Can you imagine how much good something like this would have done?!
The USPS had a plan to send 5 reusable facemarks to every household in early April. Even had a press release ready. The White House blocked the plan. “There was concern...that households receiving masks might create concern or panic." https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020/09/17/usps-trump-coronavirus-amazon-foia/
“It's the story of database nerds, armed with a deep knowledge of SQL, trying to preserve democracy in America.” https://www.wired.com/story/election-voting-rights-spreadsheet-patriot
Far from menial, “[data] cleaning is a spectrum of reusable data transformations on the path towards doing a full data analysis.”
And it's out! The big epic-length post on data cleaning is Counting Stuff now~ https://counting.substack.com/p/data-cleaning-is-analysis-not-grunt
What mistakes do you often see data science teams make when computing and reporting metrics? Where do they waste the most time and effort?
I was trying to be self deprecating and ended up insulting half the people in this call I’m on. If you’re curious, yeah... today is going Super.
The fact the the world will always just indifferently keep on turning is both infuriating and disorienting as well as an immense source of comfort...
What I imagine the FB data science career ladder to be like: JR responsibilities: - unrest in countries that don’t show up in US textbooks - genocide indicators SR responsibilities: - time spent - click through
A detailed account of Facebook’s ludicrously understaffed and un-prioritized efforts to prevent coordinated inauthentic behavior (trolls) from civic interference.
This is the most important Facebook story I've ever published: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/craigsilverman/facebook-ignore-political-manipulation-whitstleb...
“But these tech apostates are products of the same Silicon Valley culture they’re criticizing, and they’re selling a version of the same mythos: that a few omnipotent engineers caused the apocalypse by building a perfect mind-control machine.” https://www.theverge.com/2020/9/4/21419993/the-social-dilemma-jeff-orlowski-netflix-movie-review-soc...
My new career goal is just to survive long enough in tech to not have to listen to the same defense, from different white dudes, for why everything is fine the way it is [for them]. 20 years in, I’m just so tired of it.
The simplest way to solve a problem is to have faced similar ones before. This is why opportunity and access matter so much.