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rysiek

@rysiek@mstdn.social

Hacker, activist, free-softie ◈ techie luddite ◈ formerly information security and infrastructure at https://isnic.is/ and https://occrp.org/ ◈ my opinions are my own etc.

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StillIRise1963, to random
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I want to see a movie where we band together across the globe to defeat fascism, the evils of capitalism and combat climate change with cool, new innovations.

rysiek,
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@StillIRise1963 that sounds very Solarpunk, with the emphasis on the "punk" part.

rysiek,
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@StillIRise1963 the "anti-establishment views, the promotion of individual freedom, and the DIY ethics" respect.

rysiek,
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@StillIRise1963 actually, in Solarpunk, this bit fits even better: "anti-authoritarianism, anti-corporatism, a do-it-yourself ethic, anti-consumerist, anti-corporate greed, direct action"

(lazy, quoting Wikipedia on "punk" here, but it hits the nail on the head)

quad9dns, to security
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rysiek,
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@quad9dns

image description: InQuest logo, showing a stylized text "INQUEST" with "Q" letter replaced by a magnifying glass

quad9dns, to worldwithoutus
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Read the latest Cyber Insights from Quad9's Director of on our partner AFRINIC's blog: https://blog.afrinic.net/cyber-insights-african-perspectives

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@quad9dns

image description:
stylized, simplified map of Africa, including Madagascar and either Réunion or Mauritius.

text:
Quad9 presence in Africa
(March 2024)

MAKS23, to random Ukrainian
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😥 Russia completely destroyed the Trypilska TPP. All employees are alive.

❗️This thermal power plant is the most powerful in Kyiv region, supplying electricity to Kyiv, Cherkasy and Zhytomyr regions.

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@MAKS23

image description: photo of an violently burning large industrial building, black smoke bellowing from it covering the sky

rysiek, to random
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"the real errors where the assumptions we made along the way"

dansup, to Pixelfed
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Experimenting with separate hashtags in the @pixelfed app

Before vs After

Wdyt?

Hashtag buttons
Inline hashtags
Hashtag buttons

rysiek,
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@dansup way better!

@pixelfed

rysiek, to random
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I still think that "AI" systems (like Amazon's infamously racist and sexist recruitment system[1]) can be useful, just not for the stated purpose.

Such systems seem to amplify racism, sexism, etc, already present in the data.

Instead of a tool to evaluate people, maybe they should be considered a tool to evaluate the training data set — and, by proxy, the company culture that produced it. :blobcateyes:

After all, if your historical recruitment data is racist… 👀

[1] https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN1MK0AG/

waldoj, to random
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Oklahoma’s governor refuses to let kids in his state access the federal government’s new summer EBT program, to ensure that kids can have meals when school is out. In response, five tribal nations have teamed up to provide the benefits to any eligible kids who happen to live on tribal land (which is a lot of Oklahoma). https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/09/us/politics/school-meals-summer-ebt.html?unlocked_article_code=1.jE0.NZAi.mehkrnKm8xuN&smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare&ugrp=u&sgrp=c-cb

rysiek,
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@waldoj the symbolism of this is stunning

rysiek, (edited ) to random
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Here's a half-formed thought I need to mull a bit on:

Somehow, algorithmic (and especially "AI-driven") decision making tends to only be proposed in contexts where it can only — or mostly — affect those with the least power in the system.

Migrants and asylum seekers.
Prisoners.
Families using any form of state support (child benefits, foodstamps, etc).
Palestinians in Gaza.

It somehow never gets proposed for use-cases where it might affect the wealthy and powerful.

One wonders why. 🤔

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rysiek,
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@villewilson yeah, that was not lost on me either 💩

rysiek,
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@squiddle estimating wealth for the purpose of taxation is perhaps somewhat in the ballpark (as a specific person is "targeted" in such a case), but the consequences of "mistakes" or otherwise badly designed system are still way more indirect than in the cases I gave as examples.

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@grob oh absolutely. But the very observation that using such models is exerting power is already something that is not obvious to a lot of people.

"It's just math and data, perfectly objective" etc etc.

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@floatybirb yes, that's a meaningful part of having, or not, power in the system

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@teh_dude yes. Automate and justify.

"It's not a fallible human that made that decision, it's a perfectly logical machine! With data and algorithms!"

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@janbogar right, thank you!

High frequency trading systems are substantially different than what I was talking about. They do not "target" specific people, they are more like other players at the blackjack table who happen to be better at counting cards.

The flagging of PEPs and corruption suspects is closer. It still feels different, in that there is strong human oversight, the bank has a strong incentive to catch any "mistakes" made by the system, and the consequences are much less grim.

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@janbogar but this is good food for thought, I appreciate that.

As I said, I need to mull this thought over, and this helps flesh it out better.

rysiek,
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@c0dec0dec0de yes, this is a great point.

rysiek,
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@whvholst I'd say cyclists are not at all targeted by ANPR cameras, but I do get your point.

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@dinosauce here's the real kicker:
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/irs-launches-new-effort-aimed-at-high-income-non-filers-125000-cases-focused-on-high-earners-including-millionaires-who-failed-to-file-tax-returns-with-financial-activity-topping-100-billion

> The new initiative, made possible by Inflation Reduction Act funding, begins with IRS compliance letters going out this week on more than 125,000 cases where tax returns haven’t been filed since 2017. The mailings include more than 25,000 to those with more than $1 million in income, and over 100,000 to people with incomes between $400,000 and $1 million between tax years 2017 and 2021.

rysiek,
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@janbogar

> they can target your company and decide its value should be lower.

Sure, but I do strongly believe "a bunch of stock market gambling algos can take your company stock for a ride" is different in many, many important ways from "an algo can decide to target you with a missile strike" or "an algo can deny you child support benefits you need to be able to, you know, eat; plus you end up accused of a financial crime to boot".

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@foolishowl ooh that gives me another realization: an important bit of difference between how these tools are used in the context of people with power vs. people without power in the system is if they're used as a suggestion for an action, or a justification of an action.

If that makes sense.

rysiek, (edited ) to DuckDuckGo
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FuckFuckNo. 🤦‍♀️

I just want a search engine that works. I have zero need for a godawful "AI" hallucinating mansplainer in my results. Just… no.

Time to move off of DDG. What else is out there?

Edit: yes, it seems to be for real:
https://www.reddit.com/r/duckduckgo/comments/1adxgy4/give_duckduckgo_ai_chat_a_spin/

#DuckDuckGo #AI

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@njion hummm I could swear I saw that somewhere, but this has been a hectic thread. Cannot find the source now. Will try to delve a bit more. Weird.

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quad9dns, to brazil
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Quad9 deploys Fortaleza 🇧🇷 with EdgeUno! We are now up to 60ms closer to 50 million+ residents of Northeast Brazil thanks to EdgeUno's robust backbone and connectivity.

More locations in coming soon, including !

rysiek,
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@quad9dns

image description: a stylized map of Brazil, with Fortaleza, Brasilia, São paulo and Rio de Janeiro marked.

Quad9 and EdgeUno logos above it.

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