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Turnitin sold to Advance for £1.3 billion, a US media company that owns the Discovery Channel, Wired, most of Reddit, and much more.

Why this is of concern from the THE article: "it reinforces a business model that relies on the collection and use of student data at students’ expense and without compensating them”.

timeshighereducation.com/news/

A thing of beauty:

“Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster”

theregister.co.uk/2019/03/06/h

Technology rant / swearing 

It’s cool, there’s a plug-in to restore the old one. I’m good now. ^_^

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Technology rant / swearing 

Oh my good fucking god in fucking heaven. What the fucking fuck have Wordpress fucking gone and done to their editor!? Kill it. Kill it. Kill it with fire. Kill it with holy fucking nuclear fire from fucking orbit.

Good article about the suppressed contributions of women in science. While I would optimistically like to think that most people know about Rosalind Franklin's contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA now, the problem goes much deeper.

theatlantic.com/science/archiv

Accessibility isn't just for "disabled" people.

Accessibility benefits EVERYONE, from the people who are severely impacted to those who find the extra options convenient, and everyone in between.

THERE IS NO DOWNSIDE to making your stuff more accessible.

thanks to whoever defined plethora for me

it means a lot

Phenomenology of Mastodon 

. By having a federated interface, users prioritize their experiences with a given community while being able to participate in the broader culture of the website. Recognition is the process of establishing the Other as a self, and the recognition of the self from others facilitates self-development. This paper is interested in how users recognize each other through in the specific servers, called “instances.”

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work in progress but I feel good

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Phenomenology of Mastodon 

How do users recognize one another in social media? This paper focuses specifically on the phenomenological experience of using the website “Mastodon.” Mastodon is an open source social media platform. Its format is similar to Twitter; however, users can create their own servers for specific groups of people and continue to see posts from the main Mastodon server. Mastodon users refer to this as the “fediverse”, short for federated universe.

Reviewing old assessments for a module I’ve taken over, comment to student: “The Guardian is not a credible academic source”. Poor Guardian! ^_^

amazon, echo, ai 

This exploration of Amazon Echo details how the simple "Alexa, please turn on the lights" requires vast infrastructures of human labour -- and exploitation.

anatomyof.ai/

My list of recommendations in Sci-Fi and Fantasy, containing only non-(white,male) authors. 14 authors I genuinely like or love, who have moved me or my worldview with their writing: rixx.de/blog/sff-perspectives/

(Let me know if you have recommendations or think I'm missing something!) #sffbookclub #amReading #scifi #fantasy

Hey, Linux gamers 

Maybe the real game was the drivers we installed along the way

WhatsApp is next - and it's been coming for a while 

nytimes.com/2019/01/25/technol

Facebook is rolling messaging between WhatsApp Instagram and Facebook messenger into one.

While they claim to add end-to-end encryption (let's see about that), the silent part is about profiles, contact lists and access.

Internally, the founders of WhatsApp left over this and employees are rebelling. That tells you a lot about how user-hostile these changes will be.

Zuck wants more data. #DeleteWhatsApp.

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The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!