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Visualization of light pollution across the United States taken from space.
2016 Year in Review by Zara Rahman on December 12th, 2016
Building a responsible data approach to practices and comprehension.
The BDSM flag flying in the Castro, Twin Peaks rising behind it.
Issue 43 by Ava Ex Machina on November 18th, 2016
I exist for men’s own sexual self-exploration, a freak without my own right to privacy or freedom from public shame, a resource for their own self-discovery -- that like all things in an on-demand world, they feel entitled to access at any time.
Series of undressed, headless white mannequins lined up in an empty store.
Issue 43 by Cameron G. on November 16th, 2016
Presumption of a disposable income, able-bodied access and ability to use any tool, while prioritizing heterosexual monogamy, whiteness and cis identity, all create a sex toy culture that rejects and erases marginalized users.
Screenshot from Snapshot game: shows a room in pixelated graphics with skull and heart posters on the wall, a computer desk, several bookshelves, a rug, and bed with pillows.
Issue 42 by The Editor & Alayna Cole on October 18th, 2016
"Opportunities for queer representation are improving, but there are certainly still gaps that need to be filled."
Two images of the author, visualizing how facial recognition works: facial features are marked with dots and then connected with lines.
Issue 36 by Alyx Baldwin on April 25th, 2016
The more we discuss the dangers of training AI on only small sets of data and narrow ideas about identity, the better prepared we will be for the future.
A keyboard with the keys lit up in rainbow colors.
Issue 30 by Emily Horsman on November 23rd, 2015
We continue to arbitrarily trust the judgements of white, able-bodied, neurotypical cis dudes to define personhood in the digital world.
Photo shows a chain-link fence against a blue sky. One of the sections of the fence has been removed, a hammock strung across the posts, and a person lays relaxing in the hammock.
Issue 18 by Eunsong Kim on March 19th, 2015
While trends are provoking of such surprise and dismay, are so formidable, so worthy of journalistic inquiry and coverage, there is little to no critical analysis of “trending” itself.
Shelves of patient records.
Issue 17 by Alex Rosenblat on February 26th, 2015
What happens to all the data trails we leave in our digital wake? What kinds of precautions should we take with our health data? How do we bake a ‘Do No Harm’ Hippocratic ethic into health technologies? And what are the trade-offs between improving care and increasing surveillance?
Pens and a standardized verbal test.
2014 in Review by Audrey Watters on December 9th, 2014
There’s little to no evidence that more technology or more data-mining will “fix” education.
Aerial shot of Silicon Valley and the Bay.
Surveillance by Elijah Sparrow on October 9th, 2014
Since the dot-com crash, data collection and analysis have become the core DNA of most internet companies.