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Facebook and Twitter Cross a Line in Censorship - 0 views

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    "THE GLARING FALLACY that always lies at the heart of pro-censorship sentiments is the gullible, delusional belief that censorship powers will be deployed only to suppress views one dislikes, but never one's own views. The most cursory review of history, and the most minimal understanding of how these tech giants function, instantly reveals the folly of that pipe dream."
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I got irritated by my dad's cluelessness with gadgets - but maybe it is the technology ... - 0 views

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    "Those who design this stuff are plainly doing so for people close in age to themselves. But surely no harm would come from them considering whether their parents or grandparents would have any chance of fathoming out whatever new consumer electronics they are working on."
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Twitter apologises for 'racist' image-cropping algorithm | Twitter | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "But users began to spot flaws in the feature over the weekend. The first to highlight the issue was PhD student Colin Madland, who discovered the issue while highlighting a different racial bias in the video-conference software Zoom. When Madland, who is white, posted an image of himself and a black colleague who had been erased from a Zoom call after its algorithm failed to recognise his face, Twitter automatically cropped the image to only show Madland."
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Another day not at the office: will working from home be 2020's most radical change? | ... - 0 views

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    "Remote working changes not just our understanding of a working community and the company ethos, but also our very concept of physical reality. Suddenly, to misappropriate Gertrude Stein, there is no there there. But if there is no shared space, what's to stop employers following the example of many customer-care call centres, and employ much cheaper staff based in the developing world?"
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New self-driving buses testing across Japan let you pay with your face | SoraNews24 -Ja... - 0 views

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    "This can make the technology easier to use for seniors who aren't comfortable with other forms of electronic payment, since they wouldn't have to lift a finger. As for the rest of us, this also means an end to standing in line to get off the bus while someone - often me - fumbles around for exact change."
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Q&A with Sal Khan: The Khan Academy founder on what distance learning can and can't do ... - 0 views

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    "This is the biggest concern. I can't overstate how big of a problem this is. I'd be the first that wishes I could wave a magic wand and have an easy solution where all of this could be solved. A teacher I know says there's just 5 percent or 10 percent of her kids in Mountain View, Calif., who are just checked out. She can't get them to show up. She can even see that their language has degraded because they haven't spent as much time with adults or peers in an academic setting."
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New global data reveal education technology's impact on learning | McKinsey - 0 views

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    "The type of device matters-some are associated with worse student outcomes. Geography matters-technology is associated with higher student outcomes in the United States than in other regions. Who is using the technology matters-technology in the hands of teachers is associated with higher scores than technology in the hands of students. Intensity matters-students who use technology intensely or not at all perform better than those with moderate use. A school system's current performance level matters-in lower-performing school systems, technology is associated with worse results."
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Covid-19 makes it clearer than ever: access to the internet should be a universal right... - 0 views

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    "Life went on - with limited disruption, if not quite as normal. After all, I have enough space, equipment and internet connectivity to work comfortably from home. In some ways, life has become more efficient. Less jet lag. More sanity."
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Remote Work Means Anyone Can Take Your Job | Marker - 0 views

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    "That's where the real disruption comes in. If you thought globalization was fun for manufacturing, buckle up. Remote work is about to globalize a bunch of service jobs as well."
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Why telecommuting may NOT be the future of work - The Independent News - 0 views

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    ""There is no substitute for in-person collaboration and connection," said Take-Two Interactive Software CEO Strauss Zelnick. This is especially true for those who are in management roles in a firm, who find that actual management and mentoring is best done offline. The same goes for relationship-building, spontaneity, and creativity."
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How Bias Ruins A.I. - OneZero - 0 views

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    "To what extent do the decisions of these types of algorithms reflect the conscious or unconscious biases of their creators?"
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Naomi Klein: How big tech plans to profit from the pandemic | News | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "This is a future in which, for the privileged, almost everything is home delivered, either virtually via streaming and cloud technology, or physically via driverless vehicle or drone, then screen "shared" on a mediated platform. "
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Solve e-learning issues, teachers urge | The Star Online - 0 views

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    "ISSUES with the online learning and teaching process has caused students from the low-income group to be left behind, said the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP)."
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YouTube shifts default video quality to standard definition globally - 0 views

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    "Starting today, YouTube began shifting the default play settings on all its videos to standard definition. The decision, confirmed to Mashable over email, is in response to possible bandwidth strain as more and more people self-isolate to slow the spread of the coronavirus. "
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Is online manipulation always hidden? | 3 Quarks Daily - 0 views

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    "Why care? Because understanding manipulation is crucial in the current critical debate about digital technologies in moral philosophy and related disciplines."
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Speech recognition algorithms may also have racial bias | Ars Technica - 0 views

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    "These systems weren't set up to be biased; it's likely that they were simply trained on a subset of the diversity of accents and usages present in the United States. But, as we become ever more reliant on these systems, making them less frustrating for all their users should be a priority."
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Wuhan Kids Give Bad Ratings to Homework-Assigning App to Remove It from App Store - 0 views

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    ""Somehow the little brats worked out that if enough users gave the app a one-star review it would get booted off the App Store. Tens of thousands of reviews flooded in, and DingTalk's rating plummeted overnight from 4.9 to 1.4. The app has had to beg for mercy on social media: 'I'm only five years old myself, please don't kill me.'""
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TikTok's Algorithm Shows Unintentional Racial Bias, Researcher Finds - 0 views

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    "Specifically, the question is whether that algorithm is sorting suggestions based on the race of the creator - something TikTok denies it's doing intentionally. But it's another example of the need for more scrutiny into how the app and other social media platforms promote particular creators or content."
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