Information Overload

Since the 1970s, the term “information overload” has captured society’s anxiety about the growth in the production of information having potentially bad consequences for people as they struggle to cope with seemingly constant streams of messages and images. The advent of the internet, it was thought, would only exacerbate this, with the onset of ubiquitous connectivity turning information overload into something even more debilitating.

Mr Robot is the most successful example of a small but fast-growing genre of “techno-realist” media, where the focus is on realistic portrayals of hackers, information security, surveillance and privacy, and it represents a huge reversal on the usual portrayal of hackers and computers as convenient plot elements whose details can be finessed to meet the story’s demands, without regard to reality.

Why are hackers so political?

Gabriella Coleman is the “hacker anthropologist” whose book on the anthropology of Anonymous is among the best books on hacking I’ve ever read; her new paper in Current Anthropology, From Internet Farming to Weapons of the Geek, poses a fascinating question: given that hackers are as well-paid and privileged as doctors, lawyers and academics, how come hackers are so much more political than other members of the professional elites?

 

Mr. Robot Killed the Hollywood Hacker

The popular portrayal of computers as magic boxes capable of anything has done real societal harm. Now one TV show wants to save us.

EU urges US tech giants to act faster against hate speech

US tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, Google’s YouTube and Microsoft will have to act faster to tackle online hate speech or face laws forcing them to do so, the European Commission said on Sunday (4 December).

Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and Google are teaming up on a new effort to prevent the spread of terrorist content on their networks.

Twitter Releases Year in Review Data – The Top Trends and Stats

Twitter has released their annual year in review data, looking at the top trends on the platform.
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Tue, 12/06/2016

Kathy Brown, President & CEO, provided the following statement at today’s Opening Ceremony at the 11th Internet Governance Forum (IGF), Guadalajara, Mexico.

 

Apple will publish its AI research

Apple isn’t exactly known for sharing its research with the world, but it’s making a big exception to that rule. Company AI director Russ Salakhutdinov has revealed that Apple will publish its machine learning research. In other words, some of the…
Let’s not be mealymouthed: 2016 sucked. As a stark reminder, Twitter has released its “Top 10 Global Conversations” for the year, a change from last year’s #YearOnTwitter format. This time, it lumped events into categories like #RIP, #Brexit, #Trump…

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