Amazon account closure shenanigans
I finally decided to close my Amazon account, but talk about UX dark patterns! There's no option to close account on the website. You got to go to the Help chat, demand to talk to a person, that person sends you a link to an email you must send. Then you have wait for an email confirmation 24 hours later! Jeezy petes! Talk about abusive design...
Asking for career advice
Unless you count shorter visits to other universities, I've been at the same institution my whole career. The accepted wisdom is that one should switch universities after getting a PhD. I could probably get an assistant professorship somewhere in the world, but I'm not sure whether I should. I'm currently employed in one of the places that is arguably one of the top places in my field. Any thoughts or experiences?
I wrote a bit more about the scraping of #Mastodon data for research. What happened, what went wrong, and why.
We're pretty far past "don't be evil".
The Norwegian Consumer Council has published an aptly named report on the online advertising industry: Out of Control.
The ethical considerations are really something.
Folks into #gamestudies, #gamedesign, #interactioncriticism, #HCI take a look at Kieran Nolan's PhD thesis "The Art, Aesthetics, and Materiality of the Arcade Videogame Interface". Kieran designed and built a number of arcade cabinets with technologies from the mid-80s to the late 90s to explore the aesthetics of video game interfaces as digital material.
The thesis is open access http://www.tara.tcd.ie/handle/2262/90862
@ansugeisler Sure. But the bigger the company, the more likely they have automatic processes for that too.
For example, Facebook will simply send you to their settings, where you can download & delete your info. (I did this.)
(Re-posting to add a CW; h/t @alatitude77)
Scientists Reach 100% Consensus on Anthropogenic Global Warming by Powel, J.
> The consensus among research scientists on anthropogenic global warming has grown to 100%, based on a review of 11,602 peer-reviewed articles on “climate change” and “global warming” published in the first 7 months of 2019.
Surveillance capitalism, Google, Facebook
Amnesty International published a report on how surveillance capitalism – Google and Facebook in particular – is a threat to human rights.
Under shady circumstances, ISOC has sold the .org registry to a private equity firm and removed the cap on price increases for a TLD used primarily by non-profit groups. https://www.theregister.co.uk/AMP/2019/11/20/org_registry_sale_shambles/
Interesting slides and talk notes from Arvind Narayanan on How to Recognize AI Snake Oil https://www.cs.princeton.edu/~arvindn/talks/MIT-STS-AI-snakeoil.pdf
In a nutshell: There are things AI is ok at or getting better, but predicting social outcomes isn't one of them.
Post-doc at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Centre of Excellence in Game Culture Studies. Specialized in philosophy, game studies and digital culture.
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