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Why use blockchain?

Blockchain’s applications are linked directly to its benefits, such as: Security: The structure of the “chain of blocks” makes it impossible to be violated, since if an intruder decides to try to alter or erase any recorded transactions, it would

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Blockchain Case: Anti-Corruption

Land Governance – Serpro (Brazil): Blockchain is being used in several pilot programs to fight fraud and corruption when it comes to land governance. Since the technology can be used to record and verify transactions, it is being applied to the

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Who’s Behind ICE: The Tech and Data Companies, including Amazon and Palantir, Fueling Deportations

Various immigration and Latinx-focused organizations – Mijente, the National Immigration Project, and the Immigrant Defense Project – commissioned Empower LLC to conduct in-depth research on the complexities of technology infrastructure surrounding expansive, data-driven, and aggressive immigration enforcement and unprecedented levels

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The Myth of Whiteness in Classical Sculpture

In the current issue of The New Yorker, there’s an article talking about how our conceptions of classical sculpture were influenced by racialized ideas of whiteness when first discovered by archaeologists. When our current society thinks of classical sculpture, we think

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Umberto Eco Explains Why We Make Lists

Creative Commons image by Rob Bogaerts, via the National Archives in Holland We hate lists, which have told us what to do since at least the days Leonardo da Vinci, and which now, as “listicles,” constitute one of the lowest strata of internet

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“Deep Learning” (An AI Technology): The Underlying Issue With Information.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/604087/the-dark-secret-at-the-heart-of-ai/ The power of Artificial Technology in this day and age is no stranger to humanity and each day it becomes more present in our daily lives. It can be seen at our homes, facilitating daily chores and simple actions,

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The Whole Picture: How Museums Facilitate Implicit Bias Through (lack of) Wholesome Data Organization

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/hidden-biases-shape-natural-history-museums-180967590/ Having worked at the Yale Peabody Museum in New Haven, CT for 2 years during my undergrad career, this particular article caught my eye due to how quickly I could affirm and relate to the hidden biases that do

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Exploring the Artist Archives Initiative

This article is an interview with Glenn Wharton, former time-based media conservator for the Museum of Modern Art and now co-founder of The Artist Archives Initiative. Time-based media conservation is a growing specializing aimed to determine and monitor the acceptable degree of

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Solving Sol Lewitt

Sol Lewitt was an artist active in the 60’s and 70’s. His work comprised mostly of mathematical wall drawings made of geometric shapes. However, The drawings themselves are not what is considered “the art”. The Sol Lewitt Foundation now handles

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Metadata Matters: Spotify’s Spotty Data

https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/6836005/spotify-150-million-lawsuit-explained https://qz.com/1227434/spotify-just-hired-160-million-people-to-work-for-free/ Spotify, is leading music subscription service with over 70 million users and an $8 billion-plus valuation has recently put out an IPO to be traded publicly on the stock market.  The IPO has prompted the company to clean

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