair public comment  – and get 400+ irrelevant results.  Go to the main page for the case and find no links to public commentDark UI by design.  Best I can tell this is the page for public comment. Take the time to weigh in before its too late.

While on the FCC There needs to be a focused campaign to reinstate “The Fairness Doctrine”   TFD was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, that required the holders of broadcast licenses to both present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was—in the Commission’s view—honest, equitable, and balanced.

Arts notes...

The author Samantha Hunt’s  apocalypse library


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Canada legalises recreational cannabis use [BBC]

Microsoft Employees Pressure Leadership to Cancel ICE Contract [Gizmodo]

June 30th March Families Belong Together  [Families Belong Together]

Verizon, AT&T and Sprint to Limit Sales of Cellphone Location Data [NYT]

Anish Kapoor Sues NRA for Copyright Infringement of Bean Sculpture [ArtNews]

Text only NPR [NPR]

Internet Summit 2018 London Review [Cosmikcarrot]


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Tuesday Surf (updated late edition)



Cambridge Analytica and Other Facebook Partners: Examining Data Privacy Risks 


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Recent surf




Marcel Dzama “Let the women rule after the clown is through”