Can OpenAI bridge communication gaps for autistic adults? 

I have a MFA in creative writing. Still, it will take weeks for me to write and send an email. I often leave texts “on read” simply for not knowing how to respond. Ordering at restaurants often leaves me confused. As an autistic adult, these mundane tasks seem almost impossible to me at times.  With all […]

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In love with ChatGPT? Check the AI bias!

This post was originally published on the 24×7 IT Connection blog on 5/24/2022 under the title AI bias isn’t a technical discussion. Almost a year later, a new version of ChatGPT has been released for crowd-sourced testing. This comes on the heels of Microsoft laying their AI ethics team. I’m republishing this post to remind […]

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Misinformation has weaponized social media

Last week, I did something I never thought I’d do. I spoke at DEFCON! I presented a longer version of this misinformation post that I developed from a talk I gave at Bitnorth over a decade ago. The title of this talk was “The History of the Weaponization of Social Media”. Dramatic, I know. But […]

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Social Media As a Weapon Against Democracy

Who would have believed that I would write a post about social media being used a weapon against democracy? Looking back, I should have been more pragmatic about the power of social media and community. Here we are ten years from when it all started, and corporate marketing and PR teams have co-opted social platforms. […]

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Don’t Let a Fake Email Freak You Out!

Do you know how to identify fake emails? It is an important skill to learn if you want to be digitally literate. This post will give you the basics so you can protect yourself. Foreign Countries are Sending Fake Emails to Disrupt Our Election The FBI held a press conference yesterday to announce that Iran […]

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Getting to the Bottom of the TikTok Deal

Seven days ago, I wrote about Presidential powers to halt mergers, specifically looking at the TikTok deal. Since that time, it has been announced TikTok will go public in the US with an IPO, with Oracle and Walmart will having shares in the new company. Let’s try and tease out some of the reality of […]

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Why does the President Want to Ban TikTok?

There was a flurry of news over the (US) weekend about the future of TikTok in America. There are some pretty big issues at stake here, yet it seems like the focus is on will TikTok the application continue in its current form in the US, or will the 80 million American users need to […]

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Tech for Evil Case Study: Clearview AI

You may have heard about Clearview AI in the news, especially around facial recognition. But who is this company, and what do they actually do? Setting the Stage First a bit of background to this post. Four years ago I wrote about Tech for Evil during the Standing Rock protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline. […]

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Small Worlds can Hide the Truth

Small worlds give us social structure and help us make sense of how we fit into the greater society. But sometimes they can also prevent important change from happening by narrowing our world view. Let’s dig into some theories of information seeking behavior to see if there are patterns we can optimize to ensure that […]

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Evaluating Digital Sources During an Epidemic

Evaluating digital sources is an important component of being digitally literate. During an epidemic, this skill can literally mean life or death. But how do you sift through sources to evaluate them when you are fatigued and stressed out from the information itself? NSE: Never Stop Evaluating Digital Sources You must look at the source […]

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