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Commerce, communications & transportation

Commerce, communications & transportation

Witnessing Algorithms and the Paradox of Synthetic Media

Synthetic media are everywhere. Digital images and objects that appear to index something in the world but do nothing of the sort have their roots in video games and online worlds like Second Life.

by Michael Richardson

Law

Law

AI for better or for worse, or AI at all?

When I was a little girl, I was taught a song about a ball of white string, in which the white string could fix everything — tie a bow on a gift, fly a kite, mend things.

by Kobi Leins

Political science

Political science

Norway’s Badass Batons & Starlight Tours: Police in Norway Come Under Human Rights Focus

The victim claims — to the denials of police — that he was “dumped in a forest, called an animal and left without shoes.“

by Shane Alexander Caldwell

Political science

Trump Is All That Is Left

Living in Norway, the oil-rich social democracy and producing a documentary on related subjects has been an eye opening experience. Not only is it significantly further left of the United States politically, but it is also representative...

by Shane Alexander Caldwell

Political science

The Social Media Mirage

During the Delta wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, an octogenarian emeritus professor at the University of Georgia abruptly quit in the middle of a class he was teaching because a student refused to don a hygienic mask.

by Mark Andrejevic

Political science

Catching tigers in red weather and the falling human

Every technology comes to be used to meet the needs of its time. Those needs interact with the often hidden-from-view affordances that reside in the tech to radically skew the intentions with which it might have been conceived and develo...

by Zac Rogers

Public administration & military science

Public administration & military science

A decade after, “Welcome to the Jungle.”  A retrospective.

Almost a decade has rolled by since I was asked to pen an open-source scenario on the future of law enforcement, which I titled ‘Welcome to the Jungle’. It was well-loved, and praised, albeit treated in the same manner as the fiction tha...

by The Stroud

Public administration & military science

The circulation of power and ethics in AI, robotics, and autonomy research in Australia

Key to unlocking these opportunities is solving or mitigating both the ethical and practical challenges associating with using such systems.

by Sian Troath

Public administration & military science

Online and imploding on their smartphones

Launched in 2007, this one device now makes it possible to record events, find work, manage teams, locate ourselves on the planet, upload our experiences to social media, get a mortgage, read the newspaper, order a taxi, rent a holiday h...

by Matthew Ford

Social problems & social services

Social problems & social services

On Data, Devices and Daemons

The world changed in 2007. It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a time before smartphones. The breakthrough device, of course, was the iPhone. We’d had constant availability, whether through Blackberries, HTC devices or Nokias befor...

by Lesley Seebeck