Certs, Neural Painters + Cybersovereignty

WORLD: How ‘Cybersovereignty’ Splits the Once World Wide Web [bloomberg] China’s President Xi Jinping has led the way in asserting what’s become known as cybersovereignty — a nation’s right to control the digital realm. Other authoritarian regimes such as Russia’s and Vietnam’s, but also governments in places such as India and France, are following suit.

INFOSEC:Firefox – All extensions disabled due to expiration of intermediate signing cert – Firefox developers are aware of the situation with AddOns and are working the problem. This is being tracked in bug #1548973

FOOD: Niche Mazémen [dailydish] Rave reviews from restaurant critics for Chef Shigetoshi Nakamura brothless ramen from Ryan Sutton from Eater and Pete Wells from The New York Times prompted me to visit Niche ….

MEDIA/DATA ETHICS :Years Ago, My Sister Vanished. I See Her Whenever I Want. [nyt] I have this dream a lot, intruding on other dreams, bullying them, demanding to be heard. Several years ago, my mother suggested we delete my sister’s Facebook account, wondering if it was inappropriate, the way her online life is paused with her random thoughts and photos on public display. Ultimately, we decided not to. It brings me too much comfort.

MEDIA:How the News Took over Reality [theguardian]  It’s not simply that we spend too many hours glued to screens. It’s that for some of us, at least, they have altered our way of being in the world such that the news is no longer one aspect of the backdrop to our lives, but the main drama. The way that journalists and television producers have always experienced the news is now the way millions of others experience it, too.

PRIVACY:  Why you should always use a password vs FRT or fingerprints for unlocking your phone. In January, a Northern California federal judge ruled that police can’t force suspects to unlock their phones with biometrics, now we have a ruling that says cops can try suspect’s fingers on locked iPhones found at crime scene  – action to follow here but keep your self protected with your mind not your biometrics -ED

PRIVACY: Universities inspired to spot students with mental health concerns The future plan is to bring together in a one-stop-shop system, the information that is kept on students through analytics and information that is kept in mental health and wellbeing, and bring it together to build that one student profile.

PRIVACY: Met police’s facial recognition technology ‘96% inaccurate’ The Administrative Court for Wales is set to hear the UK’s first challenge to police use of the technology later this month, spearheaded by former Lib Dem councillor and Cardiff resident Ed Bridges. Mr Bridges believes his face was scanned by South Wales Police at both a peaceful anti-arms protest and while doing his Christmas shopping, and claims its use “violates [the] privacy rights of everyone within range of the cameras. (Noted for the legal case not the efficiency which will improve.  These stories about effectiveness are a distraction from the real issues — which are social harms from urban data. – ED)

PRIVACY:Price of Privacy in the Keynesian Beauty Contest (pdf)  We analyze two versions of this this price: one from the perspective of the agents measuring their diminished ability to coordinate due to acting to obscure their information and another from the perspective of an aggregator whose statistical estimate of the true state of the world is of lower precision due to the agents adding random noise to their actions. We show that these quantities are high when agents care very strongly about protecting their personal information and low when the quality of the signals the agents receive is poor.

PRIVACY: Smart Lock Vendors Under Fire For Collecting Too Much Private Data  [techdirt.com] This is an issue that has come up increasingly in the realm of smart electricity meters, which can provide utilities with an unprecedented amount of detail regarding your daily habits, ranging from which appliances you most frequently use, how long you’re home, and when you’re not. The EFF has argued that this data should be protected by the Fouth Amendment

LISTEN : The SAFE Project has been placing recording devices throughout the rainforest in Borneo  I like to listen to the dawn chorus starting at 6am when the animals are just waking.

SEE: MA LIST PROJECTS: ROSE SALANE  List Projects: Rose Salane features a series of framed works and a large-scale sculpture that engage the lost collection of the Port Authority Library of New York & New Jersey. Once located on the 55th floor of the former World Trade Center,

SEE: NYC Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything is the first exhibition entirely devoted to the imagination and legacy of the influential singer/songwriter, man of letters, and global icon from Montréal, Canada.

SEE: LONDON  The Origins of Ivor Punch The Origins of Ivor Punch is a play based on the Edinburgh International First Book Award-winning novel ‘The Letters of Ivor Punch’ by musician and author Colin MacIntyre (Mull Historical Society).

SEE: VENICE Biennale Arte 2019The 58th International Art Exhibition, titled May You Live In Interesting Times and curated by Ralph Rugoff, opens to the public on Saturday 11th May 2019 at the Giardini and Arsenale venues. The exhibition will be open until Sunday 24th November 2019 (If you are not already aboard your vaporetto you are missing opening week! – ED)  FT Series Venice Biennale 2019

AI-CON  re:MARS   Agenda + justification  letter  (where were these when I needed these, and versions!  — ED)

AI-ART: Experiment: Body Network on Paper  CreativeAI ArtistplusAI

AI-ART: Neural Painters: A learned differentiable constraint for generating brushstroke paintings  By directly optimizing brushstrokes to activate neurons in a pre-trained convolutional network, we can directly visualize ImageNet categories and generate “ideal” paintings of each class. Finally, we present a new concept called intrinsic style transfer. By minimizing only the content loss from neural style transfer, we allow the artistic medium, in this case, brushstrokes, to naturally dictate the resulting style.

AI-ART Create a personalized poem, with the help of AI  [google] To create your POEMPORTAIT, head to g.co/poemportraits. Once you get there, you’ll be asked to donate a word of your choice and take a self portrait  (My advice – skip the photo check the prose – worth playing with as this AI lines up nicely with the machine — Adam from Iam McEwans  ‘Machines Like me’ who reduced the world to Haiku’s – ED)

ART: A Tool to Deceive and Slaughter (2009) Caleb Larsen [rhizome] Every ten minutes the black box pings a server on the internet via the ethernet connection to check if it is for sale on the eBay. If its auction has ended or it has sold, it automatically creates a new auction of itself. If a person buys it on eBay, the current owner is required to send it to the new owner. The new owner must then plug it into ethernet, and the cycle repeats itself. (h/t Whitney)