2017-08-16T05:18:01Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttps://www.yergler.net/2017/08/15/a-return-to-status-blogging/
By a former heavy identi.ca user.
2017-08-08T18:54:15Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersEmail from Bassel introducing himself https://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/clipart/2008-June/008573.html
2017-08-02T04:18:04Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttps://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/senate-bill/1519/text#idEF966FE7DEFE4F0E91EEEC75FDCD06D...Interesting! I wonder how big of a loop hole the open source waiver will be: "All unclassified custom-developed computer software and related technical data ... shall be managed as open source software unless specifically waived by the service acquisition executive."
Also, while their definition of open source looks reasonable for a single sentence, I wonder what new license arguments will develop around this requirement should this bill pass.I don't know, let's assume it's big.
I doubt any. There's a long history of US government/military open source. The licensing arguments have come from government people with baroque theories about government copyright and liability, not contractors.
2017-08-01T01:54:49Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersNobody seems to be pitching "append-only semantic web"? Social media crisis.
2017-07-15T17:24:41Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttps://changelog.com/podcast/257
The Power of Wikis, the Problem with Social Networks, and the Promise of A.I. with Evan Prodromou
I did not know Evan got his start documenting how to get Perl working on Windows (forgot version mentioned, I guess NT 4.0 from timeframe?). THANK YOU Evan for all your free culture/software/standards work!
2017-07-03T00:49:45Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersPromoting a proprietary (I assume, only glanced) thing that AFAICT looks like one of the many web-based real time chat applications but acts more like recent web-based forums (say, Slack and Discourse respectively). It does make some good points against real-time and some mitigations (such as no presence indicator).See there was discussion at https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14586390 haven't read.
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2017-07-03T00:22:13Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersNone of these require source or a free license, though I don't immediately see that they're antagonistic to these demands. They also don't directly demand equity or safety, only mechanisms for questioning and redress. What are other flaws and how would you redress?
Principles for Algorithmic Transparency and Accountability 1. Awareness: Owners, designers, builders, users, and other stakeholders of analytic systems should be aware of the possible biases involved in their design, implementation, and use and the potential harm that biases can cause to individuals and society. 2. Access and redress: Regulators should encourage the adoption of mechanisms that enable questioning and redress for individuals and groups that are adversely affected by algorithmically informed decisions. 3. Accountability: Institutions should be held responsible for decisions made by the algorithms that they use, even if it is not feasible to explain in detail how the algorithms produce their results. 4. Explanation: Systems and institutions that use algorithmic decision-making are encouraged to produce explanations regarding both the procedures followed by the algorithm and the specific decisions that are made. This is particularly important in public policy contexts. 5. Data Provenance: A description of the way in which the training data was collected should be maintained by the builders of the algorithms, accompanied by an exploration of the potential biases induced by the human or algorithmic data-gathering process. Public scrutiny of the data provides maximum opportunity for corrections. However, concerns over privacy, protecting trade secrets, or revelation of analytics that might allow malicious actors to game the system can justify restricting access to qualified and authorized individuals. 6. Auditability: Models, algorithms, data, and decisions should be recorded so that they can be audited in cases where harm is suspected. 7. Validation and Testing: Institutions should use rigorous methods to validate their models and document those methods and results. In particular, they should routinely perform tests to assess and determine whether the model generates discriminatory harm. Institutions are encouraged to make the results of such tests public.
2017-07-02T04:41:11Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersSomehow I missed this story. Years ago I tried the WOT plugin and found it didn't seem to provide useful info so uninstalled it. They'd been gathering and selling user browsing history. Now they are back in the Firefox and Chrome stores? How'd that happen?
2017-07-02T04:19:38Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersEditorial proposing federation by law, more or less.Extended comment by economist who proposed mobile # portability http://www.digitopoly.org/2017/07/03/is-social-graph-portability-workable/
2017-06-25T19:20:23Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersWhat is differential privacy?
Cool technique. Exciting thing is potential for formal definition, unlocking publishing lots of open data without handwringing. (Obviously many vendors have in mind more sharing with them. That's happening anyway, I see better privacy preserving tech existing as an excuse to force them to deploy it.) Enjoyed this bit as well:
On the flipside, as security professionals it’s our job to be skeptical — to at a minimum demand people release their security-critical code (as Google did with RAPPOR), or at least to be straightforward about what it is they’re deploying. If Apple is going to collect significant amounts of new data from the devices that we depend on so much, we should really make sure they’re doing it right — rather than cheering them for Using Such Cool Ideas. (I made this mistake already once, and I still feel dumb about it.)
Recently discussed in https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=14618751
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2017-06-22T00:24:48Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersSurprisingly 0 results: "the word is fatuous" "the world is flat"
2017-06-21T04:52:53Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followershttps://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2017/06/help-eff-track-progress-ai-and-machine-learning
Happy to see this project from EFF.
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2017-06-20T01:08:01Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersThe JOBS act failed to catch on apparently, leaving boiler rooms cold. ICOs though...is there any 'help' or is the craziness entirely self-inflicted by investors?
2017-06-06T04:08:14Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersI read something bemoaning lack of a global database for something utterly unimportant. The thing proposed a blockchain, because a blockchain is a metaphor for a global database for something utterly important. Except thing thinks its important. I would like to end with "you can't make this stuff up", but I certainly can.
2017-06-03T00:21:51Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersS/N is intermediate, I want U/S/N, where U=utility.
Of course this through arises from seeing a high S/N communication of very low utility.
2017-05-29T03:13:35Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: FollowersOver the years I've skimmed a few articles about darcs and 'patch theory' never gaining much more than a hint of understanding. Now that I've read https://jneem.github.io/merging/ and https://jneem.github.io/pijul/ maybe I finally get it: retaining more info obtains more flexibility.
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