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“Has the emergence of facial recognition technology proven that surveillance technology has finally gone too far? This conference will explore the encompassing regulatory, legal and human implications in facial recognition technology.”

What makes policy futures plausible? The shape of the storylines and future horizons embedded in them.

New open access article comparing and policy processes out:

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"Initially designed for sharing and archiving research data, Dat is now used by a wide variety of communities." Dat is a peer-to-peer protocol. #openscience #p2p

Puolueiden ilmastolupauksissa on suuria eroja – äänestäjä voi tarkistaa kunnianhimon tason muutamasta luvusta | Yle Uutiset | -

#ilmasto #vaalit #suomi

Importantly, "data" in this context does not mean increased insight and knowledge about the world that forms a basis for debate and persuasion, but profiling of potential voter populations to maximize popularity.

When did political campaigning start to resemble information warfare on your own population? Politicians are unlikely to tame a system that benefits them.

Good enough to eat? The toxic truth about modern food

"Some of these changes are happening so rapidly it’s almost impossible to keep track. Sales of fast food grew by 30% worldwide from 2011 to 2016 and sales of packaged food grew by 25%. Somewhere in the world, a new branch of Domino’s Pizza opened every seven hours in 2016."

Oh christ. In the age of finally attacking plastic use, it grew by 25%. Should I stop reading this shit? And obviously the food quality...

Book Review: The Politics of the Anthropocene by John S. Dryzek and Jonathan Pickering

Book Review: The Politics of the Anthropocene by John S. Dryzek and Jonathan Pickering

Investment capital tries to make digital platforms achieve "scale" as a #biomimicry of cancer, making small things grow forever at exponential rates. If we're going to mimic anything in the natural world, it ought to be the fungal mycelium that connects to the roots of all the plants in a forest, and exchanges resources between them. A mutually beneficial network, loosely joining many small things, which becomes more than the sum of its parts. In other words, #federation.

This is a regular reminder that there will always be more ideas than you know what to do with, and more often than not someone has already ran with the better ones, saving you a lot of trouble and effort in the process

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Scholar Social

Federated microblogging for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities in academia, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"An academic microblog that you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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