Observations on Technology Use in Hong Kong Protests Telegram is the preferred messenger app among protesters. It’s used for one-on-one messaging between people, among small groups of people to coordinate, and among very large groups to amplify and disseminate information. The polls feature in Telegram is also a way of affirming consensus in group decision making.
This Company Built a Private Surveillance Network. We Tracked Someone With It – VICE This tool, called Digital Recognition Network (DRN), is not run by a government, although law enforcement can also access it. Instead, DRN is a private surveillance system crowdsourced by hundreds of repo men who have installed cameras that passively scan, capture, and upload the license plates of every car they drive by to DRN’s database. DRN stretches coast to coast and is available to private individuals and companies focused on tracking and locating people or vehicles. The tool is made by a company that is also called Digital Recognition Network.
From drawing room to courtroom: SketchUp in crime scenes | SketchUp Blog Technical illustrator and SketchUp veteran Joshua Cohen stays busy helping attorneys build stronger cases through visual storytelling. Between 2004-2008, Fat Pencil Studio primarily served real estate clients, but the recession changed everything. Now about 80% of their business is related to litigation. They use SketchUp to help attorneys make a stronger case. Equipped with SketchUp, Joshua and his team of designers at Fat Pencil Studio analyze problems, surface new perspectives, and bring narratives to life in 3D.
I ended up talking to David on the bus from the Medical Campus to Monroe Park. We started off talking a bit about cameras. From there I found out David has six children. Four of those children are adopted. He believes strongly in trying to do good in the world and this is part of that effort. David’s a very devout Christian and referenced God repeatedly in our conversation. He did it in a way that seemed very natural. We talked a bit about how much children learn from their parents and their actions even when that isn’t the intent. David talked about how he teaches a course and on radiology transportation (his current occupation). He talks about starting the class focusing on making good choices and how, with that foundation, everything else can be learned in time. David’s brother died about a year ago in a car accident and was an organ donor. He was there when the hospital called his father to confirm the organ donation. His father couldn’t answer the question and gave the phone to David who agreed that all the organs should be donated except the eyes. “Because the eyes are the windows to the soul.” All in all, a pretty intense and wide-ranging conversation for a short bus ride.
Theme 1: The information environment will not improve. The problem is human nature | Pew Research Center Theme 1: The information environment will not improve. The problem is human nature Why an (interactive) picture is worth a thousand numbers – O’Reilly Media Miriah Meyer explores how interactive visualizations can help us find meaning in mounds of data. MNT Reform: DIY Portable Computer For a long time, I wanted a portable personal computer which you can… Repair by yourself with parts from the hardware store or 3D printing Thoroughly understand on any level Take apart, modify and upgrade without regret Adapt to your tastes and use cases, staying with you for many years In Summer/Autumn 2017 I teamed up with industrial designer Ana Dantas to make this machine happen. Three months later, I can type this article on the first prototype of Reform, our DIY portable computer. Fact Checks | Search | Google Developers If you have a web page that reviews a claim made by others, you can include a ClaimReview structured data element on your web page. This element enables Google Search results to show a summarized version of your fact check when your page appears in search results for that claim. The world’s biggest grave robbery: Asia’s disappearing WWII shipwrecks | World news | The Guardian Experts said […]
Joaquin Baldwin on Twitter: “I lined up the Getty Images source file to the White House print. It’s a warp deformer, look at the helicopter behind it. https://t.co/kJB2T8U5yh” What a world. What a world. Why I’m Leaving New York to Live in a Large Pile of Garbage That’s On Fire – McSweeney’s Internet Tendency We have a saying down at the garbage fire, “AAAAAAHHHH! NO!! It burns!!!!” Watchdog: Attkisson wasn’t hacked, had ‘delete’ key stuck | TheHill An inspector general report concluded that Sharyl Attkisson’s merely had her “delete” key stuck when text disappeared from her computer, and said there’s no evidence that government officials erased stories. 2017 week 3 in review – D’Arcy Norman dot net I was surprised, again, that none of the students had edited a web page outside of Facebook. A handful had heard of wordpress, but nobody had every used it. So many things I have taken for granted, absorbed by the modern social web. This is going to take a long time to repair. We’ve lost a lot as a society when our brightest minds have no personal knowledge of publishing and sharing knowledge beyond Facebook posts.