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Whatever advances come out of the project might also be applied to doing broad semantic studies of how people use video sharing platforms like YouTube. That would be good for better HCI and, of course, getting more relevant content. Exciting and scary stuff.
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Also, I've read interviews from employees at Facebook that say they try to cull duplicate accounts from the statistics they release. Plus, over half of Americans now use Facebook, so I don't think that 600 million is a bad estimate when one considers their international audience.
I think nycto's point was that "cultural differences" should not be held above universal human rights. Saying "this oppression is just our culture" is bad because it essentializes culture to a particular ethnic/national identity and demeans the very people denoted as "part of the culture" because it posits them as unable to embrace liberty. Universal rights > "particularist" multiculturalism. For more info on universalism, see Slavoj Zizek's writings. He probably answers your calculative ethic at some point in his writings, too.
Apple made a right move in disabling Exodus's app. Insofar as they're the ones deciding which app to market to consumers using their store, they shouldn't waste their own bandwidth in letting people download an app that would be used to oppress a group that already has enough internalized self-hatred. I'm sure the app would also be downloaded by parents trying to "fix" their gay kids, and we know how trying to change sexuality using other, less ethical electric therapies has worked in the past.
Although I don't think people would use that as much as the translation for "Just fucking Google it."
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This hurts those areas and broadens the gap in wealth between urban and rural areas because companies aren't really willing to invest in areas with no information infrastructure. Also, education suffers; online schools seem to be a good way to escape bad public schools for kids who really want to take their education into their own hands.
Hopefully, some good policies will help bridge the digital divide. I feel that that's a good start to bridging economic and geographical divides in this country as well.
The US is in 16th place with an average speed of 4.7 Mbps. While there’s an argument that this is a poor position for such a major country (and cited as a reason for federal investment in expanding and improving provision), it’s likely also the result of the US having so many rural and remote areas compared to the likes of South Korea. That’s partly borne out by the US having a dozen of the 100 global cities with the fastest average speed, the American contingent being headed up by California’s Monterey Park with an average 7.2Mbps."