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Kevin Marks

“Facebook’s most consequential impact may be in amplifying the universal tendency toward tribalism. Posts dividing the world into “us” and “them” rise naturally, tapping into users’ desire to belong.” http://nzzl.us/ZuMsbGv

Kevin Marks

Douglas Adams on digital ID

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“It was an Ident-i-Eeze, and was a very naughty and silly thing for Harl to have lying around in his wallet, though it was perfectly understandable. There were so many different ways in which you were required to provide absolute proof of your identity these days that life could easily become extremely tiresome just from that factor alone, never mind the deeper existential problems of trying to function as a coherent consciousness in an epistemologically ambiguous physical universe. Just look at cash point machines, for instance. Queues of people standing around waiting to have their fingerprints read, their retinas scanned, bits of skin scraped from the nape of the neck and undergoing instant (or nearly instant --- a good six or seven seconds in tedious reality) genetic analysis, then having to answer trick questions about members of their family they didn't even remember they had, and about their recorded preferences for tablecloth colours. And that was just to get a bit of spare cash for the weekend. If you were trying to raise a loan for a jetcar, sign a missile treaty or pay an entire restaurant bill things could get really trying. 

Hence the Ident-i-Eeze. This encoded every single piece of information about you, your body and your life into one all- purpose machine-readable card that you could then carry around in your wallet, and therefore represented technology's greatest triumph to date over both itself and plain common sense.”

Mostly Harmless, 1992

Kevin Marks

some notes from today in Dublin, featuring @AudreyCrosbie @girlondon @marklittlenews @ApplaudEvents and @fussy_ai - unfortunately not the panel with @jennifermjones as I was talking too.
http://www.kevinmarks.com/futuresocialmedia2018-04-17.html

Kevin Marks

“the Twitter system doesn’t recognize that it’s encouraging people to follow additional extremist accounts, and Facebook’s Groups engine doesn’t understand why directing conspiracy theorists to new conspiracy communities is possibly a bad idea.” https://www.wired.com/story/creating-ethical-recommendation-engines/

Kevin Marks

Kevin Marks

By replying on my site, I am using @schnarfed's service to collect tweeted responses, then both his service and my site have cached copies of the reply and the name photo and url of the responder. @ade_oshineye could do that with webmention.herokuapp.com on his static site too.

Kevin Marks

“ By focusing on growth and growth only, and ignoring the problems, they amassed a large set of cultural norms on their platforms that stem from harassment or abuse or bad behavior.” http://nzzl.us/XPMlGI3

Kevin Marks

Any suggestions for somewhere quiet with good connectivity in central London that I can use to be on TWiG tonight between 9pm and 11pm?

Kevin Marks

“Imagine, for example, requiring that any personal data you consent to share be offered back to you in an “interoperable” format, so that you could choose to work with companies… rather than being locked in to working with one of only a few.” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/09/opinion/zuckerberg-testify-congress.html

Kevin Marks

“the big data harvesting companies have approached their obligations to the people who supply their personal data much in the spirit of the Vogon demolition fleet in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, when Arthur Dent protests that the annihilation of the Earth has come without any warning: “But the plans were on display … on display in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying ‘Beware of the Leopard’.”” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/mar/19/the-guardian-view-on-data-protection-informed-...