1. “The problem,” says Julian Assange, is that “a lot of groups that would normally criticize Google, the nonprofits that are involved in the tech sector, are funded directly or indirectly by Google. Or by USAID. Or by Freedom House. Google and its extended network have significant patronage in the very groups that would normally be criticizing it.”


    “For example,” he continues, “the EFF is a great group, and they’ve done good things for us, but nonetheless it is significantly funded by Google, or people who work at Google.”

    I wanted to make sure I heard him right: “Are you saying that if it didn’t have those ties, that the EFF would be more outspoken against Google?”

    “I don’t know about EFF specifically,” he says, “but it’s the nature of organizations. They don’t like to bite the hand that feeds them.”


    Wikileaks meets Surveillance Valley: An interview with Julian Assange | PandoDaily

    Also an issue raised in India and in Europe…

  2. micdotcom:

    Powerful photos capture the student protests in Mexico barely anyone is talking about 

    While the world has focused its attention on the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, there’s another student movement gaining steam on the other side of the world.

    The unfolding protests gripping Mexico began in the small town of Iguala, in the southwest region of Guerrero state, where the disappearance of 43 student teachers on the night of Sept. 26 has sparked outrage amid allegations of collaboration between local police and organized crime.

  3. This is when the Marconi Company decided it was not enough to have a 1kW transmitter each in Calcutta and Bombay. These transmitters were small and away from the government’s sight. If the government were to spend money on installing a stronger one in Delhi, its hands would thereafter be tied and it would not speak of shutting down the radio ever again.

    So Marconi wheeled and dealed to get the government to install a 20kW transmitter in Delhi. They also went to Peshawar and installed a 10kW transmitter there at their own expense, telling the Frontier government that it was very important for its voice to reach the tribes and it could experiment with the transmitter for free; if the experiment worked, they could pay for it, otherwise Marconi would just take the transmitter back.

    The central government was unsure which ministry to make responsible for radio. It fit neither into the Public Works Department nor into Irrigation. After much consideration, this hopeless and helpless department was handed over to the Post Office.

    — Arrival of Radio in India ‹ The Friday Times

  4. (via https://twitter.com/Networked_Soc/status/523062865478320128/photo/1)

    (via https://twitter.com/Networked_Soc/status/523062865478320128/photo/1)

  5. The Current is 10 attempts at alternative journalistic modes of communication, and 10 never before seen explorations of the news media. A creative supplement in the media landscape. It is entirely free and widely accessible. Based on the idea that our world view originates from our often abstract emotional life, rather than from our rational thoughts, it is our mission to add to news media an extra dimension across the spoken and written word - doing so via creative and artistic cinematic solutions.

    — The Current

  6. Seedrs makes it simple for you to discover startups that are looking for early-stage funding, make investments in the ones you like and watch as the businesses you’ve invested in grow, all through a straightforward online platform. We undertake vigorous legal due diligence on every business that is looking to raise money, so you can rest assured that what they say in their pitch is true. And whenever there is a return on your investment - such as when the business pays a dividend, floats on a stock exchange or is bought by another company - we ensure that the money gets paid directly to you.

    — Invest In Startups With Seedrs

  7. The frustration of activists against MPs felt to have escaped justice boils over in Ukraine.

    (Source: youtube.com)

  8. Whisper has developed an in-house mapping tool that allows its staff to filter and search GPS data, pinpointing messages to within 500 meters of where they were sent.

    The technology, for example, enables the company to monitor all the geolocated messages sent from the Pentagon and National Security Agency. It also allows Whisper to track an individual user’s movements over time.

    When users have turned off their geolocation services, the company also, on a targeted, case-by-case basis, extracts their rough location from IP data emitted by their smartphone.

    The Guardian witnessed this practice on a three-day visit to the company’s Los Angeles headquarters last month, as part of a trip to explore the possibility of an expanded journalistic relationship with Whisper.


    The Guardian had previously worked with Whisper to find Iraq war veterans who wanted to share their opinions of Isis, find an undocumented immigrant to write an opinion article and post people’s confessions about Valentine’s Day. At no point during those collaborations did Whisper indicate it was ascertaining the location of individual users who had disabled their geolocation feature.

    The Guardian visited the Whisper offices to consider the possibility of undertaking other journalistic projects with the company and sent two reporters last month to look in detail at how the app operates. At no stage during the visit were the journalists told they could not report on the information shared with them.

    The Guardian is no longer pursuing a relationship with Whisper.

    — Revealed: how Whisper app tracks ‘anonymous’ users

  9. Lovely redesigns of the Tube map, and other railway system maps from cities around the world, including NYC, Berlin, Amsterdam (via ZEROPERZERO)

    Lovely redesigns of the Tube map, and other railway system maps from cities around the world, including NYC, Berlin, Amsterdam (via ZEROPERZERO)

  10. The world is constantly changing and I feel like my job is to try to see how it is changing,” he says. “Traditionally images have functioned as representations of something in the world, but we are quickly approaching the point where vast majority of images are produced for other machines and no human being will ever see them. It’s an operational regime of images.

    — The artist who maps the twilight world of the surveillance agencies | Technology | The Observer

  11. While many media projects have investigated the history, culture, and experiences of various American ethnic minorities, there has been much less examination of how white Americans think about and experience their whiteness and how white culture shapes our society. Most people take for granted that there is a “white” race in America, but rarely is the concept of whiteness itself investigated. What does it mean to be a “white”? Can it be genetically defined? Is it a cultural construct? A state of mind? How does one come to be deemed “white” in America and what privileges does being perceived as white bestow? The Whiteness Project is a multi-platform media project that examines both the concept of whiteness itself and how those who identify as “white” process their ethnic identity. The project’s goal is to engender debate about the role of whiteness in American society and encourage white Americans to become fully vested participants in the ongoing debate about the role of race in American society.

    — Whiteness Project

  12. The collaborative economy involves using internet technologies to connect distributed groups of people make better use of goods, skills and other useful things. It is going through a period of growth and experimentation and in order to gauge where the collaborative economy is headed, we need to start by getting a better grasp of its current state. The report identifies five defining traits, some or all of which can be found in the collaborative economy ventures studied. Four pillars of activity, collaborative consumption, production, learning and finance are also identified.

    — Making Sense of the UK Collaborative Economy | Nesta

  13. The video games industry is an integral part of the UK creative economy, but hard data about its economic performance and geography are difficult to come by. In this report, done in partnership with Ukie (a trade body supporting the UK’s games and interactive entertainment industry), we adopt an experimental ‘big data’ approach to measure the sector, identifying games companies through their digital footprint in product directories, wikis and games reviews sites instead of using official industrial (SIC) codes or surveys.

    — A Map of the UK Games Industry | Nesta

  14. Some notes on my cybernetic socialism essay →


    I’m lucky enough to occasionally contribute to the New Yorker, where I’ve published three essays so far – all in their “A Critic at Large” section. It’s an interesting and challenging slot. I suspect, though, most people don’t know what writing such a piece entails.

    The objective is to start with…

    A fascinating read of the level of work that goes into a New Yorker “book review”. Take the time to read this, and then read it again.

  15. First Look’s mission in a cartoon logo…

    First Look’s mission in a cartoon logo…