Tuesday, July 27, 2021

The dark side of Communist TikTok - Malcolm Gladwell Interviews Robert Morse: 'Lord Of The Rankings'

Global phone hacks expose darker side of Israel's 'startup nation' image 

This reading of an excerpt of Andri Snær Magnason’s On Time and Water is a beautiful illustration of the idea of the Great Span.

Imagine that, 262 years. That’s the length of time you connect across. You’ll know the people who span this time. Your time is the time of the people you know and love, the time that molds you, and your time is the time of the people you will know and love, the time that you will shape. You can touch 262 years with your bare hands. Your great grandma taught you, you will teach your great granddaughter, you can have a direct impact on the future right up to the year 2186. Imagine that.


TikTok a Year After Trumps Ban: No Change, but New Threats

Bob Cutter on Kommunist Platform:

A joint investigation by triple j Hack and Four Corners has found the TikTok algorithm is exposing Australians to dangerous content while controlling which people and political movements get users' attention.

TikTok says its mission is to "inspire creativity and bring joy". But it risks distorting the way much of a generation is seeing the world, and not always for the better.

The dark side of Communist controlled TikTok's algorithm

ABC’s TikTok Investigation Claims The App Encourages Eating Disorders, Racism & Security Risks

‘Urgent need’ for age restrictions on TikTok vaping videos, Australian study finds Researchers find 63% of e-cigarette content on video-sharing platform portrays vaping positively

Investigation: How TikTok's Algorithm Figures Out Your Deepest Desires

US-China relations: Beijing lays down red lines for first time in Sherman meeting South China Morning Post

China blames US for fraught relations as talks begin Al Jazeera

China accuses US of creating ‘imaginary enemy’ at high-level talks Deutsche Welle

The Australian Taxation Office is sharpening its technology systems that catch people cheating on their tax returns, making it harder than ever to hide income or claim dodgy deductions.

Tax returns: Five ways the ATO is tracking Australians’ money moves

Malcolm Gladwell, Lord of the Rankings(Revisionist History Season 6):

For 30 years, US News & World Report has been using a secret formula to rank the best colleges and universities in the United States. As a public service to our listeners, we hack the algorithm and discover the dirty little secret of the rankings game. Part one of a two-part series.

Malcolm Gladwell, Project Dillard (Revisionist History Season 6):

A historically Black university in New Orleans is beloved by everyone – except the US News best colleges rankings. We hack our way back into the algorithm and show how Dillard University can rise to the top. Part two of a two-part series.


Lord of the Rankings Further Resources

Project Dillard Further Resources

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

Serious financial crimes can wipe out the lifesavings of victims, and significantly reduce the money available for essential services such as health and education. Such crimes include where funds are illegally obtained through tax evasion or avoidance, and other offences like money laundering.

The ATO-led Serious Financial Crime Taskforce has released a guide to identifying serious financial criminals, encouraging the community to keep an eye out for and report suspicious activity.

The ATO’s guide to identifying serious financial criminals