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Washington Monthly | How to Fix Facebook—Before It Fixes Us
Lots of good stuff in this including "a statute of limitations on the use of consumer data by a platform and its customers. Perhaps that limit should be ninety days, perhaps a year. But at some point, users must have the right to renegotiate the terms of how their data is used."
advertising  facebook  politics  twitter 
25 days ago
The Network Uber Drivers Built
"Online forums aren’t just helping drivers like Cole navigate the challenges of their work, and helping those of us who use and study these platforms grasp those challenges too. They show how as employment relationships grow more remote and distributed across the network, workers can adapt, using technology to forge their own workplace culture."
communication  community  employment  uber 
25 days ago
Southeast Asia’s Ride-Hailing War Is Being Waged on Motorbikes - The New York Times
"Go-Jek, a $3 billion Indonesian start-up whose maximalist approach to the ride-hailing business has put rivals like Uber on notice, and gotten the attention of American investors and Chinese internet titans alike."
asia  innovation 
5 weeks ago
Chaos Toolkit
way of putting together structured scenarios for chaos engineering
architecture  testing  chaos 
8 weeks ago
20 Product Prioritization Techniques: A Map and Guided Tour
Prioritization is a top concern for most Product Managers . It’s by far one of the most popular topics on PM blogs, Q&A sites and other online communities.…
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8 weeks ago
The war on aid: the hidden battle inside Priti Patel's own department
Priti Patel has resigned. But what will happen to Dfid? Photo: PA A few weeks before Priti Patel resigned as International Development Secretary, I spoke to a…
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8 weeks ago
Applying the Universal Scalability Law to organisations
Update: corrected sign in USL equation – many thanks to Rob Fielding for pointing out the error. TL;DR: The Universal Scalability Law, Little’s Law, and…
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8 weeks ago
From Territorial to Functional Sovereignty: The Case of Amazon
Frank Pasquale – Economists tend to characterize the scope of regulation as a simple matter of expanding or contracting state power. But a political economy…
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8 weeks ago
State of the Printer: A Look at Industrial Additive Fabrication | Make:
Read articles from the magazine right here on Make: . Don’t have a subscription yet? Get one today . Patents grant inventors a monopoly until they expire. Upon…
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8 weeks ago
Handling user-initiated actions in an asynchronous, message-based architecture
Andy Goldsworthy, Montage by iuri, Sticks Framing a Lake (source: Iuri Kothe on Flickr ) Check out the session "Managing consistency, state, and identity in…
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8 weeks ago
An intangible economy in a material world – Soft Machines
Thirty years ago, Kodak dominated the business of making photographs. It made cameras, sold film, and employed 140,000 people. Now Instagram handles many more…
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8 weeks ago
Decentralising leadership: a story of Holacracy in practice
Take a sneak peek into the newest edition of AgileTODAY Magazine. In this article, Agile Coach at Nomad8 and Agile Encore speaker Sandy Mamoli shares her story…
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8 weeks ago
Phishing for Phools – Words That Matter – Medium
Illustration: Sunday Büro W e are all fools in one way or another. Fools for love, fools for vanity, fools for greed and arrogance, laziness and envy. In the…
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8 weeks ago
NEO versus Ethereum: Why NEO might be 2018’s strongest cryptocurrency
NEO is a platform with a purpose. Can it compete with Ethereum? Or better yet, does it even need to? Why Read This Article? NEO and Ethereum — which pill will…
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8 weeks ago
IF — A design studio
Just because the technology feels magic, it doesn't mean making it understandable requires magic. Some of the ways we make decisions understandable by people…
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8 weeks ago
Software Entropy Explained: Causes, Effects, and Remedies
This article is aimed at the software developer or project manager who is curious as to what software entropy is, the practical effects on their work, and the…
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8 weeks ago
Want to help tackle youth unemployment? – Ben Miller – Medium
Technology has done a huge amount to benefit our lives. It’s now much easier to book taxis, to stay in touch with our friends or to find a place to stay on…
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8 weeks ago
A Year in Computer Vision
A Year in Computer Vision: The M Tank, 2017 A Year in Computer Vision Edited for The M Tank by Benjamin F. Duffy & Daniel R. Flynn The M Tank Also on Medium:…
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8 weeks ago
Dark Debt – John Allspaw – Medium
This is an excerpt from the Stella Report , which is the result of the first project “Coping With Complexity” performed by the Resilience Engineering In…
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8 weeks ago
Availability has a new meaning. And it doesn't include planned downtime
One of the rarely spoken about aspects of technology is the level of compromise it requires. Most articles tend to focus on benefits. How whatever the…
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8 weeks ago
How to Monitor the SRE Golden Signals – DevOpsLinks – Medium
Actually Getting the Metrics from Common Services (Note: A free PDF E-Book of this entire 6-part series is available here ) Site Reliability Engineering (SRE)…
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8 weeks ago
Building the Foundation for a More Inclusive, Secure Digital Identity in India
By CV Madhukar , Investment Partner at Omidyar Network About two years ago, I was having a casual conversation with a friend who was heading the Department of…
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8 weeks ago
Artificial Intelligence: A New Hope to Stop Multi-Stage Spear-Phishing Attacks
Cybercriminals are notorious for conducting attacks that are widespread, hitting as many people as possible, and taking advantage of the unsuspecting.…
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8 weeks ago
Are We on the Verge of a New Golden Age?
Oleg Gekman / Alamy History doesn’t exactly repeat itself, but it does run in cycles. One of the most robust theories of such cycles was articulated by economic…
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8 weeks ago
Bridging the green investment gap in Latin America: what role for national development finance institutions?
By Maria Netto , Lead Capital Markets and Financial Institutions Specialist, Inter-American Development Bank, and Naeeda Crishna Morgado , Policy Analyst –…
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8 weeks ago
The search for another intelligence (Upsideclown)
Petr held the Scotch egg still between thumb and forefinger, and cut it carefully in two. They sat in the library cafe. He placed the symmetrical halves side by…
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8 weeks ago
DRM's dead canary: how we just lost the web, what we learned from it, and what we need to do next
EFF has been fighting against DRM and the laws behind it for a decade and a half, intervening in the US Broadcast Flag , the UN Broadcasting Treaty , the…
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12 weeks ago
[no title]
Interesting case study of audit leading transformation
rsa  audit  compliance  transformation 
october 2017
A Sociology of the Smartphone
"It’s dizzying to contemplate everything involved in that achievement. It fuses globally dispersed infrastructures of vertiginous scale and expense—the original constellation of American NAVSTAR Global Positioning System satellites, and its Russian, European and Chinese equivalents; fleets of camera- and Lidarequipped cars, sent to chart every navigable path on the planet; map servers racked in their thousands, in data centers on three continents; and the wired and wireless network that yokes them all together—to a scatter of minuscule sensors on the handset itself, and all of this is mobilized every time the familiar blue dot appears on the screen."

and

"The arrangements through which we allocate resources, transact value, seek to exert form on the material world, share our stories with one another, and organize ourselves into communities and polities will from now on draw upon a fundamentally new set of concepts and practices, and this is a horizon of possibilities that first opened up to us in equipping ourselves with the smartphone."
culture  mobile  sociology  supplychain 
october 2017
The rise of robots in the German labour market | VOX, CEPR’s Policy Portal
"This implies that roughly 275,000 full-time manufacturing jobs have been destroyed by robots in the period 1994-2014. But, those sizable losses are fully offset by job gains outside manufacturing. In other words, robots have strongly changed the composition of employment by driving the decline of manufacturing jobs illustrated in Figure 1. Robots were responsible for almost 23% of this decline. But they have not been major killers so far when it comes to the total number of jobs in the German economy."
and
"Overall, we conclude that robots have not been major job killers in Germany so far, somewhat in contrast to the buzz in some of the contemporary public debate. But they do induce notable distributional shifts."
economics  automation  robots 
october 2017
How to Implement Hypothesis-Driven Development | ThoughtWorks
We believe <this capability>
Will result in <this outcome>
We will know we have succeeded when <we see a measurable signal>
bdd  development  agile  hypotheses 
october 2017
Idoneous Security: The Security Poverty Line, and junk food.
"I coined the term "security poverty line" to describe those organizations that, for one reason or another (usually a lack of IT funds), can't afford to reach an effective level of security, much less compliance with security regulations."
security  smallbusiness 
october 2017
Your country needs funds: The extraordinary story of Britain’s early efforts to finance the First World War | Bank Underground
Sadly this doesn't give any more information on the statement - "tax revenue did quadruple over the same period"
economics  finance  history  wwI 
october 2017
We Trained A Computer To Search For Hidden Spy Planes. This Is What It Found.
This sort of thing is going to be more and more of a challenge to open data efforts!
analysis  datascience  opendata  flights 
october 2017
why DevOps transformations succeed where ITSM so often doesn't | The IT Skeptic
"These are the two fundamental differences that makes DevOps transformations more successful than Service Management transformations have been in the past:
starting from people and culture;
and starting from systems and flow."
devops  transformation  people 
october 2017
Are Industrial Robot Costs Hitting an Inflection Point?
"While BCG4 anticipates that the historical price trajectory of robots will diminish and stall in response to underlying material costs, it fails to anticipate and incorporate innovations evolving in manufacturing. 3D printing, for example, should reduce the use and weight of materials dramatically, up to 75%, without diminishing performance."
robots  industry  manufacturing 
october 2017
The Illusion of Measuring What Customers Want – Jobs to be Done
"If someone claims they have a method that promises to measure (quantify) what customers want, they’re trying to scam you"
metrics 
october 2017
Human-Centered Machine Learning – Google Design – Medium
you still need to do all that hard work you’ve always done to find human needs
design  google  machinelearning 
october 2017
[no title]
"Right of access to information and accountability of public services: The 10th International Conference of Information Commissioners"
publicservices  open 
october 2017
“Let’s Have a Conversation” About Technology: Policy Punting or Crypto-Luddite Deflection? - Niskanen Center
Half agree with this. It probably depends what the conversation is about - is it working out how to genuinely explore challenges, experiments that will help shape understanding, users to do research with, etc?
october 2017
Vanguard: Building Cloud Microservices with an On-Premises Mainframe System of Record - YouTube
Using a CDC tool to connect an on-premise DB2 database to AWS. Unclear what happens if you want to update data in the new systems...
cloud  migration  financialservices 
september 2017
Twitter Bots Use Likes, RTs for Intimidation — Krebs on Security
Let that sink in for a moment: A huge collection of botted accounts — the vast majority of which should be easily detectable as such — may be able to abuse Twitter’s anti-abuse tools to temporarily shutter the accounts of real people suspected of being bots!
twitter  security  bots 
september 2017
Observability: What's in a Name? | Honeycomb.io
An observable system is one you can fully interrogate. Given a pile of millions of needles, one or two of which have problems, can you slice and dice and sort finely enough to quickly locate literally any given needle?
observability 
september 2017
Threat Intelligence Collaboration on the Rise - Infosecurity Magazine
"The largest group of respondents (43%) cited ransomware as their biggest security concern; the biggest fear for most participants (38%) was not being able to prevent future infection."

"“The harsh reality is that no number of security systems can stop an attack; they can only reduce the risk,” Malik said. “The severity of an attack is therefore determined by how quickly a company can respond to threats as they occur. When security teams can identify potential threats before they strike, it can save a company millions in costly damages to both revenue and reputation. Free tools are often the fastest to spot and identify new threats because they rely on the shared experiences of huge numbers of security teams around the world.” "
resilience  security  threat  intelligence 
september 2017
Monitoring and Observability – Cindy Sridharan – Medium
"The crucial thing to understand here is that monitoring doesn’t guarantee that failure can be completely avoided. Monitoring provides a good approximation of the health of a system, but monitoring doesn’t prevent failure entirely."

and

"Boring old MySQL which was chosen a few years ago with eyes wide open for its boringness and its maturity and our prior experience with it. Boring old MySQL which was extensively “monitored”. Boring old MySQL which was the right choice when it was introduced into the stack, which isn’t the right choice anymore given our evolving needs. Like monitoring, boring technology, in and of itself, isn’t a panacea."
monitoring  observability  resilience 
september 2017
Julian Assange, a Man Without a Country
Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. He has not left the Embassy since he sought asylum there, in June, 2012. Photograph by Nadav Kander for The New…
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august 2017
Nicole Orchard
An Intro to Compilers How to Speak to Computers, Pre-Siri August 13, 2017 A compiler is just a program that translates other programs. Traditional compilers…
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august 2017
Things you may find hard to believe (or not) – Code for America Blog – Medium
In the video this kind soul sent us, the eligibility worker is exhorting his colleagues and peers in other counties to realize something important and apparently non-obvious: you can stay on the phone with the client while the documents come in. You can check the documentation and approve the client ON THE SAME PHONE CALL. You don’t have to call the person back, probably missing him or her and starting a painful game of phone tag. His enthusiasm for this feature seems out of proportion to its level of innovation (which, to be fair, is basically zero). His enthusiasm might also seen unnecessary (why isn’t it obvious that you can just stay on the phone with the client?) until you realize something about people who work with government IT systems routinely: they’ve been trained to expect and accept that IT systems don’t work well, and that they don’t change.
government  transformation  from instapaper
august 2017
What Meditation Can Do for Us, and What It Can’t
An author owns a snappy title, and then the snappy title owns the author. Robert Wright, having titled his new book “Why Buddhism Is True,” has to offer a…
from instapaper
august 2017
Meet the new face of federal IT contractors -- FCW
By Steve Kelman Blog archive Meet the new face of federal IT contractors A few weeks ago I wrote about the Department of Homeland Security's Flexible Agile…
from instapaper
august 2017
Part 7: The Value of Digital-focused Curriculum at a Policy School
Learning Digital at the Harvard Kennedy School This post is still part of the Teaching Digital at HKS: A Roadmap series, but is specifically designed to…
from instapaper
august 2017
Cloud Data Auditing Techniques with a Focus on Privacy and Security
Key Takeaways This research focuses on cryptographic algorithms for cloud data auditing and the integrity and privacy issues that these algorithms face. It’s…
from instapaper
july 2017
Unique in the Crowd: The privacy bounds of human mobility | Scientific Reports
in a dataset where the location of an individual is specified hourly, and with a spatial resolution equal to that given by the carrier's antennas, four spatio-temporal points are enough to uniquely identify 95% of the individuals
privacy  security  anonymity 
july 2017
The Next Generation of SaaS Won't Optimize for User Engagement - PlainFlow Blog | About SaaS marketing, product analytics, and startups
Anti-active usage products slash the switching costs between products and tools in our workday and centralize the metrics of their output in a single dashboard. These products allow you and your team to concentrate more on a strategic and on a tactic level.
saas 
july 2017
Upsideclown
, he said. He cut a slightly awkward figure as he strode down the High Street, swinging his battered Gladstone bag in such a wide arc that he seemed to risk…
from instapaper
july 2017
Sexual harassment in tech: Women tell their stories
Sexual harassment in tech: Women tell their stories by Sara O’Brien, with reporting from Laurie Segall by Sara O’Brien, with reporting from Laurie Segall It was…
from instapaper
july 2017
The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data
"Old ways of thinking about competition, devised in the era of oil, look outdated in what has come to be called the “data economy” (see Briefing). A new approach is needed."

and

"Rebooting antitrust for the information age will not be easy. It will entail new risks: more data sharing, for instance, could threaten privacy. But if governments don’t want a data economy dominated by a few giants, they will need to act soon."
data  facebook  google  regulation  antitrust  economics 
july 2017
Timothy Perrett · Envoy with Nomad and Consul
13 May 2017 Envoy with Nomad and Consul The past couple of years of my professional life have been spent working in, on and around datacenter and platform…
from instapaper
july 2017
Content isn't king — Benedict Evans
"whenever I talk to music people or book people, very quickly the conversation becomes a music industry conversation or a book industry conversation. What matters for music are artists and touring and labels and so on, and what matters for books are writers and publishers and rights and Amazon’s bargaining power in books and so on. These aren’t tech conversations. The big tech platform companies rolled into these industries and changed everything, but then moved on to bigger things. Sometimes they left a business unit behind, but books and recorded music aren’t part of their strategic thinking anymore: Amazon has a big ebooks business, but Prime and perhaps Alexa are the strategic levers. Tech needed content to make their devices viable, but having got the content (by any means necessary), and with it of course completely resetting the dynamics of the industry, tech outgrew music and books and moved on to bigger opportunities. "
media  content  transformation  digital  amazon 
july 2017
how to do nothing – Jenny Odell – Medium
This is a version of a keynote I gave at EYEO 2017 in Minneapolis. I’d like to start off by saying that this talk is grounded in a particular location, and that…
from instapaper
july 2017
It’s a testing time for BA passengers who lost out in IT chaos | Money | The Guardian
the Consumer Rights Act may give you – and others – a route to compensation. Since October 2016 transport operators have come under the auspices of the act, which appears to give passengers the right to seek consequential losses if the service received fell way below the standard expected. The problem, say experts, is that it’s so far untested in court.
travel  compensation  rights 
july 2017
Introductory bullshit detection for non-technical managers
You are a non-technical manager for a team of programmers or other highly skilled domain experts. You sometimes have some difficulties “speaking the same…
from instapaper
july 2017
The Man Who Coined ‘Global Warming’ on the Worst-Case Scenario for Earth
Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images This week, to accompany our cover story on worst-case climate scenarios, we’re publishing a series of extended interviews with…
from instapaper
july 2017
The Golden Age of Restaurants in America - The Atlantic
For restaurants in America, it is the best of times, and it is the worst of times. Last century’s dystopians imagined that mediocre fast-food chains would take…
from instapaper
july 2017
Words about the Web of Words – @jukesie – Medium
thinking out loud about an event about thinking out loud 62 people have responded to my survey to see if there is any interest in my idea of a conference about…
from instapaper
july 2017
Resurrecting the Forgotten Bike Highways of 1930s Britain
Cycleway near Dorking, Surrey. Courtesy of Carlton Reid In the 1930s, Britain’s Ministry of Transport built an extensive network of bike highways around the…
from instapaper
july 2017
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