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DISCOURSE: Removing Additional Inauthentic Activity from Facebook  [Facebook]Facebook takes down pages spreading fake news and clickbait  [FT]  The disinformation included false stories spread about Christine Blasey Ford Facebook removed 559 pages and 251 accounts, including Right Wing News, which had more than 3.1m followers, Resistance, with 240,000 followers, and Reverb Press, with 816,000.

PRIVACY: Equity and Digital Privacy in NYC    []  Anyone interested in the digital welfare of NYC communities should take a hard look at how cities collect, control, and share out data that is collected from the public, in public spaces. Yet the City also has a responsibility to protect residents from digital risks and harms emerging from their contracts with franchisees for private home internet service.\

BLOCKCHAIN: DHS Science & Technology Directorate Flowchart – Do you need a share consistent data store? [IMG] I recommend this Vinton G Cerf  – Simple Flowchart 

INFO-SEC:  Joint report on publicly available hacking tools [PDF] [National Cyber Security Centere]

MAN-MACHINE: The Pentagon’s Push to Program Soldiers’ Brains [theatlantic] The mission is to make human beings something other than what we are, with powers beyond the ones we’re born with.

MAN-MACHINE: Atlas does parkour [youtube] control software uses the whole body including legs, arms and torso, to marshal the energy and strength for jumping over the log and leaping up the steps without breaking its pace. Atlas uses computer vision to locate itself with respect to visible markers on the approach to hit the terrain accurately.

CONFERENCE: DIGITAL ART #MIRA2018  Barcelona’s digital arts festival 8-10 November: Strong lineup 

CONFERENCE: PRIVACY Reconfiguring Anonymity 

VIDEO ART:  Tony Oursler : Tear of The Cloud  [Oct 10, 2018 – Oct 31, 2018 7 – 10PM, Tuesday–Sunday Riverside Park South / Hudson River]   Five digital projections superimposed onto the landmarked 69th Street Transfer Bridge Gantry, the surrounding landscape, and the flowing water of the Hudson River itself. These spectral images combine with an evocative soundscape to create a dramatic experience that transforms Riverside Park each night.

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DATA:  More than 9 million broken links on Wikipedia are now rescued [Internet Archive Blogs]

ART-DATA: Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018 [Whitney] establishes connections between works of art based on instructions, spanning over fifty years of conceptual, video, and computational art. The pieces in the exhibition are all “programmed” using instructions, sets of rules, and code, but they also address the use of programming in their creation

DARPA: 60 Years of Challenges and Breakthroughs [DARPAtv] This short documentary debuted at DARPA’s 60th anniversary symposium, D60, which took place Sept. 5-7, 2018, at Gaylord National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland.

STREAMING: Pushing the limits of streaming technology [Google Blog] streaming such graphically-rich content that requires near-instant interaction between the game controller and the graphics on the screen” ( Streaming the game not the play. -ed “)

PROGRAMING: Inform: Past, Present, Future [Emily Short] This is the talk and slides from the June 2018 London IF meetup, held at Elephant Studios in London South Bank University on 9 June 2018. I was invited to speak about Inform, past, present and future

MACHINE LEARNING:  Large Scale GAN Training for High Fidelity Natural Image Synthesis [ARXIV] Despite recent progress in generative image modeling, successfully generating high-resolution, diverse samples from complex datasets such as ImageNet remains an elusive goal. To this end, we train Generative Adversarial Networks at the largest scale yet attempted, and study the instabilities specific to such scale

INFOSEC: Voice Phishing Scams Are Getting More Clever [krebsonsecurity]

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INFO-SEC:  Voting Machine Used in Half of U.S. Is Vulnerable to Attack, Report Finds This never gets old, just keeping it current.  BBC today –  US mid-terms: Hackers expose ‘staggering’ voter machine flaw –  and this DEF CON report on vulnerabilities in US election infrastructure [pdf] (

LIVE: #BITS18  Listen in .

DATA: This is what filter bubbles actually look like– MIT

SERVICE:  Project Atlas 
Project Atlas will connect the BitTorrent peer-to-peer network and the TRON blockchain network via a set of bittorrent protocol extensions, a custom token, and an in-client token economy to address existing limitations and open a new borderless economy for exchanging value for computer resources on a global scale.

ADDRESS:  Plus Codes   [Google] like a street address for people or places that don’t have one. looks like a regular address, but with a short code where the street name and number would be. These addresses exist for any location, even for places where there are no roads.

LAW: California the first state with an Internet of Things cybersecurity law:  The bill, SB-327 . They also just signed nation’s strictest net neutrality rules into law 

CULTURE (LOW) : Save Elon  from the SEC Bikini . This bikini swimsuit is designed for fashionable women; stylish and personalized. Because of an advance heat sublimation technique, it will not fade in water.”

PAPER SOURCES: Distillthe arXivFermat’s LibrarySci-Hub

ART NYC: In ‘The Mile-Long Opera,’ All the High Line’s a Stage [NYT]