talking about machine learning datasets Show more
One thing I think even people who start thinking about the problem miss is that you would have to actively construct antibiased training data. any supposedly neutral sources are poisoned by structural oppression even if the creators aren't. Building a classifier will always recreate the biases of society because the input data even if "correct" is society. if you trawl public data sources at all you will reproduce racism, sexism, classism and everything bad
Do you help run a federated or decentralised service in Europe -- or know someone who does? Please pass this link on. It's the application to meet politicians to discuss how the EU's copyright filters (Article 13/17) will be implemented. I worry about a backroom deal struck between Facebook/Google that excludes the next generation of open Net services: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/en/news/organisation-stakeholder-dialogue-application-article-17-directive-copyright-digital-single .. Please speak up!
Tending to your #privacy is like making sure you have your #vaccination. Even if you have no particular personal risk, there are vulnerable people around you: Whistle blowers, human rights activists, investigative reporters, the wrongfully pursued. If everyone sells their privacy except a few, those few stand out and are cornered quickly. But if it is a societal norm to protect your privacy, these heroines and heroes of our time are protected as well.
I want to post this that @mxsiege shared with me a monthish ago and highly recommend it. Give yourself some time I at least couldn't put it down once I started and the entire afternooon was devoted to it. But It does have good chapter breaks so you can do it chunks too if you have better self time management skills than me :) https://www.sbnation.com/a/17776-football
Jason Kenny, a cyclist who won 6 gold medals for Britain adds to voices of those advocating for temporary road closures so kids can play in the streets again.
This is a good idea, its only for 2 hours on Sunday and motorists *aren't* banned from driving to and from their homes, but have to keep to 6 km/h and be escorted by stewards if driving in the streets during the closure.
(2 hours is also just the right time to clean a car, and check its oil/tyres 😉 )
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I don't think there is a technical solution to ensure that tech cannot be used against people. Humans are extremely good at weaponising tools.
Instead, the important questions are around how to govern ourselves in ways that expand the common good and protect the weak and vulnerable.
But the questions of governance mustn't ignore the existence of tech; and I feel like a more participatory form of government might be a necessary part of the way forward.
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The "makeup to obscure facial recognition" thing is an arms race, isn't it?
If I can pattern-match well enough to identify "that is a human face" then it's only a matter of time before an algorithm does.
Is buying time still important? Yes.
University, politics Show more
As a uni student, you also have the privilege of choosing one of two seats to register in.
If your home seat is particularly marginal, it might be worth staying registered there and getting a postal vote, rather than being part of a bloc vote of students in your uni seat. Up to you.
University, politics Show more
If you're off to uni this month and you're a UK citizen, for goodness sake make sure you register to vote, especially if you weren't old enough to vote in 2016.
There's going to be a general election, probably in November, and if you aren't registered at your uni address pretty much straight after the start of term then you won't get a say, or you'll have to travel home to vote. All UK unis are able to help with voter registration. Most can do it during student registration.
Unless, of course, you're okay with well-off pensioners deciding your future again.
bad dream, kindof funny when awake, urban wildlife Show more
Last night I dreamed that I was watching a fox in the garden and it suddenly jumped *straight up the wall* and in the (first floor) bathroom window. This freaked me out a lot and I woke up poor @Hairyears with my whimpering.
I know foxes are badass, but I do not think they can do that, and if they could, we would have bars on the window or something.
"Don't go near the castle, it is cursed," the people in the village said.
"In what way?"
"It traps you."
"Most of us were passing through, like you; now we can't leave."
They conferred, then an elder spoke. "It has an amazing, huge library."
"I must see it!"
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories
UK pol Show more
To get your Tory name, take your first and last name and add 'has just resigned' to the end
ukpol, brexit, unimportant Show more
I have quite lost track of whether I want there to be a general election soon.
If it means an automagic or highly likely no-deal Brexit, then I don't.
I can't decide what I think of the LibDem leadership at the moment; nor of Philip Lee.
I haven't the appetite to sort out how much of what I hear about Corbyn is true, and how much is spin.
I wish I trusted the Greens, but in any case they stand no chance.
Reality is mine is probably *still* a safe Labour seat.
re: countering dangerous misinformation about protest tactics Show more
The "use water or liquid nitrogen" misinformation is being spread by far-right/alt-reich taintstains in an effort to get people who don't know better to hurt themselves and/or damage their own property. Remember the "charge your iphone by microwaving it" scam? Yeah. Same idea.
Again: ⚠️ Do not use liquid nitrogen or water in a thermos to try deactivating tear gas canisters, as that can generate a steam explosion and shrapnel. ⚠️
countering dangerous misinformation about protest tactics, twitter link source Show more
⚠️ Do not use liquid nitrogen or water in a thermos to try deactivating tear gas canisters, as that can generate a steam explosion and shrapnel. The protestors in Hong Kong were using mud or wet sand. ⚠️
ukpol, dystopia, fishing and fish Show more
Spouse says there is a bill to protect fisheries from overfishing that will probably fail because of parliament being prorogued, and that's super bad news, both for the fish and for anyone who works in fishing (one of the most dangerous occupations in the world).
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