Cyberculture agenda: “The U.S. will no longer have the final say on internet domain names…

In June, Mozilla announced that it would be redesigning its logo with the help of the internet’s collaboration. Along the way, it asked its community members to provide feedback on every step, shaping the logo into what the Web believes is a strong rebrand.

The National Telecommunications Information Admistration (NTIA) announced via blog post on Tuesday that it will hand over the internet domain naming system, or DNS, to a non-U.S. entity: the multi-stakeholder nonprofit organization based in Los Angeles called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN).

A new algorithm can identify depressed individuals by their Instagram photos

We’ve long associated color with emotion. Intuitively, each of us associates colors with feelings. Brighter colors often signify good moods, while neutrals and grays are typically associated with negative feelings. This simple concept led researchers Andrew Reece (Harvard) and Chris Danforth (University of Vermont) to create an algorithm that attempted to use color — and other bits of information left behind in photos — to help identify depression on Instagram. To start, the pair sourced some 500 workers from Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service that had Instagram accounts. They asked each of these individuals to fill out a series of questionnaires, including a…
A new report suggests that a data-driven tool meant to reduce gun violence was ignored by police and, in a few cases, may have been misused.

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