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“For black students, and students with disabilities, who already face a disproportionate amount of harsh disciplinary measures, the introduction of new kinds of surveillance may be especially harmful, privacy experts said.”

“Unlike gun control, Marlow said, ‘Surveillance is politically palatable, and so they’re pursuing surveillance as a way you can demonstrate action, even though there’s no evidence that it will positively impact the problem.’”

“Some people think that technology is magic, that artificial intelligence will save us,” Vance said. “A lot of the questions and a lot of the privacy concerns haven’t [been] thought of, let alone addressed.”

theguardian.com/world/2019/oct

“Ubiquitous computing is still a fantasy, but not because the technology isn’t ready. It is. The fantasy is that any system mediating someone’s personal experience of the physical world that uses a modern corporation’s digital infrastructure would be objective or neutral. Humans are data and data is money, and this is the business model of many of the technology firms up to the task of ubiquitous computing.”

kotaku.com/the-creators-of-pok

Got a Raspberry Pi 3B+ or 4B and want to get a static or dynamic server up and running really really quickly?
@aral’s got Site.js working on those tiny creatures: ar.al/2019/10/18/site.js-and-p

Related: hours of my life spent trying to find the original url from an amp url is TOO MANY.

How to tell a true friend: they strip the tracking identifiers and amp junk from a url before sharing it with you.

“Activists and tech critics sometimes use the word complicit when talking about companies that look the other way when their inventions are causing harm. Assistive might be more accurate. Providing database and web services—even just email—to a cruel immigration regime assists in the cruelty.”

slate.com/technology/2019/10/a

“Platforms *are* societies of intertwined people and machines. There is no such thing as “online life” versus “real life.” We give massive ground if we pretend that these companies are simply having an “effect” or “impact” on some separate society.”

niemanlab.org/2019/10/tech-pla

“[T]he ‘natural evolution of technology’ was never a thing to begin with, and it’s time to question what ‘progress’ actually means.”

vox.com/the-highlight/2019/10/

Today I am 33. But Apple has perhaps accurately assessed I am nothing more than “a child with an administrator account.”

Want to make a little chat app? Even me, while very tired and usually not confident in these things, had fun going through the tutorial and getting my own basic chat app going this afternoon.

Site.js holds so much promise and I’m very excited about it.

ar.al/2019/10/11/build-a-simpl

Very last-minute trip to Stockholm for
Nordic.design tomorrow. Give me a shout if you’ll be there!

nordic.design/2019/speakers

Don’t be all cocky, pressing buttons without thinking like me! Make sure you have enough disk space before updating!

Sitting on the floor looking despondently at the carpet while @aral patiently fixes my fudged Catalina install for me. 😞

And trust me, it needed the tightening. Reading a verbatim transcript of myself speaking has made me hate myself and my gratuitous use of “so” and “the thing is…”

I’m sorry this has taken an unreasonably long time, but my slides from are finally up on my Notist profile. (I wanted to make sure the slides had a proper transcript—it’s a “tightened” version of what I said on the day.)

noti.st/laurakalbag/K0n0Gl/acc

Tories continue to be the absolute worst. Unsurprising that their “Equalities Minister” turns out to be the “Maintaining Inequalities Minister.”

pinknews.co.uk/2019/10/06/tran

“Out in the wider world, anonymity is no longer guaranteed. Facial recognition gives police and companies the means of identifying and tracking people of interest, while others are free to go about their business. The real question is: who gets that privilege?”

theguardian.com/technology/201

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