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Worker-owner at Agaric web development collective, co-author of the Definitive Guide to Drupal 7, and person who gives a damn about justice, liberty, and gaining the most power possible for all people over our own lives.

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benjamin melançon

Simply labeling 'online harassment' for what it is validates, and validation and sympathy people get from https://iheartmob.org/ is huge for people, @linguangst said, especially contrasted to impersonal & non-responses from Twitter, Facebook )

benjamin melançon

Powerful presentation by @linguangst on https://iheartmob.org showing need for more democratic, user-driven processes to define values of social platforms. Study: http://www.lindsayblackwell.net/heartmob/ (and apparently this is the hashtag i should have been using: )

benjamin melançon

Politically biased search results were able to shift voting preferences by 39%. — @bowlinearl That's in a lab test. Help test if results *are* biased: http://personalization.ccs.neu.edu/

benjamin melançon

At @ellerybiddle explains that while "Free Basics" Internet was shot down in India for violating net neutrality, Facebook got it going in 63 countries. @advox tested it and while some Internet is better than none... not on Facebook's terms: https://advox.globalvoices.org/2017/07/27/can-facebook-connect-the-next-billion/

benjamin melançon

We need the norm, culture, code, ultimately law, and probably market that there must be public APIs so organizations, companies, individuals can remix feeds, even if the algorithm used stays secret —me (i didn't actually get called on to talk)

benjamin melançon

Many algorithms, like racially-biased recidivism risk calculator exposed by @ProPublica ­– https://www.propublica.org/article/machine-bias-risk-assessments-in-criminal-sentencing – are proprietary, secret and it's against terms of service and the law to gather data or reverse engineer — @kkarahal

benjamin melançon

Change society with law, markets, code, & norms (drawing on @lessig); changing norms most undervalued as successful example. — @EthanZ