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Favoriting November 5, 2018: Ava Kofman, from The Intercept, on LinkNYC kiosks

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Salesforce Tower in San Francisco dressed up for Halloween. (source)


This week: Ava Kofman, journalist at The Intercept, on LinkNYC kiosks.

Links to Ava's work:

Ava on Twitter: @eyywa

Tumblr of Ava's writing

Are New York's Free LinkNYC Internet Kiosks Tracking Your Movements? (The Intercept, Sep 8)

Bruno Latour, the Post-Truth Philosopher, Mounts a Defense of Science (NYT, Oct 25)

.....and btw, for a fun activity, check out Link.NYC and see if you can figure out who's behind the project. Maybe you'll find Intersection... but can you find a mention of Sidewalk Labs?

Recent News

• Ultradamno has had a death in the family but writes "if I don't make it live, due to circumstances, it's Votechtoners."

PBS Frontline: The Facebook Dilemma. Here's the WSJ review, saying the documentary is "aggressive, indignant, illuminating... [showing] the blissfully amoral way a social-media site has morphed into a sociopolitical evil. But what viewers will also come away with is a sense of something else - something entirely relevant to the situation: That Mark Zuckerberg is the worst company spokesman in the history of corporate America. If he told you the sky was blue, you’d wonder what his agenda was."

After this story from last week........

• From Business Insider (Oct 26): "The New York Times has exposed a culture of sexual harassment at Google, in a report claiming that former executive Andy Rubin was paid $90 million in an exit package after a credible sexual misconduct accusation. Other male executives at Google had consensual and non-consensual workplace relationships, according to the report, and all were protected by the company... Google's chief executive, Sundar Pichai, has admitted the company has a harassment problem and told employees that the firm had fired 48 employees for sexual misconduct over the last two years. Thirteen of the 48 were senior managers or above, and were not given an exit package, he said."

.........Google employees walked out last Thursday, Nov 1, with this letter of demands. My response, posted here: The real walkout is when they say "I refuse to build a surveillance state" and quit their job at Google.

• From Did Uber Steal Google’s Intellectual Property? (New Yorker, October 22), quoting ex-Google engineer Anthony Levandowski:



• Tomorrow is election day in the US. Vote. Chris Hedges in Eugene, OR (Oct 3): "We cannot sever ourselves from the wisdom of the past. That's our patrimony, that's our heritage."

NoMoreGoogle.com: Privacy-friendly alternatives to Google that don't track you


Spotted on one of Google's LinkNYC sidewalk-surveillance kiosks: unregistered software.


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Listener comments!

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listener james from westwood:

<—"There is evil there that does not sleep, and the Great Eye is ever watchful."
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Bas NL:

Mark! Markonians!
  6:03pm
melinda:

Hello! I'm wearing my Techtonic t-shirt today!
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βrian:

I canna believe I made it. Bonsoir.
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northguineahills:

Marking Tects!
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TDK60:

Those Link monoliths are so quaint.
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chris:

hello, Mark and the informed.
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northguineahills:

err... Techts!
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Rich in Washington:

BRAAAP!
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Webhamster Henry:

Hi Techtones
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Folsom:

The LinkNYU kiosks in poorer parts of NYC that won't have advertisements won't get the fast speeds, need to advertise to get the good speeds.
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βrian:

TechTots? TechTocks?
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chris:

much love out to ultradamno and family
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geezerette:

Howdy, Mark & all.
I.m fill out my ballot...:0

Ultra, so sorry! Condolences.
  6:06pm
Craig and Ed in Glasgow:

hi
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TDK60:

vo-tech-toners / sorry to hear ultradamno.
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geezerette:

uh...filling...
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:07pm
listener james from westwood:

Dearest condolences, Ultradamno.
  6:07pm
liXiviated life:

By far the best tech show on the air
  6:07pm
sufferwords:

scare me tech sage
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:07pm
Aitch:

Great show always. Please vote Americans, the rest of us are scared.
  6:07pm
Roland from Australia:

Looking forward to Today’s episode, I work in a large Christian school in Australia. I’m responsible for a significant investment in Apple and Google technology over the past 10 years so naturally some of the topics explored in these episodes are challenging.
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:08pm
Ken From Hyde Park:

Check it out, Technotrobes! Last night's Simpsons episode dealt with some high-tech issues: tv.avclub.com...
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Michael 98145:

i believe we have you to thank for drawing our attention to that Frontline series illuminating FB
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geezerette:

Brian! TechTocks !!! :D
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Michael 98145:

@Aitch, if you are scared, think how WE feel
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:10pm
mrdonutsu:

There was an online petition to get Salesforce to do this. I signed it.
  6:10pm
JeremyB:

How did the eye costume not go completely viral?
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mrdonutsu:

www.change.org...
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northguineahills:

Exactly what Michael said....
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geezerette:

Michael, no kidding!!! {:(
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

...see - you can't use the One Ring for Good...& if you destroy it - the Three Rings of the Elven Kings go down too
...it's complicated...
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Rich in Washington:

I noticed that the Facebook Dilemma first episode popped up on my YouTube feed last night, as well.
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Carmichael:

Ironically, the LinkNYC page advertises "secure internet browsing".
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geezerette:

heh heh, RevRab!
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Bas NL:

We had Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on a visit in our country this week. He suggested Big Tech should not fight each other but each should contribute to help the customer... That's nice!
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geezerette:

WSJ would know.
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northguineahills:

What, even compared to Cornelius Vanderbilt?
  6:16pm
liXiviated life:

Anyone hear anything about The Ring? Doorbell video device?
Pro or con
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wolfg:

u r not serious
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wolfg:

it is right to speak out against sexual violence
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βrian:

I still want help to hack my garage door wifi interface. There's no way I'd use it via a corporate site.
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wolfg:

but this sounds noam chomsky idiocy
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Phil with the phone:

7 DAYSSSSSSS
  6:19pm
liXiviated life:

Mark, the ability to quit your job is a luxury.
Not easy for all to do.
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wolfg:

like noam chomsky idiocy
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wolfg:

the world is owned by facebook
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βrian:

Yes, he really *doesn't* know why we study history.
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TDK60:

..history is radical, that's why they want you to forget.
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geezerette:

Like Dubya said,"I don't worry too much about history, we'll all be dead. (chuckle)",
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wolfg:

Jesus fucking christ
  6:24pm
JeremyB:

Just remember, Republicans vote on Wednesday. Donald Trump Jr said so!
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βrian:

I mean, how can anybody presume to ponder the future without having a nuanced understanding of the past?
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Rocky Horror:

If we forget history we WILL REPEAT IT. Then we will spiral down into the rabbit hole and never know who is the real leader and that what they are doing is harmful to humanity
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geezerette:

Brian, they can't, of course.
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geezerette:

...by which I mean, Brian, I agree.
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TDK60:

..but there are cameras in there, right?
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βrian:

Public services should be owned by the public — without exception.
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northguineahills:

If we don't learn history, why learn anything? (says the guy that reads 1-3 hours of history of day).
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coelacanth∅:

βrian of course. unfortunately that's as obvious to some people as it actually is.
  6:34pm
Johnzon:

great show... still havent deleted my fb though it's mostly been deactivated for years... argh...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:35pm
coelacanth∅:

er - NOT as obvious...
  6:36pm
Kate Chanaba:

Intersection is Google
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TDK60:

I'm reading Howard Zinn's 'A People's History of the United States'.
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Webhamster Henry:

P.S. History never stops. I say this as the president of the board of trustees of a Historical Society.
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βrian:

The only drawback to deleting one's FB account, is that once you've done it, you can't do it again, and again — with extreme prejucice!
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βrian:

Eh, prejudice ...
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Fredericks:

Mark keeps saying the kiosks are nine feet tall. Do they have other dimensions?
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Webhamster Henry:

It's just because Alphabet couldn't fly Project Loon in NYC.
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northguineahills:

I read an article that it was Google behind it when the project rolled out.
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βrian:

Band of the year: NYC 9 Ft. Kiosk
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Ken From Hyde Park:

More info from the LinkNYC people: www.link.nyc
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coelacanth∅:

Fredericks they are 2 dimensional.
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geezerette:

This is all so insane!
Avatar 🤖 Swag For Life Member 6:42pm
Folsom:

Mark, can you make your links on the page so they open up in a new tab/window? Otherwise you navigate away from the playlist.
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TDK60:

..they're so friggin' obviously, aesthetically, culturally Big Brother-like and they give me the creeps.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:43pm
Fuzzy:

Got Dystopia If You Want It (and even if you don't)
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Fredericks:

Just height and width? Freaky.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:43pm
coelacanth∅:

there should be especially designed ski masks sold for the purpose of vandalizing google products
  6:45pm
JakeGould:

To be balanced, I use LinkNYC Wi-Fi and it’s pretty solid and good. My main complaint is they only have those tings installed in fairly affluent neighborhoods in NYC and not neighborhoods where people can definitely benefit from free Wi-Fi.

Also, this tidbit from an article about the mysterious Mister Softee song coming out of these kiosks: “Officials pointed out that out of the 460,000 free calls made from LinkNYC’s phone app every month, the most dialed number is the customer service line for the New York State Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.”

So the reality is these LinkNYC things are a boon for the homeless in NYC… But the tracking issue is disturbing still. www.ny1.com...
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northguineahills:

My wi-fi on my phone isn't on unless I'm at friend's house or I'm friends w/ the owner of the business.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:46pm
Michael 98145:

BTW, today is Guy Fawkes Day ..
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geezerette:

The problem is the inevitable expansion from conventional marketing to behavioral control.
It's totalitarian.
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TDK60:

Developed by the kind of hip technos who read Orwell in school … and thought it was a manual.
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geezerette:

Michael,wow!
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Fredericks:

Has anyone vandalized one of these things yet?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:48pm
Michael 98145:

@gz'ette, The Hidden Persuaders
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Rocky Horror:

LINK NYC IS ALPHABET!!!!!
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βrian:

@Fredericks: If so, their Social Security number was recorded and cell phone location time-stamped.
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geezerette:

Michael, Vance Packard!
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βrian:

@RH: Ah, the new Soylent Green! Makes sense.
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herb.nyc:

Oh boy, I use them NYC kiosks often. Thx for the truth ("I can't handle the truth").
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Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Lottery reminds me of Soylent Green...
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Michael 98145:

thanks again, Mark H
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Fredericks:

That's what I was thinking, Brian.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:58pm
coelacanth∅:

i have what some people call a "smart phone" but i've never accessed the internet or gps with it so can gooble still track me?
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TDK60:

..thnaks for that Jake G. -it's always a complex thing; good and evil uses.
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northguineahills:

This month: "Empires and Barbarians" by Peter Heather – final German and original Slavic movements

"Byzantium and Bulgaria 775-831" by Panos Sophoulis

"The Early Medieval Balkans: A Critical Survey from the Sixth to the Late Twelfth Century" by John Fine

"Southeastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 500-1250" by Florin Curta

"The Byzantine Commonwealth: Eastern Europe, 500-1453" by Dimitri Obolensky

"A History of the First Bulgarian Empire" by Steven Runciman

Don't get me started on the music and art/critical theory I read....
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:59pm
coelacanth∅:

Thanks Mark
  7:00pm
liXiviated life:

Thanks for the show Mark.
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Michael 98145:

whoa, great reading list, @ngh
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Bas NL:

Thanks Mark & Ava Kofman!
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Rich in Washington:

Thanks, Mark!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 7:01pm
Mark Hurst:

Thanks, everyone! ngh, great reading list!
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listener james from westwood:

Thanks, Mark!!
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geezerette:

Thank you, Mark!
  7:02pm
P-90:

Another interesting episode. Thanks!
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TDK60:

which one's Pink?
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Mark Hurst:

Have a great week, everybody.
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ultradamno:

Mark, listener james from westwood, geezerette, chris, TDK thank you all for the warm thoughts. It is truly appreciated.
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