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AI Fairness Exploits

Here's the video of the winners of the Twitter bug bounty/CTF for algorithmic fairness. It's a judo trick to get AI failures recognized in the same way as insecure code.

https://youtu.be/KLwdzLiJywI

Background
https://hackerone.com/twitter-algorithmic-bias?type=team
https://www.theverge.com/2021/8/10/22617972/twitter-photo-cropping-algorithm-ai-bias-bug-bounty-resu...
https://github.com/twitter-research/image-crop-analysis

 

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Recasting Algorithmic bias as security vulnerabilities with specific harms and a bug bounty is brilliant! Now I want a "Project Zero" team to go out and find these.

https://hackerone.com/twitter-algorithmic-bias

 

I love this. Google should offer similar bounties. And can we please spin up a Project Zero for AI Bias while we're at it?!

https://hackerone.com/twitter-algorithmic-bias?type=team





 

DEFCON

I'm going. Just to be there for this:

https://aivillage.org/events/2020/8/4/ai-village-def-con-28-safe-mode-w6wsl

A bunch of it will be online too. But I evaluated the covid risks vs rewards and decided to go.

 

Live with Purpose

Live with Purpose

I reconnected with my purpose yesterday at George Floyd Square in Minneapolis. 

I paid my respects and formed bonds with the community so we can work towards common goals.  So uplifting because collective action starts with individual connections.

 

 

People of Hackers.Town, are you going to in-person DEFCON this year? [Yes] [No] [Maybe]

I'm worried about the Delta variant despite the measures taken by the conference. Vegas is known for high-risk behavior and there are reports of vaccinated people coming down with Covid.

Thoughts?

 

@RadioKPlaylist @slemanczyk Spinitron knows what happened on this historic day!

 

@jrbinks what were you looking for? It's likely that it's tucked away somewhere not readily apparent.

 

See you at IRL Cyberdelia in September.

https://www.dnalounge.com/calendar/2021/09-17.html

 

 

Archive.org turns 25

I did a video version of the blog post I did for them a while back about Love, Loss and Archives.

http://anniversary.archive.org/

Consider donating and signing up for the 25th anniversary webcast, they do so much with such a small budget. Funny thing is that Google started out as a Library project. In some ways I wish we could go back to that simpler time.

 

Disneyland

Disneyland

Saw the flying cars ride at Disneyland this week.  We sure go that whole future wrong....  https://thebaffler.com/salvos/of-flying-cars-and-the-declining-rate-of-profit

 

Scale

With Covid (hopefully continuing) to decline there are some once in a lifetime opportunities to attend events at smaller scale.

I was just at the 30% capacity Disneyland last weekend. 16 rides in one day and just.. relaxed despite 40k steps walked.

I bought DEF-CON tickets.

I might go to the renegade Burning Man this year.

Socially distanced outdoor events mean I can bring my dog and dance.

Looking into doing a set of federated Decentralized Web camps.

Regional events instead of global ones.

Rethinking how things work...

 

Grammatics

Going to take some time to parse this one...

http://ceptr.org/whitepapers/grammatics

 

@daviss A travesty. The community needs to reclaim.

I had a chance to hear Jeanelle Austin and Robin Worlobah speak about how the community managed the intersection. It was inspiring.

cc: @robin4mpls @jeanelleaustin

https://twitter.com/daviss/status/1400415066076364800

 

Great opportunity to hear Nathan Schneider talk about the intersection of cooperatives and technology at the Decentralized Web Meetup this Wednesday.

https://blog.archive.org/2021/05/27/distribute-commons-not-commodities/

cc @ntnsndr @internetarchive

 

It really feels like we're waking from the liminal dream state now. So much latent energy, ready to rush forth, ready for new possibilities.

https://twitter.com/NoraBateson/status/1244628138342125571

 

We might be exiting the liminal state soon, like waking from a dream...

 

 

Spring Spark Drive Thru

Spring Spark Drive Thru

Flames! Lights! Action!  Well worth the drive to the Sacramento Spark Drive Thru.  Loads of Burning Man art, music and spectacle! 

Read all about it at https://www.svspark.org/spring-spark-drive-thru-2021/

 

 

Until next time Phoenix!

Until next time Phoenix!

Thanks to Juan and Ryan at Dark Hall Coffee and the fine folks at The Coronado for welcoming me.  I'll be back!

@darkhallcoffee  @thecoronadophx

 

Remember when @amazon Delivered Dance and DJ

This email from 9-9-99 by @mikemcgonigal is nothing like what you'd see today. I remember @ezrakilty mentioning that he worked with @djkevincole in those early days!

https://1500wordmtu.com/pages/amazoncom-delivers-dance-and-dj


 

moot

That time I almost quit Google...

In retrospect it put me on a more thoughtful relationship with Google the company and where I put my efforts, both inside/outside the company.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/22/4chan-founder-chris-poole-moot-has-left-google.html

 

Don't let the relief of a guilty verdict stop the march towards systemic change.

 

 

Much thanks to the fine folks on /r/LongBeach

It's the internet doing what it does best.

https://www.reddit.com/r/longbeach/comments/mqme14/looking_for_help_identifying_the_building_near/

 

Another trip around the Sun.

Another trip around the Sun.

A year of transition and adventure.  A year of beauty and joy within our pandemic struggle.

view from Haleakalā Observatory, Maui Hawaii, 2012

 

Caffleine has departed... Google is a lesser place

https://epitaphs.googleplex.com/caffleine





 

Lunch Ninja is still a thing..

https://lunch-ninja.googleplex.com/

Have had 2 so far, would recommend...





 

 

2008

For some reason I'm thinking of 2008 and this bounced into my head...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6IQ_FOCE6I

 

Can't believe that Google Photos still does not have a way to find photos without location/face tags. :(

You'd think we'd want this for better quality data as inputs.. People are motivated to add this data to get better maps/timelines...

https://b.corp.google.com/issues/25692898 for context..





 

Outside of a Dog

Outside of a Dog

Outside of a Dog, a Projector is Man’s Best Friend. Inside of a Dog, It’s Too Dark to See

 

Thursday Earworm

[for those of a certain age...]

 

Star light, star bright.

Star light, star bright.

A photo taken in 2015 that still inspires hopes and wishes.

 

Perfect Strangers..

Sometimes I get jaded about the state of society on the internet..

Participating in Project Perfect Stranger / PlagueRound gives me renewed hope.

https://zu-uk.com/project/project-perfect-stranger-and-plagueround/

I now have a new friend in Sao Paulo who performs in a local theater group.

 

 

Through some intermediaries I'm trying to help a Saudi https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loujain_al-Hathloul get access to her Google accounts. It's difficult since she was jailed and tortured for three years, doesn't have access to the recovery email address or phone numbers.

Sadly the Account Recovery process is proving to be its own form of pain.

If anyone wants to further escalate case 2-0838000031065 I'd really appreciate it.. I've gone back and forth for a few days already on this.

Apparently Twitter was very proactive about getting her back on. I'd love for us to outperform their customer service!!!!!





 

Power in Corpus Christi Texas

Only checking email a couple times per day.  Using Android extreme battery saver so use 4154251601 if you really need to contact me.

According to https://ercot.com/ the whole system has collapsed with cascading failures.  Auction rate for electricity is k/MWh instead of avg 8. Bonkers...  Water pumps offline or frozen.  Gasoline refineries offline so Gas supplies dipping.  Not enough power to even do the promised rolling blackouts.  At least the bridges to the island I'm on reopened..

Also another wrinkle in my situation.  Staying at friends place down south Texas, but the electronic lock jammed in the cold, so had to pack up to a temp place, which also has no power (and no food).  So no access to my laptop until power comes back so I can enter using the garage code (or a rock through a window)

It sounds worse in the place I was staying in Dallas which we fled from.  Power out there too and much much colder with lots of snow.

I wonder if fairness in power supply cuts is an area worth investigating.  Needs analysis could be interesting overlaid with circuit layout..

Will have a lot more to say when I'm online again....

 

 

New comment by lindner in "OpenStreetMap proven to be a highly accurate map in top US cities"

Wrong answer.. This effort does not scale. You want to make it such that facts added by anyone can be easily imported with a simple opt-in.

GDPR data portability could be expanded to include defined formats for export so that import can be done in an automated fashion.

 

New comment by lindner in "OpenStreetMap proven to be a highly accurate map in top US cities"

One thing that someone might consider is working with Data Portability laws to allow for export of user contributed data to corporate map platforms.

I'd like to add my Google Maps contributions to OSM

I'm a Level 7 local guide there and was an active user of MapMaker back in the day..

 

What is this now? I just received a sketchy invite to my corp. address.. Hmm, the dark patterns are at play...


https://www.fishbowlapp.com/
https://www.fishbowlapp.com/






 

FiraCode + Ligatures -- so nice!

Better late than never I suppose :)

https://github.com/tonsky/FiraCode





 

 

 

I'm in Dallas for a few weeks. If there are any Googlers that want to say hi in a socially distant way I'm up for it!