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“We need to demand accountability for our algorithmic overlords.”

Stevige TED-talk van Cathy O’Neil over wat zij “weapons of math destruction” noemt:

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WhatsApp founder plans to leave after broad clashes with parent Facebook

The Washington Post:

The billionaire chief executive of WhatsApp, Jan Koum, is planning to leave the company after clashing with its parent, Facebook, over the popular messaging service’s strategy and Facebook’s attempts to use its personal data and weaken its encryption, according to people familiar with internal discussions.

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‘The Hardest Job in the World’

John Dickerson, politiek journalist voor The Atlantic, gaat in op de job van de Amerikaanse president. Een interessante historische schets over een uit haar voegen gebarsten takenpakket dat aan herziening toe is:

We are a president-obsessed nation, so much so that we undermine the very idea of our constitutional democracy. No one man—or woman—can possibly represent the varied, competing interests of 327 million citizens. And it may be that no man—or woman—can perform the ever-expanding duties of office while managing an executive branch of 2 million employees (not including the armed forces) charged with everything from regulating air pollution to x-raying passengers before they board an airplane.

Wat ook herkenbaar is andere politieke entiteiten die jarenlang bestaan:

At times, an opportunity to get a quick win has to be put off for a later, bigger victory. Focusing on short-term success might please the pundits, but it keeps an administration from doing the hard, obscure, boring work needed to address looming national problems that will be too big to tackle once they become emergencies—the shrinking middle class, the changing climate, the rising health-care costs straining the federal budget. Even the most above-it-all president is continuously tempted to privilege the small over the big and the now over the future.

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The Death of the Newsfeed

Benedict Evans:

50% of Facebook’s engineering effort goes into stuffing more noise into the newsfeed, and the other 50% into working out ways to filter it