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Rage Against the Algorithms

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How can we know the biases of a piece of software? By reverse engineering it, of course.

Via Pierre Levy
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(...) "All of these stories; share a more or less common method. Algorithms are essentially black boxes, exposing an input and output without betraying any of their inner organs." (tradução livre: Todas estas histórias, compartilhar um método mais ou menos comum. Os algoritmos são essencialmente caixas pretas, expondo uma entrada e saída sem trair qualquer um dos seus órgãos internos).

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Beware online "filter bubbles"

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As web companies strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence: We get trapped in a "filter bubble" and don't get exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our worldview. Eli Pariser argues powerfully that this will ultimately prove to be bad for us and bad for democracy.
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O filtro invisível, Eli Pariser

Apresentação sobre o livro de Eli Pariser utilizada na disciplina de 'Interação Mediada por Computador' do PPGCOM/UFRGS. 04/04/2013.
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Reevaluation of China emerging in West

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Reevaluation of China emerging in West British academic Martin Jacques wrote in a recent article in the Financial Times that "China's governance system has been remarkably successful for more than three decades." He also contended that it is a mistaken view to believe "democracy is the sole source of a regime's legitimacy." He pointed out the possibility that "the problems of governance will become more acute in the West than China."

This article echoes the thoughts of US political scientist Francis Fukuyama about the dysfunction of US systems. 

Noticeably, Jacques wrote the book When China Rules the World and is considered a China hand in the West. But Fukuyama is known for arguing that the Western system may signal the end of human government. 

Now Fukuyama's ideas are drawing close to that of Jacques's. Is this a signal of a certain trend?

Objectively speaking, there are few Western scholars who can break out of the mainstream stances on China and speak truly about it, but the impact of their opinions is rising. These voices emerge at a time amid China's rise and the West's decline. The thoughtful and rebellious spirit that exists in any system has been encouraged by changes across the world. 

The West's understanding of China is based during the Cold War era or even earlier, when the socialist system was seen as evil. 

In many Western countries, criticizing China's systems is still politically correct. 

Pursuing an objective way of portraying China has been rare.

In the West, it is difficult to attract attention when having a completely new understanding of China. It depends on whether China can develop successfully and whether China's current reforms can make another round of remarkable achievements. 

The West has controlled the world's fortune and discourse for a few hundred years. It is able to create a mainstream way of thinking and influence the way that some intellectuals in every country think. 

Developing countries still need to learn from the West, and this adds to the difficulties in breaking such dogmatism.

We cannot win the battle of ideology between China and the West simply by spirit. The success of China's reforms and development is the real driving force of changing the world's fixated thought patterns. 

Yet the confidence of Chinese society still needs the approval and praise of the West to some extent. We feel anxious when there is little encouragement from the West. This is nothing good, but reflects the reality of Chinese society.

The key is that we must do a good job. In the future, the West will recognize us more, while we attach less importance to it.Posted in: Editorial
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Presente de Vô: espetáculo de sonhos, os olhos da alma

Presente de Vô: espetáculo de sonhos, os olhos da alma | Engenho Network | Scoop.it
Caros geonautas, Hoje voltei à minha infância, voltei meio século no tempo, no tempo em que para aprender a nadar, minha mãe sugeriu-me, "se você engolir um peixinho vivo, vai aprender fácil fácil"...
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Here's how we take back the Internet

Here's how we take back the Internet | Engenho Network | Scoop.it
Appearing by telepresence robot, Edward Snowden speaks at TED2014 about surveillance and Internet freedom. The right to data privacy, he suggests, is not a partisan issue, but requires a fundamental rethink of the role of the internet in our lives — and the laws that protect it. "Your rights matter,” he says, "because you never know when you're going to need them." Chris Anderson interviews, with special guest Tim Berners-Lee.
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Edward Snowden: 'If I could go anywhere that place would be home'

Edward Snowden: 'If I could go anywhere that place would be home' | Engenho Network | Scoop.it
Snowden argues it was his duty to reveal sprawling NSA surveillance and going home would be 'walking into a jail cell'
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Fifty Years of BASIC, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal

Fifty Years of BASIC, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal | Engenho Network | Scoop.it
A celebration of one of technology's biggest, most underappreciated revolutions
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Martin Jacques interviewed on the Chinese Dream — Dialogue (CCTV News) - YouTube

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The Disconnectionists

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“Unplugging” from the Internet isn’t about restoring the self so much as it about stifling the desire for autonomy that technology can inspire 

Once upon a pre-digital era, there existed a golden age of personal authenticity, a time before social-media profiles when we were more true to ourselves, when the sense of who we are was held firmly together by geographic space, physical reality, the visceral actuality of flesh. Without Klout-like metrics quantifying our worth, identity did not have to be oriented toward seeming successful or scheming for attention.


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Big data is in danger of becoming demonised

Big data is in danger of becoming demonised | Engenho Network | Scoop.it
EurActiv, the leading online media on EU affairs, is a European Media Network present in 12 EU capitals. EurActiv publishes free, independent EU news and facilitates EU policy debates for policy professionals in 12 languages. Expert EU policy journalists cover a wide range of European legislation and topics.

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Nietzsche's Butterfly: An Introduction to Chaos Theory | Student Voices | Learn Science at Scitable

Nietzsche's Butterfly: An Introduction to Chaos Theory | Student Voices | Learn Science at Scitable | Engenho Network | Scoop.it
Have you ever thought about your life as a fractal? Have you embraced the infinite? PhD student Robin Andrews explains the chaotic theory you will find everywhere...even within yourself.

Via Bernard Ryefield, Luciana Viter
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NSA infiltrates servers of China telecom giant Huawei: report

NSA infiltrates servers of China telecom giant Huawei: report | Engenho Network | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Security Agency has infiltrated servers in the headquarters of Chinese telecommunications and internet giant Huawei Technologies Co, obtaining sensitive information

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Softwarization - As implicações das lógicas computacionais na comunicação

Palestra realizada em 21 de novembro de 2014 na Pós-Graduação em Cultura Digital e Redes Sociais. Para mais informações sobre minha pesquisa, verificar http://willianaraujo.com
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Marina Silva, o Lula de saia, sem jogo de cintura

Marina Silva, o Lula de saia, sem jogo de cintura | Engenho Network | Scoop.it
Caros geonautas, “Nada se entende fora da história”, eu “mato a cobra e mostro o pau” sobre a polêmica frase no Blog do Fernando Rodrigues, que ele atribui a Zé Dirceu (clique aqui), e também a neg...
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Pepsi CEO's Mother Had A Brutally Honest Reaction To Her Daughter’s New Job

Pepsi CEO's Mother Had A Brutally Honest Reaction To Her Daughter’s New Job | Engenho Network | Scoop.it

While interviewing Indra K. Nooyi, the CEO of PepsiCo, at the Aspen Ideas Festival Monday*, David Bradley, who owns The Atlantic, asked two questions that elicited as frank a discussion of work-life balance as I've seen from a U.S. CEO. Below is a lightly edited transcript. The second question was preceded by a brief discussion of Anne-Marie Slaughter's "Why Women Still Can't Have It All."

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Discipline, Quality vs. Quantity, and the Power of Intellectual Elegance: Remembering Massimo Vignelli

Discipline, Quality vs. Quantity, and the Power of Intellectual Elegance: Remembering Massimo Vignelli | Engenho Network | Scoop.it
"Quality stems from intellectual elegance, and is precluded from the vulgar mind."

"We’re all going from point A to point B -- how we g
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A miragem mexicana, por José Luis Fiori

A miragem mexicana, por José Luis Fiori | Engenho Network | Scoop.it
Na última década, o modelo mexicano, de abertura liberal, integração com os EUA, e livre comércio teve um desempenho extraordinariamente pior do que o modelo "intervencionista" e "fechado" brasileiro
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Marco Civil é passo para impedir controle da rede por governos e empresas, diz criador da internet - YouTube

O criador da internet, Tim Berners-Lee, falou, nesta quarta-feira (23), durante o Encontro Global Multissetorial sobre o Futuro da Governança da Internet -- ...
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The Evolution of Big Data, and Where We're Headed - Wired

The Evolution of Big Data, and Where We're Headed - Wired | Engenho Network | Scoop.it
The Evolution of Big Data, and Where We're Headed
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Big data is an umbrella term.

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sandra alvaro's curator insight, March 27, 1:41 PM

Like a Russian nesting doll, big data also houses legitimate ideas and terms that use big data as a source of information, but differentiate from it based on segmentation. The most popular of these nesting terms, if you will, are smart data, identity data and people data.

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Urbanização na China

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The Wall Street Journal (apud Valor, 18/03/14) informa que a China divulgou um plano para permitir que milhões de agricultores migrem para as cidades ao longo dos próximos anos, numa tentativa de i...
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Absorbing complexity with PKM | Harold Jarche

Absorbing complexity with PKM | Harold Jarche | Engenho Network | Scoop.it

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, March 29, 9:22 AM

Absorbing complexity with PKM

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Engineering team designs 'living materials'

Engineering team designs 'living materials' | Engenho Network | Scoop.it
Inspired by natural materials such as bone—a matrix of minerals and other substances, including living cells—MIT engineers have coaxed bacterial cells to produce biofilms that can incorporate nonliving materials, such as gold nanoparticles and quantum dots.

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"Erasing David", Documentary by David Bond

Directed by David Bond/ Produced by Ashley Jones. Great documentary! I recently saw this on national (VPRO) television. To give others a chance to watch this...
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