M.E.D. 7-14-18

Mediaeater Digest Weekend Edition July 14-15th

Link roundup

A new hope: AI for news media  [TechCrunch]

If the news media wants to affect how news content is created, developed, presented and delivered to us in the future, they need to take an active role in AI development.

If news organizations want to understand the way data and information are constantly affected and manipulated in digital environments, they need to start embracing the possibilities of machine learning.  Hand with smartphone, e-news concept. Casual young man using mobile app to read online newspaper

Principles (Introduction) Continuations by Albert Wenger

I am interested in principles that represent a “fundamental truth” that serves as the “foundation” of all knowledge and hence has “numerous special applications.”

What is an example of such a principle? Feedback: entity A influencing entity B, which in turn influences entity A. There are quite a few truths we have figured out about both positive feedback and negative feedback.

Q&A with digital media expert Matthew Ball on Apple’s original content push [NBC]

That said, we can read a lot into what they’re not doing — no catalogue licensing, no movies, and only a dozen U.S.-originated original [shows] are likely to be released annually, at least to star

High-profile health app under scrutiny after doctors’ complaints   [FT]

The Financial Times tested Babylon’s symptom checker to understand its response to the two conditions at the centre of the first complaint. When told a 66-year-old obese male smoker was experiencing sudden chest pain and excessive sweating, Babylon suggested 9 out of 10 people with similar symptoms were likely to be having a panic attack and made no mention of the risk of a heart attack.

pure-Go small home internet router [GITHUB]

router7 is a pure-Go implementation of a small home internet router. It comes with all the services required to make a fiber7 internet connection work (DHCPv4, DHCPv6, DNS, etc.).



David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night Jul 13–Sep 30, 2018 Whitney NYC

Beginning in the late 1970s, David Wojnarowicz (1954–1992) created a body of work that spanned photography, painting, music, film, sculpture, writing, and activism. Largely self-taught, he came to prominence in New York in the 1980s, a period marked by creative energy, financial precariousness, and profound cultural changes. Intersecting movements—graffiti, new and no wave music, conceptual photography, performance, and neo-expressionist painting—made New York a laboratory for innovation.

Wojnarowicz refused a signature style, adopting a wide variety of techniques with an attitude of radical possibility. Distrustful of inherited structures—a feeling amplified by the resurgence of conservative politics—he varied his repertoire to better infiltrate the prevailing culture.

(Above) David Wojnarowicz (1954–1992) with Tom Warren, Self-Portrait of David Wojnarowicz, 1983–84. Acrylic and collaged paper on gelatin silver print, 60 × 40 in.

David Byrne: ‘American Utopia’ tour  davidbyrne.com

David Byrne: ‘How real do you need to be?’  [FT 7-14-18]

Ingeniously conceived and choreographed, the production features Byrne and his troupe of musicians in an empty space bounded by three metal chain walls, playing wireless, portable instruments, each person with sensors that trigger their own lighting.

A year in the planning, it is in fact the fruition of decades of thinking about live performance. “In the very beginning with Talking Heads the idea was, let’s go back to ground zero,” he says. “Let’s strip away everything that’s been accumulated in pop music as far as how you are meant to move and what you are supposed to wear, how you’re supposed to be on stage.”


Michiko Kakutani: By the Book

The Times’s former chief book critic, and author of “The Death of Truth,” doesn’t think in terms of genre: “J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books are no more Y.A. reading, to me, than John le Carré’s Smiley novels are spy stories.”

As a critic you had a good overview of literary styles and trends over the years. What strikes you now as the most significant, and why?

One development I noticed that accelerated in the last two decades or so was the outpouring of stellar work about the immigrant experience, often by writers who were themselves immigrants or second-generation Americans — including Marlon James, Edwidge Danticat, Gary Shteyngart, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Junot Díaz, Jhumpa Lahiri, Dinaw Mengestu, Ocean Vuong, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Tea Obreht, Colum McCann and Yaa Gyasi.

Such writers are part of a long tradition of outsiders (from Nabokov to Henry Roth to Chang-rae Lee), whose stereoscopic view of the world makes them keen observers of America. At the same time, their work reminds us what an essential role immigrants have played in America and in the forging of the American dream.

New Music : Laurel HaloRaw Silk Uncut Wood

A six-track mini-album on Paris label Latency features collaborations with Oliver Coates and percussionist Eli Keszler. inspired by Halo’s film score work with Dutch design studio Metahaven on a documentary called Possessed and Ursula Le Guin’s translation of the Tao Te Ching, a key text of Taoism.

The artwork is ‘Prince S’, a 2017 painting by Jill Mulleady.





Thread (s)

Wait, no, … of course it totally fits Elon…

Crime does not pay…


This Tweets has new context

And works well with this one post Sept DNC hack…using their
new found data to optimize ….



Some countries are living their best selves 

Others not so much…now or then

Reign of terror, then and now.


They were the key operatives in plain sight and it took a DOJ inditement
to get their accounts eg. their weapons take away / suspended… 



Hashtag that makes you feel good….    #InMyFeelingsChallenge



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M.E.D. 7.13.18

My everyday mosh pit of links, information and tools.

Live: Stream 11:45 Eastern

Today at 11:45AM ET: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will hold a press conference for a law enforcement announcement.  https://www.justice.gov/live

Two Senators Call for Investigation of Smart TV Industry  [NYT]

“Regrettably,” the senators wrote, “smart-TV users may not be aware of the extent to which their televisions are collecting sensitive information about their viewing habits.” The letter went on to argue that Samba TV “does not provide sufficient information about its privacy practices to ensure users can make truly informed decisions.”

All Ears: Always-On Listening Devices Could Soon Be Everywhere  [WSJ]

Tiny microphones are moving us toward a world where all gadgets can respond to a voice command

This Russian Company Knows What You Like on Facebook [NYT]

 On June 29, Facebook revealed to congressional investigators that it granted Mail.ru, a Russian internet company with close ties to the Kremlin, a special extension of the Facebook policy that allowed thousands of application developers access to massive amounts of user data.

Mail.ru ran applications on Facebook for years before 2015, allowing it to delve into Facebook profiles and activity from millions of users around the world. This was standard Facebook policy. Thousands of companies that built applications on the Facebook platform had access to potentially millions of users’ information.

Have I been pwned and spam lists of personal information

Including widely circulating spam lists helps HIBP users assess the overall exposure of their personal data. Subscribers expect to be notified when their data is misused in this way.

‘;–have i been pwned?

 TL/DR – You prob have, plug in your email address and see.

Seedbank : Collection of Interactive Machine Learning Examples

We call them “seeds”. Each seed is a machine learning example you can start playing with. Explore, learn and grow them into whatever you like.

Try the  Variational auto-encoder for music.
MusicVAE learns a latent space of musical sequences, providing different modes of interactive musical creation, including:

  • Random sampling from the prior distribution.
  • Interpolation between existing sequences.
  • Manipulation of existing sequences via a latent constraint model.

Catch up…

US Department of Commerce released a report (PDF) on the threat of botnets from May

Enhancing the Resilience of the Internet and Communications Ecosystem Against Botnets and Other Automated, Distributed Threats

While some actions directly related to the federal government are clearly appropriate for the government to lead, this model provides a way for stakeholders to collaborate with government as they move forward on those actions that are best accomplished through private-sector leadership.


70th Emmy Awards Nominations Announcements July 12, 2018

Number of Nominations by Platform (with 10 or more nomations)












FX Networks












Prime Video






National Geographic













 Rana Begum, whose “No. 814” (2018)  in Regent’s Park

M.E.D. 7.12.18


Live today…

10 AM Eastern  Full House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

11:25 a.m. Eastern. Nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards will be announced today   You can watch it live here…

“Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” has received six 2018 Emmy nominations



Social Science One’s inaugural project on “the effects of social media on democracy and elections” offers researchers privacy-preserving access to Facebook data; funding from seven nonprofit foundations from across the ideological spectrum (pooled and regranted by the Social Science Research Council, SSRC); and a new type of peer pre-review service designed to speed scientific progress and shorten time-to-publication.


I am not hip-hop

Have a nice collection of vintage dot com stickers, shirts and swag from the first two era’s of the internet. This one a classic.  They knew their brand. In 2000, 360HipHop.com was acquired by BET.com the domain now goes to a re-seller. 

M.E.D. 7.11.18

Mediaeater Digest Wednesday 11, July 2018

The promises and pitfalls of reporting within chat apps and other semi-open platforms: A journalist’s guide [niemanlab.org]

Media organizations have often struggled to adapt their newsgathering and reporting to the reality of disparate news consumption habits and a public that increasingly favors peer-to-peer messaging platforms and social media networks over more public forums.

Cambridge launches UK’s first quantum network  [cam.ac.uk]

Quantum links are so secure because they rely on particles of light, or photons, to transmit encryption keys through the optical fibre. Should an attacker attempt to intercept the communication, the key itself changes through the laws of quantum mechanics, rendering the stolen data useless.

Philo cheap live-TV streamer raises $40 million from backers AMC, Discovery, Viacom  [CNET]

Philo, which nixes news and sports for a cut-rate bundle costing $16 a month, is also rolling out support for Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV

Google Trends Datastore [github]

Download and play with key datasets from Google Trends, curated by the News Lab at Google team.

PayPal dying is against TOS:  PayPal told customer her death breached its rules  [BBC]

It said that Mrs Durdle owed the company about £3,200 and went on to say: “You are in breach of condition 15.4(c) of your agreement with PayPal Credit as we have received notice that you are deceased… this breach is not capable of remedy.”

What technologies the Supreme Court may shield next [WashExam]

The Fourth Amendment forbids search and seizure of “persons, houses, papers, and effects,” an imprecise guide for new technologies, particularly considering customers share data with companies.

Experts believe if historical location data weren’t voluntarily shared, neither are other types of data, and that other technologies may gain protection from findings that records taken as a whole are expansive enough to require warrants.

California Shopping Centers Are Spying for an ICE Contractor [EFF]

“Irvine Company is a customer of Vigilant Solutions. Vigilant employs ALPR technology at our three Orange County regional shopping centers. Vigilant is required by contract, and have assured us, that ALPR data collected at these locations is only shared with local police departments as part of their efforts to keep the local community safe.”

mapbox / robosat [Github]

Semantic segmentation on aerial and satellite imagery. Extracts features such as: buildings, parking lots, roads, water

Paper:  PDF : https://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucfamus/papers/icwsm18.pdf

Working with publicly available metadata from Twitter, a machine learning algorithm was able to identify users with 96.7 per cent accuracy

Arts (in production)

Rue Chazelles ,construction de la statue de la Liberté dans les ateliers de Bartholdi ,Paris 1879

M.E.D. 7.10.18



We need a publicly funded rival to Facebook and Google [FT]

Maybe there is a more direct approach: let us build public service digital corporations that offer better services to consumers. The need to sell advertising is at the heart of the toxic behaviour of many of the social media companies. The online ad market is dominated by Facebook and Google, and appears to be fraught with bots and fraudulent clicks. Hence France, Germany and Australia are all conducting inquiries into online advertising.

Inflation nation: The rising cost of digital TV  [Axios]

Bundled content packages are an increasingly popular way for consumers to watch video content, but there is little regulation around pricing, consolidation and distribution fees to protect consumers from long-term price inflation.

Apple and Alphabet face US house panel questions on privacy [FT]

Issues raised by the legislators include whether smartphones keep track of location even when users believe they have turned off the function, and whether voice-activated services such as Apple’s Siri sometimes listen and make recordings.  E&C Leaders Press Apple and Google on Third-Party Access, Audio and Location Data Collection   [Related]

Where Cities Help Detain Immigrants

 There are around 850 contracts between local and federal authorities to detain immigrants in 669 counties, according to ICE data from November 2017.*

AT&T’s Troubling Plan to Change HBO [Atlantic] – A take with more clarity here  [recode] Here’s what HBO’s new boss really said about the company’s plans under AT&T 

—a March 2017 report found Netflix had a negative free cash flow of $2.1 billion. A few months later, the company said in a letter to shareholders that it would remain in the negative for years, but that the investment would crucially help the company spread across the globe.

How to Meet Your Body’s Water Needs  [NYT]

 Brain effects include mood shifts, muddled thinking, inattentiveness and poor memory. A loss of only 1 to 2 percent of body water can impair cognitive performance,

Facebook’s Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms . [NYT]

In the United States, Facebook is fighting a lawsuit brought by Illinois residents claiming the company’s face recognition practices violated a state privacy law. Damages in the case, certified as a class action in April, could amount to billions of dollars. In May, an appeals court granted Facebook’s request to delay the trial and review the class certification order.

The House Judiciary Committee has introduced a bill specifically aimed at Protecting identity during protest for example

(a) In General.--Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, while in disguise, including while wearing a mask, injures, 
oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise 
or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so 
exercised the same, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both.


Les Rencontres d’Arles review – cyborgs meet spiritualists at photography festival

The relative lack of female photographers and curators was a talking point amid the somewhat muted buzz of the usual Arles’ late-night social buzz. It seems almost inexcusable that no one picked up on this while programming the festival.

I should really be posting my non traditional media diet here.  To that end here are some of the other things I am reading, seeing, feeling etc.

Info graphic, data-viz fans – Image Factories ! (below)  Talk about a relevant title.

One Picture Book – Two




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M.E.D. 7.9.18

Inside China’s Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras [NYT]

In May, the upstart A.I. company SenseTime raised $620 million, giving it a valuation of about $4.5 billion. Yitu raised $200 million last month. Another rival, Megvii, raised $460 million from investors that included a state-backed fund created by China’s top leadership.

VIDEO/ADV – Apple – You Face Is Your Password [YouTube]

Face ID iPhone X — Memory— Apple

Apple slices into Spotify’s lead in US music market  [FT]

As of last week, Apple had between 21m and 21.5m US subscribers, while Spotify had 22m to 22.5m, according to industry executives. A year ago, Spotify had about 17m US subscribers to Apple’s 13m, these people say.

The Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence [MIT] 

We will explore the proliferation of algorithmic decision-making, autonomous systems, and machine learning and explanation; the search for balance between regulation and innovation; and the effects of AI on the dissemination of information, along with questions related to individual rights, discrimination, and architectures of control.

Timehop was hacked, 21m names, email addresses and phone numbers compromised

Some data was breached. These include names, email addresses, and some phone numbers. This affects some 21 million of our users. No private/direct messages, financial data, or social media or photo content, or Timehop data including streaks were affected.

Facebook pursues AI in bid to ID harmful content. Plus, an AI glossary [AD AGE] (Confidence is low -ed)

Facebook is pouring massive amounts of money and computing power into AI. Its overall R&D budget was $1.3 billion, though it does not disclose how much of that is artificial intelligence

Invisible Mask: Practical Attacks on Face Recognition with Infrared [arxiv.org]

We propose a kind of brand new attack against face recognition systems, which is realized by illuminating the subject using infrared according to the adversarial examples worked out by our algorithm, thus face recognition systems can be bypassed or misled while simultaneously the infrared perturbations cannot be observed by raw eyes


M.E.D. 7.7.18

M.E.D. 7.7.18  Weekend Edition


Hyperallergic Required Reading [Hperallergic]

This week, Ernesto Neto’s new crocheted tree, reviewing Picasso in 1932, considering the park around Eero Saarinen’s famous arch, the reality of open office plans, Hannah Arendt on refugees, social media happiness, and more.

Creative Ways to Dodge a Chinese Internet Crackdown [Magpie Newsletter]
Circumvention Tactics Co-Evolve Alongside Censorship Tools

The goal of a crackdown is to disperse the digital crowds gathering around a topic, and to make it difficult for that conversation to attract more attention. Tactically, this means takedowns of core posts that the conversations are rooted around, filtering keywords, hashtags, and specific pieces of media from being posted or searched at a technical level, and suspending, banning, or even “drinking tea” (a threatening visit from a government official) with highly visible users. As the objective is to prevent large-scale social mobilization, the system is most frequently deployed against news and conversations that are likely to incite mass outrage, especially against government officials, regulations, or anchor institutions.

ICYMI Marc Andreessen  is back on Twitter and Twitter is better for it.  Sharing his reading list. Tune in and read.

The rise of ‘pseudo-AI’: how tech firms quietly use humans to do bots’ work [Guardian]

In 2017, the business expense management app Expensify admitted that it had been using humans to transcribe at least some of the receipts it claimed to process using its “smartscan technology”. Scans of the receipts were being posted to Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowdsourced labour tool, where low-paid workers were reading and transcribing them.

Jaron Lanier on fighting Big Tech’s ‘manipulation engine’   Lunch with the [FT]

He calls the likes of Google and Facebook ‘behaviour manipulation empires’, and fears the weaponised form of advertising that polarises us, turning us into ‘assholes’

An AI system for editing music in videos  [MIT]

Given a video of a musical performance, CSAIL’s deep-learning system can make individual instruments louder or softer

Psychologist Michal Kosinski says artificial intelligence can detect your sexuality and politics just by looking at your face.   [The Guardian]

 he claims to be warning us about, talking excitedly about cameras that could detect people who are “lost, anxious, trafficked or potentially dangerous. You could imagine having those diagnostic tools monitoring public spaces for potential threats to themselves or to others,” he tells me. “There are different privacy issues with each of those approaches, but it can literally save lives.”

Robots roam Pechanga Resort Casino to enhance security   [LA Times]

The robots, built by Mountain View, Calif.-based Knightscope and already used in malls and sporting arenas, can send live images of what they see to a security command post, where security experts can either direct the mobile robot to move closer to a suspicious person or object or simply zoom in with their high-definition cameras.

Highly esteemed: An end-to-end walk along Manhattan’s High Line  [WaPo]

High-Skilled White-Collar Work? Machines Can Do That, Too  [NYT]

Myntra, the Indian online retailer, arms its buyers with algorithms that calculate the probability that an item will sell well based on how clothes with similar attributes — sleeves, colors, fabric — have sold in the past. (The buyers are free to ignore the projection.)

All of this has clouded the future of buyers and merchandise planners, high-status workers whose annual earnings can exceed $100,000.

(more and more the definition of what a ‘task’ is will be fluid -ed)

Univision Considers Selling Fusion Media Group: Report  [WSJ/MSN]

This means sites like  Gizmodo and Deadspin, Lifehacker, the Root and a stake in the Onion’s parent company. -ed

Joseph Beuys’s Only Public Artwork in New York Temporarily Unearthed [hyperallergic]

Beuys initiated 7000 Oaks in Kassel, Germany, in 1982 as part of documenta VII. The planting of 7,000 trees (of all kinds) accompanied by basalt stones in and around Kassel was accomplished in part through significant financial and logistical support from the Dia Art Foundation, whose co-founder, Heiner Friedrich was close to the artist. The project was completed in 1987, a year after Beuys’s death. The trees and stones in Chelsea — one of several international extensions of the original project — were planted by Dia in 1988 and expanded further

Heatwave unveils ancient settlements in Wales  [BBC]

Ancient hillforts and Roman settlements have been revealed by the heatwave.

The dry spell has left parched fields with unmistakable “crop marks” painted into the landscape.

Thai cave updates

Current societal paradox:  Defending tolerance .Requires to not tolerate the intolerant. 

Reading/Thread – Smart Cities

The Police Smart City is spreading like wildfire [laquadrature.net]

As a project aimed at exploiting potentially identifiable and sensitive data on a large scale (crime, health, social situation, location, opinion, etc.), using an innovative technological tool focused on a mechanism combination of information from different sources and collected for different purposes, also incorporating monitoring, evaluation and prediction activities, I drew particular attention to its obligation to carry out an analysis of the impact of the proposed treatment on the privacy and freedoms of the persons concerned.




M.E.D. 7.6.18

M.E.D. Friday 7.6.18

It’s the End of the API Economy As We Know It  [programmable web]

Music’s ‘Moneyball’ moment: why data is the new talent scout  [FT]

Billboard’s charts used to be our barometer for music success. Are they meaningless in the streaming age? [WAPO]

Media embracing digital TV with strings attached [Reuters]

BBC News – Social site terms tougher than Dickens  [BBC]  (This and the FB item below are great markers of the level of absurdity we will go to instead of addressing the core problems. -ed)

Face Detection for CCTV surveillance  [Medium]

Facebook’s algorithms have ruled that parts of the US Declaration of Independence are hate speech and removed excerpts of them posted to the platform.  [BBC] (Algo challenge for sure, but do we want FB algos to be the censors of what we see. -ed)

Elvis Costello cancels tour after surgery to remove ‘aggressive’ tumour  [BBC]

A Banksy holiday crowd-puller [FT]

Billions in Hamptons Real Estate at Risk on Shore [EHS] More than $3.5 billion worth of property would be in danger of chronic flooding by 2045

On the run with Rich Greenfield, the straw that stirs Media Twitter [Fast co]

M.E.D. 7.4.18

Happy Independence Day.   4th July 2018  M.E.D

All-time heat records have been set all over the world during the past week  [WaPo]

Taking a holiday? Here’s how to disconnect  [FT]
(Best pull quote: “Daytime drinking also helps. ” -ed)

How Should Antitrust Regulators Check Silicon Valley’s Ambitions? [NYT]

A general Dissolution of Principles & Manners will more surely overthrow the Liberties of America than the whole Force of the Common Enemy.” —Samuel Adams. (Letter to James Warren 12 Feb, 1779)


Latest Text Of EU Copyright Directive Shows It’s Even Worse Than Expected: Must Be Stopped [TechDirt]

Report: PDF  on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on copyright in the Digital Single Market  [UK Parliament]  (TL/DR – upload filters)

EFF The Crucial Next Few Days In the EU’s Copyright Filter and Link Tax Battle

Letter Against (Vint Cerf, Tim Bernes-Lee, Jimmy Wales, Joi Ito etc..) and for it Sir Paul McCartneyBritish Copyright Council urges MEPs to support fair play for creative sectors [britishcopyright.org]

Police searches homes of „Zwiebelfreunde“ board members as well as „OpenLab“ in Augsburg [ccc.de]
More here [torservers.net]

Samsung smartphones are sending users’ pictures to their contacts without their permission, according to complaints by a number of people posted online. [CNBC]

Richard Prince  Twitter.

Is it possible to have fun making art? I don’t think so. When I generate my own stuff, with my own style, no. It’s not fun. This painting is all mine. & it’s a “I don’t think so”. It’s only fun when I steal other people’s stuff. Other people’s style. That’s fun. That’s think so.



The cover photo of the East Hampton Star from last week.  Exceptional.

Online does not translate at all.  Lost is the gravitas of its placement in print /context to the rest of the paper.

3/4 of a full page, above the fold, front page shows East Hampton’s valedictorian, Alexander Sigua Pintado, left, and its salutatorian, Jonathan Gomez Barrientos.

They stand un-cropped in front of fellow graduates, including one glaring individual on the right. He is is “the other” in this photo.  A ‘other’ that goes un-named, lurks in the background, un accomplished, or at very least – undistinguished in name, distinguished by only his glare, hands clutched almost in reverence or prayer. A smiling all-American blond female over their shoulder.

My respect to the photo editor and paper, one of the best local weekly’s in the nation, they have not shrunk as an institution in the digital / political age, they have stayed the course, reporting the facts as they happen.



masthead photo – mdg