Updates | 01.25.17

1.25: An AI Pattern Language; screen time; “fake news”

updates and ideas from the D&S community and beyond

Ongoing: Propaganda and Media workshop; apply by Feb 15.

Around the Institute

LIVE: An AI Pattern Language
Tune in at 4pm New York time for this afternoon’s talk at D&S—Madeleine Clare Elish, “An AI Pattern Language: Accounting for Human Factors and Human Frames.” Madeleine will discuss her research with Tim Hwang, collected in the An AI Pattern Language booklet as part of our Intelligence & Autonomy initiative.

Doing Screen Time: Reflections on the screen at home and in school
“To ask what seems like an obvious question, why are we putting so much pressure on parents to manage and limit screen time, while schools are facing the opposite pressure to incorporate digital tools?” —Claire Fontaine

Fake news is a red herring
“In tracking 1.4 million news stories shared on Facebook from over 10,000 news sites, the most influential fake news site we found ranked 163rd in our list of most shared sources. Yes, fake news happens, but its impact and visibility comes mostly from mainstream news reporting about fake news.” —Ethan Zuckerman

Democracy 3.0: A science-fiction story about what comes next in America
“Strange to think now that it’s been only seven years since Mark got the idea of being president. Until that moment, the idea of a 30-something going straight from Facebook CEO to the White House would have been crazy.” —Gideon Lichfield

New D&S podcast episodes
Newly added to listen.datasociety.net: Social dilemmas around new media (Ilana Gershon); Self-regulation in Sensor Society (Natasha Schüll); and Living in a Culture of Algorithms (danah boyd).

Around the Around

FTC Releases New Report on Cross-Device Tracking
“The Federal Trade Commission has released Cross-Device Tracking: An FTC Staff Report that describes the technology used to track consumers across multiple Internet-connected devices, the benefits and challenges associated with it, and industry efforts to address those challenges. The report concludes by making recommendations to industry about how to apply traditional principles like transparency, choice, and security to this relatively new practice.”


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