ddc: last class ;-( ;-(

our last designing digital communities class met yesterday, and i’m really sad about it, okay?

we looked at a bunch of projects that are

  1. using data to increase transparency of our governing institutions, and/or
  2. creatively subverting or maybe resisting or maybe breaking the hegemony of big companies’ big algorithms.

of course, the best of these subversions will probably eventually be eaten up by the big companies themselves. but let’s be inspired by them til then!

some of the projects:

  • OpenSecrets.org, “the most comprehensive resource for federal campaign contributions, lobbying data and analysis available anywhere.”
  • The Sunlight Foundation, “a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses the tools of civic tech, open datapolicy analysisand journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all.”
  • CV Dazzle, “camouflage from face detection.”
  • McDonald’s video game: “Making money in a corporation like McDonald’s is not simple at all! Behind every sandwich there is a complex process you must learn to manage: from the creation of pastures to the slaughter, from the restaurant management to the branding. You’ll discover all the dirty secrets that made us one of the biggest company of the world.”
  • Phone Story game: “Follow your phone’s journey around the world and fight the market forces in a spiral of planned obsolescence.”


this not subversive but uncanny neural network-trained image generator of faces, bedrooms, and other mundane things.

really glad i got the chance to audit this class.

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