Month: 2017-12


dzn 13:06:52
listening to Team Human. It’s really good!! Nice find @itsmisscs
dzn 13:07:19
@lizbarry listen to this one —

Ep. 63 Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen “The Thrill of Democracy”

Playing for Team Human today are Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen from the Small Planet Institute. Lappé and Eichen are out on the road with a mission to reinvigorate “civic courage” and incl

dzn 13:07:46
It will be helpful in thinking about the facilitation article
dzn 13:08:28
makes me think of the points we touched upon during planning
dzn 13:10:10
‘… democracy surrendered to the value system of the attention economy’
dzn 13:29:02
For the record… the ‘human nature’ science stuff that they bring in is super hokey.


itsmisscs 21:38:30
yes, that’s the one! it is sooo good.


katenicholson 08:09:34
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itsmisscs 08:21:49


You probably are not fully removing your private photos and data before selling your old technology

Old email addresses, thousands of credit card numbers, love letters, and even pornography: these are just some of the data that researchers have found left behind on devices for sale on the secondhand market. These results are concerning for the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID), the international trade association for the secure information destruction industry. NAID’s mission is to help companies meet regulatory standards for data erasure set by the Department of Defense and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. CEO Bob Johnson told Quartz, that private data can be successfully removed from old devices but many resellers just don’t take the necessary precautions to delete it. E-waste that is not stripped of sensitive information can be an easy target for identity theft. In a 2017 survey, one of the largest of its kind in recent years, the association looked at 258 mobile devices, tablets and computer drives and used only the most basic measures to try to extract data (pdf). They found that 40% of devices resold in “regular commerce channels” (think Amazon, eBay, and secondhand stores) contained personally identifiable information like tax details, usernames, passwords, company and personal data. These findings have been replicated over and over in the last fourteen years by various researchers. It’s not just individuals who are lax about removing data, companies around the world are at fault as well. In a 2007 study researchers in Canada obtained 60 secondhand drives that had previously belonged to health care facilities. They were able to recover personal information from 65% of the drives. The data included, in the words of the researchers, “very sensitive mental health information on a large number of people.” Think of all the data.A 2006 study of 200 hard drives obtained in the UK by the British Telecommunication’s Security Research Center and Edith Cowan, 20% contained enough information for individuals to be identified, 15% contained information of a “personal nature” and 10% contained financial information on the organization or individual from which they had originated. One hard drive still contained data about the plans for a classified missile system designed and built by weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Even as far back as 2003, two MIT graduate students purchased 150 previously-owned hard drives from secondhand markets to see if there was still personally identifying information on them. Of the 150 hard drives, only 9 percent (pdf) had been properly cleared of their previous owners’ data. From the remaining drives the researchers were able to use computer forensic techniques to find old email addresses, credit card numbers, fax templates, love letters, and porn. Johnson says, there are some cases where it might make more sense to destroy rather than resell old drives and devices, because it would require extreme effort to even attempt to retrieve data from the hard drive. Meanwhile, there are more than 1200 U.S. companies with NAID membership who follow regulations for data erasure. So if you have sensitive information on an old hard drive or device, it may be worth your while to get it in the hands of a company that follows the federal standards for deleting data before reselling it. According to Johnson, this simple act could have helped all of the consumers whose private data lives on in secondhand remnants: “Had they sent it to a qualified company to sanitize it, and that company knew what they were doing, you would not be able to get data off that drive. Even the NSA would not be able to get data off that drive.”


patcon 03:25:27
@patcon set the channel topic: PUBLICLY logged. A place to share articles, readings, listenings from g0vnyc team


patcon 13:39:34

EDIT: Finally finished, and this is full of some *REALLY great mental models* that feel really useful for thinking about facilitation processes and how groups interact. I feel so strongly that I've tried to distill the whole thing down to a summary for quick skimming.


Why Your Brain Hates Other People

As a kid, I saw the 1968 version of Planet of the Apes. As a future primatologist, I was mesmerized. Years later I discovered an anecdote…

> Humans universally make Us/Them dichotomies along lines of race, ethnicity, gender, language group, religion, age, socioeconomic status, and so on... We do so with remarkable speed and neurobiological efficiency.
> ...
> But crucially, there is room for optimism. Much of that is grounded in something definedly human, which is that we all carry multiple Us/Them divisions in our heads. A Them in one case can be an Us in another, and it can only take an instant for that identity to flip.
> ...
> Important work by Susan Fiske of Princeton University explores the taxonomies of Thems we carry in our heads. She finds that *we tend to categorize Thems along two axes: “warmth”* (is the individual or group a friend or foe, benevolent or malevolent?) and *“competence”* (how effectively can the individual or group carry out their intentions?).
> The axes are independent... These two axes produce a matrix with four corners. We rate ourselves as high in both warmth and competence (H/H), naturally.
> ...
> Low warmth/high competence (L/H) is how people in the developing world tend to view the Europeans who colonized them... It’s the hostile stereotype ... of the rich by the poor most everywhere -- they’re cold, greedy, clannish but, dang, go to one who is a doctor if you’re seriously sick.
> *Each extreme tends to evoke consistent feelings. For H/H (i.e., Us), there’s pride. L/H—envy and resentment. H/L—pity. L/L—disgust.*
> ...
> What fascinates me is *when someone’s categorization changes.* Most straightforward are shifts from high-warmth/high-competence (H/H) status:
> - H/H to H/L: A parent declining into dementia, evoking poignant protectiveness.
> ...
> Most interesting to me is L/H to L/L, which invokes gleeful gloating, helping to explain why persecution of L/H groups usually involves degrading and humiliating them to L/L status.
> ...
> We also recognize that other individuals belong to multiple categories, and *we shift which category we consider most relevant.*
> ...
> Important research by Mary Wheeler along with Fiske showed how categorization is shifted, studying *other-race*/amygdala activation. ...a vegetable was displayed before each face; subjects judged whether the person liked that vegetable. And the amygdala didn’t respond to other-race faces.
> Why? You look at the Them, thinking about what food she’d like. You picture her shopping, or ordering a meal in a restaurant. Best case scenario, you decide you and she share some vegetable preference—a smidgen of Us-ness. Worst case, you decide you two differ, a relatively benign Them—history is not stained with blood spilled by animosities between partisans for broccoli versus cauliflower. Most importantly, as you imagine her sitting at dinner, enjoying that food, *you are thinking of her as an individual, the surest way to weaken automatic categorization of someone as a Them.*
> ...
> *Rapid recategorizations* can occur in the most brutal, unlikely, and intensely poignant circumstances:
> - In the Battle of Gettysburg, Confederate general Lewis Armistead was mortally wounded. As he lay on the battlefield, he gave a secret Masonic sign, hoping it would be recognized by a fellow Mason. It was, by Union officer Hiram Bingham, who protected him, and got him to a Union field hospital. In an instant the Us/Them of Union/Confederate faded before Mason/non-Mason.
> - The WWI Christmas Truce, where opposing trench soldiers spent the day singing, praying, and partying together, playing soccer, and exchanging gifts
> We all have multiple dichotomies in our heads, and ones that seem inevitable and crucial can, under the right circumstances, evaporate in an instant.
> So how can we make these dichotomies evaporate? Some thoughts:
> - Approaching the implicit: One approach is a powerful cognitive tool -- *perspective taking*. Pretend you’re a Them and explain your grievances. How would you feel? Would your feet hurt after walking a mile in their shoes?
> - *Flatten hierarchies:* Steep ones sharpen Us/Them differences, as those on top justify their status by denigrating the have-nots, while the latter view the ruling class as low warmth/high competence.
> If we accept that there will always be sides, it’s challenging to always be on the side of angels. Distrust essentialism. Remember that supposed rationality is often just rationalization, playing catch-up with subterranean forces we never suspect. Focus on shared goals. Practice perspective taking. Individuate, individuate, individuate. And recall how often, historically, the truly malignant Thems hid themselves while making third parties the fall guy.
this article feels like it hints at the specific scientific backing of much of what the vtaiwan process brings out. i also feel that it suggests the importance of the *flat hierarchies of the process itself* (trust in the mediator Thems), which is *a truly novel part of vtaiwan, as opposed to traditional government-run consultation processes*
and finally, again (like I mentioned in reference to the Malcolm Gladwell podcast I posted yesterday) imho it *suggests a more prominent role of individuation* -- of perhaps taking consensus statements, and using them as a scaffold to amplify specific personal stories within the process 🙂



itsmisscs 13:03:15

The official website of the City of New York

De Blasio Administration Launches NYCx to Stimulate Economic Growth

De Blasio Administration Launches NYCx to Stimulate Economic Growth, Create Jobs and Solve Big Challenges Through New Technologies

itsmisscs 13:03:34
>New York City has launched NYCx, a program that invites both local and global entrepreneurs, start up companies, and community organizations to use New York City as a testing ground for ideas and technologies that can positively impact all New Yorkers.

>NYCx’s Challenge Program seeks creative technology solutions to address several targeted problems in urban life that include 1) how best to affordably deploy high-speed wireless connectivity, 2) ways to reduce litter and increase recycling rates, and 3) how best to support safe nighttime use of public spaces and increase use of neighborhood corridors.


itsmisscs 11:12:10

PDIS 公開討論區

Speech notes at IGF2017 - day 4 - WK XXII - OF95 - Islands surrounded by Land and Sea

Audrey Tang In Taiwan, we have long been committed to assisting diplomatic allies in building up their basic infrastructure, including in areas such as information and communications technology (ICT). Some of these allies are least developed countries, small island developing states, and landlocked developing countries. In our own society, the technological advancements of Taiwan’s academia and industries have brought about a mature e-government. Applications such as online cash flow and di...

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itsmisscs 08:22:37
@darshana your idea bout showing up at politicians house ++


T minus 1 hour til <|@MaketheRoadNY> youth leaders, joined by <|@MoveOn> <|@CREDOMobile> + more, rally outside <|@SenSchumer>’s Brooklyn home. Their cry: No Holiday Cheer For Us? No Holiday Cheer For You! Clean #DreamActNow <>

dzn 08:26:37
Oh yeah!!! Fuck. I wish I was in Brooklyn. I would have egg’d that house
dzn 15:23:12
lol. Seems like things are escalating —

NY Daily News

Gift-wrapped poop sends bomb squad to Mnuchin's Bel Air mansion

A gift-wrapped package with Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin’s name on it was left at his Los Angeles property Saturday night.


itsmisscs 05:58:51
@darshana these are from BetaNYC general channel. good stuff for talk to
itsmisscs 05:58:52

The New Yorker

New York City’s Bold, Flawed Attempt to Make Algorithms Accountable

Automated systems guide the allocation of everything from firehouses to food stamps. Why don’t we know more about them?

itsmisscs 05:59:28


Councilmatic is now an official NYC Council website

Big news: the NYC Council has created its own official version of Councilmatic: <>

itsmisscs 08:34:52
seeing a lot of tweets along these lines….


Hey, Tech Firms: It’s Time to Take Responsibility for the Havoc You Wrought in 2017

Opinion: Companies like Google, Twitter, and Facebook need to own up to the harm their platforms have caused.

itsmisscs 08:35:05
early tech folks are writing their mea culpas / apologies
patcon 08:39:29
Yay councilmatic! If y'all want to see it mashed up with, feel free to +1 this issue :)


Add support to legislation pages · Issue #76 · datamade/django-councilmatic

Should be very easy to do with the way their embeds work. About <|>: <> <|> is designed from...

patcon 08:40:57
Or we could go about getting it in NYC councilmatic... it would be neat, but would kinda violate the whole "don't show a draft" principle of vTaiwan...
what’s this “don’t show a draft” principle?
polis aint going anywhere. @darshana and I are making sure of that 💪🏾


patcon 04:11:26
A political party based on simple values, common challenges, and conversation!

The Invention of a New Kind of Political Party in Sweden

The leader of a group called the Initiative sees the rise of the far right in Europe, and the election of Donald Trump, as an opportunity of sorts.

patcon 04:11:52
Almost makes me want to avoid booing politics :)


itsmisscs 06:07:51 (cc @darshana)


Local non-profit investigative journalism outlets branched out in 2017. Read how <|@inewsource> <|@vtdigger> and <|@ProPublica> grew. <> <>

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