Why app stores are problematic

Tom Maxwell for Input Mag: It was just last month that Kosta Eleftheriou, the developer of FlickType, announced that his swipe-based keyboard for the blind would be pulled off the App Store over objections by Apple. Its reasoning was unclear, with Eleftheriou saying that Apple had begun rejecting updates for the app because it required full system … Continue reading Why app stores are problematic

Facebook: Some users are more equal than others

Jeff Horwitz for Wall Street Journal: The program, known as “cross check” or “XCheck,” was initially intended as a quality-control measure for actions taken against high-profile accounts, including celebrities, politicians and journalists. Today, it shields millions of VIP users from the company’s normal enforcement process, the documents show. Some users are “whitelisted”—rendered immune from enforcement … Continue reading Facebook: Some users are more equal than others

More Facebook perfidy

Filippo Menczer for Nieman Lab blog post: The heart of the matter is the distinction between provoking a response and providing content people want. Social media algorithms — the rules their computers follow in deciding the content that you see — rely heavily on people’s behavior to make these decisions. In particular, they watch for … Continue reading More Facebook perfidy

Why you should move out of Facebook?

From the Ad-Guard blog: Keeping an eye on your health data Facebook said that it did not "offer tools to target people based on their emotional state". But any owner of a business account sees the basic targeting options inside: Facebook offers them people who are "away from family", "got married three months ago", "returned … Continue reading Why you should move out of Facebook?

Continuous iteration

I came across this Twitter thread: After advising PhD & Master students for over a decade, there is one thing I find most students need to unlearn: the half-ass work mentality acquired during years of tests and homework. Let me explain (thread 🧵). 1/N #AcademicTwitterFor most of their education students are evaluated using tests & … Continue reading Continuous iteration