M.E.D. 6.23.18 Weekend Edition

in production


Apple Keyboard Service Program for MacBook and MacBook Pro

CRISPR editing kids at the-odin.com  for 80 dollars you can Genetically Engineer Any Brewing or Baking Yeast to Fluoresce



Ryoji Ikeda | continuum  Mutations / Creations 2   Center Pompidou, Paris

Medieval Monsters at the Morgan   [NYC, Morgan]



CS 230 : Project Reports and Posters, Spring 2018


Secrets and spies: can espionage ever be justified? [FT]

In Ruling on Cellphone Location Data, Supreme Court Makes Statement on Digital Privacy

PDF https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/17pdf/16-402_h315.pdf

Key: ‘Third Party’   “We hold only that a warrant is required in the rare case where the suspect has a legitimate privacy interest in records held by a third party,” Yesterdays ruling held some promise, we still have to deal with several other practices that are analog to this and not being culled Same for commercial application of the same data.




The risks associated with enabling the “creator” community are worth the reward as major platforms continue to roll out programs that both enable and reward this segment of their customer base.

YouTube introduces channel memberships, merchandise and premieres, VidCon 2018: Helping creators earn more money and build stronger communities


M.E.D. 6.21.18

M.E.D. – Summer Solstice Edition
Still working though what I want to do and say here.   Today less bullets more editorial

– in production


Companies are starting to realize that their are two sides to surveillance capitalism

Browsers are in the news with the new Firefox build getting a full throated rave review from the NYT.  Bowser privacy and the non profit status of Firefox as key differentiators.

These are privacy-conscious web products that Mozilla is in a position to expand on in the long term.

WSJ has a piece   “What the Airline Knows About the Guy in Seat 14C”   The below line should give everyone pause.

United rolled out a new app to its flight attendants earlier this year with so much information about people, the airline has been reluctant to turn on all the functionality.  ….“There is definitely an opportunity for us to leverage the data that we have on customers a little bit more,”


Instagram announced  IGTV  and benchmark of a Billion users at a presser.  IGTV is a new app for watching long-form, vertical video. Key features: videos are full screen and vertical.each video can be up to an hour long.

Comments are coming due on Sinclair and Tribune, MB Docket 17-179,  Comments and Petitions to Deny are due by August 7, 2017; Oppositions are due by August 22, 2017; and Replies to Oppositions are due by August 29, 2017.

I defy anyone to find the public comment page through search or navigation on the FCC site.  Search  Sinclair public comment  – and get 400+ irrelevant results.  Go to the main page for the case and find no links to public commentDark UI by design.  Best I can tell this is the page for public comment. Take the time to weigh in before its too late.

While on the FCC There needs to be a focused campaign to reinstate “The Fairness Doctrine”   TFD was a policy of the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC), introduced in 1949, that required the holders of broadcast licenses to both present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was—in the Commission’s view—honest, equitable, and balanced.

Arts notes...

The author Samantha Hunt’s  apocalypse library


M.E.D. 6.20.18


Canada legalises recreational cannabis use [BBC]

Microsoft Employees Pressure Leadership to Cancel ICE Contract [Gizmodo]

June 30th March Families Belong Together  [Families Belong Together]

Verizon, AT&T and Sprint to Limit Sales of Cellphone Location Data [NYT]

Anish Kapoor Sues NRA for Copyright Infringement of Bean Sculpture [ArtNews]

Text only NPR [NPR]

Internet Summit 2018 London Review [Cosmikcarrot]


M.E.D. 6.19.18

Tuesday Surf (updated late edition)



Cambridge Analytica and Other Facebook Partners: Examining Data Privacy Risks 


M.E.D. 6.18.18


M.E.D. 6.17.18 Weekend


M.E.D. 6.15.18

Recent surf




Marcel Dzama “Let the women rule after the clown is through”


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Title image : Trevor Paglen, National Security Agency, Ft. Meade, Maryland; National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Virginia; National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Springfield, Virginia, 2014, chromogenic prints, Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 2014, Trevor Paglen. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures., Museum purchase made possible by the American Art Forum, 2014.57A-C