Wired: Here’s how to fix online harassment. No, seriously

Wired: Here’s how to fix online harassment. No, seriously. “This entire framing of the problem of ‘content moderation’ is flawed. Someone’s experience on a platform is much more than the abuse-likelihood score of each piece of content they see. It is affected by every feature and design choice. Explicit product decisions and machine learning algorithms determine what is given distribution and prominence in timelines and recommendation modules. Prompts and nudges like text composers and big buttons are designed to encourage certain behavior  –  which is not always good, for instance if they end up motivating quickly-fired retorts and thoughtless replies.”

The Aggie: The inevitable death of Snapchat has arrived

The Aggie: The inevitable death of Snapchat has arrived. “We can speculate forever about the features of Snapchat, but one of the main reasons why Snapchat doesn’t do as well as other platforms is that you can’t truly cultivate your online persona on the app, which is sort of the reason why we go on social media. The permanence of posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all contribute to our personal brands. If everything you post on Snapchat eventually disappears, could there ever really be a sense of a persona?”

Wired: NFTs and AI Are Unsettling the Very Concept of History

Wired: NFTs and AI Are Unsettling the Very Concept of History. “The archival world is a world of inadequate budgets and financial constraint, filled with underpaid workers and massive, poorly resourced projects like digital preservation, and the challenging task of digitizing analog materials. Will archives be tempted by the potential upside of NFTs and tokenize digital representations of their crown jewels (or the rights to these assets)? This would worsen an already bad situation, where institutions like our Library of Congress hold physical copies of millions of films, TV programs, and recordings that can’t be touched because someone else holds the copyright.”

The Atlantic: What Facebook Did for Chauvin’s Trial Should Happen All the Time

The Atlantic: What Facebook Did for Chauvin’s Trial Should Happen All the Time. “Discussion about content moderation tends to focus on binary decisions concerning whether individual pieces of content are left up or taken down. But content moderation is much more about knobs and dials that regulate the overall flow of posts. An individual piece of content is a mere drop in the ocean of Facebook content; the underlying systems that move this content around are the tides. The public discussion about content moderation typically fixates on the drops—what should Facebook have done with Donald Trump’s posts?—but when you’re weathering a storm, what matters is the tides.”

Business Insider: Deleting Yahoo Answers is a disastrous idea. For history’s sake, we need to preserve our digital record.

Business Insider: Deleting Yahoo Answers is a disastrous idea. For history’s sake, we need to preserve our digital record.. “Just like with the end of Orkut or GeoCities, Yahoo Answers will delete the content generated by millions of users, including unique knowledge that feeds search engines. More than a debate about fake news, this is a debate about memory and the need to save the content and knowledge produced by humanity – even if that content doesn’t seem worthy or relevant now.”

Reason: The Confusion Surrounding Brian Sicknick’s Death Was a Failure of Government Transparency

Reason: The Confusion Surrounding Brian Sicknick’s Death Was a Failure of Government Transparency. “Because the Capitol Police are under the legislative branch, the department is exempt from the federal Freedom of Information Act. You can’t put in a public records request for an incident report or the other sort of records that most every other police department in the U.S. is required by law to disclose when asked.”

Gizmodo Australia: Why The Federal Court Should Throw The Book At Google Over Location Data Tracking

Gizmodo Australia: Why The Federal Court Should Throw The Book At Google Over Location Data Tracking . “The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has had a significant win against Google. The Federal Court found Google misled some Android users about how to disable personal location tracking…. We believe Google’s behaviour should not be treated as a simple accident, and the Federal Court should issue a heavy fine to deter Google and other companies from behaving this way in future.”

ZDNet: Right to Repair doesn’t go far enough (here’s what we need to happen to see real change)

ZDNet: Right to Repair doesn’t go far enough (here’s what we need to happen to see real change). “It might shock some people to know that while I’m a supporter of the Right to Repair, the movement pressing for government legislation to allow consumers and businesses to repair and modify their stuff, I don’t think that it will help consumers that much in the long run. This is not to say that people shouldn’t be able to repair their stuff. Absolutely not, and being able to repair things is crucial in keeping things out of the junk pile. But I think that the movement is focusing on a specific niche and ignoring the broader problems.”

Opinion: Why tearing down Fauci is essential to the MAGA myth (Washington Post)

Washington Post: Opinion: Why tearing down Fauci is essential to the MAGA myth. “MAGA political philosophy is not systematic, but it is comprehensive. Right-wing populism offers a distorted lens to view nearly all of life. Through this warped lens, progress toward equal rights is actually the oppression of White people. Free and fair elections, when lost, are actually conspiratorial plots by the ruthless left. But perhaps the most remarkable distortion concerns the MAGA view of covid-19.”

CNET: Life during COVID has me wondering about the future of my fractured country

CNET: Life during COVID has me wondering about the future of my fractured country. “In the UK, COVID-19 arrived in an already momentous post-Brexit landscape. The pandemic was a late, unwelcome guest to a party that had already dissolved into chaos and fighting. People and businesses alike are trying to find their feet in a new world outside of Europe (the UK officially left the EU on Dec. 31), but the country’s national identity has been in flux since the 2016 Brexit referendum. COVID has hardly served to unite us in the face of this uncertain future.”

SUPERJUMP: An Appeal Through the Nostalgia Glasses

SUPERJUMP: An Appeal Through the Nostalgia Glasses. “Any perusal through social media will show you that gaming’s appreciation goes far beyond whatever the most recent release is. Gamers love to talk about old games, and not through a fond ‘do you remember when’ anecdotal sense, but through a ‘I just played this very real game on my very real PlayStation 2 last week’ sense. It can be expensive for companies to leave their servers live and allow gamers to buy games that are ten, fifteen, twenty years old, but maybe this finally needs to be accepted as a sacrifice for the historical curation of the medium — or, maybe, we need to figure out a better way to make virtual consoles and re-releases viable that go beyond a complete obliteration every couple of console cycles. “

Next Web: My team experimented with ‘no screen mornings’ — it worked wonders

Next Web: My team experimented with ‘no screen mornings’ — it worked wonders. “Want to feel stressed, anxious, and/or completely exhausted before you even have breakfast? I highly recommend looking at your phone right when you wake up. I tend to look at Slack, email, and (*sigh*) Twitter right after I wake up. But sometimes I wonder if my head would be clearer if I just… didn’t. So I tried it out — and asked my coworkers at Zapier to join me.”

CNET: The ‘Chinese virus’ label has led to violence and death. It needs to stop

CNET: The ‘Chinese virus’ label has led to violence and death. It needs to stop. “It’s a statement backed up by hard science. A study conducted by UC San Francisco found that more than half of the tweets including the hashtag #chinesevirus also used an anti-Asian hashtag. Only a fifth of the tweets that included the #covid19 hashtag showed anti-Asian sentiment. The study had looked at the tweets from a week before to a week after Trump tweeted the words ‘Chinese virus’ on March 16.”

The Register: A Code War has replaced The Cold War. And right now we’re losing it

The Register: A Code War has replaced The Cold War. And right now we’re losing it . “Like the Cold War, the Code Wars won’t have much of a body count and might never flare into outright violence. But when we peel back the cool surfaces, we witness the same titanic battles for power and control, this time using cyberspace as a platform for dominance – just as, militarised by ICBMs, outer space became the premier platform for dominance in the Cold War.”