Saturday, December 5, 2020
People, Power and Technology: The 2020 Digital Attitudes Report

People, Power and Technology: The 2020 Digital Attitudes Report

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People, Power and Technology: The 2020 Digital Attitudes Report The public is once again recalibrating its relationship with technology.  The pandemic lockdown has accelerated even further the already dizzying speed of technological change: suddenly the office has become Zoom, the classroom Google and the theatre YouTube.  The transformations wrought in this period will be lasting.…
The technologies the world is using to track coronavirus – and people

The technologies the world is using to track coronavirus – and...

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This article is part of a VB special issue. Read the full series: AI and Surveillance.Now that the world is in the thick of the coronavirus pandemic, governments are quickly deploying their own cocktails of tracking methods. These include device-based contact tracing, wearables, thermal scanning, drones, and facial recognition technology. It’s important to understand how…
Young People Are Returning to Facebook

Young People Are Returning to Facebook

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Facebook is for old people. Everybody knows that! Usage plummeted in 2019, most sharply among Gen-Z and millennials. While Facebook reported growth by some measures, evidence of everyday scrolling — "likes, shares and posts" — dropped by almost 20%. In 2018, only half of teens said they were using Facebook, despite 45% reporting being "online…
The Ainu, Japan’s Indigenous People

The Ainu, Japan’s Indigenous People

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“This is our bear hut,” the short, vivacious woman shouted through a hand-held loudspeaker, her smile creasing her forehead with deep wrinkles. A blue hat was perched on her head and her short tunic, embroidered with pink geometric designs, was tied sharply at the waist. She pointed at a wooden structure made of round logs,…
Facebook didn’t mark ads as ads for blind people for almost 2 years

Facebook didn’t mark ads as ads for blind people for almost...

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For nearly two years, Facebook didn’t include a legible “Sponsored” label on ads for Facebook users who are blind or who have low vision.That meant that anyone using a screen reader—software which reads the words on webpages out loud—couldn’t tell the difference between their friends’ posts and paid ads, which are visually indicated with a…
The extreme lengths people will go to break the Cannonball Run record

The extreme lengths people will go to break the Cannonball Run...

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This article first appeared in the March, 2014 issue of Wheels magazine. Since then the Cannonball Run record has been lowered to below 26 hours, and Ed Bolian has become a pseudo-adjudicator of record attempts. Meet Ed. He’s a tall, slow-speaking 27-year-old from Atlanta who used to breed albino lizards, teaches Sunday School with his…
A PostCSS plugin for people who prefer to write English properly

A PostCSS plugin for people who prefer to write English properly

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PostCSS plugin for people who prefer to write English properly. .foo { colour: black; background-colour: lightgrey; text-align: centre; } Supported translations: From (Proper) To (American) Rationale colour color There's a u in "colour" centre center It's spelled "centre" capitalise capitalize Don't even get me started padding-ton padding-top When you're thinking of your favourite bear z-index…