My first picture book just came out! It's called Poesy the Monster Slayer and it's an epic tale of bedtime-refusal, toy-hacking and monster-hunting, illustrated by Matt Rockefeller. It's the monster book I dreamt of reading to my own daughter.
* TWiT: The J to J Protocol
* Writing Excuses: Researching the FCK out of Things
* SRSLY WRONG: Stop Techno Dystopia!
* Fantasy & Dystopia with Richard Kadrey, Litquake, Oct 23, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fantasy-and-dystopia-cory-doctorow-with-richard-kadrey-registration-116950677625
* Coding Democracy/Toronto International Festival of Authors, Oct 24 https://festivalofauthors.ca/event/maureen-webb-coding-democracy/
I have a (free) new book out! "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism" is an anti-monopolist critique of Big Tech that connects the rise of conspiratorial thinking to the rise of tech monopolies and proposes a way to deal with both:
#1yrago Ernst and Young subjected women employees to “training” about keeping the company’s men happy https://www.huffpost.com/entry/women-ernst-young-how-to-dress-act-around-men_n_5da721eee4b002e33e78606a
#1yrago NJ school district bans indebted students from prom and field trips, refuses offer to pay off lunch debt https://www.inquirer.com/education/school-lunch-shaming-cherry-hill-tuna-prom-20191018.html
#5yrsago Obama administration petitions judge for no mercy in student debt bankruptcy https://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/33068-obama-administration-urges-no-bankruptcy-relief-for-student-debt
#1yrago Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments”: a long-awaited Handmaid’s Tale sequel fulfills its promise https://memex.craphound.com/2019/10/22/margaret-atwoods-the-testaments-a-long-awaited-handmaids-tale-sequel-fulfills-its-promise/
#1yrago Materiality: a new science fiction story for the Oslo Architecture Triennale about sustainable, green abundance https://ia803101.us.archive.org/16/items/Cory_Doctorow_Podcast_313/Cory_Doctorow_Podcast_313_-_Materiality.mp3
#5yrsago Fable Comics: anthology of great comics artists telling fables from around the world https://memex.craphound.com/2015/10/22/fable-comics-anthology-of-great-comics-artists-telling-fables-from-around-the-world/
#5yrsago Son of Dieselgate: second line of VWs may have used “defeat devices” https://web.archive.org/web/20151022202413/https://www.reuters.com/article/2015/10/22/us-volkswagen-emissions-engines-idUSKCN0SG0US20151022
#5yrsago DHS admits it uses Stingrays for VIPs, vows to sometimes get warrants, stop lying to judges https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/10/dhs-now-needs-warrant-for-stingray-use-but-not-when-protecting-president/
#5yrsago Half of Vanuatu’s government is going to jail https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/13/vanuatu-speaker-pardons-himself-and-13-mps
Today's Attack Surface Lecture: OpSec & Personal Cyber-Security: How Can You Be Safe?
With Runa Sandvik and Window Snyder
Today's threads (a thread).
Inside: IDing anonymized cops with facial recognition; ENDSARS; Companies target robots in disclosures; US border cruelty, powered by Google cloud; Free the law of Wisconsin; and more!
Wisconsin's judges work with the state university system to produce standard "jury instructions" that are key to how the state's juries interpret the law when they deliberate. Judges then adapt these for each trial based on the facts of the case.
Jury instructions are produced at public expense, by public employees, including members of the judiciary in the course of their normal duties. By any reasonable standard, these should free and in the public domain.
In 2018, 20,000 googlers walked off the job in a protest over the company's tolerance for (and rewards to) sexual predators.
The walkout was the culmination of a long year of moral reckonings for Google workers, amid revelations that the company was secretly building AI tools to help the Pentagon's drone program and search tools to help the Chinese state suppress and spy on dissidents.
To understand financialized snake-oil, you must understand Goodhart's Law: "Any measure can become a target." Goodhart's Law explains why something that works really well at the outset quickly turns into an arms-race with grifters.
For a recent example, think of Pagerank, the original secret sauce of Google Search. Larry Page had a key insight: a link from one web page to another page was an indicator of significance.
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