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Why India’s urban researchers need to move beyond megacities
Guest post by Aviram Sharma The launch of the South Asia Sustainability Hub and Knowledge Network (SAH&KN) provides a much needed platform to the academic,…
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Sick Woman Theory
1. In late 2014, I was sick with a chronic condition that, about every 12 to 18 months, gets bad enough to render me, for about five months each time, unable to…
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6 days ago
bell hooks: Buddhism, the Beats and Loving Blackness
The Stone is a forum for contemporary philosophers and other thinkers on issues both timely and timeless. This is the last in this series of 2015 interviews…
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6 days ago
Just Subtract Water: The Los Angeles River and a Robert Moses with...
CHINATOWN, THE MOVIE, made abundantly clear that the history of Los Angeles hinged on the history of water — the lack of it and the getting of it. Or, as LA’s…
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6 days ago
The fall of Jersey: how a tax haven goes bust | Oliver Bullough
Jersey looks like a bit of Devon that ran away to sea and did rather well for itself. Photograph: Alamy As you approach Jersey by air, your plane’s shadow…
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9 days ago
The End of Big Data
Personal data is anything but personal. Our phones and televisions listen in on us; the most powerful corporations in the world trade in consumer tics, browsing…
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12 days ago
The Sinister History of the Belle and Sebastian Email List
… and i’m in the library listening to “winter wooksie” on repeat ... i’m going to get up and start dancing on the desks in a minute. —clb112, 2000.“I can’t…
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12 days ago
Christina Xu, Breadpig - XOXO Festival (2013)
Published on 21 Oct 2013In many industries, publishers can sometimes hurt unknown artists more than they help. But a new model for publishing is emerging, and…
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17 days ago
“One Damn Slide After Another”: PowerPoint at Every Occasion for Speech : Computational Culture
“One Damn Slide After Another”: PowerPoint at Every Occasion for Speech Introduction PowerPoint is installed on more than a billion computers.1 It is the…
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18 days ago
The Inside Story of an Aid Worker’s Secret Weapon: The Tarp
One of the more unusual shopping catalogs you might read is the Red Cross Emergency Items Catalogue. In its three volumes you’ll find a list of all the…
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18 days ago
Why Missy Elliott’s feminist legacy is criminally underrated
Missy Elliott in “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” via YouTube.com Before Beyoncé performed in front of a neon “feminist” sign, before Lady Gaga had an artist throw up…
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18 days ago
Big Bang Data: Networks of London
Published on Dec 3, 2015Ingrid Burrington and Dan Williams take us on a tour of the hidden networks around Somerset House.3 December 2015 - 20 March 2016 - BOOK…
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21 days ago
Packing List :: A Month on the Road, Skies and Trails - Carryology - Exploring better ways to carry
My name's Jan Chipcase, I’m the founder of Studio D, a research, design and strategy consultancy based out of San Francisco and also of SDR Traveller, an…
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23 days ago
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(Photo: fuyu liu/Shutterstock) Americans’ love affair with cities has never been stronger. Drawn by vibrant culture and commerce, more than eight of 10 of us…
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28 days ago
On Algorithmic Communism - The Los Angeles Review of Books
IN THE NEXT FEW DECADES, your job is likely to be automated out of existence. If things keep going at this pace, it will be great news for capitalism. You’ll…
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29 days ago
“How to Do People with Things”: On the first 10 titles in...
IN 1932, when it became clear he would have to leave Berlin, the city of his birth, perhaps for good, Walter Benjamin decided to embark on a project of…
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29 days ago
Toward Humane Tech
We’re not nerds, or outsiders, or underdogs anymore. What we do, and what we make, shapes culture and society, deeply influencing everything from artistic…
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4 weeks ago
In Who Do We Trust? How Privilege Plays Out in Security and Privacy Online
In a digital world where most users have to choose between having their information stolen, or their internet activities monitored, it’s clear not all of us are…
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4 weeks ago
Rogaway – Moral Character of Cryptographic Work
Abstract: Cryptography rearranges power: it configures who can do what, from what. This makes cryptography an inherently political tool, and it confers on the field an intrinsically moral dimension. The Snowden revelations motivate a reassessment of the political and moral positioning of cryptography. They lead one to ask if our inability to effectively address mass surveillance constitutes a failure of our field. I believe that it does. I call for a community-wide effort to develop more effective means to resist mass surveillance. I plead for a reinvention of our disciplinary culture to attend not only to puzzles and math, but, also, to the societal implications of our work.
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Space for Europe and for all humankind: A brief history of the ESA
In November 2014, a strange-looking little spider of a spacecraft caught the world’s attention. It may have been one of the oddest-looking pioneers of all time,…
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5 weeks ago
Hot Allostatic Load
imp kerr, difference and repetition, 2011Build the shittiest thing possible. Build out of trash because all i have is trash. Trash materials, trash bodies,…
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6 weeks ago
North Korea’s Abduction Project - The New Yorker
On the evening of July 31, 1978, Kaoru Hasuike and his girlfriend, Yukiko Okudo, rode bikes to the summer fireworks festival at the Kashiwazaki town beach. They…
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7 weeks ago
Miami Underwater
The city of Miami Beach floods on such a predictable basis that if, out of curiosity or sheer perversity, a person wants to she can plan a visit to coincide…
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7 weeks ago
Silicon Valley’s Basic Income Bromance
Basic income bro, noun, \ˈbā-sik in-kəm brō\ :You obsess about the robots taking the jobs. You like the robot part, but worry about the jobs. Your LinkedIn page…
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7 weeks ago
Why Do I Have to Call This App ‘Julie’? - NYTimes.com
RECENTLY, I signed up for a “virtual inbox assistant” service. I gave the assistant, Julie, access to my email and calendar over the Internet. Here’s what…
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7 weeks ago
The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge
Tanks containing coolant for servers at a Google Data center in Saint Ghislain, Belgium. My favorite part of highways in the American midwest are the wind…
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7 weeks ago
Time Out Hong Kong
The Pearl River Delta is slowly growing into a single colossal megapolis (view our PRD map here ). And as controversy reigns over the continued urban…
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7 weeks ago
LRB · T.J. Clark · In a Pomegranate Chandelier: Benedict Anderson
Writers only pretend to be embarrassed at the small fame a book sometimes brings them, but there is nothing assumed about the irritation they can feel at having…
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8 weeks ago
Northern theories for Southern contexts?
Over the last two years, I have thought a lot about the use of ‘Western’ scientific theoretical frameworks to analyse phenomenon in the developing world. This…
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8 weeks ago
He really was a camera | TLS
Christopher Isherwood and the development of a famous image “Portrait of a young man proposing to follow a literary career”: Christopher Isherwood’s snapshot of…
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8 weeks ago
Dymaxion: Please Stop Writing Secure Messaging Tools
Dymaxion.org This is my first Patreon-supported essay, which went out a week early to my $10 and up subscribers. This was written in part in response to issues…
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8 weeks ago
The Millions : A Year in Reading: Rahawa Haile
In 2015, I simultaneously managed to read more and less than I have in the past decade. I ran a Twitter project called Short Story of the Day where I scoured…
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8 weeks ago
The Joy of Getting Hacked - Waxy.org
Two weeks ago, the server I host all my personal projects on was hacked by some guy in the Ukraine. It really sucked. I was overdue for a redesign anyway. I…
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8 weeks ago
The ministry of truth
Everyone remembers Newspeak, the straitjacketed version of English from George Orwell’s novel 1984 (1949). In that dystopia, Newspeak was a language designed by…
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8 weeks ago
The Secret History of One Hundred Years of Solitude
The house, in a quiet part of Mexico City, had a study within, and in the study he found a solitude he had never known before and would never know again.…
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8 weeks ago
The Profound Emptiness of ‘Resilience’
There are many versions of the bird’s death, but in each, it rises the same way — out of its own ashes and into the sun. The myth of the phoenix, that symbol of…
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9 weeks ago
How The Literary Class System Is Impoverishing Literature
One of the things I was taught as an elementary school student in Illinois was that America differed from Europe in that it was founded as, and has remained, a…
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9 weeks ago
A Journey Into the Heart of Facebook
Ingrid Burrington We are running late to the Facebook Data Center. I keep checking my watch, as if the seconds might start moving backwards if I stare hard…
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9 weeks ago
Spoiler Alerts: Three Books on Trash - The Los Angeles Review of Books
IN CONSIDERING THE SUBJECT OF MESSINESS, let’s start with my apartment. I should tell you, in the interest of transparency, that while I was writing this piece…
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10 weeks ago
Inside (literally) wind turbines meant to work at the South Pole—and Mars
BARRE, Vermont—It started with Mars. In 1993, NASA gave a Small Business Innovation Research grant to Vermont-based Northern Power Systems (NPS) to build a very…
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10 weeks ago
The Uber Counterculture
Chatter and dissent in the trenches of the sharing economy
The Data & Society Research Institute, with a researcher from NYU, conducted an extensive study of…
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10 weeks ago
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