Valley Drag Episode 4: Content Policy

Valley Drag Episode 4: Content Policy
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This week on Valley Drag we talk about Twitter’s new content policy and Russian ads on social media in the last election cycle.

Show Notes:

Content Warning: We might be using some specific terms during this episode that are offensive; we’re trying to discuss the specifics of Twitter’s content policy choices. For some people, these terms are powerful and they’ve reclaimed them and don’t want to see them policed. For others, they’re offensive. 

Content Policy Stuff

Stuff with Ads and Russia

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Pentagonal Episode 15: Put Your Pants On

Pentagonal Episode 15: Put Your Pants On
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This week on Pentagonal, we have a final sign off to Equihax, take a drive into KRACK, make fun of Amazon Key, make fun of Android, and we make fun of Facebook.

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Valley Drag Episode 3: Bigoted Machine Learning

Valley Drag Episode 3: Bigoted Machine Learning
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This week on Valley Drag we talk about machine learning and how peoples own biases can be used to create machine learning algorithms that are bigoted, racist, and sexist.

CW: Racism, Sexism

Show Notes:

  • First up, what’s the difference between algorithms and machine learning?
  • Sources of bias
    • Data itself people are biased, so data generated by people may reflect bias
    • Methodology researchers are people, so they have bias too
    • Society as a whole
  • How machines can execute our biases:
    • Google’s Sentiment Analysis thinks being gay is negative
      • Sentiment Analysis takes words or sentences and tries to say if they express something positive or negative. This can be useful for auto-moderating comments and detecting spam
      • for some reason, the system believed saying i’m a homosexual” or i’m a jew” or text containing black” names were negative, while considering opposite statements as positive
    • Criminal Sentencing in the US is being handed over to machines who are racist
      • The intent of such tools can be to reduce individual human biases, but this assumes acknowledgement of biases by the people who build the tools
      • If the data chosen (for example, what’s the likelihood of being a criminal”) uses extant data (“what’s the distribution of blacks vs whites in prison?”), it simply replicates the bias we already have
    • Programming decisions into self-driving cars is an IRL trolley problem
      • Preserve the driver at all costs
      • or prevent greater harm to others at all costs?
    • A paper recently came out claiming that researchers could identify sexual orientation from photos of people’s faces. Here’s some discussion about why it’s wrong and some further followup from some machine learning instructors
      • The problem here is that choices made by researchers were biased
        • Data came from biased sources dating websites, social media, etc
        • Researchers brought their own biased assumptions about homosexuality

Transposable Episode 9: Toxic Gaming Communities

Transposable Episode 9: Toxic Gaming Communities
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This week on Transposable we talk about toxic gaming communities, we look at a couple of specific games and then branch out into a wider discussion on toxicity in games culture.

CW: Sexual Harassment, Ableism

Show Notes:

The shotgun sword combo weapon from warfare.

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Transposable Episode 8: Anime Conventions Are Dating Sites For Nerds

Transposable Episode 8: Anime Conventions Are Dating Sites For Nerds
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This week on Transposable, we talk about Anime Conventions. Allie did things and had a time and has thoughts! Also, Alice reviews snacks.

CW: Alcohol Mentions, Some Slight Politics, Lewd Talk.

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Pentagonal Episode 14: Time Travel is Wack

Pentagonal Episode 14: Time Travel is Wack
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This week on Pentagonal, we have a grab bag of stories that we find interesting. Recorded live and direct 10 minutes after the last episode recording, we’re a little worn out from time travel.

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Valley Drag Episode 2: The One About Media And Stuff

Valley Drag Episode 2: The One About Media And Stuff
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This week on Valley Drag, we try to drag centralized media services and federated media services. But honestly we just end up dragging ourselves.

Show Notes:

Why centralized social media sites can be good:

  • Information Source
  • Concretely, during Ferguson, twitter played a big part in letting people see what was happening.
  • #BLM
  • #ILookLikeAnEngineer
  • Essentially gives folks who may not be apart of a certain demographic a view into another part of the worlds culture.
  • Allows people share experiences, break up traditional media’s hold on publishing.
  • Unbundling of media content.

Reasons as to why they can be bad:

  • Bitter Brown Femmes episode where they have a bit talking about organizing online using facebook and twitter
    • Essentially that it’s horrible but because of how American education and such is, these centralized services are the only way a bunch of folks find out about their own ethnic and cultural history
  • Censorship of “controversial content” like videos by LGBT creators (but hatespeech is continually supported by both twitter and youtube).
    • Essentially whatever raises stock prices is what will be ultimately protected and prioritized.
  • Facebook, twitter, et al turning over information to law enforcement (using facebook to organize BLM, protest, resistance events is not safe).

Content Creation:

  • Getting paid for content creation is hard.
  • No good open source kit in a box easily deployable solutions for it.
  • Ethical ad markets
    • An ethical ad market would allow for people to still make money off of advertising while also respecting users privacy.

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Pentagonal Episode 13: Follow Up

Pentagonal Episode 13: Follow Up
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This week on Pentagonal, we follow up on a bunch of topics from previous episodes. Also we talk about a store where private information can get you real things and we make fun of the Pixelbook.

Show Notes:

  • Google Rehab AD Scam Update
    • Ads have been pulled after The Verge so excellently shamed them publicly.
    • The great equalizer: Google customer service sucks for everyone: “Our Google reps did say the decision came from the higher ups, and that’s literally all they’ve said,” Fischer told me. “When you’re paying millions of dollars a year, you’d want slightly better customer service.” 

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Valley Drag Episode 1: 🔥 Weed Startups 🔥

Valley Drag Episode 1: 🔥 Weed Startups 🔥
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This week on Valley Drag, we talk about weed startups and how them trying to displace traditional ways of purchasing drugs can further harm communities already impacted by a drug problem.

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Alpha Centauri Episode 1: Earth, Space, Spy Kids

Alpha Centauri Episode 1: Earth, Space, Spy Kids
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This week on Alpha Centauri we sit down and try and explain the Earth. Is it big? Is it thicc? Is it lit? Plus a sidebar on Spy Kids and space.

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