Recent reading (6 links for August 5)

Sunset from the plane


_Irregularly, I post noteworthy articles I recently read. Enjoy!_


The Ecuadorian Library
Bruce Sterling (of course!) with a solid, spot on take on the state of affairs of… well… y’know it’s hard to define if the lines between surveillance, civil society and globalization are so blurry. You’ve been warned. – by Bruce Sterling (link)  


How Vice Hacked Google Glass To Tell Crisis Stories
Vice Magazine’s Tim Pool with some neat implementations of Google Glass for crisis reporting. (link)  


When it comes to the internet of things, Europe’s holding its own — Tech News and Analysis
GigaOm on the European Internet of Things. – by Stacey Higginbotham (link)  


O.K., Glass
If you like Shteyngart, you’ll enjoy his reports from a week in NYC with Google Glass. – by Gary Shteyngart (link)  


Scientist banned from revealing codes used to start luxury cars
Great example of how to get security really, really wrong as an industry. First, they implement weak security. Then when it’s cracked and analyzed for scientific purposes, they try to shut down the publication instead of improving their security – leaving their customers standing in the rain. But hey, speaking of weak security, I take it you’ve read about the Bluetooth hackable “smart” toilet? – by Lisa O’Carroll (link)  


Manning and Snowden light path for the US to return to its better self
“Since the 9/11 trauma, America has allowed the national security state to ride roughshod over vital liberties. This is a turning-point”, says Yochai Benkler. Since he’s one of the brightest minds in legal studies, I hope he’s right – certainly his is an opinion worth listening to. – by Yochai Benkler (link)  

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