The Starting Block

Tina Carmillia
A weekly collection of notes on science and society with an emphasis on disinformation, data, and democracy.
Created 09 May 2020
  • The 112th Block: Fair game - an official burner account, and a president's phone number
    26 Jun 2022
    This week… Nikita Gill @nktgill Presenting this without comment today. June 24th 20221,651 Retweets6,553 Likes And now, a selection of top stories on my radar, a few personal recommendations, and the ...
  • The 111th Block: Findings from the Digital News Report 2022
    19 Jun 2022 4 0
    This week… The body of this newsletter is lifted from the recently released Digital News Report 2022 by the Reuters Institute (no affiliation) with data from 46 countries and more than 93,000 responde...
  • The 110th Block: Why tech whistleblowers are disproportionately women
    12 Jun 2022 3 0
    This week… First, a rare Twitter thread from me. Tina Carmillia πŸ˜·πŸ’‰πŸ’‰πŸ’‰ @tinacarmillia A rant to the void: As some know, I am in school, and both my courses so far are English courses. Among some of ...
  • The 109th Block: Unfriending Tim Hortons
    05 Jun 2022 5 0
    This week… Meta’s COO Sheryl Sandberg will be replaced by Chief Growth Officer, Javier Olivan. Anyway, and more importantly, Reuter’s Institute’s Digital News Report 2022 will come out June 15th! And ...
  • The 108th Block: Synthetic images
    29 May 2022 5 0
    This week… Welcoming pride month with the homophobia of monkeypox disinformation. Anyway, selection of top stories on my radar, a few personal recommendations, and the chart of the week. OpenAI: Look ...
  • The 107th Block: Storm edition
    22 May 2022 4 0
    This week… The storm came. A tree fell. And the power is still out. Apologies if this issue does not show up well-formatted. Anyway, here’s a selection of top stories on my radar, a few personal recom...
  • The 106th Block: Synth is the new real, satire is the new news, and others
    15 May 2022 8 0
    This week… The sun is out, the heat is strong, and I spent most of my time outdoors. As a result, I had a much smaller news diet and that is reflected in the loosely put together edition this time. An...
  • The 105th Block: On media and tech ethics
    08 May 2022 5 0
    This week… Did you know it was World Password Day on the first Thursday of May? I didn’t. Here’s something we probably all foresaw: Facebook pulled the plug on its podcast business. Anyway, here’s a s...
  • The 104th Block: Redacted
    01 May 2022 6 0
    This week… This β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆ is not β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆ to β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆ by β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆ β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆ β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆ, β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆ. Therefore, β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆ do not β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆ β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆ to β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆ or β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆ β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆ β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆ. Anyway, as usual, here’s a selection of to...
  • The 103rd Block: You've never been completely honest
    24 Apr 2022 7 0
    This week… The power at my place is unstable, which has decreased my Internet time, thus, my news consumption. I have also been spending a little bit more time tending to the new sprouts and shoots fo...
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