Ten Stories We Have Enjoyed This Week

24th Feb 2019

Thoroughly recommend new, News outfit tortoisemedia (Slow Down, Wise Up) – helmed by friends of The Filter – ex-editor of The Times, James Harding (@hardingthehack) and Katie Vanneck-Smith (@VanneckKatie‏). Their Think-In’s are well worth attending and understand it comes out of beta on Monday – and will be open to subscribers.

From Wired. ‘The internet hates secrets. More than that, it despises them. And so, in February of last year, my partner and I resolved to try and keep the existence of our unborn child a secret from the online economy’s data-hungry gaze. Having a child is a deeply personal experience.The internet aggressively turns it into anything but’.

Privacy is a commons. “The commons is the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society,” quoth Wikipedia, “held in common, not owned privately.” We live in an era of surveillance capitalism in a symbiotic relationship with advertising technology, quoth me. And I put it to you that privacy is not just a virtue, or a value, or a commodity: it is a commons.’

‘Bay Area prosecutors were trying to prove that a man arrested during a prostitution sting was guilty of pimping charges, and among the evidence was a series of Instagram DMs he’d allegedly sent to a woman. One read: “Teamwork make the dream work” with high heels and money bag emoji placed at the end. Emoji are showing up in court cases exponentially, and courts aren’t prepared.’

Ikea’s giant bath toy sets sail to clear rubbish from waterways. 

AR will spark the next big tech platform – call it Mirrorworld. (he) describes an epiphany he had while trying on a headset at home, upstairs in his office. “I turned it on and I could hear a whale,” he says, “but I couldn’t see it. I’m looking around my office for it. And then it swims by my windows—on the outside of my building! So the glasses scanned my room and it knew that my windows were portals and it rendered the whale as if it were swimming down my street. I actually got choked up.” What he encountered on the other side of the glasses was a glimpse of the mirrorworld.

Ahem…On The Next Web, one of their most popular sections is Sex Tech Guide, an independent publication that looks at the intersection between sex and technology in a non-explicit, as close to a ‘safe for work’ way as possible.

This study blames YouTube for a rise in the number of Flat Earthers. Click here for more information on the F.E.S., or if you’d like to join….

Love this idea. From Runner’s World – New Balance opens a pub. At last, our prayers have been answered.  (HT @itsjimmyb)

Czech sculptor David Cerny transforms boring city streets around the world with his giant moving sculptures, that you can’t help but stare and smile at.