Quotes of the week
Snowden issued a call for action, and the world failed to respond. I now have a term for this retreating reaction – shocked acquiescence. When faced with something so large and unfathomable as PRISM or climate change, the most common reaction is to accept or pretend it’s not happening and move on.
I consider that the golden rule requires that if I like a program I must share it with other people who like it. I cannot in good conscience sign a nondisclosure agreement or a software license agreement.
So that I can continue to use computers without violating my principles, I have decided to put together a sufficient body of free software so that I will be able to get along without any software that is not free.
Articles of the week
- The Inferno of Independence
Lots of interesting tweets and articles coming from the XOXO conference this week. Here’s a great one by Frank Chimero talking about the loneliness of the independent worker and asking some really important questions.
- Lawful Interception
This short story by Cory Doctorow is another “tale about Marcus Yellow,” the main protagonist of his young adults novels Little Brother and Homeland. This time, he joins Occupy Oakland and looks at ways to avoid the now common police crackdowns on protesters in the US.
- The Uncanny Valley of Earnestness
Here’s another post-XOXO-article. This one is from Leah Reich, musing about the lack of constructive criticism at XOXO. Once again, a great point that goes way beyond XOXO and other conferences.
- Public space, civilization and the self
Take this longread by Adam Greenfield on a tablet or something similar and enjoy it on a bench somewhere in your city. Trust us, it will be worth it. Adam will make you look differently at your city. And we just can’t wait for his book to be released. Also, smart move by the LSE to appoint Adam as the first Mellon Fellow in Cities and the Humanities.
- The Guardian: America’s next president had better believe in restoring liberty
Dan Gilmore writes the speech he wants to hear from a candidate in the 2016 presidential elections in the US.