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Invisible enemies in a datafied society

July 20, 2020

The historical significance of this pandemic rests not just in the severity of the accompanying disease or the high rate of infection (fueled by superspreaders) but in the data being generated about and around the virus. This is the significance of the quantified or datafied society: seemingly everything is measured and monitored.

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Deciphering disinformation from dystopia

July 15, 2020

If one were to draw a word cloud from our pandemic posts I imagine that the coupling of disinformation and dystopia would be prominent. These two bed fellows are pillars of this pandemic, framing our perception, and influencing our psychology.

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PimEyes: facial recognition for consumers

July 13, 2020

Every once in a while I wonder what we’re missing amidst this pandemic as all eyes are focused on the wild news cycle driven by the coronavirus, politics, protests, celebrities, or some lady we’ll momentarily refer to as Karen. The ongoing proliferation and accessibility of facial recognition technology is one of them.

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Will TikTok be banned?

July 8, 2020

When it comes to social media, TikTok is different. Not necessarily in a good way, but that difference is notable and arguably an element of the platform’s success.

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Where will the Facebook boycott lead?

July 7, 2020

Facebook’s top two officials will be meeting today with civil rights groups who have successfully organized the largest boycott of the platform’s advertising system to date. The boycott has been using the #StopHateforProfit hastag, and has been led by organizations like the ADL, NAACP, Color for Change, and Common Sense Media among others.

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I hope you weren’t using Encrochat

July 3, 2020

I’m kind of in holiday mode, but wanted to share and comment on this news story that dropped today.

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Contributors

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Mark E. Jeftovic

Mark is the co-founder of easyDNS and the editor-in-chief of #AxisOfEasy. He is the author of Managing Mission Critical Domains & DNS (Packt UK, 2018) and Unassailable: Protect Yourself from Deplatform Attacks & Cancel Culture. 

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Jesse Hirsh

Futurist, researcher and public speaker, Jesse Hirsh has been active in technology and commenting on it across the media for 25 years. His premium newsletter service operates from Metaviews.ca.

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Charles Hugh Smith

Charles Hugh Smith is the author of numerous books and writes from OfTwoMinds.com.