South China Morning Post: Chinese University to start public archive on Hong Kong protests to document the movement and preserve material for future study. “A Hong Kong university will set up a public archive to preserve footage, posts on popular forum LIHKG, and any materials related to the massive city protests against the now-abandoned extradition bill, the Post has learned.”
San Francisco State University: History of SF State told through photos. “From its first Commencement in June 1901 to the Third World Liberation Front student strikes of 1968 right up to today, San Francisco State University has a rich history of innovative teaching, community engagement, student activism and much more. As an homage to San Francisco State’s unique heritage, the University Archives, Associated Students and Academic Technology teamed up for a project that tells the University’s timeless stories through vintage photos. Called the Photographic Timeline Collection, this project highlights images of student life and activities at SF State throughout its history.”
Engadget: Hitting the Books: How big tech might monopolize AI. “From telecommunications to transportation, medicine to aerospace, the accelerating advancement of artificial intelligence has proven a boon for humanity and the public good. However the same ability that allows them to learn from past experience can and likely will be leveraged for underhanded purposes like stifling commercial competition. In the excerpt below from Who’s Afraid of AI? author Thomas Ramge examines feedback loops’ impact on automation and how controlling the data generated by them could enable companies to unfairly influence the market.” The excerpt available is frustratingly short!
Wired: Three Years of Misery Inside Google, the Happiest Company in Tech. “For this article, WIRED spoke with 47 current and former Google employees. Most of them requested anonymity. Together, they described a period of growing distrust and disillusionment inside Google that echoed the fury roaring outside the company’s walls.” In January of 2013 I wrote Quit Trying to Be the Next Google, Dammit!. I’m not going to quote what I want to quote here, I kept remembering it while I was reading this article.
Reuters: Russia tells Google not to advertise ‘illegal’ events after election protests. “Tens of thousands of Russians staged what observers called the country’s biggest political protest for eight years on Saturday, defying a crackdown to demand free elections to Moscow’s city legislature. Multiple YouTube channels broadcast the event live.”
BBC: TikTok videos spread climate change awareness. “Users of the social video app TikTok have been spreading a message of climate change awareness through make-up and time-lapse videos. Their chosen hashtag of #Globalwarning – a play on the term ‘global warming’ – has been viewed more than 24 million times on the app so far.”
Curbed: Online database chronicles forgotten 20th-century buildings and monuments. “The database is an ode to places that have been left behind due to changing political tides, technological changes, or decay. Every entry is accompanied by an essay that serves as a history lesson, outlining the story of why it was constructed and what’s happened to it since. Most include audio interviews, photos, and a handy timeline that contrasts the site’s history with its present.”