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A few #Cyberculture related videos; i.e. “How ads follow you around the internet

 

Hint: It’s why every site asks you to accept cookies. Join the Open Sourced Reporting Network: http://www.vox.com/opensourcednetwork You’ve seen the pop-ups: “This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Please accept cookies.” Cookies do improve your experience. They function as the website’s short term memory; with each new click you make, cookies help the site identify you as the same person. Imagine every time you add something to your cart and click away, it disappears. Or each time you load a new page on Facebook, you have to log in again. Without cookies, the online world we know today couldn’t exist. But that world relies on advertising, which gives three kinds of companies a strong incentive to track your online behavior. Brands want to sell products by serving you ads for things you’re likely to buy. Platforms and publishers — like Vox — want to make money by serving those ads when you’re on their site. And middlemen are in the business of ensuring the ads from the brands are delivered to the right people. In this video, we explain how cookies work and what you should know about how they’re being used. And we get a little help from the man who invented them. Open Sourced is a year-long reporting project from Recode by Vox that goes deep into the closed ecosystems of data, privacy, algorithms, and artificial intelligence. Learn more at http://www.vox.com/opensourced This project is made possible by the Omidyar Network. All Open Sourced content is editorially independent and produced by our journalists. Watch all episodes of Open Sourced right here on YouTube: http://bit.ly/2tIHftD Become a part of the Open Sourced Reporting Network and help our reporting. Join here: http://www.vox.com/opensourcednetwork Sources: “Online Tracking: A 1-million-site Measurement and Analysis” https://www.cs.princeton.edu/~arvindn… “Why every website wants you to accept its cookies” https://www.vox.com/recode/2019/12/10… “The reasoning behind web cookies” https://montulli.blogspot.com/2013/05… Letter following Facebook Chief Technology Officer testimony before UK House of Commons https://www.parliament.uk/documents/c… “How does online tracking actually work?” https://robertheaton.com/2017/11/20/h… “Now sites can fingerprint you online even when you use multiple browsers” https://arstechnica.com/information-t… “WTF are Facebook’s first-party cookies for pixel?” https://digiday.com/marketing/wtf-wha… “About Cookie Settings for Facebook Pixel” https://www.facebook.com/business/hel… “What information does Facebook get when I visit a site with the Like button?” https://www.facebook.com/help/1863256… Transcript of Mark Zuckerberg’s Senate Hearing https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/t… “Facebook Is Tracking Me Even Though I’m Not on Facebook” https://www.aclu.org/blog/privacy-tec… Internet History Podcast Interview with Lou Montulli http://www.internethistorypodcast.com… Vox.com is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what’s really driving the events in the headlines. Check out http://www.vox.com.


Graph showing which countries shut down the internet most. Creative Commons License: CC BY-ND.


 

The world’s first gender neutral voice assistant, named “Q”, has been developed in a tech company’s effort to be more inclusive, as well as challenge gender stereotypes in personal assistants, like Siri and Alexa. STORY: https://bit.ly/2VKLH40


 

 

www.notflawless.ai Poet of Code shares “AI, Ain’t I A Woman ” – a spoken word piece that highlights the ways in which artificial intelligence can misinterpret the images of iconic black women: Oprah, Serena Williams, Michelle Obama, Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, and Shirley Chisholm AI, Ain’t I A Woman – Full Poem My heart smiles as I bask in their legacies Knowing their lives have altered many destinies In her eyes, I see my mother’s poise In her face, I glimpse my auntie’s grace In this case of deja vu  A 19th century question comes into view In a time, when Sojourner truth asked “Ain’t I a woman?” Today, we pose this question to new powers Making bets on artificial intelligence, hope towers The Amazonians peek through Windows blocking Deep Blues As Faces increment scars Old burns, new urns Collecting data chronicling our past  Often forgetting to deal with  Gender race and class, again I ask “Ain’t I a Woman?” Face by face the answers seem uncertain Young and old, proud icons are dismissed Can machines ever see my queens as I view them? Can machines ever see our grandmothers as we knew them? Ida B. Wells, data science pioneer Hanging facts, stacking stats on the lynching of humanity Teaching truths hidden in data Each entry and omission, a person worthy of respect Shirley Chisholm, unbought and unbossed The first black congresswoman But not the first to be misunderstood by machines Well-versed in data drive mistakes Michelle Obama, unabashed and unafraid To wear her crown of history Yet her crown seems a mystery To systems unsure of her hair A wig, a bouffant, a toupee? May be not Are there no words for our braids and our locks? Does sunny skin and relaxed hair Make Oprah the first lady? Even for her face well-known Some algorithms fault her Echoing sentiments that strong women are men We laugh celebrating the successes  Of our sisters with Serena smiles No label is worthy of our beauty.


 

For most of us, the internet is virtual, made of Instagram posts, emails and YouTube videos. And, access to the vital utility isn’t guaranteed across the world. Glad You Asked host Cleo Abram wants to know: What is the internet actually made of? And, how does it work? Answering that question involves discovering how internet cables are laid in the sea, if 5G is really the future, and how balloons in the stratosphere are helping people connect.

Key Sources: Submarine Cable Map – https://www.submarinecablemap.com/ Code, Charles Petzold – https://www.amazon.com/Code-Language-… Tubes, by Andrew Blum – https://www.amazon.com/Tubes-Journey-… Internet Cable Protection Committee Report – https://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-conten… Pew Internet Fact Sheet – https://www.pewinternet.org/fact-shee… How Does The Internet Work? – https://web.stanford.edu/class/msande… Basic Radio Theory and Introduction to Radio Systems – https://www.sciencedirect.com/science… Federal Communications Commission Broadband Map – https://broadbandmap.fcc.gov/#/ InterTubes: A Study of the US Long-haul Fiber-optic Infrastructure, SIGCOMM – http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~pb/tubes_fi… Rural Broadband Economics: A Review of Rural Subsidies, COSTQUEST – https://www.ntca.org/sites/default/fi… RuralBroadbandEconomics-AReviewofRuralSubsidies_FinalV07112018.pdf Worldwide Broadband Pricing, Cable – https://www.cable.co.uk/broadband/pri… Exploring the Relationship Between Broadband and Economic Growth, World Bank – http://pubdocs.worldbank.org/en/39145… Exploring-the-Relationship-between-Broadband-and-Economic-Growth-Minges.pdf You choose — watch all episodes uninterrupted with YouTube Premium now, or wait to watch new episodes free with ads. Learn more at: https://support.google.com/youtube/an… Check out YouTube Premium at: https://www.youtube.com/premium/origi… See if Premium is available in your country at: https://support.google.com/youtube/an…

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