Monday, March 19, 2018

Rights Of Children Of Anonymous Sperm Donors; Stopping Gerrymandering; Montana History; And Cambridge Analytica FB Harvesting Explained

While I'm busy on other things, here are some interesting articles to keep you busy.

Anonymous sperm and egg donation has consequences for donor offspring like me.
By Courtney McKinney - In adoptions, the child's welfare is the major factor in placement decisions. But McKinney points out that in anonymous sperm donor babies, the child's interest is not a factor.  The article looks at the implications and possible remedies.

The Geeks Who Put A Stop To Pennsylvania's Gerrymandering - This article explains in pretty clear language how the experts demonstrated to the Court that the Republicans had intentionally packed and cracked districts so that Republicans got 72% of the seats with only 49% of the vote.  It's a good roadmap of how to quantitatively and qualitatively demonstrate gerrymandering and intent.

I'd note that as of March 19, 2018, the US Supreme Court rejected the Republicans second attempt to block the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's ruling.

Montana Historical Landscape - this blogger posts pictures of historical buildings and sites around Montana grouped into categories - by location, function (restaurants in historic buildings, public gymnasiums).  A great, specialized site.  I got there because google said I had a lot of links from the site, but I couldn't find anything that linked back to my blog.  My post that most fits with what is done there is one on Clinton, BC.

Cambridge Analytica whistleblower: 'We spent $1m harvesting millions of Facebook profiles' – video - watch Christopher Wylie explain what he and Cambridge Analytica did (and also explain how and why they got that name.)  Take it with a grain of salt, but it's interesting and pretty clear.  

1 comment:

  1. Quite a bit more happening on CA now with Channel 4 (UK) News undercover breaking story. Nix has been suspended by his board during investigations. Zuckerburg is requested to appear before a Parliament committee investigating the whole matter.

    All is getting stirred a bit now, both sides of the pond. Good. Internet 'marketing' needs a hard pruning about now.


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