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Jul 19, 2017

7.19: data prophets; new jobs; infrastructure


July 19, 2017
updates and ideas from the D&S community and beyond

D&S affiliate Tricia Wang asks: “Why do so many companies make bad decisions, even with access to unprecedented amounts of data?” in The Human Insights Missing From Big Data, this week’s featured TED talk.

Don’t miss her curated reading list!

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New jobs at D&S! Join our Communications team this fall

D&S seeks a mid-career Communications Production Manager (open until filled) and an early-career Communications Assistant (due August 11) to begin this fall. Help us amplify our work in creative and dynamic ways!

CYMI: On-demand models are changing domestic work

“The specificities and histories of different industries matter, because they mean the experiences of gig workers in one sector can’t be substituted with those in another. And they matter because they shape our society’s relative measures for understanding what ‘fair’ and ‘good’ work looks like — and who ‘deserves’ better.”—Alexandra Mateescu

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Capitalism the Apple Way vs. Capitalism the Google Way

“As companies continue to generate more profits than they need to fund their own growth, the question becomes: Who will decide what to do with all those profits—managers or investors?” —Mihir A. Desai

BONUS: Dwayne Winseck on new complications to infrastructure hegemony in the Journal of Information Policy: The Geopolitical Economy of the Global Internet Infrastructure

Algorithms in practice: Comparing web journalism and criminal justice

“…Drawing on multi-sited ethnographic data, I compare how algorithms are used and interpreted in two institutional contexts with markedly different characteristics: web journalism and criminal justice.” —Angèle Christin

Tomorrow Soldier: How The Military Is Altering the Limits of Human Performance

“The military already keeps massive records on troops’ lives that, if structured properly, might furnish a treasure trove of mineable health data.” —Patrick Tucker