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United States Government Accountability Office- Internet Privacy [gao.gov/0]  Additional Federal Authority Could Enhance Consumer Protection and Provide Flexibility Report to the Chairman, Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives – January 2019GAO-19-52  – This part of their conclusions could be the greatest understatement of our times…  “Recent developments regarding Internet privacy suggest that this is an appropriate time for Congress to consider comprehensive Internet privacy legislation” –

What will change with the EU’s new copyright law?  [techregister.co.uk/2] The first change to copyright law in the EU in almost two decades is designed to give artists, musicians and publishers a better chance of being paid when their work appears on the internet.  Fully expect this line to be of  robust debate in the publishing / DSP space…. “the use of snippets shouldn’t undermine the exercise of the publishers right”  in Music – The new rules would allow artists whose material is not captured by Content ID to demand YouTube remove any unauthorized uploads.

The Moral Choice Machine: Semantics Derived Automatically from Language Corpora Contain Human-like Moral Choices  (pdf) [aies-conference.com/o] Allowing machines to choose whether to kill humans would be devastating for world peace and security. But how do we equip machines with the ability to learn ethical or even moral choices? Here, we show that applying machine learn-ing to human texts can extract deontological ethical reasoning about ”right” and ”wrong” conduct.

Welcome to the age of the hoax [FT/4] Weekend long reads- In the digital world, the possibilities for self-invention are almost limitless. So are we all scammers now?

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Paper:  Dirty Data, Bad Predictions: How Civil Rights Violations Impact Police Data, Predictive Policing Systems, and Justice. [ssrn.com/4] ” We show serious problems with predictive policing being used where there is evidence of illegal and discriminatory police practices.” – “for any jurisdiction where police have been found to engage in such practices, the use of predictive policing in any context must be treated with skepticism and mechanisms for the public to examine and reject such systems are imperative.”

Paper: Audio AI: isolating vocals from stereo music using Convolutional Neural Networks [towardsdatascience.com/4] What if we could go back to 1965, knock on Abbey Road Studios’ front door holding an ‘All Access’ badge, and have the privilege of listening to those signature Lennon-McCartney harmonies A-Capella? Our input here is a medium quality mp3 of We Can Work it Out by The Beatles. The top track is the input mix and the bottom track, the isolated vocals coming out of our model.

EU Copyright Directive has just been finalized,  final wording of Article 11 (pdf) and Article 13 (pdf),  For a proper breakdown Julia Reda’s details about the text, how we got here and what to do now. [juliareda.eu/2] and the EFF site for updates and action 

Reddit published their Transparency Report 2018  [reddit/3] 2x requests for user data compared to 2017,  (752 vs 310 prior year) –  77% of which were complied with.

Meet The Amateur Astronomers Hunting For Spy Satellites [.supercluster.com/2] In addition to enabling rapid correspondence between individual collaborators, satellite observers use the web to share tracking details, photos and other information on sites like satobs.org [0] and Heavens Above.[2] The ability to rapidly compare notes and organize observations, coupled with the emergence of dozens of satellite tracking software programs [0] based on decades of tracking data, has transformed the hobby

School. But will it work?  [wapo/21]  Many aspects of the program, however, remain a mystery, and it’s unclear how exactly the surveillance system’s data and performance will be regulated, measured or tested for potential flaws. The school district rejected a Washington Post request to see records relating to the project, including officials’ communications with the company, citing a broad Florida statute exempting any information related to surveillance systems from public-records law.

Art and entertainment worlds cosy up at Frieze Los Angeles [theartnewspaper/8] WME is the first agency to expand beyond singular artist representation, by investing in a platform for dealers with numerous artists each in what could be seen as a more large-scale commitment. Of all the Hollywood agencies moving into the contemporary art market, Schiff says, “[Endeavor] has made a smart move—it bought into the only vertical in the art world”.

Billy Bragg writes first in series of political pamphlets by musicians [Guardian/13] Running to 15,000 words, Bragg’s polemic, The Three Dimensions of Freedom, will be published in May and will tackle the battleground that free speech has become. Bragg argues, said publisher Faber & Faber, “that to protect ourselves from encroaching tyranny, we must look beyond this one-dimensional notion of what it means to be free and, by reconnecting liberty to equality and accountability, restore the individual agency engendered by the three dimensions of freedom”.

The Parkland school shooting is bringing new surveillance tech to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High 

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Summary Of The 2018 Department Of Defense Artificial Intelligence Strategy  [pdf] One example of existing guidance is DoD Directive 3000.09, issued in 2012, which establishes guidelines to minimize the probability and consequences of failure in autonomous and semi- autonomous weapon systems that could lead to unintended engagements. The Directive requires that autonomous and semi-autonomous weapon systems be designed to allow commanders and operators to exercise appropriate levels of human judgment over the use of force. Among other things, the Directive also requires realistic and rigorous testing and clear human-machine interface, as well as appropriate training for commanders and operators, so that those weapons function as anticipated in realistic operational environments against adaptive adversari

Artificial intelligence, algorithmic pricing, and collusion [voxeu.org/2] Antitrust agencies are concerned that the autonomous pricing algorithms increasingly used by online vendors may learn to collude. This column uses experiments with pricing algorithms powered by AI in a controlled environment to demonstrate that even relatively simple algorithms systematically learn to play sophisticated collusive strategies. Most worrying is that they learn to collude by trial and error, with no prior knowledge of the environment in which they operate, without communicating with one another, and without being specifically designed or instructed to collude.

A Net Artist Takes Over the Google Image Search of “Frieze Los Angeles” [hyperallergic.com/12]  Type “Frieze Los Angeles” into a Google search bar and you’ll be directed to the website for the much-anticipated art fair making its Los Angeles debut later this week, as well as several related news stories. Do an image search for the same phrase, and the results are quite different. Instead of photos of endless aisles of gallery booths or blue-chip artworks, Google will return many images of impressionistic, figurative paintings hung on white walls above a speckled gray carpet. This is all the work of artist Gretchen Andrew, who created the paintings as well as what she calls “search engine art,” harnessing Google’s search algorithm as a collaborator in her own net artwork.

Judge rules in case in favour of Tate Modern [theartnewspaper.com/9] Demands that the gallery close off part of its viewing-platform to prevent an invasion of privacy are dismissed in high court .  [people in glass houses have no expectation of privacy – I actually agree with this privacy decision]

GAO Data Privacy Report,   Highlights Page: (PDF, 1 page) Full Report: (PDF, 56 pages)   Have not had the chance to read and parse. -ed

Faith, Trust, and Privacy [hackernoon.com/2] Is decentralization necessary to keep centralized platforms in check? Let’s stop hoping that corporations and governments won’t take advantage of our lack of privacy. Let’s make it impossible for them to do so, in ways that are just as easy to use as the current solutions. Protocols and platforms are being built now that aim to create a more open, fair, and private internet. Let’s think carefully about the future of the internet, and instead of promising not to fall for the same traps, lets make it impossible to do so by design.

Prison Tech Company Is Questioned For Retaining ‘Voice Prints’of People Presumed Innocent  [theappeal.org/6] “It would not be surprising if prison technology companies seek to expand voice recognition into other markets,” said Bianca Tylek, director of the Corrections Accountability Project, which works to curb the influence of commercial interests in the criminal justice system.  What’s frustrating right now is they can test out this technology on very vulnerable populations, like people in jails and prisons, because people tend to view them as not having individual rights,” Tylek said. “Today it’s this population, but tomorrow it’s another.”   Related: Prisons Across The U.S. Are Quietly Building Databases Of Incarcerated People’s Voice Prints  [theintercept/0]

The Free and Open Internet  [avc.com/9] So what is my point? That paywalls are bad? No, I think subscriptions have their place in the publishing business. But the way paywalls are implemented today stinks. Some content should never ever be put behind one. And paywalls should federate, like the early ATMs did, so that joining one means joining them all.

Reading in the Age of Constant Distraction [theparisreview.org/8] Resonance—there is no wisdom without it,” Birkerts writes. “Resonance is a natural phenomenon, the shadow of import alongside the body of fact, and it cannot flourish except in deep time.” But time feels especially shallow these days, as the wave of one horror barely crests before it’s devoured by the next, as every morning’s shocking headline is old news by the afternoon. Weeks go by, and we might see friends only through the funhouse mirrors of Snapchat and Instagram and their so-called stories, designed to disappear. Not even the pretense of permanence remains: we refresh and refresh every tab, and are not sated. What are we waiting for? What are we hoping to find?

Gates Foundation Annual Letter [gatesnotes.com/14] We get asked a lot these days whether we’re still optimistic about the future. We say: Absolutely. One reason is that we believe in the power of innovation. But an even bigger reason is that we’ve seen firsthand that for every challenge we’ve written about in this letter, there are people devoting their ideas, their resources, and even their lives to solving them.

The Real Reason Tech Struggles With Algorithmic Bias [wired.com/37] ”There is not always a strict data-driven answer to human nature. The belief that simply running a data set will solve for every challenge and every bias is problematic and myopic.”

Dear Tech: An Open Letter to the Industry  [youtube.com/ 2] IBM is asking the question: what kind of tech company does the world need today? One that applies smart technologies at scale with purpose and expertise—not just for some of us, but for all of us. Let’s expect more from technology. Let’s put smart to work. ibm.com/smart

Cultural Course Correcting: Black Rock City 2019 [burningman.org/4]Surely you’ve seen examples. Whether it’s commercial photo shoots, product placements, or Instagram posts thanking “friends” for a useful item, attendees including fashion models and social media “influencers” are wearing and tagging brands in their playa photos. This means they are using Black Rock City to increase their popularity; to appeal to customers and sell more “stuff.”

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Publishers Chafe at Apple’s Terms for Subscription News Service [WSJ/37/Firewall] Apple plans to keep about 50% of subscription revenue from ‘Netflix for news’ service, likely won’t share customer data with publishers..Digital subscriptions are powering growth at big publishers including the Times, whose basic monthly subscription costs $15, the Post, which charges $10, and the Journal, which charges $39. Some of those companies are skeptical about giving up too much control to Apple, or cannibalizing their existing subscriptions to sign up lower-revenue Apple users, according to people familiar with the matter.

Blockchain and Trust  [Schneier on Security/0] What blockchain does is shift some of the trust in people and institutions to trust in technology. You need to trust the cryptography, the protocols, the software, the computers and the network. And you need to trust them absolutely, because they’re often single points of failure.

Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence [whitehouse.gov/5] The AI EO has no mention of real dollars -ED

U.K. government report  Cairncross Review A Substainable Future For Journalism    (PDF/0)  The Review recommends the creation of a new Institute for Public Interest News. Its governance should be carefully designed to ensure complete freedom from any obligations, political or commercial. Its strategic objective would be to ensure the future provision of public-interest news. It should build strong partnerships with the BBC, with Facebook, and indeed with Google, which has been one of the bigger contributors to innovation in local news and told the Review it was keen to see such a body coordinate and guide interventions and experiments.

A New Tool Protects Videos From Deepfakes + Tampering  [Wired.com/54] Called Amber Authenticate,[ambervideo.co /2 trackers] the tool is meant to run in the background on a device as it captures video. At regular, user-determined intervals, the platform generates “hashes”—cryptographically scrambled representations of the data—that then get indelibly recorded on a public blockchain. If you run that same snippet of video footage through the algorithm again, the hashes will be different if anything has changed in the file’s audio or video data—tipping you off to possible manipulation.

The WebXR Device API [Github/0]  API  Standards group W3C publishes WebXR draft  “describes support for accessing virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices, including sensors and head-mounted displays, on the Web.” When paired with 3D content made in WebGL, the API can turn a standard URL or web address into a portal to another world.

Datashader [Datashader.org/4] is a graphics pipeline system for creating meaningful representations of large datasets quickly and flexibly. Datashader breaks the creation of images into a series of explicit steps that allow computations to be done on intermediate representations. This approach allows accurate and effective visualizations to be produced automatically without trial-and-error parameter tuning, and also makes it simple for data scientists to focus on particular data and relationships of interest in a principled way.

How schools are fighting fake news [FT/5 /Firewall] He shows the class three online articles: the 179-year-old man, a crocodile that supposedly escaped from a zoo into the Paris sewers and a €154,953 bill for the Trump-Macron dinner in the Eiffel Tower. First the children guess whether each story is true. Their votes are divided. When Dauchot reveals that all three articles are fake, there are cries of disbelief.

On redesigning the system  [thecreativeindependent.com/1 ] Philosopher and digital artist Mat Dryhurst on music as a carrier signal, and the power of collectively rethinking systems of power.What I want to invite people to do is to say: “Look at the protocol of how you act”—and of course the protocol can be a technical thing, or it could be a non-technical thing—and say, “How do we make this somewhat better?” And better for me always comes down to more cooperative structures, it comes down to equitable distribution of resources and of wealth.

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Law:  The Illinois Supreme Court has ruled consumers can sue firms for biometric privacy violations —->even without proving harm, <—– the Biometric Information Privacy Act. (Source: P.A. 95-994, eff. 10-3-08.) [ilga.gov]

Tool: List of open source real-time operating systems [osrtos.com]

Tool :  Visual Noises [ramesaliyev.com] 1D and 2D visualisations of White Noise, Value Noise and Perlin Noise. For further understanding refer to learning resources.

Surveillance: Peter Thiel’s Secretive Data Giant Palantir Finally Raking in Cash [WSJ] Palantir’s government arm separately continues to make money, in part thanks to a tradition of dismissing internal and external criticism about its affiliation with unpopular agencies worldwide. The company late last year signed a $42 million contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a filing shows.

Ethics: Artist Drops Massive Opioid Spoon at Entrance of Another Sackler-Owned Drug Manufacturer  [hypeprallergenic] “The burnt spoon sculpture (Purdue) embodies the pain I have felt dealing with substance use disorder in my family,” he continues. “The road to recovery is long, tedious and at times full of despair; and like so many families in a similar position it is a road not well understood. Many people do not even realize that opioid addiction is a disease.”

Trend: Will This “AI Dinner Party” Be Fashion Week’s Most Out-of-Body Experience? [WSJ] Wainwright is devising a more unusual way to show off his fall 2019 collection in New York this week: a Last Supper–themed, celebrity-packed dinner party, hosted by an unseen AI host and turned into a conceptual video set to an original, unreleased Thom Yorke song.

Narratives: Where Next For Interactive Stories?  Netflix’s recent Bandersnatch (part of Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror series) has also explored similar challenges, whilst simultaneously sparking the discussion about ‘choose your own adventure’ style interactive narratives. With the medium currently back in focus it feels like a good time to ask where the future of interactive storytelling lies and how BBC R&D are helping to shape it?

Review: ‘The goal is to automate us’: welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism [Guardian] Surveillance capitalism moves from a focus on individual users to a focus on populations, like cities, and eventually on society as a whole. Think of the capital that can be attracted to futures markets in which population predictions evolve to approximate certainty.

Review: Capitalism’s New Clothes  [thebaffler.com]  Shoshana Zuboff’s new book on “surveillance capitalism” emphasizes the former at the expense of the latter

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Get instant insight into any electronic component [findchips]  Access price, inventory, unique market intelligence and advanced analytics for all your parts.

Questions for a new technology. [kellanem.com] A framework of a Small Number of Well Known Tools to build shared understanding in our complex systems over time. When we want to do something other than use the Small Number of Well Known Tools (in the small number of well known patterns), that’s a Departure.

Public Records Belong to the Public [NYT OP-ED] It may be unlawful, too. The E-Government Act of 2002 says that courts may impose fees “only to the extent necessary” to make public records available. That phrase is now at the center of a class-action lawsuit brought by nonprofit advocacy groups. The groups are challenging the fee structure of the Pacer system, which in 2016 took in $146 million, despite costing only a small fraction of that to operate.

Trends in the Diffusion of Misinformation on Social Media . We measure trends in the diffusion of content from 569 fake news websites and 9,540 fake news stories on Facebook and Twitter between January 2015 and July 2018. User interactions with false content rose steadily on both Facebook and Twitter through the end of 2016. Since then, however, interactions with false content have fallen sharply on Facebook while continuing to rise on Twitter, with the ratio of Facebook engagements to Twitter shares decreasing by 60 percent.

An Ai Reading List — From Practical Primers To Sci-Fi Short Stories [verge] a reading list: a brief but diverse compendium of books, short stories, and blogs, all chosen by leading figures in the AI world to help you better understand artificial intelligence.

In Amazon news,  their “neighborhood watch” social network run by Ring, which is a home security systems company owned by Amazon. Beyond creating a “new neighborhood watch,” Amazon and Ring are normalizing the use of video surveillance and pitting neighbors against each other [motherboard] Video posts on Neighbors disproportionately depict people of color, and descriptions often use racist language or make racist assumptions about the people shown. In many ways, the Neighbors/Ring ecosystem is like a virtual gated community: people can opt themselves in by downloading the Neighbors app, and with a Ring camera, users can frame neighbors as a threat.  

“No thank you, Mr. Pecker” — Jeff Bezos   Okay great – we are going to go for this, where should we post it, Amazon?., nope  it makes no sense on a retail site – even if it’s transactional based.,  maybe on the Blue Origin site? well this is out-of-the-world stuff but – no – that does not work either. – okay,  ok how about it’s a WAPO Op-Ed? – too many complications with that – agreed. Okay Medium then?, but that feels so 2012.  Maybe this will spur him to put forth a publishing platform.


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The Low Latency Live Streaming Landscape in 2019  [mux.com] One of the hot topics of NAB, IBC, and Demuxed last year was “low latency” live video streaming. In this post we’ll examine the spectrum of different latencies that users experience, discuss the use cases for each, and explore evolving technologies which can deliver the best experience for your users.

Flowblade Free & Libre Video Editor  Flowblade is a multitrack non-linear video editor released under GPL3 license.

Flickr will soon start deleting photos — and massive chunks of internet history [VOX] “Who knows what Instagram or Twitter or Facebook will be like in seven years, or in 15 years,” Notopoulos wrote in 2012, “It’s not a stretch to imagine a day when all our words and images hosted on these services are removed [as] the companies collapse or morph.”  See also … You Should Never Have Trusted Flickr to Protect Your Cherished Photos . [slate]

A Comprehensive Survey on Graph Neural Networks    [arxiv.org]  In this survey, we provide a comprehensive overview of graph neural networks (GNNs) in data mining and machine learning fields. We propose a new taxonomy to divide the state-of-the-art graph neural networks into different categories. With a focus on graph convolutional networks, we review alternative architectures that have recently been developed; these learning paradigms include graph attention networks, graph autoencoders, graph generative networks, and graph spatial-temporal networks.

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens  E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages

Google Live Transcribe (Unreleased) Live Transcribe is a new accessibility service built by Google for the deaf and hard of hearing. Using Google’s state-of-the-art automatic speech recognition technology, Live Transcribe performs real-time transcription of speech to text on your screen, so you can participate in conversations going on in the world around you. You can also keep the conversation going by typing your response on the screen.


>Dystopian change-log

Many popular iPhone apps secretly record your screen without asking [TC] And there’s no way a user would know. Many major companies, like Air Canada, Hollister and Expedia, are recording every tap and swipe you make on their iPhone apps. In most cases you won’t even realize it. And they don’t need to ask for permiss

Alphabet + Biometrics  [hcanews]  Alphabet’s life-sciences health-tech company and a sister to Google — has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for an electrocardiogram (ECG) reader for the prescription-only Verily Study Watch. (new biometric data collection point for Google)

Germany to restrict Facebook’s data gathering activities [Reuters]  The cartel office objected in particular to how Facebook pools data on people from third-party apps – including its own WhatsApp and Instagram services – and its online tracking of people who aren’t even members. That includes tracking visitors to websites with an embedded Facebook ‘like’ or share button – and pages where it observes people even though there is no obvious sign the social network is present.

The San Francisco District Attorney’s 10 Most Surveilled Neighborhoods [EFF]  Camera maps FTW.  Prosecutors maintain a map and dataset of thousands of privately and publicly owned security cameras. When law enforcement is investigating a crime, officers can refer to this information to identify which cameras may have caught relevant footage. And through a public records request under the San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance, EFF recently obtained most of this data—the locations of 2,753 cameras—and we are now making it available to the public.

Seattle Surveillance Technologies Up for Public Review [seattle.gov] Includes a Master List of Surveillance Technologies  (pdf) that lists tools like ..GeoTime is a geospatial analysis software that provides a visual analysis of events over time. Users can view real-time animated playback of data and use automated analysis tools within the software to identify location patterns, trends, and connections between events.

How to Shine a Light on U.S. Government Surveillance of Americans [EFF] Four years later, however, serious questions remain about whether these reforms have successfully halted bulk collection and other forms of overbroad surveillance. It’s also unclear whether additional measures are needed to safeguard communities of color and Americans engaged in First Amendment-protected activities.  The ACLU has filed a new Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in an effort to shed light on these significant gaps in the public’s understanding. Similarly, in order to inform the coming debate, Congress and the public must demand answers to the following questions.

Jack’d gay dating app exposes millions of private photos [BBC] However, Mr Hough found that all the photos shared in the app were uploaded to the same open web server, leaving them exposed. And BBC News has seen evidence that private photos are still publicly available on the web server. According to news website Ars Technica, the app also leaked “location data and other metadata about users”.

Dozens of Cities Have Secretly Experimented With Predictive Policing Software [motherboard.vice.com] Predpol explicitly encouraged police departments to dedicate their resources towards petty crime, according to documents acquired using public records documents last year. “Problem solving… that is oriented towards reducing misdemeanor crime may also reduce felony crime,” one document reads. PredPol generates place-specific crime forecasts police officers on a scale as small as 500 by 500 square feet, which can pinpoint, in some cases, individual houses or groups of houses. These forecasts are generated assuming that certain crimes committed at a particular time are more likely to occur in the same place..

Roger McNamee says the ‘like’ button was ‘beginning of the end’ [cbc.ca]  social media giant’s downward slide can be traced back to the introduction of photo tagging and the emergence of the “like” button. “That gave them social cues,” Roger McNamee, now one of the tech giant’s fiercest critics, told The Current’s Anna Maria Tremonti. “You suddenly were finding out what people’s emotional state was, and that was the beginning of the end, relative to the sort of soft and cuddly, early years of Facebook.”


AI Artist Robbie Barrat And Painter Ronan Barrot Collaborate On “Infinite Skulls” [artnome] While the two artists end up getting along and respecting each other’s methods in the end, each has to see the other as fuel or a raw material or ingredient to consume for their own artistic self-preservation. In both cases the artists are actively consuming the others work into their own as an ingredient, which is a different relationship than mere inspiration.

Exhibitor List for Frieze New York 2019 [artnews]

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DNS Servers You Should Have Memorized [danielmiessler]

Audio-First  [spotify]

Amazon Knows What You Buy. And It’s Building a Big Ad Business From It [NYT]

What does Facebook’s #tenyearchallenge tell us about public awareness of data and algorithms? [lse.ac.uk]

Alan Kay, 2018: The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create It. But Is It Already Too Late? [youtube]

Meeting No. 134 ETHI – Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics [parl.gc.ca]

The 5G Network & The Possible Threat To Cybersecurity Fresh Air [NPR]  48:04 Download

The Great Airwaves Robbery II Will Taxpayers or Satellite Companies Receive $15-40 Billion? [New America/youtube]

Artists asked to pay $875 to participate in surveillance capitalism art washing program.   [mvvo art]

State of the nation in a photograph  [NBC]



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Still getting my head around the fact that a virtual concert by DJ Marshmello within Fortnite attracted 10 MILLION concurrent players and 60M estimated total viewers on Saturday.  video of the show–>  fortnite marshmallow event  [youtube]. This plays well with the “Events Are the New Magazines”.  “The millennials go crazy for experiences”

‘Democracy Dies in Darkness’ [wapo] When we go off to war. When we exercise our rights. When we soar to our greatest heights. When we mourn and pray. When our neighbors are at risk. When our nation is threatened. There’s someone to gather the facts. To bring you the story. No matter the cost. Because knowing empowers us. Knowing helps us decide. Knowing keeps us free.

David Mack [twitter]  the immigration agent at JFK just saw that i work for buzzfeed and just grilled me for 10 minutes about the cohen story which was fun given he gets to decide whether to let me back into the country”

New report on predictive policing in the UK.  (PDF) via Data Justice Lab project

Amazon fires employees who supported “yellow vest” blockades of Amazon sites  /Amazon licencie des salariés qui ont affiché leur soutien aux blocages des “gilets jaunes”   According to the letters of “dismissal for serious misconduct” published by “Le Parisien”, employees of the American giant would have demonstrated a “behavior in total opposition to the values of the company”

Use of predictive policing programs in UK risks entrenching discrimination  [guardian] report – The rapid growth in the use of computer programs to predict crime hotspots and people who are likely to reoffend risks locking discrimination into the criminal justice system, a report has warned. Amid mounting financial pressure, at least a dozen police forces are using or considering the predictive analytics. Leading police officers have said they want to make sure any data they use has “ethics at its heart”.

The Art of PNG Glitch [github.io] PNG is an image format that has a history of development beginning in 1995, and it is still a popular, long living format. Generally, it is known for its features such as lossless compression and the ability to handle transparent pixels. However, we do not look at image formats from a general point of view, but rather think of ways to glitch them. When we look at PNG from the point of view of glitch, what kind of peculiarity does it have?

Federal Bureau of Investigation  Vault Home • Russell Tyrone Jones  Russell Tyrone Jones (1968-2004), aka “Ol’ Dirty Bastard”, was a member of the hip-hop music group known as the Wu-tang Clan. The FBI looked into the group’s activities under criminal enterprise statutes but no charges were filed based on these investigations. The file ranges from 1999 to 2004.