May 23, 2021

Weekly Web Harvest for 2021-05-16

Data & Society — The Constant BossIn The Constant Boss, author Aiha Nguyen—Data & Society’s Labor Futures Program Director—chronicles the crucial yet underrepresented perspectives of workers in the debate about workplace surveillance and data privacy, especially (primarily) low-wage and hourly workers who are subject to workplace surveillance and algorithmic management. Dan Harmon Making First Blockchain Animated Series as Fox Embraces Crypto – The Hollywood ReporterI do not think that title means what you think it means. Fox is launching an NFT company to help “art meet technology” as the ‘Rick and Morty’ creator readies ‘Krapopolis,’ an animated comedy set in mythic Ancient Greece that will break new technological ground. Doc Searls Weblog · How the cookie poisoned the WebToday our poisoned minds can hardly imagine having native capacities of our own that can operate at scale across all the world’s websites and services. To have that ability would also be at odds with the methods and imperatives of personally targeted advertising, which requires cookies and other tracking methods. One of those imperatives is making money: $Trillions of it. The business itself (aka adtech) is extremely complex and deeply corrupt: filled with fraud, botnets and malware. Most of the money spent on adtech also goes to intermediaries and not to the media you (as they like to say) consume. It’s a freaking fecosystem, and every […]

Anticipatory Compassionate Design in Muslim Fasting

I’m still inspired by Sakinah Alhaddad’s use of the term “compassion by design” in her reaction to my blogpost on how Muslim prayer contains a notion of soft deadlines built into the practice. My plan here is to expand on flexibility beyond deadlines and into anticipation of inequities and different circumstances, as in the guidelines…

What should an ‘Introduction to Digital Media’ course look like?

This summer (Summer 2021), I’m teaching an Introduction to Digital Media course for the second time. The last time I taught it was Fall 2019. The first time, I was inheriting a course with a strong technical focus and I had little time to adjust its content before needing to immediately teach it. This semester, …

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