What we read this week (13 September)

The legacy of Red Burn, something new from Nick Knight, two Bitcoin articles and more.

Quotes of the week

We tend to overestimate the effect of a technology in the short run and underestimate the effect in the long run.

Roy Amara, former president of The Institute for the Future

the battle for your digital soul has turned strongly towards Privacy’s corner because we now know what we are up against.

Mike Janke, Silent Circle

Articles of the week

  • Wired US: Let’s Stop Focusing on Shiny Gadgets and Start Using Tech to Empower People
    Margaret Stewart reflects on the legacy of Red Burns who co-founded the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU. Her approach to technology and education needs a much bigger audience.
  • Showstudio: #powershift
    Nick Knight, the founder of the legendary SHOWstudio.com, embarks onto a new project. With #powershift he portrays an all female group of social media moguls. Appropriately he only uses an iPhone and social media tools to communicate the projects. As always: inspiring and extraordinary.
  • Polygon: The ghost of Bitcoin
    Polygon set out to uncover the identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the ominous inventor of the crypto-currency Bitcoin. They didn’t succeed, but they managed to learn a lot about the currency in the process. Also check out this article with the focus on the protocol Bitcoin is based on and what other applications beyond monetary use it can have. An interesting line of thought, especially with all the down sides of centralized internet infrastructure that are being revealed to us these days.
  • Fingerprints and Passwords: A Guide for Non-Security Experts
    Lots of discussions this week about how secure fingerprints are for authenticating a person1. This guide give a good overview why this is actually a discussion.
  • The Verge: The end of kindness – weev and the cult of the angry young man
    Coated in a mostly privileged life, the white, male employee of the technology world rarely sees the discrimination that is happening to women in the industry every day. In this monumental piece, The Verge documents such a story in all its complexity.

  1. It is fascinating to observe how the discussion climate has changed when the first reactions to a new iPhone is focused on the security aspects and how secure they really are. 

Author: Johannes

Johannes is a strategist and consultant for digital communications. His work is informed by his experience of working with brands like Deutsche Telekom, MTV, Postbank, Maggi and Nike and by his insatiable appetite for finding the bigger patterns behind current developments in technology and science. Holding a diploma in Media System Design, Johannes is a regular speaker at web and marketing conferences like Republica and the Social Media Summit.