Hudson Yards Questions

If you live in Manhattan you have heard about Hudson Yards opening. They have a giant marketing tool called the Vessel. People were upset to hear that they surrendered copyright when taking photos on the marketing Vessel.

Take My Face, Leave My Photos Alone.

The irony is that no cared about deployed face detection, (identity) and emotion detection (feelings) being harvested covertly while you are on their property. Honest question do one somehow implicitly sign a TOS/EULA when you walk on to Hudson Yards?

Making Billionaires Vulnerable, Rest of US Just Data Sources.

It’s bing called “playground for billionaires” and “a mall for the wealthy.” “a billionaire’s fantasy city.” What billionaire would want to live in a place that was tracking when they come + go, how they feel, video records every step they take. I would like to meet them if only to harden their end points. One hopes the complex has significant info-sec protection of all that biometric data.

What does the lease say about data ownership – your data. What happens if HY gets hacked and your bio-metric info is leaked as a tenant. Just a second while someone unlocks that bank account with that info and move on the holdings in Monaco.

If Your HY Data Was Hacked – Would protest be allowed at Hudson Yards?

Is public protest allowed, or is this property that does not allow for the peoples voice, only their biometric data. (Only the best of the best when it comes to your personal surveillance at Hudson Yards.)

There are many questions around private data in the public realm, along with link blogging on the subject, I will try to raise issues here along side potential outcomes and opportunities to ‘be best’.

Related read: Data privacy experts flag ‘smart cities of surveillance’ at ITAC Smart Cities Technology Summit []

Link Round up / ICYMI

When a Phone App Opens Your Apartment Door, but You Just Want a Key A lawsuit filed in October in Housing Court in Manhattan by the couple and three other tenants of the West 45th Street building demands that the landlord give them access to all the entryways without having to use a keyless entry system. But it also has opened a wider debate over privacy, ageism and renter’s rights that has inspired new legislation in Albany

How AI Will Rewire Us [theatlantic]

The Internet’s Endless Appetite for Death Video [NYT]
With the iPhone Sputtering, Apple Bets Its Future on TV and News [WSJ]

Ahead of two major shows, the painter Jonas Wood reflects on his early career — and the most unusual object in his studio. [nyt]


XAIAn explain-ability toolbox for machine learning. Follows the Ethical Institute for AI & Machine Learning’s 8 principles. [h/t 4SL]

Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on [Google/]
Google Hotels / Travel [Google] features schedule listings for thousands of public radio stations and programs around the world

At Home Art and Action

A Conversation With Alec Soth About Art and Doubt [nyt/20] “I Know How Furiously Your Heart is Beating,” at Sean Kelly (March 21-April 27), The photograph with Hanya Yanagihara a diptych is quite special, she wrote the forward in the book and conducts this interview. On the 4th Vince Aletti (also in the exhibition at home with is exceptional collection ) will interview Soth. “But after I photographed Anna Halprin, I decided it should be in the subject’s home. This makes them more comfortable. It’s also more stuff to help reveal what might be going on inside of them.I started thinking about “Message From the Interior” by Walker Evans. That book only has twelve pictures. They’re all interiors and only a few of them have people, but there’s so much to look at.”

Could AI replace human writers? [FT/14/paywall] The books of SB Ekhad had been on the bestseller lists for months. Readers were clamouring to find out more about the elusive author. So there was a huge excitement when the organisers of the Oxford Literary Festival announced that they had secured the writer’s first-ever public appearance. But as people filed into the university’s Sheldonian Theatre to meet the mind behind titles such as The Flamboyant Partridge, they were slightly unnerved to see engineers plugging in a stack of computer hardware fronted by a screen that flickered on to reveal a human-like avatar face.

The Crisis of the Whitney // Nine Weeks of Art and Action [decolonizethisplace] Hyperallergic has the breakdown of Friday nights protest. ‘The main action occurred on the fifth floor, in front of Andy Warhol’s “The Last Supper” (1986), where Shellyne Rodriguez, a Decolonize This Place member told the assembled crowd, speaking of Kanders, “this motherfucker has got to go.” Behind her was a backdrop of banners held by members of the 30 groups supporting Decolonize This Place, with messages like “Kanders must go”; “We didn’t cross the border, the border crossed us”; and “Safariland supplies the NYPD.”

Art’s Most Popular: here are 2018’s most visited shows and museums [artnewspaper] The overwhelming success of the Met’s Heavenly Bodies exhibition shows how the public’s appetite for exhibitions devoted to fashion is on the rise. – Tate takes top UK Slot – of the three top London institutions. (British Museum (BM), Tate Modern and the National Gallery)

Giving Back , Being Owned, Going Dark

Tate & NPG Give Back Sackler Drug Money

Statement from The Sackler Trust and the National Portrait Gallery From 19 March 2019 (PDF), followed by the Tate Will No Longer Accept Donations from the Sackler Family, Setting New Precedent [cbc/] It looks like Nan Goldins protests have been getting traction.

The Art Newspaper reporting that South London Gallery returned funding to Sackler Trust last year. [theartnewspaper/4] “This precedent may well have paved the way for the decision by the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) and the Sackler Trust last week not to proceed with a £1m grant from the trust to the NPG.”

‘Reputational issues’ (or shame as we call it), doing it’s work. Also looking into the Sackler crew is Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, who sent this letter (PDF) to them Thursday. Reated: Nan Goldin’s show at the NPG will go on.

Adversarial attacks on medical machine learning

Summary — [sciencemag/10] With public and academic attention increasingly focused on the new role of machine learning in the health information economy, an unusual and no-longer-esoteric category of vulnerabilities in machine-learning systems could prove important. These vulnerabilities allow a small, carefully designed change in how inputs are presented to a system to completely alter its output, causing it to confidently arrive at manifestly wrong conclusions.

The process for removing bald people from photos is as follows:

The boombox Incident The clerk mistook Kruger in the photo for George, since in the picture George had hair but Kruger was bald. Removing the only bald person from the photo was a pretty reasonable thing for the photo store clerk to do. I figured this is something that photo editors have to do frequently, so I decided to automate it. The process for removing bald people from photos is as follows:

Audio Cassette Tapes

Rewind: audio cassette tapes launch a comeback tour [scmp/4] His business invested several million dollars buying up old equipment from defunct production facilities, and last year National Audio manufactured 18 million audio cassettes, Stepp said, selling to 3,500 record labels globally.

Op-Sec 101 : Owned at the Device Level

A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments [NYT] Front page New York Times story is a must read. One graph outlines private hacking program Pegasus capability set.

“By 2011, NSO had developed its first prototype, a mobile surveillance tool the company called Pegasus. Like its namesake, the Greek mythological winged horse, NSO’s tool could do something seemingly impossible: collect vast amounts of previously inaccessible data from smartphones in the air without leaving a trace — including phone calls, texts, emails, contacts, location and any data transmitted over apps like Facebook, WhatsApp and Skype.”

They do this by hacking the end points of the communications — the phones themselves — after the data were decrypted. Regardless if the application is not cracked you are owned at the device level with tools like Pegasus.

The WhatsApp application cited by… wait for it, you got it the very busy Committee on Oversight and Reform, who are concerned about New Information about White House Officials Using Private Email and Messaging Apps Raises Security and Federal Records Concerns.

Private mercenaries are rocking software that can own applications like WhatsApp, the same app Abbe Lowell, personal counsel for Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, confirmed that Mr. Kushner has been using WhatsApp as a part of his official duties in the White House. You can bet Kush’s phone is owned.

Going Dark

DC AG filing: Facebook knew about Cambridge Analytica well before first reporting (PDF) Let’s hope the court denies FB request to seal it. FB argues against it today. Stay tuned every CA case matters.
UPDATE: Friday PM ” The two sides met in court on Friday afternoon and D.C. Superior Court Judge Fern F. Saddler said she would make a ruling by the end of April for whether to dismiss the case. She did not make a ruling on unsealing the Facebook documents.”

In a WAPO story on vaccines – “Perhaps most significant, doctors and experts said, is that Kids Plus was able to figure out the social media attack was directed from inside closed anti-vaccine Facebook groups, in which members have to be approved to join” wapo

The above ‘closed’ Facebook group will look like an open gate once end-to-end encryption and self-destruct features are implemented on Messenger and other Facebook apps.

This does two things, one plausible deniability under the DMCA /avoid regulation on data sharing across platforms. Two it pushes out of view behavior taking place on their ‘platform’ . Making it difficult, perhaps impossible to prevent the spread of videos like the horror show in NZ and the like on their own platform.

This is the last stop on avoiding any accountability around platform as weapon.

Take Another Look


Think You Know This Photograph? Take Another Look [NYT/25]
The Swiss artists Jojakim Cortis and Adrian Sonderegger recreate famous historical photos in their studio, to remind us we shouldn’t always believe what we see.

The descendants of slaves want Harvard to stop using iconic photos of their relatives [cnn/27] The lawsuit said, “It was an act of both love and resistance that Renty and Delia’s kin kept their memories and stories alive for well over a century. It is unconscionable that Harvard will not allow Ms. Lanier to, at long last, bring Renty and Delia home.”

Scooter Companies Split on Giving Real-Time Location Data to Los Angeles [Motherboard /22 ] Uber, which is pushing back against the requests for real-time location data of its JUMP scooters, was granted a provisional, month-long permit, while other companies received a full-year license.


Doomed Boeing Jets Lacked 2 Safety Features That Company Sold Only as Extras. [NYT] “The angle of attack indicator will remain an option that airlines can buy.”(Can we make this against the law for every product and service -ED )

Facebook: Our AI Tools Failed to Catch New Zealand Attack Video [FB] The video had been viewed 4,000 times on the site and copied on other sites beyond control. (Social media video needs to adhere to broadcast standards and practices for 21 and under. – ED)

Google AI Music Doodle Tech [giithub/] This JavaScript implementation of Magenta’s musical note-based models uses TensorFlow.js for GPU-accelerated inference.

Society Desperately Needs An Alternative Web [Forbes /26] This recent article, “The World is Choking on Data Pollution” offered a profound distillation of what we are witnessing today: Progress has not been without a price. Like the factories of 200 years ago, digital advances have given rise to a pollution that is reducing the quality of our lives and the strength of our democracy… We are now face-to-face with a system embedded in every structure of our lives and institutions, shaping our society in ways that deeply impact our basic values.


Are schools getting justifiable value out of their student surveillance? [edscoop /19] A 2018 Florida mandate collects the social media information of students and combines it with law enforcement data into a centralized database. Georgia lawmakers are floating a bill that would create “student profiles” using records from schools, local and federal law enforcement and state social service agencies. The Federal School Safety Report, released in December, advocates for schools to monitor the social media of students. The implication of these initiatives, Marlow says, violates primary American principles.

Nokia phones sent personal information to China Every time the phone was switched on, the screen activated or unlocked, his geographical position, as well as the SIM card number and the phone’s serial number went to a server in China. Investigation has been started.

Spring Returns, Biometrics Bloom

Live UK: Parliamentlive: Science and Technology Committee Subject: The work of the biometrics commissioner and the forensic science regulator

BioMetrics: Don’t look now: why you should be worried about machines reading your emotions [Guardian/14] According to Affectiva’s website, they have the largest emotion data repository in the world, with over 7.5m faces from 87 countries, most of it collected from opt-in recordings of people watching TV or driving their daily commute.

Biometrics: Amazon Rekognition Launches Enhanced Face Analysis [Amazon / ] With this release, we have improved the accuracy of gender identification, emotion detection (for all 7 supported emotions: ‘Happy’, ‘Sad’, ‘Angry’, ‘Surprised’, ‘Disgusted’, ‘Calm’ and ‘Confused’) and attributes such as ‘EyesOpen’.

Paper: Emotion Action Detection and Emotion Inference: the Task and Dataset [avxiv/0] Many Natural Language Processing works on emotion analysis only focus on simple emotion classification without exploring the potentials of putting emotion into “event context”, and ignore the analysis of emotion-related events

Research: Google data collection research (From last August) In “Google Data Collection,” Douglas C. Schmidt, Professor of Computer Science at Vanderbilt University, catalogs how much data Google is collecting about consumers and their most personal habits across all of its products and how that data is being tied together.

OpenSource: SOD – An Embedded Computer Vision & Machine Learning LibrarySOD is an embedded, modern cross-platform computer vision and machine learning software library that expose a set of APIs for deep-learning, advanced media analysis & processing including real-time, multi-class object detection and model training on embedded systems with limited computational resource and IoT devices.

Library of Congress > New National Recording Registry Class [loc] The classic radio western “Gunsmoke”; Ritchie Valens’ groundbreaking 1958 sensation “La Bamba”; Sam & Dave’s 1967 hit single “Soul Man”; the revolutionary 1968 Broadway musical “Hair”; and Neil Diamond’s 1969 “Sweet Caroline,” which became a popular sports anthem, are the newest recordings inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress.

FT OP_ED Can Magic Leap’s ‘mixed reality’ find the human touch? [ft/10/paywall] Early teaser videos posted by Magic Leap on YouTube showed a whale breaching in a school gymnasium and a shootout with killer robots invading an office. Initially, Marina Abramovic: The Life seemed a rather sedate, even anticlimactic affair — a woman in a red dress doing not very much. Gradually, though, the minimalist, meditative performance won me over. That I was one of several real people experiencing the same collective hallucination only made it feel more vivid.

Everything In It’s Face

The future of streaming is the cable bundle [vox/34] But at the same time, my guess is that most of these companies know they’re not going to wipe massive companies like Netflix or Disney from the face of the earth — to say nothing of a company like Apple, which is still waiting in the wings with its own proposed streaming service, or YouTube, which has struggled to launch its own subscription service but owns the viewership habits of the generation just entering its teens and 20s…..

Privacy’s not dead. It’s just not evenly distributed [Fastcompany /34] To begin, Ciara Byrne looks at the split along class lines: Increasingly the wealthy can pay for more privacy, but the poor have always surrendered their privacy for survival. Glenn Fleishman examines how Do Not Track got caught between the hopes of privacy advocates and the fears of the ad industry. And an eighth grader explains how her family’s use of Facebook completely changed her mind about social media.

Facial recognition: Apple, Amazon, Google and the race for your face [c|net /27] Unlike other forms of biometric authentication, cameras can gather information about your face with or without your knowledge or consent. If you’re a privacy-minded person, you could potentially be exposing your data when in a public place without knowing it. Because the technology is so new, there aren’t any laws in the US limiting what companies can do with images of your face after they capture it. A bipartisan bill was recently introduced in the Senate to rectify the lack of regulation.

The Case for Investigating Facebook, When the US Antitrust Chairman pens a Facebook Op-Ed [NYT] And in its pursuit of dominance, Facebook gave at least 60 device makers direct access to its users’ data. Those actions are under criminal investigation, The Times reported last week. Facebook has also engaged in campaigns to obstruct congressional oversight and to smear and discredit critics — tactics reminiscent of the big tobacco playbook.

Timeliner [github/0] is a personal data aggregation utility. It collects all your digital things from pretty much anywhere and stores them on your own computer, indexes them, and projects them onto a single, unified timeline. The intended purpose of this tool is to help preserve personal and family history. [h/t 4SL] (local version of friendfeed – ED)

ScattertextText Data Visualization in Python. This is a tool that’s intended for visualizing what words and phrases are more characteristic of a category than others

New Emo City

Technology Watch – Emotion Detection Edition
DTPR – Digital Transparency in the Public Realm

Since the ’90s, I have been drawing attention to the impact of the surveillance economy, specifically the intersection of public and private data. It is time to revisit why this is important and why comprehensive privacy protection is necessary.

Where Are We Now?

Our current position as it relates to our lives in public: we are losing the right to our own thoughts, as we see the consequences of unchecked technology deployment for three decades.

Compounded by impotent or even non-existent legislation and regulation that follows decades later, we have arrived at a place where business and governments can use cameras to interpret our emotions and use them against us. This is your right to negotiate, gone.

A shining urban example is Hudson Yards, the launch of a new surveillance city. “We can say how many people looked at this ad, for how long. Did they seem interested, bored, were they smiling?”. This type of software is being rolled out in all areas of our lives. At retail, at work, in transit, at home. Not just on city streets. It is legion.

A Cautionary Fable

Allow me a small digression on how we got to now. There is an old Tower of Babel fable – a tale of language and how there were places that existed just yards from each other that did not share common language, or even syllables.

The result of a massive incantation put forth from the top to protect us from a singular attack. One voice that could take us all out at once. Think an even larger incantation of an evil nature, (I know this is starting to sound like an allegory). A specific incantation put into place. Keeping language separate as method to protect us.

Fast forward to now with internet and technology in place where no language barriers exist anymore, one network, any language, no rules of engagement.

The Need for Vocabulary and Context

Most noteworthy, at almost each step we failed to implement proper vocabulary, context, ethics, around what was taking place en mass.

In the early 90’s when logging on to The Well you were greeted with this line at the first text prompt:: ‘you own your own words’ offering clarity by entering their digital house you did not lose your rights.

Now our actions are someone else’s rights. Even simple actions of walking down the street.

One more piece here, humans, man’s innate nature to trust, especially as we age. As a result we are ripe receptors for those who want to move men to action. (See the 2016 election).

List: Things that have been weaponized


Social networks

Cable TV News


The airwaves

Phone lines

Data/The Internet


For example, think about how many networks and things we use every day that we don’t have rights on. How many of those have been weaponized against us.

Appending Digital and IRL

We could break down the fails in each area weaponized, how it happened in post-op review. Remember self regulation and advertising? (Another longer post sometime on this and useless burden of big-data.)

If you look at this as part of the giant click bait advertising fail that has been going on for the last two decades. The fix for these fail’s mandates more data collection. Hence the new need to append your online identity with your offline behavior for even deeper targeting.

A terrible solution to a problem we never deserved. Does anyone really think the promise of providing more personal identifiable information for increased relevant advertising worked? Even if executed, effective?

The Solution is More Data

This pattern of massive failure followed with solutions that encroach on the public rights is everywhere. Take for example NYC congestion pricing. Another example of a nightmare solution due to a problem that could have many other solves, a result of gross mismanagement in the first place.

Due to of failures in infrastructure and basic traffic flow we now need a revenue fix. In this case surveillance economics becomes the solution. A mechanism to put in place location based tracking license readers.

Already in place are facial recognition towers that now stand at most gateways into NYC. Does anyone remember the public comment period for this?..get in touch.

To What End?

One of the ways I like to look at online offline behavior is this quote from one of the founders of Twitter @ev on data driven content – “whenever there is a car crash, everyone looks. That doesn’t mean we want more car crashes”. Swarm behaviors in the online world do not translate offline and vise versa, and shouldn’t.

We are actively trying to pair the two things to what end, what exactly is the end game here? Total situational awareness for commerce or security. Neither Optimal Key Result will be met, the cost will be liberty and lots of wasted dollars.

Your Thoughts In Public – Personal Event Data in Public Spaces

Back to the weaponization of the camera , and rights to privacy to your own thoughts in public. (Can not believe I had to type that sentence.)

The weaponized camera is a mechanism to trans-code your public, private and secret selves in one place. That place, is ‘not yours’ as they say from the auction block. Cameras take life as game and moves it to – life’s events as profit.

Awareness Gap

Understanding current software capability-set often non-existent or misunderstood. Context is almost always missing. Software exists that enable cameras to see your emotions. Machine learning software infer thoughts, illness (mental, physical), predisposed to do X.

This data off the events of our lives, event data that we create, data that allows us to exist independently, to negotiate, to have a private self, to be, to be singular is being taken without our permission.

Data-assault accurately describes the violations being deployed. They may sound digital but the lines blur with physical fast.

Personally identifiable event data being eviscerated includes at any age as long as you have a device. Location history, facial Identification and recognition, bio-metric data etc.

The arguments against this technology often fall to false positives. False positives are a technology solve, not a blocker. We need counter act this through ethics and human rights lenses, not a product imperfection view.

Personal Event Data in Public Spaces, Your Thoughts In Public – Action Plan

Why are not more people speaking up? It’s akimbo to a board not speaking up to a CEO. Legislative bodies that sit quiet in troubling times.

• Hold up a mirror

— Playback each day key political, and commercial figures with emotion recognition overlays.

— Flip the video on any camera that is watching by pushing to screen the machine view of the information. Display event data generated / being stolen. Think kiosks that display what the machine/camera sees in place of the advertisements.

• Take back your block and data. Fall 2019
— A day of civic action at the block level. Massive city wide education and activism with existing .orgs addressing this issue.

• Legal plan. Does the Fourth Amendment protect such information from unlawful search and seizure, or is this data merely a part of a third party’s business records?

1- File injections to stop and cease Sidewalk labs link NYC kiosks based on Carpenter v. US.

2- Put in place privacy protection laws and candidates that support data civil rights and stop the practice full stop. We do not need governors on data collection but protection from collection or using it period.

This is not the smart city I was looking for.

Looking for other rights minded tech, design and legal focused teams, organizations and individuals.

ed note: this is first daft – revisions and updates to follow.

Surveillance City, Amazon-Arlington disclosure clause…

Open-records activists question Amazon-Arlington disclosure clause – [The Washington Post / 18] Amazon’s deal gives the company the ability not just to work with the government to tailor what information it provides in response to citizens’ requests, which is common, but also allows time for the company to go to court to prevent the release of the information.

All the Crime, All the Time: How Citizen Works [NY Times 15] An app called Citizen promises “awareness” of nearby danger. What it provides is more complicated.

In the first 24 hours we removed 1.5 million videos of the attack globally, of which over 1.2 million were blocked at upload…[Twitter/ Facebook Newsroom] Out of respect for the people affected by this tragedy and the concerns of local authorities, we’re also removing all edited versions of the video that do not show graphic content.” — Mia Garlick, Facebook New Zealand

Andreessen Horowitz, Christopher Wylie, Cambridge Analytica 2016 Meeting – [The Guardian /16] Individuals who attended the meeting with Wylie and Andreessen claim it was set up to learn what Cambridge Analytica was doing with Facebook’s data and how technologists could work to “fix” it. It is unclear in what capacity Andreesen Horowitz hosted and who attened the meeting but it is nonetheless a hugely embarrassing revelation for Facebook, which was revealed last week to be the subject of a criminal investigation into whether it had covered up the extent of its involvement with Cambridge Analytica. See also – How Cambridge Analytica Sparked the Great Privacy Awakening [Wired /35]

Related’s Hudson Yards: Smart City or Surveillance City? [The Real Deal / 19] Related says its use of technologies will make life better for those who work, live or shop in the 16 buildings planned for the $25 billion development. But the company’s decision to hold user data indefinitely, as well as its partnership with the firm behind the controversial LinkNYC kiosks, has sparked alarm among surveillance and data privacy watchdogs. Related says it hasn’t yet determined exactly what it will do with data it collects from people in the neighborhood, or movements its cameras record. “But from our point of view, the data is our data for the purposes of allowing us to make Hudson Yards function better,” said Cross……In another quote they reference emotional recognition software… “We can say how many people looked at this ad, for how long. Did they seem interested, bored, were they smiling?” he said.

When it comes to the middle finger, police might need a thicker skin. – [AP/ 7] A federal appeals court says a Michigan woman’s constitutional rights were violated when she was handed a speeding ticket after giving the finger to a suburban Detroit officer in 2017. The decision means a lawsuit by Debra Cruise-Gulyas can proceed.

MIT Emotional Recognition Company Full Court Press – [Twitter/2] In a series of news items, Tweets, podcasts, blog posts etc – MIT spawned emotional recognition company Affectiva deployed on kids at a Disney event as a game and promotional take-a-way. The Company, it’s investors and news stories keep framing this as something we can stop – as they roll it – out prior to laws being able to catch up or public debate and vocabulary taking place. The tone is always a moral question of some sort, couching its evilness in a false high ground (mental health, road safety, handicapped kids etc). Have always respected The Media Lab but they have gone too far here. Joi come on.

Weekend Arts Edition

‘Really a Time of Reckoning’: Activist Group Art Space Sanctuary Protests MoMA and Trustee Larry Fink [artnews /4] It has been a tumultuous year for New York art museums, which have faced calls for board members to resign, moves toward unionization, and a continuation of protests garnering attention from far outside the art world. Now an activist group has set its sights on one of the city’s biggest institutions: the Museum of Modern Art.In a petition circulating online via Google Docs, Art Space Sanctuary is calling on MoMA and Larry Fink, the CEO of the investment firm BlackRock and a museum trustee, to cease investments connected to private prisons in the U.S. MoMA relies on Fidelity Investments to manage its pension fund,, the group alleges, and Fidelity owns stock in private prison companies. According to prior reports, Fink is a stakeholder in GEO Group and CoreCivic, two companies that operate private prisons.

Jerry Saltz Wins National Magazine Award for ‘How to Be an Artist’ Article [artnews /4] The citation for the prize said that Saltz “provided 33 thoughtful, wise, and reassuring lessons that made artistic challenges feel like child’s play. After reading ‘How to Be an Artist,’ it would seem almost impossible not to be successful

Bid me up before you go-go: sun goes down on George Michael’s art collection at Christie’s [theartnewspaper /3] That year was a particularly busy one for buying art. Michael bought almost half of the 61 lots offered in 2007, many from White Cube, whose owner Jay Jopling was an early champion of the Young British Artists including Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Damien Hirst and Jake and Dinos Chapman.

Art Historian Darby English Untangles the Politics of Kerry James Marshall’s Portrait of a Black Police Officer [artnet /5] When working figuratively, Marshall only paints black people—figures wholly distinctive in aesthetic style. More important, they emit with equal constancy that sense of intrinsic worth—the ability to love and to remain indifferent—that some call self-respect. Such people run, as it were, on autonomy. That, of course, is a quality embedded in the historical temporality of modernist painting, a representational convention to whose manner and topoi Marshall holds fiercely—except for its ban on black people. In this critical aspect, Marshall fancies himself a full-time restoration agent. Really black black people function for him, however, as a way not to disclose an (open) secret about modernism, but rather to make of modernism a more completely worldly cultural practice. “Worldly” here describes the attitude of a person, or a thing, that would take its place without wanting the approval of anyone or anything else. But Marshall’s figures show anonymous and fictional qualities that render them irreal by catalyzing their collapse into the pictorial settings they inhabit—settings whose labored yet clearly delineated structures, copious localized embellishments, and near-campy conventionality make it impossible ever to forget you’re looking at a painting.

‘Punk’ Once Meant a Prostitute, Then a Rock ’n’ Roll Rebel [wsj/ 30] A documentary series on the music movement of the 1970s shows how the term came to define its musicians over their objections – The noun “punk” first got associated with a surly, chaotic kind of rock music around 1970, though it seemed to occur to many people at roughly the same time. Ed Sanders, member of the experimental countercultural band the Fugs, called his music “punk rock” in an interview with the Chicago Tribune in March 1970. In July of that year, the music critic Nick Tosches wrote an essay for the magazine Fusion titled “The Punk Muse.” In October, in a listing in the Village Voice, the avant-garde electronic band Suicide advertised a show at a New York art space as “Punk Music by Suicide.”

The Reënchantment of Carolee Schneemann [newyorker/27] We arrived at her studio, which was lovely and busy and hot. On the far wall was “Flange 6rpm” (2011-13), a series of hand-molded aluminum shapes revolving on motors, with a video of the fire that forged the shapes playing behind them. I couldn’t help but think of the extravagant, awe-inducing forge scene in Matthew Barney’s “River of Fundament” (2014), because I’d just watched the film, and how the scale and feeling here were almost the opposite—Carolee’s felt handmade, a kind of anti-apocalypse. Carolee apologized that one couldn’t really get the full effect of the flames projected on the wall during daylight hours, but I liked the look of the pale orange flickering in the midday heat, the weird flanges creaking in the foreground. On a long table sat an ensemble that she had recently unearthed from “Noise Bodies” (1965), a piece that would soon be travelling to a retrospective of her work. The ensemble was akin to a bicycle wheel strung with pots and pans, designed for a performer to wear and shake. Carolee told me me to put it on and move around. I felt silly doing so, but, so instructed, I submitted—I shook.

The Luxury Paint Company Creating a New Kind of Decorating Anxiety [newyorker/29] In the twenty-four years that Studholme has worked for Farrow & Ball, its palette has spread across the wealthier districts of London. In Peckham, a formerly gritty area of the city now filled with microbreweries and artisanal butchers, clients favor bold colors like Radicchio, a dark red, or Studio Green, a bilious black. In Notting Hill, which the investment-banking class has taken over, the prevailing preference has been for gray—Pavilion Gray, Lamp Room Gray, Plummett—in ever-increasing degrees of modernist coldness

Secure Voting Systems + Constructive Social Networks

DARPA Is Building a $10 Million, Open Source, Secure Voting System [motherboard /23] “It’s normal, open source voting system software, which just happens to be running on top of those secure CPUs,” said Kiniry. “Our contention is… that a normal voting system running on COTS [commercial off-the-shelf hardware] will be hacked. A normal voting system running on the secure hardware will probably not be hacked.” Not only are teams developing secure CPUs but to best take advantage of what a secure CPU offers, they’re developing new versions of open source C-compilers so they can recompile the entire software stack on a system—the operating system, the kernel, all the libraries and all the user software that’s written in C.

Apple Addressing Spotify’s claims [apple /0] What Spotify is demanding is something very different. After using the App Store for years to dramatically grow their business, Spotify seeks to keep all the benefits of the App Store ecosystem — including the substantial revenue that they draw from the App Store’s customers — without making any contributions to that marketplace. At the same time, they distribute the music you love while making ever-smaller contributions to the artists, musicians and songwriters who create it — even going so far as to take these creators to court.

Drew Harwell (wapo) [Twitter] The New Zealand massacre was live streamed on Facebook, announced on 8chan, reposted on YouTube, commentated about on Reddit, and mirrored around the world before the tech companies could even react. Followed by YouTube Tweet.Please know we are working vigilantly to remove any violent footage.” Zuckerberg described FB Live at launch: “We built this big technology platform so we can go and support whatever the most personal and motional and raw and visceral ways people want to communicate” Related- In the European Parliament, Anti-terrorism Censorship : Second Setback at the European Parliament “An upcoming European law pretexts fighting terrorism to silence the whole Internet”

Who Controls Diners’ Data? OpenTable Moves to Assert Control [wsj/30/paywall] “This information is our information. It’s not OpenTable’s information,” said Wassef Haroun, an owner of MBar, a restaurant in Seattle that uses both OpenTable and SevenRoom

Boldness in Business person of the year: Sir Tim Berners-Lee [ft/21/paywall] Thousands of developers across 26 countries are experimenting with 50,000 Solid personal online data stores (PODs). The company is also collaborating with some bigger partners, including an Indian telecoms company and the UK’s National Health Service, to explore how Solid could be configured at scale. To that end, Inrupt is aiming to complete a multimillion-dollar fundraising by the end of March, enabling it to launch a user product by the end of the year. In tech jargon, Solid is aiming to “re-decentralise” the web, returning ownership of data to the users who generate it and empowering them to give consent to others to access it.

Artificial Intelligence Policy: A Primer and Roadmap [pdf] [ucdavis] AI is remaking aspects of society today and likely to shepherd in much greater changes in the coming years. As this Essay emphasized, the process of societal transformation carries with it many distinct and difficult questions of policy. Even so, there is reason for hope. We have certain advantages over our predecessors. The previous industrial revolutions had their lessons and we have access today to many more policymaking bodies and tools. We have also made interdisciplinary collaboration much more of a standard practice. But perhaps the greatest advantage is timing: AI has managed to capture policymakers’ imaginations early enough in its life-cycle that there is hope we can yet channel it toward the public interest. I hope this Essay contributes in some small way to this process.

A Peek into the Future of Wearables [] Mind-reading smart glasses. Julia Brown, CEO of MindX, said that her company plans to produce glasses that let you “access information with a single thought.” The company is using technology licensed from the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics lab to pick up signals from eye movement and from brain waves to know where you are looking and what you are thinking when you look there. Brown is excited about the possibilities of visual search, for example. No word on when the first devices might come to market; the company is still in the development stage, and currently looking to hire a brain computer interface software engineer who is a “full stack neuro nerd” and a neural data scientist who is “expert in extracting meaning from bio signals” along with more traditional software engineers.

Lou Reed Archive at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts [] The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is thrilled to announce that the Lou Reed Archive has been processed and is now available to users. The Lou Reed Archive documents the history of Reed’s life as a musician, composer, poet, writer, photographer, and tai-chi student through his own extensive papers, photographs, recordings and other materials. The archive spans Reed’s creative life—from his 1958 Freeport High School band, the Shades, to his final performances in 2013.
The Library for the Performing Arts is celebrating the opening of the Lou Reed archive with a special edition library card, a display of collection items, and more.

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