The OKCupid data release fiasco: It’s time to rethink ethics education

This piece is also published on medium.com  In mid 2016, we confront another ethical crisis related to personal data, social media, the public internet, and social research. This time, it’s a release of some 70,0000 OKCupid users’ data, including some very intimate details about individuals. Responses from several communities of practice highlight the complications of …

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Algorithms, clickworkers, and the befuddled fury around Facebook Trends

The controversy about the human curators behind Facebook Trends has grown, since the allegations made last week by Gizmodo. Besides being a major headache for Facebook, it has helped prod a growing discussion about the power of Facebook to shape the information we see and what we take to be most important. But we continue …

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Facebook Trending: It’s made of people!! (but we should have already known that)

Gizmodo has released two important articles (1, 2) about the people who were hired to manage Facebook's "Trending" list. The first reveals not only how Trending topics are selected and packaged on Facebook, but also the peculiar working conditions this team experienced, the lack of guidance or oversight they were provided, and the directives they …

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Astro Noise: A survival guide for living under total surveillance

Documentary film maker Laura Poitra's exhibit in the Whitney Museum presented an immersive installation covering issues of mass surveillance, the war on terror, Guantánamo Bay, occupation, the US drone program and torture. Some of these issues have been investigated in her films, including Citizenfour, which won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Documentary, and in …

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We’re all selfish superficial and too fat? Tedx talk by Kat Tiidenberg

This is a video and the transcript of my Ted talk at Ted x TTU in April 2016. It's about body image, consumer economy and selfies. http://youtu.be/q6Mp-kTwjYA * I have some sayings here; let’s do a show of hands if you’ve heard these: “don’t judge a book by its cover” or “beauty is only skin …

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