2013_06_06 link pile

Price-gouging cable companies are our latter-day robber barons: Monopolistic cable providers make internet access an unaffordable luxury for tens of millions of Americans, by Heidi Moore in The Guardian.

A cool conference I’d like to attend, but probably won’t.

How to destroy the future: From the Cuban missile crisis to a fossil fuels frenzy, the US is intent on winning the race to disaster, by Noam Chomsky in The Guardian.

How Patent Trolls Are Undermining The Economy, by Andrea Peterson

Local Laundromat Employs Social Media Coordinator, in The Onion

Datapalooza Report on Data Economics and a Call for Reciprocity, by Adrian Gropper.

CMOs: Build Digital Relationships or Die, by James L. McQuivey in HBR.

Motomic stuff. Thinking of discovery via QR codes and squaretags here.

Privacy Self-Management and the Consent Dilemma, by Daniel Solove in SSRN

Half an Earth sandwich. Euan Semple had the other half, in Singapore.

Blogginess, by Tim Bray

Study shows how easy it is to determine someone’s identity with cell phone data, by Lisa Zyga in Phys.org

New ‘Sun-skirting’ comet could provide dazzling display in 2013, by Nancy Atkinson Phys.org

NSA Prism program taps in to user data of Apple, Google and others, by Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill in The Guardian

Wanna get depressed about writing, and much more? Try this: Are coders worth it? In today’s world, web developers have it all: money, perks, freedom, respect. But is there value in what we do?, by James Somers in Aeon.

6 comments

  1. Hannes Uys’s avatar

    I was just wondering: What is the future of Linux? Mostly servers?

  2. Doc Searls’s avatar

    Well, certainly servers, but Linux is in pretty much everything: all Android phones, and lots of TV screens, picture frames… the list goes on. Eventually it will win serious share in laptops and notebooks, but meanwhile it’s doing pretty well all over.

  3. Daniel’s avatar

    Why will you not attend to the Economic Development CS in November?

    I am going there to discuss the issues Google will bring with Google Fiber to the industry. Another part of the internet industry with Google as a gatekeeper has consequences that many people have not realized yet. Read more (unfortunately in german, maybe you can use Google Translater) here http://pip.net/monopoly

  4. Doc Searls’s avatar

    Thanks for inviting me. I’d be glad to go if I can make the schedule work around the stuff I get paid to do. (I even know a little German, from having taken it in high school, two generations ago.) As for Google, I have my problems with some of what they’ve been doing. (Here is one example.) I also think they are doing some good things in the world. (Here is one example.) So I don’t think the company (or any company that size, especially one so young) is a monolith with a single set of missions, methods or mentalities. Still, I think it’s good to challenge power, and they have plenty of it.

  5. Joseph Ratliff’s avatar

    Hey Doc,

    It looks like the idea/concept/framework you provided in “The Intention Economy” are beginning to come to fruition.

    But I’m thinking it will apply more to user privacy/big data usage/Government spying than it will strictly to business, though I think it will have a business application as well.

  6. Euan’s avatar

    Gosh – the earth sandwich was a blast from the past!

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