data-mined by your own apartment/landlord Show more
I make some exceptions sharing twitter threads when it’s something important.
More and more businesses are realizing they can add surveillance to where it wasn’t possible before. Landlords are pushing hard for this in order to gain more control, to sell your data (extremely private data). The IoT devices are a boon for amoral corps, allowing them to perpetuate _massive_ land grabs to tip the status quo.
This essay got me really interested in David Hume: https://aeon.co/essays/hume-is-the-amiable-modest-generous-philosopher-we-need-today
How should I explore his philosophy further, especially his moral philosophy? Should I read the man himself or secondary sources? I guess Stanford Encyclopedia is one obvious first source. I have some background in philosophy of science but haven't formally studied philosophy.
Top 10 writers Show more
Let's make an attempt at listing my top ten inspiring authors/theorists in no particular order:
- Walter Benjamin
- Georg Simmel
- Roy Bhaskar
- Kathleen Thelen
- Julie E. Cohen
- Helen Nissenbaum
- Sohail Inayatullah
- Roberto Poli
- Barbara Adam
- Wendell Bell
- Luciano Floridi
- Charles Raab
- Colin Bennett
"At least 75 companies receive people’s precise location data from hundreds of apps whose users enable location services for benefits such as weather alerts, The New York Times found...
The location data industry benefits from lack of regulation and little transparency, making it extremely difficult to get access to or delete this data."
Lack of privacy is like malnutrition.
It stunts your growth and development.
AI and human agency Show more
"While all of the respondents were people who understood the empowering potential of the technology, the overwhelming impression one gets from them was one of concern. They see widespread use of AI as leading to a loss of human agency, as decision-making on key aspects of life is ceded to code-driven “black box” systems."
'They don't care': Facebook factchecking in disarray as journalists push to cut ties | Technology | The Guardian - https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/dec/13/they-dont-care-facebook-fact-checking-in-disarray-as-journalists-push-to-cut-ties #rr
It seems very doable, but bit steep in investment cost (hardware). I think it should be doable with a running cost of ca 100-150,- per month for hosting and hardware. Assuming sponsored/donated admin-time.
I've just realized since I become a PhD student I've been reading only pdfs: articles, etc. 2 months ago, when I come back from my research stay in Amsterdam, I decided to read novels again, and I’m really happy about it. I finished these 15 books and most of them are from the public and university library of Granada. The best ones for me: Deaf Sentence [La vida en sordina] and The British Museum is Falling Down [La caída del museo británico], by David Lodge.
How is the future of privacy made? By using the future! Read about it from my new article in New Media & Society which analyses the public consultations in the data protection reform leading up to the General Data Protection Regulation: https://doi.org/10.1177/1461444818817519
In the article, I take a look at the actor system around privacy protection in Europe and the anticipatory storylines that coalitions use to influence privacy rules.
Airport rant Show more
Over the past couple of days I got reminded why I don't like airports and flying. 1. Highly securitised with uncomfortable technological security checks, making everyone feel like a suspect. 2. Consumerist paradises full of 'luxury' shopping and bright lights. 3. Obsession with sorting people into premium/business class and economy/plebs. 4. Mass air travel is environmentally unsustainable, which is kind of an elephant in the room.
Random reminder to use a password manager if you aren't already! It'll help you stay safe online by using long, unique passwords for each service you use.
While LastPass or 1Password are great choices, I prefer KeePassXC
Official site: https://keepassxc.org/
Official quick-start guide: https://keepassxc.org/quickstart/
My getting-started guide: https://sts10.github.io/2017/06/27/keepassxc-setup-guide.html
Uk Parliament publishes a cache of internal #facebook documents: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/59vwez/nearly-250-pages-of-devastating-internal-facebook-documents-posted-online-by-uk-parliament
Six years with a distraction free iPhone: "Every app created new responsibilities. More inboxes to check and more feeds to read. Every app latched onto my brain, tethering my phone to my skull with invisible string."
Neutrality (or not) of technology Show more
As an analogy on tools, the sociologist Georg Simmel reportedly said about Immanuel Kant that Kant is like a man constantly sharpening a knife but never cuts anything.
So the question can be rephrased: How do we ensure that we both sharpen our tools and use them to cut?
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