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Friday Five for April 29, 2022

Following is a list of things BruinTechs should know and share with others:

1. BruinTech Connect Spring Conference

Join us for 3 days of presentations and networking! Learn how to protect your privacy in the online space. Apply design thinking to your work. See the results of our BruinTech listening sessions and surveys. Meet your IT Strategic Partners and BruinTech colleagues.

May 24: 10am-1pm (virtual)
Privacy 101 Workshop

May 25: 10am-1pm (virtual)
Building a Design Culture
BruinTech Listening Session and Survey Results
TBA Community Event - vote on what it will be in our upcoming Slack survey

May 26: 12pm-6pm (hybrid in-person)
IT Strategic Partners Meet-and-Greet
TBA Keynote Speaker
Snacks and Refreshments

Register here!


2. Facebook whistleblower and director of ‘The Social Dilemma’ talk about social media’s impact

Frances Haugen, the Facebook whistleblower who testified before Congress that the social media giant should be subject to more government regulation, and Jeff Orlowski-Yang, director of the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma,” discussed how social media is unraveling personal privacy and society. But that wasn’t what the platforms set out to do, according to Orlowski-Yang.

“That was just the unintended consequence of a particular design and a particular business model that grew far beyond [the companies’] expectations and their hopes and desires,” Orlowski-Yang said. Continue reading.


3. What has Elon Musk said on Twitter?

An analysis of more than 12,500 of Musk’s tweets from 2010 to 2021 highlights new Twitter owner’s favourite topics. Continue reading.


4. Speech Bubbles

The many evils that the internet is said to have unleashed on the world are often mourned under the umbrella grievance of the “lost art of conversation.” It is a widely held belief that face-to-face forms of communication that prevailed before the digital age were “purer” and more productive than conversations that involve any kind of digital intermediary. This sense of loss is vague but powerful. It encompasses anxieties about the decline of civic life and atomization of community, the proliferation of hate speech, the polarization of society, the monopolization of media, privacy, the algorithmic hand, the perceived shortening of attention-spans and of imaginative faculties. In many accounts, the decline of the in-person conversation is seen as not only symptomatic, but as a key agent of these changes. Continue reading.


5. Facebook moderators call on firm to do more about posts praising Bucha atrocities

Facebook moderators have called on the company to let them take action against users who praise or support the Russian military’s atrocities in Bucha and across Ukraine.

Almost a month after evidence of widespread murder and mass graves was uncovered by Ukrainian forces taking the suburb of Kyiv, the social network still has not flagged the atrocity as an “internally designated” incident, the moderators say. Continue reading.