The traps that discussions about AI ethics fall into. Especially appreciate “the rule of law” trap, wherein we assume *laws* about AI will inherently be ethical.
Terrific/terrifying post by Mike Caulfield showing that the same principles that underwrote the Fyre Festival apply to disinformation and conspiracy theories
Adding this to future syllabuses, to be paired with Lauren Michele Jackson’s digital blackface article in Teen Vogue.
Walmart just patented a procedure for capturing customer health data via shopping cart handles. No way this data could be misused, no-sir.
Revisiting this 2017 article after reading about Kathleen Hall Jamieson’s new “Cyberwar” book.
Will probably add this to my DIG 101 syllabus. And it would pair well with Bradbury’s “There Will Come Soft Rains.”
Explainer GIFs for link-averse media consumers…Perfect for my DIG 101, where we’re discussing animated GIFs next week and Internet conspiracies a few weeks later.
An MS Painterly send-up of conspiracy culture
We touched upon Lisa Park’s critique of the hypervisibility/weird invisibility of antenna trees yesterday in DIG 101. Wish we could have spent more time on it.
Just discovered this great AI primer from Liz Daly. Perfect for the syllabus.
Key quote: “It is unclear what other criteria Facebook measures to determine a user’s score, whether all users have a score, and in what ways they’re used.”
Gotta pull this out whenever we talk about infrastructure in class.
There are a lot of deep fake articles out there, but I think this is the one I’ll use in Intro to Digital Studies this year.
You can easily apply Holt and Vonderau’s critique of the discourse around data centers in “Where the Internet Lives” to Microsoft’s discourse about its undersea data center.
Facebook’s People You May Know “mines information users don’t have control over to make connections they may not want it to make.”
Dark Content is a video series on the dark web about people who perform commercial content moderation on the open web.
Excellent digital forensics work on QAnon. Surprise! Most QAnon posters also post on videogames and Men’s Rights.
“algorithms can often exacerbate underlying societal problems”
Another great piece by Whitney Phillips, one of the best thinkers about toxic media. A critique of they way the news has covered QAnon conspiracists.
Worth including on my DIG 101 syllabus, where I will have a whole section on conspiracies.
A good look at how affordances of platforms could enable a kind of crackpot hermeneutics.
A _Buzzfeed_ piece on the way fringe political groups hijack social media platforms.
Fantastic report from Data & Society on the ways the media inadvertently amplifies the messaging of hate groups