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Social Text (2018) 36 (1 (134)): 45–54.
Published: 01 March 2018
... you is slipping away. To identify the ways in which we work for you and to identify who you work for, because it isn’t us. AI, are you listening? We talk about why you want our metadata so much, how much value it creates for the people that made you, and how it puts us into precarious situations...
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Social Text (2023) 41 (1 (154)): 21–46.
Published: 01 March 2023
... of development, it is not possible to make calculations based on the 1.25 million Wikipedia articles or the 1.75 million Wikidata items without any race or ethnicity metadata. Thus, it is not possible to determine the denominator. Limitations in the race and ethnicity data on Wikipedia and Wikidata prevent...
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Social Text (2018) 36 (1 (134)): 131–143.
Published: 01 March 2018
... of a thesis were better titles than a factually descriptive word. Or to put it another way: there is no point in hiding the fact that metadata contains opinions, arguments, and negotiations. The group initially labeled as “Affect” became “Mood as a Political Hermeneutic,” and so forth. We closed the day...
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Social Text (2018) 36 (1 (134)): 5–10.
Published: 01 March 2018
... a nail. 3 Alternatively, if all you are is a network of supercomputers hosting artificial intelligence routines using machine learning algorthims to mine hundreds of millions of NSA phone metadata records and cross-reference them against the seven quadrillion images we have posted on the Internet...
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Social Text (2018) 36 (1 (134)): 95–101.
Published: 01 March 2018
... and, sadly perhaps, also the unconscious organs—metabolic vehicles inhabited by capital logic, processing those forces and generating the data, the metadata, that are at once produce and raw material for the next cycle of the endless accumulation of numbers. Numbers, we should say, that in all...
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Social Text (2017) 35 (3 (132)): 1–16.
Published: 01 September 2017
... products to consumers, effectively transforming real people into data sets that can be run through predictive algorithms. Those algorithms extract information derivatives, or metadata, that can be circulated online and accrue value in a process analogous to financial derivatives accruing value on the stock...
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Social Text (2016) 34 (3 (128)): 105–125.
Published: 01 September 2016
... handwriting, which conveys a sense of dismissal, of writing off. Livingston’s headings are metadata, avant la lettre . They make Marx’s volume available for a machine-like way of reading—or perhaps a better word is navigation —that focuses only on the compression code at the top of the page. This code...
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