MED 9.14.18

– Mediaeater Digest Friday 14th September 2018  –
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BIZ: Where in the World Is Larry Page? [Bloomberg]
Alphabet said in a statement that it had offered its head of global affairs for the hearing and that “enabling Larry to focus on the other bets and long-term technical problems is exactly what Alphabet was set up for.” The company referred questions to Dan Doctoroff, head of its urban infrastructure unit, Sidewalk Labs, and former CEO of Bloomberg LP, Bloomberg Businessweek’s parent.

[So let me get this straight – they wanted to send the guy who built the stealth ring of steal spy machines around the city – WTF I totally would have understood an answer like “F*** that I am not listing to Ted Cruz insipid questions”, but this? come on, Larry what are you thinking – ED)

PRIVACY: Google Knows Where You’ve Been, but Does It Know Who You Are? [NYT]

AI: Google’s Next Generation Music Recognition [Google AI Blog]
deep neural networks to bring low-power, always-on music recognition to mobile devices.

PRIVACY:  Big Brother in Berlin [Politico]
As Germany dabbles in state surveillance, facial-recognition technology raises privacy concerns.

INTV: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey talked to NYU’s Jay Rosen for an hour, on the record. []

LIFE: Jeff Bezos morning routine. [Twitter]

-Newspaper, coffee, breakfast with the kids
-First meeting at 10a
High IQ meetings before lunch
-By 5p, rather save it for the next day
-Says he gets 8 hours of sleep unless he’s traveling

TOOL: This Twitter Bot Will Tell You if a Login Page is Phishing [Motherboard]

ART/CON: GROUND CONTROL, PARIS  Nov 12th-16th, 2018 []

ART: Double Lives showcases the sound-based creations of people better known as artists than musicians.  The Artists Who Led Secret Lives as Musicians  double life . :  Visual artists make music

ART: Face Trade – Art vending machine that trades mugshots for “free” portraits  []

Random link round-up

New iPhone price graph  – vs –  Valuations of luxury-goods co’s
step graphs ftw

DC facebook-s-zuckerberg-to-testify-in-november-in-investor-suit [Bloomberg]

Woman loses NASA internship after Twitter fight with member of space council  [NBC4I]

Sony Finally Admits It Doesn’t Own Bach and It Only Took a Bunch of Public Pressure [EFF]

In Gotham right now $52K for curtains is not that out of line , The fact that you had to move from a landmark NYC hotel to an apartment, cause the Chinese is the buried lede -ed

Number of times the words “fuck” and “fucking” appear in Woodward’s “Fear”: 100, pages 1-34 

Newscaster (1010 wins news) – “Florence is moving at the pace of NYC traffic about 5 miles an hour”




Media, entertainment & technology show Show IBC   :
2018 – RAI Amsterdam, 13th-18th September 2018

IBC Links

Audio Engineering Society (AES):
Alliance for IP Media Solutions (AIMS):
Advanced Media Workflow Association (AMWA):
European Broadcasting Union (EBU):
Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers® (SMPTE®):
Video Services Forum (VSF):

More information about standards and open specifications is available at:

SMPTE ST 2110:
VSF Technical Recommendations:

MED 9.13.18

– Mediaeater Digest Thursday 13th September 2018  –
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LIVE: Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century [FTC]

PRIVACY:  UK mass surveillance ruled unlawful in landmark judgment. [BigBrotherWatch]

PRIVACY: GCHQ data collection regime violated human rights, court rules [Guardian]

       UX: Optimized desktop Twitter.  [twitter query]

PRESS RELEASE;  Campaigners win vital battle against UK mass surveillance at European Court of Human Rights  [privacyinternational]

STREAMING: Reducing Latency Video Streaming Without the Delay [BBC]

ELECT:  Tech:NYC election guide,  [TechNYC]

TOOL : What-If Tool [Google]

ARTS: Writer Luc Sante Explores the Storied Lives of Cities, Past and Present [CITYBEAT]

MED 9.12.18

– Mediaeater Digest Wednesday 12th September 2018  –
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LIVE:   Apple Special Event  From the Steve Jobs Theater. [Apple]
Watch live September 12 at 10 a.m. PDT.

LIVE: Hearings on Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century [FTC]
Hearings start tomorrow – full schedule on the click, first one up FTC Chairman Joe Simons will present opening remarks, followed by two days of discussion by a distinguished set of panelists who will discuss the following topics:  the current landscape of competition and consumer protection law and policy; whether the U.S. economy has become more concentrated and less competitive; the regulation of consumer data; antitrust law and the consumer welfare standard; …

LAW: EU approves controversial internet copyright law, including ‘link tax’ and ‘upload filter’ [VERGE] . – (The death of memes + link tax -ed)
Article 11 is intended to give publishers and newspapers a way to make money when companies like Google link to their stories, while Article 13 requires platforms like YouTube and Facebook to scan uploaded content to stop the unlicensed sharing of copyrighted material. Critics say these two provisions pose a dire threat to the free flow of information online, and will be open to abuse by copyright trolls and censors.

PAPER:  Scientists warn of potential serious health effects of 5G [pdf] (
Another view of 5G … We the undersigned, more than 180 scientists and doctors from 35 countries, recommend a moratorium on the roll-out of the fifth generation, 5G, for telecommunication until potential hazards for human health and the environment have been fully investigated by scientists independent from industry

TWITTER: Nearly 600 Russia-linked Twitter accounts tweeted about the Affordable Care Act and U.S. health policy from 2014 through this past May, new data show [WSJ]

Round up

UX: The Dark (Patterns) Side of UX Design [PDF]
PRIVACY: Google’s location privacy practices are under investigation in Arizona [WAPO]
ART: Conserve The Sound
CRYPTO:  Digging into Browser-Based Crypto Mining (
NY:  Brooklyn Book Festival  [BrooklynBookFestival]
PAPER: Deep image reconstruction from human brain activity [BioRxiv]


MED 9.11.18

– Mediaeater Digest Tuesday 11th September 2018  –
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AI/NMT: Expanding automatic machine translation to more languages  [FB]
The results of those efforts and announce that we have added 24 new languages to our automatic translation services. We are now serving translations for a total of 4,504 language directions (a pair of languages between which we offer translation, e.g., English to Spanish).

SPECTRUM: Supercharged connected future powers ahead of customer enthusiasm  [FT]
A British researcher, Adrian Braine, who works on the technology with Surrey University, says: “If we get 5G right, there’ll never need to be a 6G. It will be like electricity, with everybody getting what they want anytime, anywhere.”

PAPER: Unveiling and Quantifying Facebook Exploitation of Sensitive Personal Data for Advertising Purposes [Usenix]
The results of our study suggest that Facebook labels 73% EU users with potential sensitive interests. This corresponds to 40% of the overall EU population. We also estimate that a malicious third party could unveil the identity of Facebook users that have been assigned a potentially sensitive interest at a cost as low as €0.015 per user

PAPER: Eye Movements During Everyday Behavior Predict Personality Traits   []
Using a state-of-the-art machine learning method and a rich set of features encoding different eye movement characteristics, we were able to reliably predict four of the Big Five personality traits (neuroticism, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness) as well as perceptual curiosity only from eye movements. Further analysis revealed new relations between previously neglected eye movement characteristics and personality.

[PRIVACY] Are New York’s Free LinkNYC Internet Kiosks Tracking Your Movements? [Intercept]

In May of this year, Charles Meyers, an undergraduate at New York City College of Technology, came across folders in LinkNYC’s public library on GitHub, a platform for managing files and software, that appear to raise further questions about location tracking and the platform’s protection of its users’ data. Meyers made copies of the codebases in question — “LinkNYC Mobile Observation” and “RxLocation” — and shared both folders with The Intercept.

[PRIVACY] Silicon Valley siphons our data like oil. But the deepest drilling has just begun [Guardian]
The only solution is political. As consumers we’re nearly powerless, but as citizens, we can demand more democratic control of our data. Data is a common good. We make it together, and we make it meaningful together, since useful patterns only emerge from collecting and analyzing large quantities of it.

[PRIVACY]  Dozens of popular iPhone apps caught sending user location data to monetization firms [Techcrunch]
A group of security researchers say dozens of popular iPhone apps are quietly sharing the location data of “tens of millions of mobile devices” with third-party data brokers.


PRIVACY: Facial Recognition Tech Is Ready for Its Post-Phone Future  [Wired]
BIZ: Alibaba takes joint venture route to Russia expansion [Reuters]
BLOCKCHAIN:  IBM Blockchain World Wire  PDF  [IBM]
AI: AI-powered API for music [galiboo]
PHOTO: The Falling Man  [Esquire]




Editors note:  17 years ago I was under those towers and saw them fall, It’s hard to look at the photos taken that day or reckon the feelings that have persisted since. This was everything it was said to be in the years after.  The cost was more than the lives lost and families and friends effected.  We saw to it that all of America would feel pain from that day and helped amplify its effects by curbing our freedoms and way of living.   This was and is a mistake..  #neverforget

MED 9.10.18

Decentralized web apps, programs and documentation.

Akasha – Social network alternative
Beaker Browser –  independent experimental browser (p2p)
Diaspora – Social network alternative
DTube  – YouTube substitute
Graphite Docs – Google documents alternative
Hearth – Cross between Dropbox and a web-hosting service
Matrix –  Slack + WhatsApp substitute
OpenBazaar –  Decentralized marketplace
Textile Photos  – Instagram-like alternative for storing, managing, and sharing photos

Crypto Market DApp Platforms

Chinese market , Developed by Onchain, Shanghai)
‘Proof of Stake’ algorithm.
“engaged in the design, research and development of the blockchain distributed ledger system”

Cardano Project
Cardano is a decentralised public blockchain and cryptocurrency project and is fully open source.  

Software that introduces a blockchain architecture designed to enable vertical and horizontal scaling of decentralized applications (the “EOSIO Software”). 

‘Tangle Architecture’
blockchain focused on the ‘Internet Of Things’

Further reading
Documentation: Ultimate Guide to Convert a Web App To a Decentralized App Dapp [medium]


RFC: Living document 

MED 9.8.18


– Mediaeater Digest Saturday 8th September 2018  –
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We start with an outline: an exploded view of a planetary system across three stages of birth, life and death, accompanied by an essay in 21 parts. Together, this becomes an anatomical map of a single AI system.

Media:  Judging by the Cover: How the Magazine Industry’s Identity Crisis Is Playing Out on Its Front Page
“Somebody from our marketing department once said to me it would cost us up to $3 million a month in advertising to get as much exposure to the public as having our magazines out on the newsstand.”

Privacy:  Firefox about:config privacy settings
about:config settings to harden the Firefox browser. Privacy and performance enhancements.

Privacy: Wi-Fi Gets More Secure: Everything You Need to Know About WPA3
The biggest Wi-Fi security update in 14 years was recently unveiled by the Wi-Fi Alliance. The Wi-Fi Protected Access 3 (WPA3) security certificate protocol provides some much-needed updates to the WPA2 protocol introduced in 2004. Rather than a wholesale working of Wi-Fi security, WPA3 is focused on bringing new techniques to bear against the cracks that have begun to show in WPA2.

Tool: Computer Vision Annotation Tool (CVAT)
A web-based tool which helps to annotate video and images for Computer Vision algorithms

Tool: Mobile, chronological Twitter timeline view for desktop Twitter 
I use mobile w/search filters to view my twitter timeline both cleanly and in chronological order. Its a far superior experience for longtime users. Increase the size by +2 for a perfect UI.   Logged in to Twitter while reading this click the link to check it yourself.

Case Study: Google Fiber Is High-Speed Internet’s Most Successful Failure (
But we believe Google Fiber’s most significant impact was to change the nature of relations between infrastructure providers and local authorities. Even after substantial deregulation in the 1980’s and 1990’s, and even as separate networks and technologies converged on a single internet-based standard, local governments continued to treat network providers as quasi-governmental public utilities, regulating their construction efforts and access to public rights of way with cumbersome procedures developed decades earlier.

Opinion | Drawing the line against data abuse in open societies
“As a physician,” he continues, “I see the risks and consequences of algorithmic overreach in mental health falling into two camps: there are the risks of ‘false positives,’ of labeling healthy people as being mentally ill, and the risks of ‘false negatives,’ of missing cases of mental illness that actively require our attention.”

Arts: Deep Listening: Animal Collective & Coral Morphologic Dive Deep into Tangerine Reef
Tangerine Reef, a new audiovisual album by the musical experimentalists in Animal Collective, evolved out of Coral Orgy, a collaborative performance for which the art-science videography duo Coral Morphologic projected otherworldly imagery of small-scale sea creatures across five screens while the band played new music in response.


MED 9.7.18

– Mediaeater Digest Friday 7th September 2018  –
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Paper: Toward “JOMO”: the joy of missing out and the freedom of disconnecting []
Solutions around short-term voluntary disconnection: 1) facilitating disconnection through awareness, support, and practice, 2) reducing triggers to re-engage, and 3) allowing for partial disconnection. We feel it’s important for mobile operating systems and app developers to design responsibly with the users’ attention, and wellbeing in mind.

Paper: Unveiling and Quantifying Facebook Exploitation of Sensitive Personal Data for Advertising Purpos
The results of our study suggest that Facebook labels 73% EU users with potential sensitive interests. This corresponds to 40% of the overall EU population. We also estimate that a malicious third party could unveil the identity of Facebook users that have been assigned a potentially sensitive interest at a cost as low as €0.015 per user.

Paper: Full-body High-resolution Anime Generation with Progressive Structure-conditional GANs. []
We propose Progressive Structure-conditional Generative Adversarial Networks (PSGAN), a new framework that can generate full-body and high-resolution character images based on structural information. Recent progress in generative adversarial networks with progressive training has made it possible to generate high-resolution images.

Privacy:  Firefox about:config privacy settings
about:config settings to harden the Firefox browser. Privacy and performance enhancements.

Levity:  Radiohead song or accurate description of my parenting? [Mcsweeenys]

Podcast: Artificial Intelligence Podcast   [LexFridman]
The Artificial Intelligence (AI) podcast hosts accessible, big-picture conversations at MIT and beyond about the nature of intelligence with some of the most interesting people in the world thinking about AI from the perspective of deep learning, robotics, AGI, neuroscience, philosophy, psychology, cognitive science, economics, physics, mathematics, and more.

MED 9.6.18

– Mediaeater Digest  – Thursday 6th September 2018  –
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Morning Final

Tool : (google)
A single interface that allows search across multiple repositories.

Tool:  Conceptual Captions: A New Dataset and Challenge for Image Captioning  (Google)
Conceptual Captions, a new dataset consisting of ~3.3 million image/caption pairs that are created by automatically extracting and filtering image caption annotations from billions of web pages

Business: A New Spotify Initiative Makes the Big Record Labels Nervous (NYT)
Although the deals are modest — with advance payments of tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to several people involved — the big record companies see the Spotify initiative as a potential threat: a small step that, down the line, could reshape the music business as it has existed since the days of the Victrola.

Privacy:  State data to be used to limit child gamers in China [BBC]
From mid-September it will introduce a real-name registration system for its Honour of Kings games, which will be linked to China’s public security database. It will identify children and restrict the time they spend on the game. The move is the first of its kind in the world’s largest gaming market.

Privacy: IBM used NYPD surveillance footage to develop technology that lets police search by skin color (Intercept)
IBM began developing this object identification technology using secret access to NYPD camera footage. With access to images of thousands of unknowing New Yorkers offered up by NYPD officials, as early as 2012, IBM was creating new search features that allow other police departments to search camera footage for images of people by hair color, facial hair, and skin tone.

Privacy: ‘The State of Surveillance’ PDF  (Big Brother Watch)
Surveillance has permeated almost every aspect of our lives. A future that, to many, may seem distant and unimaginably dystopian, is very much a reality in 2018. As the contributions to this report demonstrate, it does not matter if we have something to hide or not. In our mass surveillance society, anyone and everyone is under suspicion and observation, whether justified or not.

Privacy: Five-Eyes Intelligence Services Choose Surveillance Over Security (
To put it bluntly, this is reckless and shortsighted. I’ve repeatedly written why this can’t be done technically, and why trying results in insecurity. But there’s a greater principle at first: we need to decide, as nations and as society, to put defense first. We need a “defense dominant” strategy for securing the Internet and everything attached to it.

Learn: Carnegie Mellon Univ. Bachelor of Science in Artificial Intelligence (cmu)
Curriculum break down.  BSAI majors will take courses in math and statistics, computer science, AI, science and engineering, and humanities and arts. There’s also room built into the curriculum for academic exploration via electives.

Tool : Identifying the author behind New York Time’s op-ed from inside the Trump White House.
Github repo that looks at word used against other writings from staff.  (Ahem – Mike is that you?)

Learn:  Deposition of respiratory virus pathogens on frequently touched surfaces at airports  (BMC Infectious Diseases)
Nucleic acid of at least one respiratory virus was detected in 9 out of 90 (10%) surface samples, including: a plastic toy dog in the children’s playground (2/3 swabs, 67%); hand-carried luggage trays at the security check area (4/8, 50%); the buttons of the payment terminal at the pharmacy (1/2, 50%); the handrails of stairs (1/7, 14%); and the passenger side desk and divider glass at a passport control point (1/3, 33%).  (so that would be a TRAVEL ADVISORY –  that thing you have to touch, that bin, has more germs that the toilet -ed)

NYC  Kenny Shopsin, Brash Owner of a Quirky Restaurant, Dies at 76
His was a classic neighborhood restaurant, and he didn’t want it to become a tourist attraction. He was not averse to throwing someone out who didn’t seem to get the chatty, casual-clutter look and feel of the place.

Innovation:  Why big companies squander good ideas (FT)
“Disruption describes what happens when firms fail because they keep making the kinds of choices that made them successful,”

How much of your day is spent reading stuff you don’t remember asking for, that you don’t want?

MED 9.5.18


MEDIAEATER DIGEST – Wednesday September 5th, 2018 : DISPUTE THE TEXT

Late City Final

Live 7PM Wolfgang Tillmans with Paul Holdengräber: Art and Political Action

Live Twitter: Transparency and Accountability (

Live Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg testify before Congress   (PBS 10:30 Eastern)

 manicpixiedreamgirl  aka ashley-graham-body-positive-movement-

Now Twitter Edits The New Yorker (NYT OP-ED)

Why the rise of AI makes “mental resilience” so important (CBS) [harden your end point e.g. your brain]

Australia Wants to Take Government Surveillance to the Next Level . (NYT)

The largest U.S. telecom companies are slowing internet traffic to and from popular apps like YouTube and Netflix, (Bloomberg)

File under:  music as a weapon  Berlin station turns to atonal tunes to deter drug users (

Before MTV . There was Uncle Ralph and Video Music Box (VillageVoice) Archive story


MED 9.4.18

MEDIAEATER DIGEST – Tuesday September 4th, 2018 : DISPUTE THE TEXT