Friday, October 09, 2020

TikTok: Technology Overview and Issues,

Dance As A Political Act

“Regardless of who it is that you’re watching dance, whether they’re doing a classical ballet or a hip hop piece or a post-modern piece, who you are watching on stage is already a political statement, and it’s an artistic statement and those things are not mutually exclusive because we’re working with human bodies.” – KPBS

Thingiverse is a free library of files for printing in 3D. Search or browse for a thing you want and there’s a good chance someone has already designed a model and posted a free version for downloading. Thingiverse has been around a while but I just got my first 3D printer so now I am singing its praises. Some models are easier to print than others, but the files are standard 3D format so you can easily edit, modify, or improve it any way you want. It’s like having a public library of e-things instead of e-books. Its existence is one of the reasons I got a 3D printer.”


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TikTok: Technology Overview and Issues, Updated September 29, 2020:” TikTok is a globally popular video-sharing smartphone application (app) owned by ByteDance Ltd., a privately held company headquartered in Beijing, China. It is under increasing scrutiny by the U.S. government as a potential privacy and security risk to U.S. citizens. This is because ByteDance, like all technology companies doing business in China,is subject to Chinese laws that require companies operating in the country to turn over user data when asked to by the government. Researchers differ over how TikTok’s collection of user data compares with other social media apps and whether TikTok poses a unique threat to the privacy and security of its U.S. users…Some believe TikTok and other Chinese-owned apps pose a serious security risk to the United States because Chinese companies are subject to China’s laws that require compliance with government requests for data.

 Others believe that TikTok has fallen into “the crosshairs of a global technology battle” based on technology trade protectionism (this concept, also called “techno-nationalism,” refers to a country’s refusal or reluctance to import other countries’ advanced technology, as well as to export, or to allow other nations to benefit from, its own advanced technology). Similar situations may arise in the future with other apps created by foreign companies. Options that Congress may consider include (1) developing an overarching legal and regulatory framework to protect the security and privacy of U.S. citizens’ data and communications, and (2) developing a uniform, transparent process to assess and mediate risks posed by foreign apps.

Cast Your Votes for Fat Bear Week’s Chunky Champion Smithsonian

Providing decent living with minimum energy: A global scenario Science Direct. Interesting

Silent witnesses: what do three corpses have to do with a corruption case? FT

FAA administrator flies MAX in next step to recertification Leeham News and Analysis

WTO to Let EU Levy $4 Billion in Boeing/Airbus Dispute Industry Week

California task force will consider paying reparations for slavery Los Angeles Times

Newsom vetoes bill to provide rehiring protections for workers laid off amid COVID-19 pandemic Los Angeles Times. 

Gray parrots separated at zoo after swearing a blue streak AP 

The era of greyhound racing in the U.S. is coming to an end National Geographic

Why are pension funds investing in hedge funds? MarketWatch. Because they’re not reading Naked Capitalism. Obviously.

Big Companies Are Starting to Swallow the World Austan Goolsbee, NYT. 

How One Piece of Hardware Took Down a $6 Trillion Stock Market Bloomberg 

Pinterest limiting search results for culturally inappropriate Halloween ideas The Hil

Buyout groups blasted at SEC meeting for ‘misleading numbers’ Financial Times. From last month, still germane. 

This is the stuff Americans are dropping a lot more money on Quartz. Article does not consider private equity oligopolization of veterinary supplies and pet products leading to price increases and more consumer spending. 

U.S. job growth slows in September; permanent unemployment increasing Reuters

Google Contractors Allege Company Prevents Them From Whistleblowing, Writing Silicon Valley Novels CNBC

The Problem of Surplus White Men Foreign Policy in Focus