Valley Drag Episode 6: The Privatization of Public Services

Valley Drag Episode 6: The Privatization of Public Services
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Tim and Cristian drag the privatization of public services by Silicon Valley. We also make fun of Elon Musk lots. Plus a look at algorithm powered healthcare and Venture Funded Prison startups. Content Warning: Politics, Healthcare, Prisons,  Extreme Bullshit Show Notes: 00:03:49 – Hyperloop 00:25:00 – Ride Sharing Replacing the Bus System 00:41:55 – Bike […]

Valley Drag Episode 5: Cryptocurrencies

Valley Drag Episode 5: Cryptocurrencies
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This week on Valley Drag, we take a look at Cryptocurrencies. Show Notes: Terms: Cryptocurrency – just money whose transactions are secured by encryption. Blockchain – A distributed ledger of transactions. This is what allows bitcoin and other altcoins to be decentralized (they’re not tied to a government or a bank or any one person […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. Show Notes: Eaze Meadow Aggregation Theory ACLU Facts on Marijuana Social Media: Cristian on Twitter Tim on Mastodon Tim on Twitter Stipes Radio on […]

Valley Drag Episode 0: Bodega

Valley Drag Episode 0: Bodega
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This week on Valley Drag, we talk about bodega. Bodega is a new startup aimed at disrupting the bodega market. We basically just drag this idea into the ground. Show Notes: Fast Company’s profile of the company Founder defending the name Patreon of the week: Crow Moore Cristian’s thread on this Social Media: Cristian on […]