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"The Welfare Marketplace: Privatization and Welfare Reform" by Mary Bryna Sanger.

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Hello! I'm Stephen. Here's a real :

I've been a lawyer for ~8 years. For 6 years I represented marginalized folks in Ohio's courts, mostly appeals. For the last 2 years I've worked in systems and data for public defenders. Now I live in NYC and work in the Bronx.

I work with , , process/systems improvement, , , , and where all of that intersects. Let me know if you want to talk about any of that! (Also into , , , my cat)

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And on the pedestal, these words appear:

Not sure how I stumbled on this letter from the editor of a student newspaper, but it's so great. A coach said the paper shouldn't exclusively cover games the team loses, and the editor basically responded "we'd have to see the team WIN a game to cover it."

"The nonprofit establishment or non-profit industrial complex (NPIC) also seeks out 'sexy' or 'fundable' issues to co-opt and exploit as these are ripe for the grant funding that they covet."

"Had a loss of comparable magnitude to the Universal fire occurred at a different cultural institution — say, the Metropolitan Museum of Art — there might have been wider awareness of the event, perhaps some form of accountability."

I am too midwestern to function and incredibly socially awkward, so grain of salt, but: I think it's slightly rude when someone says "how are you?" and I say "good, how about you?" and they don't respond.

‪What is a song that is in your all-time-favorite-songs pantheon but seems like nobody else ever talks about it?‬

‪Here’s one for me: Air France - “Collapsing at Your Doorstep”‬

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Oh man. Overhearing a young guy at the library telling his mom that he bought an Xbox One and then had to get rid of it because he doesn't have internet and most of the features on it require an internet connection. This really resonates with recent estimates that 49% of America doesn't have broadband, and Diana Nucera's talk at talking about how a huge percentage of Detroit's population has NO internet, not even mobile access

The guy took his Xbox to the pawn shop the next day :(

I have found a coffee shop slash record store near Penn Station in Baltimore, which is giving me white-guy-in-college nostalgia.

The presentation I gave today had a slide that just said "No amount of data science, IT wizardry, undergraduate interns, etc. can create reports from data that has not already been meaningfully collected." Trying to bring the truth to public defense managers.

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Preview slide from my talk. (Video of the talk will be available online in a month or two, I'll post a link when it's up.)

Ok I did not understand how much of a disaster these scooters were until I saw them in Baltimore. They are just all over, no designated spots, just scattered.

I am on a train going to Baltimore for a conference on community-oriented and holistic legal defense. I will be presenting on systems and process thinking for tech problem solving, particularly around unfunded mandates for increased data collection. It is (hopefully!) more interesting than it sounds.

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Do you like visiting museums? Here's a thing that I do when I travel, that you can do too.

Look up local public libraries and university libraries. Click around their website to find their "special collections". Contact the library & ask if you could spend some time in that collection. They will often give you a "finding aid" and ask you to tell them what stuff you'd like to handle. Do that instead of or in addition to visiting local museums. It's like a museum but you are the only person there

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7 Principles of Data Feminism, per Catherine D'Ignazio and Lauren Klein

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@privacylab Between Facebook and Instagram, CrossFit had 6 million followers. This was a brave move that I hope will set an example for more companies.

Quote from announcement: "Facebook collects, aggregates, and sells user information as a matter of business. Its business model allows governments and businesses alike to use its algorithmically conjured advertising categories as sophisticated data-mining and surveillance tools."

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