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Public Dissentiment | Derek Curry

Public Dissentiment is an online tool that helps protestors negatively impact the price of a publicly traded stock by using the same sentiment analysis tools used by stock trading algorithms. In the contemporary stock markets, high-frequency trading bots that continuously buy and sell stocks perform the role of market makers….

Derek Curry | Q + A

Derek Curry’s artistic practice and academic research investigates how automated decision-making technology used in algorithmic stock trading and Open Source Intelligence gathering have augmented the nature of human agency and provided new spaces for intervention. Curry received his MFA in New Genres from UCLA in 2010 and is currently a…

Bloody or Redundant

There is a common question amongst people in my age bracket, a telling anthropological detail for anyone keeping score in the future. It goes something like this: “Should I even go to my high school reunion? After all, I can already see what everybody is doing on Facebook.” Which is…

iPhone 5: An Unboxing

Yes, I know, an iPhone 5 is so 2013. (Maybe it’s so 2012? Come to think of it, saying something is “so anything” is so 2005.) But, as is my wont, I digress. I’ve spent some time watching unboxing videos on YouTube — not that I’ve enjoyed them, mind you,…

Backseat Moderating

It isn’t really my intention to get political in my Digital America column, because that kind of topic tends to almost immediately divide readers and force them to challenge their own personal beliefs by comparing them to those held by the men and women campaigning to represent them as elected…

My kind of social media

I’m antisocial. Sure, when I’m off at school it’s different. I’m in “people mode” so often that sometimes I forget just how much of an introvert I am. But when I’m home and in a social setting, that’s when I remember. At a party, I’m the one who sits in…

U.S. Government Should “Turn Away” from Their Own Counter-Radicalization Program | Jane Ninivaggi

The White House hosted a Summit on Countering Violent Extremism, during which Obama discussed concrete steps world powers “can take to develop community-oriented approaches to counter hateful extremist ideologies that radicalize, recruit or incite to violence” (Office of the Press Secretary 2015); however, the U.S. government seems to be overstating…