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Hiding a pregnancy from Big Data might get you flagged as a criminal.

    A friend of mine sent me an interesting read this morning: a Mashable story on Princeton sociology professor Janet Vertesi’s mission to prevent marketers from discovering her pregnancy. The manner of methods by which she evaded detection are striking reminders of how embedded in our daily lives are the means of personal data collection–and retrieval. By now, most…

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The secret life of Rust Belt beekeepers

Originally posted on Grist:
Deep in the defunct industrial zones and backyards of Buffalo, N.Y., there’s a buzz developing — quite literally, in the form of secret beehives. Across the city, a small network of under-the-radar beekeepers has formed. They keep hives in backyards, vacant lots, and even on garage roofs. “Two years ago, I was just…

Sanctions just got real.

“Don’t Give It to a Russian” sex embargo takes guerrilla boycotting to the next level

Sanctions just got real. Ukrainian women are urging others to “fight the enemy by whatever means” by boycotting sex with Russian citizens. Global Voices reports: “This week, a creative boycott began in Ukraine that is drawing the attention of Russian Internet users. Ukrainian women are organizing a new campaign called “Don’t give it to a Russian”—a sex…

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These modern art barcodes remind me of facial-recognition camouflage and that’s kinda cool

HuffPo recently profiled Russian multimedia artist Dmitry Morozov and his most recent interactive installation, “Post Code.” Morozov created an artistically inclined mechanism that scans the barcodes of various objects, turning the encoded digits into post-card sized works of glitch art. Along with visual translations, the mechanism also retrieves the melodic beeps and hums hidden within the codes,…