Amin’s blog post

When reading this article I immediately questioned if the Arab Spring activism was an inspiration for the feminists working against college rape and sexual harassment. This was confirmed on page 234, where the article says that scholars cited the Arab Spring as a “model for cyberactivism.” The article says “Feminists in Egypt used Twitter, Facebook,… Continue reading Amin’s blog post

Dubrofsky and Wood:Posting Racism and Sexism

In this short article Rachel Dubrofsky and Meghan Wood study the ways in which new media forms, namely social media platforms like Twitter, work to inspire discourse around concepts like post-feminism, post-racism, and authenticity within American society. Their work is made in the feminist perspective, a viewpoint commonly overlooked in media scholarship, to understand the… Continue reading Dubrofsky and Wood:Posting Racism and Sexism

Pheobe Yin: Anonymity As Culture — an Escape from Reality

  In David Auerbach work, “Anonymity as Culture: treatise”, he explores the fascinating online space that provides a community of people a special and anonymous place to fulfill their desires and interests. Unlike most of today’s social networks such as Facebook, twitter, and Google accounts that require some form of real or connected identity with… Continue reading Pheobe Yin: Anonymity As Culture — an Escape from Reality

“Surveillance and Capture: Two Models of Privacy” – Philip E. Agre

In this dense but eye-opening piece, Philip E. Agre presents two different, yet overlapping, ways of thinking about privacy. The first, and more familiar, is that of surveillance. The word itself conjures in my mind images of security cameras, The Great Gatsby’s T.J. Eckleburg, 1984’s Big Brother, and other similarly sinister symbols. The surveillance model… Continue reading “Surveillance and Capture: Two Models of Privacy” – Philip E. Agre

“Justice for Data Janitors” – Lilly Irani

“Automation doesn’t replace labor. It displaces it” (Irani). In her article “Justice for Data Janitors”, Irani brings to light the presence of human labor behind the ‘automated’ experience promised by companies such as Google, where artificial intelligence is just beginning to branch into areas such as the automobile industry. She does a great job at… Continue reading “Justice for Data Janitors” – Lilly Irani

Machine Bias – Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Surya Mattu and Lauren Kirchner

In the article, several authors put together some court case examples that relied on algorithm programs such as Northpointe and COMPAS. In these softwares, algorithms were used to predict the risk of people re-commiting a crime. Algorithms were also used to determine how long the offenders should be imprisoned for. “Score predicted the likelihood of… Continue reading Machine Bias – Julia Angwin, Jeff Larson, Surya Mattu and Lauren Kirchner