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In an interesting case against TikTok, the Dutch court has decided that they have the jurisdiction to rule on the Take back your Privacy Foundation’s claims against TikTok.

stichtingtakebackyourprivacy.n

The RobBERT LM for Dutch has been updated to RobBERT-2022 to account for the evolved language use of the past couple of years.

pieter.ai/robbert-2022/

arxiv.org/abs/2211.08192
huggingface.co/DTAI-KULeuven/r

3k BPE tokens were added to the vocabulary before pre-training, helping to deal with recent terms like Covid.

Elon Musk tweeted an image on a whiteboard from a "Twitter HQ code review" that wrapped up early Saturday. The image has attracted nearly 12k upvotes and over 1,000 comments over at the subreddit r/ProgrammerHumor, under the title "Twitter for Dummies". The image itself is an architecture schematic, not code. I put it on a Miro Board and Luke Dubois and Mark Hansen helped annotate it. If you're curious how Twitter's bits work, check it out here: miro.com/app/board/uXjVPBnTJmM

Here it is!
PhD and PD positions located across 5 universities in NL part of a 10 year project on public values algorithmic societies.

This is an opportunity to push for much needed diversity and care for inclusion in tech research/NL academia. Please help us encourage people to apply.

DL: January 16, 2023

algosocvacancies.org

I'm absolutely thrilled to have been awarded a prestigious ERC Starting Grant on 'Explainable and Robust Automatic Fact Checking (ExplainYourself)'!
Official press release: erc.europa.eu/news/erc-2021-st
More about the project & how to join the team: copenlu.com/talk/2022_11_erc/

This wouldn't have been possible without the great work of my PhD students & postdocs in CopeNLU (especially @pepa @dustin) which this project builds on.

#ERCStG #NLProc #NLP

Goede bijdrage van Ibtihal Jadib aan de maatschappelijke discussie over sociale veiligheid, vandaag in de Volkskrant.

Begin met een gesprek, op zoek naar de juiste balans tussen een veilige werkomgeving en redelijkerwijs te verwachten weerbaarheid.

(Misschien kom je niet verder dan BNNVara's open deur om "niet meer tegen elkaar te krijsen en te brullen", maar dat is dan in elk geval uitgesproken.)

digitalekrant.volkskrant.nl/vo

(kunnen jullie dit lezen zo?)

btw, if you want to verify a link to a site but don’t necessarily want to backlink to mastodon, you can use `link rel=me` in your `<head>` instead of an anchor tag like mastodon suggests.

Here is how to check if you are affected by a known vulnerability in your hardware (CPU) when using Linux including mitigation status:

grep -r . /sys/devices/system/cpu/vulnerabilities/

PS: check out my grep guide cyberciti.biz/faq/howto-use-gr

French authorities declare the use of Microsoft Office and Google Docs illegal in schools and education markets, as they don’t follow GDPR and might disturb later competition by making students used to these proprietary solutions.

questions.assemblee-nationale.

If your podcast is hosted on @Castopod your audience can listen to your episodes from @Mastodon but also like, share and comment them!

In 2018, when I just learned about Mastodon and started IDF.social, Mireille Hildebrand asked me to contribute a provocation to "Profiling the European Citizen", about data-driven environments.

I wrote "Citizens in data land":

mediarep.org/handle/doc/14204

to emphasize how it is – to a large extent – our own personal choice (if not to say mistake) that we let a
few, very large and omnipresent organisations build their business model on harvesting personal data en masse.

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Are we, the people, willing to make that effort and take up civic responsibility in ‘data land’?

Paraphrasing Hildebrandt and
Gutwirth (2008, 365):

Citizenship, participation in the creation of the common good
and personal freedom cannot be taken for granted, they
presume that citizens ‘acquire the competences to exercise
control over what is known about them and by whom’

Let us not be ruled by an ‘aristocracy’, an elite of large tech corporations, but take our data in our own hands!

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A hurdle to take is how to get these new solutions in a state so that ‘data land’ ends up
under ‘the rule of the people’.

Managing your own personal data is a ‘21st century skill’
that the ‘citizens in data land’ will have to master. Gaining control over our data has a cost, in the form of an investment in personal computer infrastructure and the effort to acquire the skills to manage this infrastructure.

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The article highlights two design principles to help establish an improved balance, where the people who create the data exercise a significantly larger
degree of ownership over their data:

1. build systems for online information interactions such that they keep data where it originates

2. decentralise online services (or, better, re-decentralise the Web)

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In 2018, when I just learned about Mastodon and started IDF.social, Mireille Hildebrand asked me to contribute a provocation to "Profiling the European Citizen", about data-driven environments.

I wrote "Citizens in data land":

mediarep.org/handle/doc/14204

to emphasize how it is – to a large extent – our own personal choice (if not to say mistake) that we let a
few, very large and omnipresent organisations build their business model on harvesting personal data en masse.

1/n

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Mastodon

The "unofficial" Information Retrieval Mastodon Instance.

Goal: Make idf.social a viable and valuable social space for anyone working in Information Retrieval and related scientific research.

Everyone welcome but expect some level of geekiness on the instance and federated timelines.