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  • This course will take you through the basics of quick source and claim-checking, and introduce you to our "four moves", a series of actions to take when encountering claims and sources on the web. This is the SIFT Model- Stop, Investigate the source, Find better coverage, and Trace claims, quotes, and media to the original source. In this course, we show you how to fact and source-check in five easy lessons, taking about 30 minutes apiece. The entire online curriculum is two and […]
  • With nearly three billion monthly active users, Facebook remains one of the top destinations on the web and makes money by targeting its users with ads based on their behavior. But few people are aware of how expansively Facebook tracks users when they are not on Facebook—whether they’re Facebook users or not. Facebook offers an invisible tracking tool, called a pixel, that websites across the internet can embed to enable much of that tracking.  The pixel is a snippet of code that, once […]
  • We all use the internet to complete increasingly sensitive tasks: book doctor’s appointments, file taxes, apply for financial aid. When we do, our data can be tracked from the moment we open our browsers to when we click “book” or “submit.”  This type of data tracking is done by analytics software that organizations install on their websites to gather information about visitors. One common use for these trackers is to help companies “retarget” ads toward people who have already shown an interest in […]
  • See your identity pieced together from stolen data Have you ever wondered how much of your personal information is available online? Here’s your chance to find out.
  • an online literary magazine for small computational pieces, published by Bad Quarto
  • The pressure towards digital education is felt everywhere including in places with extreme digital divides. Resource-constrained educational environments are particularly threatened by datification manifest in the dominant business models of surveillance capitalism as there is less room in such contexts to refuse the ‘free’ offerings from big tech companies; it is these very contexts which are most vulnerable. Yet educators within such environments are not mere pawns of circumstance. While the realities of their structural constraints may be invisible or obfuscated, educators are […]
  • The dream: AI will exponentially enhance our productivity and creativity. It will optimize everything that can be optimized, freeing us humans up to do work that truly matters. It will lead to new breakthroughs in science, scale up mental health services, detect and cure cancer, and more. It will finally enable humanity to realize its full potential. The nightmare: present and future harm. Estimates suggest AI will eliminate 300 million jobs worldwide, with 18 percent of work to be automated, over-proportionally affecting knowledge […]
  • A tool/toy for making blackout poetry.
  • This site will help you make a Mastobot! They're easy to make and free (for you) to run. To use this, create an account for your bot to use on a bot-friendly Mastodon instance (such as then fill in your instance down below to get started.
  • In 2020, I was fortunate to be able to talk with Google Design about the Arty Bots project.  Listen to the podcast if you’d like to learn more about the bots and the art they create. * * * Arty Bots are Twitter bots that make original images and Tweet them.  Many can also modify an image sent to them.  Some results are shown above. Below are some thoughts about the nature of art bots and the ArtyBot family, and I describe each […]

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