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  1. Interview with teen botmaster whose lawyerbots are saving people millions – Boing Boing

    Interview with teen botmaster whose lawyerbots are saving people millions

    Cory Doctorow

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    Joshua Browder, the teenaged botmaster whose Do Not Pay bot is helping drivers save millions by challenging NYC and London parking tickets and assisting UK homeless people who are applying for benefits, sat down for a chat on the O’Reilly Bots Podcast (MP3).

    Browder, a Stanford student whose early bot hacks predated the rise of bot-friendly APIs, describes the evolution of the field, his approach to the programming bots, and where he sees things going — including his own platform for Lawyerbots (these are also a plot-element in my 2003 novel Eastern Standard Tribe, where they are used in private chat-channels to vet Ethereum-style smart contracts).

    Pete and I walk through some of the bots that Microsoft has released recently, including MurphyBot (“the robot with imagination”), which responds to hypothetical questions by delivering an image; Your Face, which analyzes a photo of your face and delivers an insult; and Summarize, which creates short summaries of articles. We also talk about How Old, last year’s precursor to Microsoft’s recent image-related bots.

    Joshua Browder on bots that fight bureaucracy

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  2. Mexico-US illegal migration has been at zero for 8 years, and other eye-opening facts / Boing Boing

    NPR’s On the Media have released a new installment in their indispensable Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook (previously), this one about migration — legal and illegal — and it’s a doozy.

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    This multipart audio (MP3) has lots going for it, but I was struck by their interview with Princeton sociology professor Doug Massey, whose eye-opening facts included:

    • "Illegal migration ended eight years ago and has been zero or negative since 2008, because migration is a young person’s game. If you don’t migrate between the ages of 15 and 30, you don’t migrate at all, and the average age in Mexico is now 28 years old."

    • "Immigrants, in general, and immigrant neighborhoods, in particular, have very low rates of crime, much lower than native-born people. The US counties along the Mexico-US border are among the safest and most crime-free counties in the United States."

    • "There is no evidence that there’s ever been a terrorist cell or any terrorist that’s ever tried to cross into the United States from Mexico."

    • "Immigrants, in general, are very uninvolved in the welfare system. In fact, legal immigrants are banned for five years from receiving these federally-subsidized services. Undocumented migrants are banned from Obamacare, of course, the Affordable Care Act."

    • "The immigration detention system is now the fastest-growing portion of the American criminal justice complex."

    • "What we did, starting in the mid-1980s was to ramp up border enforcement and really militarize the border between Mexico and the United States. And this drove up the costs and the risks of border crossing to a point where people decided they weren’t going to cross the border anymore, and they did this by staying put in the United States, once they’d made it in, rather than circulating back and forth as they had been."

    • "In the 1990s, we were spending 3 to 4 billion dollars a year and we doubled the net rate of undocumented population growth."


    Let me ask you about the coverage of immigration issues. If you were advising news consumers on red flags in coverage that people should be very wary of?


    The first thing to look for is somebody trying to scare you. The second is who are they citing, where are they getting their information, if at all? Media coverage tends to present this side and that side, and they present them as equivalent. Look at the organizations that are producing the information. Organizations that have a self-interested stake in portraying immigration as bad, I don’t think can be trusted.

    The Center for Immigration Studies, Numbers America (NumbersUSA), they’re validly anti-immigrant. They take census data but then they twist it in ways that are really misleading.


    Mm-hmm. And what’s an organization that does good work?


    The Pew Research Center in Washington, DC. Pew Research Center is nonpartisan. It employs highly-qualified demographers and social scientists to analyze the data, to provide a factual basis for understanding important public policy issues. And another obvious source is the US National Academy of Sciences.

    Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook: Migration Edition (At Home) [On The Media]

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  3. The Now show on the EU referendum (radio comedy edition) – Boing Boing

    BBC Radio 4’s sketch comedy programme The Now Show has just posted a special podcast focused on Thursday’s EU-UK referendum called The Vote Now Show: EU and Yours (MP3); it’s both hilarious and intensely factual, which is a sadly compatible state of affairs.

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  4. BBC - Podcasts - Americana: inside the USA

    Americana: An insider’s guide to the stories shaping the USA today. From Washington DC and broadcast every Sunday, at 7.15pm, Matt Frei is your host. On offer, discussion and insight from some of the best known names and voices in America.

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  5. Illegal music downloading BBC - Podcasts - The Report

    Illegal music downloading Thu, 14 Apr 11 The Report looks at plans to stop the illegal downloading of music and asks, is the Digital Economy Act unravelling?

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