The Curse of Social Media Success

When your community grows so much, you no longer recognise it In August, I read a Wired story about social media influencers migrating some of their audience to membership sites like OnlyFans and Patreon to get paid for their content: content which is exclusive and risqué and doesn’t meet Instagram and Facebook’s community standards (Parham, […]

New Tech Data as Court Evidence?

Or why judges are as cautious as the Amish when it comes to admissable evidence “Sharing a Ride” by Forsaken Fotos is licensed under CC BY 2.0 This is my reaction to material we discussed in my CMGT530 class at Annenberg: Social Dynamics of Communication Technology. The material was Czitrom (Czitrom, 1982) and the film […]

Image Processing in The Age of Surveillance

TL:DR How three forces: the explosion of individual images available online, theaccelerating data science capabilities of image processing, and pressure on individual rights and freedoms impact the use of image recognition in surveillance in crime prevention and criminal prosecution. Covers the potential risks of reliance on this kind of visual evidence, and recommendations to reduce […]

Eradicating Racial Differences in Prostate Cancer Outcomes

Dedicated in loving memory of Calvin Harris Snr A report written as part of my Masters of Communication Data Science at University of Southern California in Fall 2018. Abstract Racial disparities in health care outcomes contribute to African Americans (AA) men living ten years less on average than a white American (Rosenberg, Ranapurwala, Townes, & […]

The true loss for a society of Pokie Players

UPDATE 26th of May: I have recently discovered that turnover is defined by cash plus wagering wins, which means if a person puts in $300 cash, wins and loses $2700 over the course of the day in small increments, and then loses their $300 too, they have “wagered” $3000 and “won” $2700 so the expenditure […]

Hollywood: a man’s world?

Context: In this blog, I am imagining I am guest lecturer at University of Southern California’s Cinematic Arts School.  I work at seejane.org which is the public site of Geena Davis Institute on Gender in the Media. My target audience are students enrolled in Film Studies. This blog shows the presentation I did (although it […]

A News Agent and a Publican walk into a bar

A News Agent and a Publican walk into a bar…. Context: My imaginary target audience is News Agent National Association members, and the medium is an online newsletter to members. The message is to lobby for gaming machine licenses, and the goal is a call to action to members to give their feedback on this […]

About algorithms being black boxes

For 36111 Philosophies of Data Science Practices’ first assignment, I am exploring the emerging practice of holding algorithms accountable. Often, people refer to algorithms as black boxes. There are three different definitions of a black box, according to merriam webster: Definition of black box 1 :a usually complicated electronic device whose internal mechanism is usually […]

Exploration of Tree Based Gradient Boosting Models to classify terrorism events as Suicide Attacks

Using Tree Based Gradient Boosting Models to classify terrorism events as Suicide Attacks Tracy Keys 13 June 2017 Background My team Gonzo at UTS used the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) to explore whether distinct features of terrorism events could predict the ABC’s online reaction to them. We did this through web scraping the ABC’s Twitter […]