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JMMaok

@JMMaok@mastodon.online

Advancing open knowledge and civic technology

PhD in Public Policy, M.S. in Technical Communication. Research focused on science and technology policy, especially scientific workforce and university research centers.

Current interests: open science, including science as a human right and multilingual science. Also an active civic tech volunteer with current / recent projects in open government and open data.

Posts will include policy, politics, and propaganda awareness content.

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ai6yr, to Montana
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@exador23 @ai6yr

Not sure if this makes it better, but that’s a student project, and they are trying to use the school colors. So it’s more likely a lack of experience making charts than anything nefarious.

JulianOliver, to random
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Last night I opened up YT in a private window, & clicked on an unrelated video to that of the one I had just watched. It was a video on arctic ice melts that turned out to be 100% denialist.

One click & there I was in endless fetid scroll of Jordan Peterson, climate change denial, 'what is woke' explainers, 'lol snowflakes' shorts, Trump propaganda, knife fights, & misogynistic, racist garbage.

Don't tell me Big Tech aren't culpable for the hate out there. They're farming it, on a vast scale.

JMMaok,
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@JulianOliver @adam_harvey.

There has already been quite a bit of research on YouTube radicalization. One example

https://www.ucdavis.edu/curiosity/news/youtube-video-recommendations-lead-more-extremist-content-right-leaning-users-researchers

Not all of it has such clear cut results, though.

JMMaok,
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@JulianOliver

Yes, some of that may be what I call ‘adversarial promotion,’ where a search for something like sea level rise or even climate itself is used to target climate denial content.

Something I have observed anecdotally is that my recommended content and targeted ads vary as my neighbors change. Not sure to what extent your blank slate removes geography. But under realistic conditions your targeted content may reflect your neighbors’ interests.

JMMaok,
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@JulianOliver

Admirable op sec. Hard to know who even would be your ‘neighbors’ in that context :-)

A few years back living in an apartment some new neighbors brought a marked increase in gun content :-(

raiderrobert, to random
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I've heard many times that "billionaires should not exist."

I've never heard of a viable idea to actually make this actionable policy. Every country I'm aware of with a wealth tax in Europe has repealed it.

But suppose you just declare, "100% tax above $100M USD on wealth" anyhow.

The ultra wealthy people can just leave and go elsewhere. If they can't just leave, it implies the freedom in their country is a sham like Russia or China.

Anyone willing to thoughtfully weigh in?

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@raiderrobert

This country is capable of generating value. We have considerable human, natural, and infrastructure resources. Perhaps it would be OK if many billionaires left, rather than continuing to exert disproportionate power within our political system? We could continue to generate value, this time with a more equal distribution. The billionaires excelled at capturing value and aren’t necessary to create it. 1/2

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@raiderrobert

The main weakness I see with my own statement above is that the US is so central to the world economy that even other countries’ billionaires are invested in controlling our political system. So do they ever really leave?

Another factor, though, is philanthropy. Many would choose that over taxation. There are problems with their pet projects, but our spending of tax dollars isn’t perfect, either. So we might wind up with an OK mix overall. 1/2

impactology, to random
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Historical research is the easiest out of all kinds of research.

No existential crises over imagining novel theories, concepts, methods. Simply tracing a genealogy of the past. Cumbersome and tedious yes but not anxiety inducing since you are not inventing anything.

Doesn't require any courage, you are not taking any stance, any hypothesis on what can/could/should exist just following what has already happened.

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@impactology

Umm, I dare you to tag even one historian in this thread :-)

I’m not even a historian, but they absolutely need courage, such as when they find evidence that completely upends the conventional wisdom.

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@impactology

To me it sounds like you’re taking a superficial view of what historians actually do. It’s easy to miss what is difficult about other people’s jobs.

For example, they need to generate a narrative out of facts. That requires creativity. A bunch of receipts, letters, photos, newspaper articles, etc. don’t just arrange themselves into a narrative. I think there are probably historians in archives asking “What on earth do I say about all this???”

grimalkina, to random
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I would never, ever, ever bother to try to get into contributing on this stuff in the topics of my expertise. So maybe look inward guys.

https://wikimedia.social/@wikimediafoundation/112122065590727479

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@grimalkina @brainwane

Something I’d be particularly interested to learn is to what extent there has been systematic review of biographies of women removed on notability grounds. Which if any Wikipedias have done that? (I mean operational/ administrative review more than research.)

At a minimum, it seems likely that some of those people will clearly meet the criteria after a few years.

maitri, to science
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It occurs to me that, since the demise of Twitter and the half-hearted move to Mastodon, most of my communication on social media is only with people I know. My brain is currently actively calculating if this is a good or a bad thing.

I do miss old Science Twitter, however. Is that still a thing here or elsewhere in another form? Is everyone partying without me? Leads welcomed.

JMMaok,
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@maitri

There is a science presence here! One of the more active hashtags is .

You might also check out the local timelines of some science-specific instances, like fediscience.org and scicomm.xyz .

Also, lots of discipline-specific hashtags, lists, and maybe even instances to help you connect!

mimsical, to random
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I spent the past two weeks using generative AI in every aspect of my life, both personal and professional.

At the end of my total immersion, here's my verdict:

The last time I had an experience this eye-opening and transformative was when I bought my first smartphone.

(gift link)

https://www.wsj.com/tech/ai/jobs-chatgpt-artificial-intelligence-openai-cea961d5?st=wrosu8uv2tej8c8&reflink=desktopwebshare_permalink

1/🧵

JMMaok,
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@mimsical

I’d love to see you turn your attention to the people whose work is being disrupted by other people’s “increased productivity.” Talk to the recruiters fielding unsustainable volumes of applications of dubious authenticity. Talk to publishers canceling fiction writing contests, or taking hits to their reputations as obvious LLM text slips through their editorial process. Talk to college admissions officers.

remixtures, to journalism Portuguese
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: "A few serious news media will survive as special-interest publications, like ham-radio magazines in bygone days. Their content is mostly argued about by well-educated men with polarised views, notes the Reuters Institute. Politicians will disproportionately woo this group, ignoring the apathetic mainstream.

The no-news era will change politics. “If a nation expects to be ignorant & free, in a state of civilisation, it expects what never was & never will be,” wrote the American founding father Thomas Jefferson. Expect rising abstention at elections, as is already happening in France. Polarisation pushed turnout in the US’s 2020 election to 66 per cent, the highest since 1908, but that should prove a peak. Internet influencers may displace TV personalities such as Trump and Volodymyr Zelenskyy as election-winners. And with citizens losing interest, leaders will find it easier to dismantle democracy à la Viktor Orbán.

We marvel at Russians, switched off and immobilised while their government commits horrors. That could be us very soon." https://www.ft.com/content/451e7466-7a91-4784-aa37-02993ff0fc9e

JMMaok,
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@remixtures

Let’s not overlook the absence of women in public life signaled by ‘Their content is mostly argued about by well-educated men with polarized views …”

Codeberg, to random
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There is one thing that annoys me about , but I was too lazy to tell …

… until today! Please let us know in the comments.

JMMaok,
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@Codeberg

Lack of comprehensive, beginner-friendly documentation.

JMMaok,
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@Codeberg

It’s more a question of tone or approach than specific information that’s hard to find. It reads like the target audience is people who have been using GitHub for years then decided to go open source :-)

I’ll come back with some examples later today, or maybe later in the week depending how today goes … Thanks for your interest.

impactology, to random
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Old project pitch

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@stephenpa @impactology

These sound good. I have a brainstorming template in a Google Doc that I default to pageless mode, sort of a baby step in that direction.

A problem I observe is that the complexity / richness of something like Mural tends to be overwhelming to people who only use any given tool like that once every 6 months. People who work in design / consulting and use the same tool every day have a completely different level of muscle memory.

mikemccaffrey, to tesla
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I love how the senate minority leader's sister-in-law died while operating a product from the country's richest man, but all the public details about what happened are locked behind a Wallstreet Journal paywall.

https://www.wsj.com/real-estate/angela-chao-death-texas-tesla-safety-c435daa0

#AngelaChao #Tesla #Journalism

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impactology, (edited ) to random
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How does this participant screener sound for an edtech design studio and for this research proposal

https://mastodon.social/@impactology/112048965474083708

JMMaok,
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@impactology

I have some thoughts on the screener. First, the word "screener" seems to go against a lot of what you seem to care about. Maybe reframe it a bit as "is this opportunity for you?" rather than "will we select you?"

Also, a screener is usually brief. Can you make a list of yes/no questions to use as a first screen?

You have a lot of questions! Some thoughts: Try a simpler approach, give a word count range, have an AI policy.

impactology, to random
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Have you ever encountered design conventions or industry norms that you felt compelled to challenge or subvert?

JMMaok,
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@impactology

Yes, teaching economics from the starting point of perfect competition.

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@impactology

I taught in a very applied context, economics for public administration and policy. So I’m mainly referring to how the CORE economics curriculum (which we discussed before, I think) starts with markets with some market power. This is in contrast with every other economics textbook I encountered, which start with perfect competition. Asking students to set aside the many market failures they already know well from lived experience. 1/2

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@impactology

🤨 Not sure how you meant that.

As it plays out in the US, starting from perfect competition is usually a wealthy white man authoritatively telling others to disregard their lived experience, and it is a fairly violent part of teaching economics. Asking people to start from a position where markets don't have asymmetric information, power differentials, externalities, etc. turns a lot of people off of economics, no matter how it might simplify the math or narrative. 1/2

misc, to random
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When people say that they don't want Bluesky people over here - I hate to break it to you, but a lot of Bluesky people are also Mastodon people. Getting harder to tell the timelines apart, fr.

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@misc

Possibly related, but I think there is also a consent frame. A listen to a wide variety of users about their preferences before you assume your growth takes precedence frame. One of the most disappointing things to me about the bridge announcement (if that’s the right word) is that it seemed very individualistic, or at least not seeing the same people who are always invisible in tech until it’s too late.

augieray, to random
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STUDY finds that leads to acute bone loss. “Utilizing a humanized mouse model of COVID-19, this study provides the first direct evidence that SARS-CoV-2 infection leads to acute bone loss, increased osteoclast number, and thinner growth plates. This bone loss could decrease whole-bone mechanical strength and increase the risk of fragility fractures, particularly in older patients, while thinner growth plates may create growth disturbances in younger patients.” https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/jor.25537

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@augieray

Well, that’s horrifying. In mice, but horrifying.

impactology, to random
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Is there some kind of forum (whether online or offline) where people doing research in these areas gather to discuss & collaborate on pedagogical skill or teacher training

JMMaok,
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@impactology

Here are a few ideas:

In terms of conferences, you might find good discussions at https://openeducationconference.org/ and OEGlobal.

Also some in the open education channel of the Creative Commons Slack (many folks in that community care about openness beyond licensing).

Not sure where they hang out online, but maybe there is an Ungrading community.

Also the OE4BW program.

JMMaok, to random
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@algernon @evan

Even as someone who mostly replies, I think these would be good features to have. If someone really only wants to talk to their followers or mutuals, I don’t want to be there. Giving people mod power over their replies appeals to me less.

Maybe until the feature is built folks could experiment with a hack, like start with # for followers only and ## for mutuals only? Some Twitter features started as hacks like that.

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@algernon @evan

People who ignored the norm by mistake could delete their posts, and people who ignored it on purpose could be comfortably ignored.

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