[nonostantement #186] - undercover scammer / nike & men / netflow
Now with even LESS privacy on the Internet!
Welcome to nonostantement: a weekly newsletter with sincere, lovely and natural stuff found all over the Internet.
Ciao everyone, I'm Joele, I spend a lot of time on the Internet as I'm an online communication consultant. During the week I collect links to interesting things which I then send to my friends on Sunday in this newsletter. In the last few weeks I have been on vacation and therefore the newsletter is in a somewhat shorter version.
For those who have recently subscribed, it doesn't normally look like this (it is usually longer and with a description for each link) but until September I think it will :)
Philip Glass on Artificial Intelligence and Art
This conversation with the composer Philip Glass and me discusses an exciting project in partnership with OpenAi, in which we trained a neural net on a corpus of Glass’ work.
[Video] - I Went Undercover in a Scam Call Center
We speak to Casey, a former scammer in India who is now working undercover in call centres — gathering evidence to help warn would-be scam victims (who sometimes listen, but sometimes fall for the scam anyway).
[Video] - Why Australia’s Crosswalk Buttons are the Best (ft. Billie Eilish)
If there was a competition for world’s best crosswalk button, Australia would have gold locked in with the remarkable PB/5 button. Its distinct sound has been streamed over 1 billion times on Spotify and YouTube thanks to a collaboration with Billie Eilish.
Amazon Plans to Open Large Retail Locations Akin to Department Stores
Online shopping pioneer wants a larger retail presence to sell clothing and household items and facilitate exchanges.
Nike's End of Men
Yes, I know ads aren’t supposed to be high art. I understand that they are the purest distillation of manipulative greed. And yet, they sometimes are culturally relevant generational touchstones. While Nike was weaving soccer into enduring pop culture abroad, it was having a similar kind of success with basketball and baseball stateside. These ads weren’t just pure ephemera. Michael Jordan’s commercials were so good that, as he nears age 60, his sneaker still outsells any modern athlete’s.
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A Brief History of Netflix Personalization
From startup in 1998 to today, a detailed history of the strategy, metrics, and experiments Netflix executes to develop a personalized experience focused on delivering its members movies they love.
YouTubers are not your friends
A concept created over 60 years ago explains our attachment to online celebrities
Afghans scramble to delete digital history, evade biometrics
Thousands of Afghans struggling to ensure the physical safety of their families after the Taliban took control of the country have an additional worry: that biometric databases and their own digital history can be used to track and target them.
Apple employees express concerns about new CSAM scanning
Apple has been facing a lot of criticism following the announcement of a new system that will scan users’ photos for CSAM (child sexual abuse material) content. However, not only regular iOS users are worried about this, but also Apple’s own employees.
How Data Brokers Sell Access to the Backbone of the Internet
ISPs are quietly distributing "netflow" data that can, among other things, trace traffic through VPNs.
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