oliver beige@oliverbeige Oct. 14, 2018 2 min read
"It’s hard to explain just how much economists love Uber."
Jftr, I don't love Uber in the least, and I'm not only saying this as an economist, but also as someone who knows more about this particular subject than 95% of economists. Unlike Google, Uber was never not evil.
"Economists love Uber because it’s the closest you can get to taking the pure economic theory of textbooks and summoning it to life."
The problem with that is 1. Uber's business model is straight up monopoly rents or bust, 2. textbook economics is toxic waste in mobility.
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein 🙅🏽♀️ 🇧🇧🌈@IBJIYONGI Oct. 14, 2018 2 min read
Just discovered that one of my Asian immigrant astronomy colleagues, someone I have generally liked, supports the anti-Black lawsuit against Harvard, and I am very sad.
Highly educated Immigrants of color who come to the US on skilled visas etc benefit from the work of the civil rights movement while often supporting the undoing of that work
Vijay Boyapati@real_vijay Oct. 15, 2018 2 min read
1/ Google is working on a new search engine code-named "Dragonfly" that will aid China's effort to censor information from its citizenry.
As a former Google engineer I wanted to share some information on what it's like to be inside Google as these decisions are made
2/ I previously shared that in 2006 I was an engineer who worked on Google News and was asked to write code to censor new results in China.
I've found some emails from 2006 that shed more light on the censorship requirements of the Chinese state.
Arnesa@Rrrrnessa Oct. 15, 2018 2 min read
I often think about how in ethnic communities, boys are allowed to be weird, geeky, and a bit strange but girls aren’t ever allowed to be “different” in any way.
I never know how to put it in words without buying into the whole “not like other girls” thing. But it’s not really that. Like, in the Balkans if you’re not the stereotypical Balkan girl that loves make up & is “smart” only in the manner that gets good grades, you’re ostracized.
John McDermott@johnpmcdermott Oct. 15, 2018 2 min read
A fair bit of reporting is being in the right place at the right time. And luck.
Flew into Harare this morning to do some reporting on the economy. Stopped to chat to drivers at a petrol station near the airport. There was fuel and the queue was moving. But the mood was dark. “What we are facing now we last faced in 2008”, said one man.
Rabbi Ruti Regan 🏳️🌈♀🇺🇸@RutiRegan Oct. 15, 2018 1 min read