129 Posts Categorized "Kean University 2021"

Digital Storytelling course at Kean University taught by Mia Zamora and Alan Levine (all blogging at the Net Mirror 2021 site)

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Can You See Me?

Joy Buolamwini’s TED Talk “How I am fighting algorithms with bias” discusses the biases and discriminatory encounters that individuals of color face when using technology. It is disheartening that we are in 2021, and we have yet to find recognition software that can detect diverse faces. Buloamwini provided her experiences with completing assignments during her undergraduate year but not being able to as her robot could not see her. She had to borrow her roommate’s face. With the current pandemic […]

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Don’t Look at Me Like That

This has been a pretty interesting week, but it is also the week where I’ve managed to hit my “semester slump.” It’s becoming more and more difficult for me to sit down and want to type everything out, and all my thoughts and feelings are starting to really box me into this perpetually tired and semi-resentful mindset of “But what is the point if no one sees me and my work? Why keep going?” It’s exactly the kind of mindset […]

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Virtual Justice and Algorithms

The content for this week was interesting on so many different levels.  First, I want to touch on the TED talk regarding algorithms and Bias.  Dr. Zamora, Alan and Ryan would be the only ones to remember this, but I actually presented on this topic last year in this class.  I thoroughly enjoyed it because of all of the different rabbit holes, so to speak, that it allows us to go down.  The reason why this is so important is […]

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Off Topic

Greetings to all eyes that have fell upon this blog. I wanted to take a little bit of time to offer each of you some advice. I know, advice is like opinions and everyone has one. There is another saying, but it’s language is inappropriate for the intended purpose. I ask that you please be patient and hear me out. Maybe something I have to say will stick with you and help you in your future coursework. The past year […]

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Diversity, Equity, and Humanity

I’d like to start this week’s blog by sharing the gif I made of a scene from the Screening Surveillance film “Frames.” This short film shows a dystopian society in which surveillance cameras and facial recognition technology track your every move. It presents an uncomfortably plausible future (in fact, the social credit system the video hints at already exists in China), and it strengthens the points made in this week’s videos about the need for equitably designed facial recognition software […]

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Becoming Shapers of Change

                We want change to have an end goal. Even the language we use around change lends itself to sustaining this hopeful delusion: working towards a more ______ society, becoming a more ______ person, creating a world where ______ is no longer an issue. The problem isn’t the desire found in these visions of change, it is in the notion that eventually there is a place of rest from striving for them. Deep down, each of us hears the whisper […]

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Achieving Justice

As I began to watch the video, “Viral Justice: Pandemics, Policing and Portals,” I wasn’t sure if I was part of the target audience.  At first I wasn’t really sure who the actual audience for the piece would be.  But then I further listened to what Ms. Benjamin had to say I could totally feel that I was in fact part of the group of people her words were meant for.  I have always been a firm believer in building […]

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The Coded Gaze

This week’s blog is all about MIT graduate student Joy Buolamwini’s journey and realization in the world of algorithmic bias. One would assume that bias can only occur with sectors such as jobs, education, etc. but unfortunately, with the need for software’s comes the issues of skin color and the lack of inclusion. Buolamwini worked often with robots and different forms of technology to bring about convenience for certain parts of life. However, while on the search of technological convenience, […]

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Coded Gazes

I’ve watched both video for next week’s discussion on Artificial Intelligence, Race & Technology, and there is a lot to unpack and discuss for next class. We’ve already made mention of the bizarre growth technology has on what we can do and operate, and it’s showing signs of not stopping. I think as a society we’ve gone far enough that the rate of growth is too far ahead, and at a rapid pace that we cannot properly regulate, I’ve made […]

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“Privacy Is Not Private”

In this week’s blog post, I will focus more on Shoshana Zuboff’s “Surveillance capitalism’ and how companies are always watching us.” One may think that there is not much more to discuss in regards to artificial intelligence, automated diaries, algorithms, etc., but I found that Zuboff touched on a crucial point that has yet to be discussed. Often, we are so focused on companies and websites taking private information from individuals online. Still, from the reading, I found it interesting […]

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*cue deletion of my Facebook account*

If you’re anything like me, you probably experienced several mini freak outs while watching this interview. Information I consider valuable and critical as shared by ___ about the state of internet surveillance and how far from the truth we really are. It comes as no surprise that our information is being looked at and viewed for other purposes, but the biggest take aways from this interview are as follows: Our needs are being exploited for money andThe companies buying have […]

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The More I Understand, The Less I Know

So, let’s start off this blog post on a path of honesty and discovery; I was very, very lost when it came to trying to comprehend, analyze, and connect with the video and reading for this week. A fair comparison would be that I was the Flyers just getting absolutely dunked on by the Rangers. (What a game! This season is yielding such prime content for Weird NHL!) I’ve also been feeling really weighed down by the current events in […]

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SPYING ON YOU

In the video, Zuboff explained the concept of surveillance capitalism, how it has diverted away from the actual significance that it used to be, disseminated across sectors, and affecting everyone who does not understand the new logic behind it. Talking about it, Zuboff concluded that surveillance capitalism is now a new form of capitalism that is more dangerous than capitalism itself. This kind of capitalism exploits people and does not even allow people to have a clue about it in […]

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Surveillance Capitalism

Surveillance capital is one of the biggest changes that we have gone through over the last two decades.  With the evolution of technology has come the evolution of how companies will use our information to make money off of our presence online.  We live in a society today where most people leave a considerable footprint online, and they are all being captured to help companies take in a ton of data from many different people and build their presence around […]

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The GIF is the Message?

After this week’s Studio Visit with sava saheli singh we invite you to take the creative challenge of creating your own GIF message from a scene in one of the Screening Surveillance short films. Can you find a pivotal scene in the plot or something that speaks to you strongly about life in a surveillance culture. Follow the instructions in the NetNarr Make Activity GIF a Key Scene of a Screening Surveillance Film to generate your own GIF message. Can […]

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