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futuribile / curating futures - Issue #32 - New look, new work published

futuribile / curating futures
futuribile / curating futures - Issue #32 - New look, new work published
By Marta Arniani • Issue #32 • View online
Aloha,
I can’t get rid of the feeling that the new year starts in promising September instead of depressive January. So, I took advantage of Summer to refresh my website and get a proper visual identity. Let me know your thoughts!
I am the lead author of the report Towards Gender Equality in Digital Welfare, recently released by Digital Future Society. While a growing number of researchers, NGOs, journalists and public authorities is looking at human rights in the digital welfare state, little attention has been paid to the gender inequalities it perpetuates. For the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the report aims to build a bridge between the debate about welfare and gender on one side, and the one about the social impact of algorithms in public services. This separation is a classic example of siloed expertise. I see great value in connecting the dots and making specialised knowledge accessible. Working across disciplines instead of from the comfortable boundaries of a precise one is sometimes a walk in the wild, but it is one that I enjoy. 🦄
I will definitely keep digging into the topic of public services digitalisation, also considering that Covid-19 is accelerating the top-down deployment of Automated Decision-Making Systems. Commenting on students’ protests in England (an algorithm produced a mass downgrading of A-level results), prof Louise Amoore has a point:
Resistance to algorithms has often focused on issues such as data protection and privacy. The young people protesting against Ofqual’s algorithm were challenging something different. They weren’t focused on how their data might be used in the future, but how data had been actively used to change their futures.
That’s the thing: to which extent do we want a non-accountable system to pre-cook and restrict our future options?
Aloha,
Marta Arniani

The 2020 edition of Burning Man has been entirely moved online and turned into a virtual multiverse: until September 6 you can join (with or without VR devices) one of the eight official recognized universes, each with a different take on what the festival should bring to attendees.
The 2020 edition of Burning Man has been entirely moved online and turned into a virtual multiverse: until September 6 you can join (with or without VR devices) one of the eight official recognized universes, each with a different take on what the festival should bring to attendees.
Countertrend signals from the future of work
Home office or distributed headquarters? Big Tech has two opposite strategies on work decentralisation, organising massive remote work and distributing branches. Maybe the death bell for corporate real estate was rung too soon: the cost of talent acquisition makes investing into new offices appealing, despite the pandemic.
A third way for gig work? Gig workers have an improbable new defender, the CEO of Uber. On the New York Times, he outlines the limits of the binary choice between employed and independent work. He proposes a third way: gig economy companies must be required by law to establish benefits funds for workers. #PanemEtCircenses
Sousveillance*
The real-life cookie. Clear Channel is bringing its smart billboards to Europe (in the US they are active since 2016). They use anonymised mobile phone data to give advertisers better insights. Their take on GDPR and data anonymisation is dubious. A smartphone always on in our pockets, and no dashboard to go around the city at our terms. 🔍
Power-Point activism. The Instagram 10-image carousel has been repurposed by activists, independent artists and well-meaning individuals as a means to educate and inform the masses, one slide at a time.
“How to destroy surveillance capitalism”. In this long read (I struggle to call a “book” a supposedly-anti-system text published on a walled online publishing platform 🤷🏻‍♀️) Cory Doctorow criticises the conclusions of Shoshanna Zuboff’s book “Surveillance capitalism” with a dash of mansplaining. Twitter thread summary here if you are short on time.
*Set of techniques to keep power accountable from the bottom-up
A gun to mask them all
Allen Pan
America has a pandemic problem so I solved it by making a gun: https://t.co/WRaiuVU90K
Shots
/// Master-Slave command, Fingering, Penetration: a review of unconscious bias in gender, race, and class in tech terminology.
/// New paper from Oxford: What if Facebook goes down? Ethical and legal considerations for the demise of big tech.
/// AI Narratives in Chinese classics and their influence on society today. On a side note, the government just issued guidelines to develop a sci-fi movie industry.
/// An entirely AI-generated blog created by a college student got 26000 visitors in two weeks: a clickbaiter confession. 🤓
///An extensive interview with the CEO of Epic (the mothership of Fortnite) about the economy of the Metaverse, imagined as a massively participatory medium. 🔮
Oh, dear!
How healthy is a state of mind motivated by financial reward? 🤔 Blockchain ta mère.
How healthy is a state of mind motivated by financial reward? 🤔 Blockchain ta mère.
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That’s all, hit reply for feedback and forward to support my work.
Aloha,
Marta
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Marta Arniani

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