Wired on Child Abuse Prediction Models

A very insightful article from Wired Magazine on Child Abuse Prediction Models and how those target and frame poor families for "child neglect". Instead of providing basic income, medical care and housing for the disadvantaged parents, the neo-liberal machine takes children and feeds them into the foster care and adoption industry. The article high lights how cultural bias shapes software programs and how powerful those machine-programs are becoming.

"Three-quarters of child welfare investigations involve neglect rather than physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Where the line is drawn between the routine conditions of poverty and child neglect is particularly vexing. Many struggles common among poor families are officially defined as child maltreatment, including not having enough food, having inadequate or unsafe housing, lacking medical care, or leaving a child alone while you work. Unhoused families face particularly difficult challenges holding on to their children, as the very condition of being homeless is judged neglectful."

https://www.wired.com/story/excerpt-from-automating-inequality/

Voices of Moral Authority – Can Child Protectors in the UK be Manipulated?

"The scarlet letter was her passport into regions where other women dared not tread. Shame, Despair, Solitude! These had been her teachers—stern and wild ones—and they had made her strong (...).” ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter

We're terrible at realising what goes on in other people's heads because we are trapped inside our own." ~ Derren Brown (Mentalist)

I am working on and off on this blog "The Red Mother" since 2013. Pedophile crimes, perpetrator manipulation, justice and the various issues around it is one of the topics I think and write about. In 2014 I made an interview with Victoria Haigh and spoke with her about her promiment case that has cost her all contact to her still underage daughter.

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Like I am Made of Glass – Hackers and Our Fragile Lives

Beginning of January 2019. The new year begins with a nasty surprise: "Berlin is shaken by a massive data theft, unknown perpetrators have published private data from a number of top politicians, entertainers and journalists: mobile phone numbers, holiday photos, bank account details, chat excerpts were published. Berlin is in turmoil. " (Handelsblatt, 4th January2019)

"(The) hacker has taught me what it means when we humans, our infrastructures, and our social institutions are made of glass. Transparent, maniable, and fragile."

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Artificial Intelligence vs Higher Intelligence

"For Aristotle and his followers it seemed reasonable, that any kind of fertile vessel could replace the female womb to create new humans."

The idea of the Homunculus, a tiny artifically created human, goes back to Egypt, Greek and Roman Antiquity and Aristotle. His theories of reproduction lead his followers to believe in the possibility of creating tiny humans without sexual intercourse between men and women.

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Dictatorships, Algorithms and The Disorderly Arabesque

“The Arabesque (…) transfigures the object of nature it decorates (…) into a weightless, transparent, floating pattern extending infinitely in all directions (…) the object of nature has become under the Arabesque treatment a window onto the infinite.”

During my work on this blog, while researching, reading and writing about Islamic philosophy and arts I have come of course very early unto the Arabesque. The Arabesque pattern – sometimes foliate but commonly geometrically structured patterns of different shapes and coloring, known from Islamic decorative arts but also from music – has captured my interest.

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How our Digital Habits Invite Authoritarian Abuse

“When thine eye is single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” ~ Luke 11:3

“As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi

In 2010 US Sufi Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee compared the internet with a super human global mind:

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Dispelling Wetiko – Breaking the Bondage of Abuse

"Ultimately, humility is the basis for democracy, just as arrogance is the basis for authoritarianism." ~ Jack D Forbes

What is Wétiko?

Wétiko is a word from North American Native – Cree – origin. To the Cree, and most Native North Americans, greed was a serious psychological malfunction. The Cree called this malfunction Wétiko.

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Child Protection & Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is Always Biased (Unable to Think)

Quote on AI (Artificial Intelligence):

"Is there a more bullshit job than working on making AI more fair? How about spending all that time and resources on improving the basic conditions of populations so that they will be in a better position to contend with whatever planned-obsolescence technological fix is invoked to mis-administrate them?"

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