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by cory doctorow

China's nightmarish "citizen scores" system uses your online activity, purchases, messages, and social graph to rate your creditworthiness and entitlement to services. One way your score can be plunged into negative territory is for a judge to declare...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, February 16, 2017
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Immediately upon assuming office, the Trump administration directed the US Department of Agriculture to take down the extensive records of its publicly funded investigations of animal cruelty in America; now, Americans can only access their own data...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, February 17, 2017
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When I reviewed Matt Ruff's incredible Lovecraft Country last February on its hardcover release dates, I wrote, "Ruff inverts the Lovecraft horror, which turned so often on "miscegenation" and the duty of advanced humans to trample those around them...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, February 17, 2017
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In a new paper published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice, sociologists and criminologists from University at Buffalo (SUNY), the University of Alabama, Kennesaw State University, the State of Georgia, and Georgia State University...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, February 17, 2017
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Last Tuesday, all wing personnel on the US Spangdahlem Air Base received a warning: "MISSILE INBOUND. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY!" The warning was recalled eight minutes later. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, February 17, 2017
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The city of Paris has installed "anti-refugee boulders" beneath a highway overpass in Porte de La Chapelle in a bid to stop Syrian refugees from sleeping in the flyover's shelter while they wait for space to open up at a nearby humanitarian relief center...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, February 17, 2017
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Securelist's report on the security vulnerabilities in Android-based "connected cars" describes how custom Android apps could be used to find out where the car is, follow it around, unlock its doors, start its engine, and drive it away. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, February 17, 2017
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Install the Emotional Labor extension and it will automatically add social niceties to your outbound mail -- phrases like "Hey, Lovely! I've been thinking of you." (via 4 Short Links)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, February 17, 2017
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Lee Jae-yong is nominally "vice-chairman" of Samsung, but his father, Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee, is considered to be a mere figurehead, with Lee Jae-yong as the true boss of the company. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, February 17, 2017
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The swift replacement of CRT screens with flat panels created tons of extremely toxic e-waste, with dangerous tubes and leaded glass posing unique environmental and safety hazards for disposal workers and sites. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, February 17, 2017
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Ireland's abortion laws are among the most barbaric in the world -- among its many deficits, it forces women to carry unviable fetuses to term, making them labor to deliver babies who live short hours in extreme pain before dying before them. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Friday, February 17, 2017
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Love puzzles, crypto, making, control panels and nuclear extinction? John Edgar Park has a maker project for you! (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, February 16, 2017
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Bitcoin's spiking prices have been driven almost entirely by Chinese money-launderers trying to beat the country's currency controls -- controls that have tightened so much that it's tanking the world's real-estate markets as offshore buyers abandon...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, February 16, 2017
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Yuhuang Shannan -- an hour's high-speed train journey from Shanghai -- is a newly formed, walled village in which only hedge fund employees and their visitors are allowed to venture, a kind of Canary Wharf with Chinese characteristics, with schools staffed...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, February 16, 2017
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Toiletpaper Magazine's Toiletpaper Paradise show at New York's Caddilac House is a series of "domestic interiors" filled with the art and sculptures from the magazine. (more…)...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, February 16, 2017
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Alibaba subsidiary Taobao has given rise to "Taobao Villages" -- 18 villages that were once among China's poorest places, where former peasant farmers have attained prosperity by working in factories that produce a single class of goods (for example,...
From: Boing Boing | By: Cory Doctorow | Thursday, February 16, 2017
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