Bookmarks through November 13th

Links for October 31st through November 13th:

  • Geoloqi – A secure, real-time mobile and web platform for location sharing.
  • Online Privacy Is Poised for Regulatory Showdown – – “There is going to be a lot of confusion over the competing proposals and which version Congress and the American people should pay attention to,” said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, a consumer advocacy group. “We especially fear a policy that is designed to advance the competitive positions of U.S. companies and will undermine new pro-consumer protections at the F.T.C.”
  • F.C.C. Is Investigating Google Street View – – violate the Communications Act
  • EPIC 2014
  • WE HAVE A WINNER – Open Kinect driver(s) released – Winner will use $3k for more hacking – PLUS an additional $2k goes to the EFF! « adafruit industries blog
  • New license-plate readers help police, disturb some civilians – The Boston Globe – The cruiser-mounted device, which has been successful in several area communities, including Revere, Salem, and Somerville, consists of two cameras fastened to the back of a squad car, using infrared illumination technology to make the license plate visible under most weather conditions.

    With each passing car, a color image of the vehicle and a second infrared image of the license plate are transferred from the device to a laptop in the cruiser, which stores and cross-checks the information with local, state, and federal databases and alerts the officer to any violations.

  • Worker Rights Extend to Facebook, Labor Board Says – – “concerted protected activity,”
  • Poynter Online – Shirky: The Shock of Inclusion and New Roles for News in the Fabric of Society – We are living through a shock of inclusion, where the former audience is becoming increasingly intertwined with all aspects of news, as sources who can go public on their own, as groups that can both create and comb through data in ways the professionals can't, as disseminators and syndicators and users of the news.

    This shock of inclusion is coming from the outside in, driven not by the professionals formerly in charge, but by the former audience. It is also being driven by new news entrepreneurs, the men and women who want to build new kinds of sites and services that assume, rather than ignore, the free time and talents of the public.

    This a change so varied and robust that we need to consider retiring the word "consumer" altogether, and treat consumption as simply one behavior of many that citizens can now engage in. The kinds of changes that are coming will dwarf those we've already seen, as citizen involvement stops being a set of special cases, and becomes a core ..

  • New Economy, New Wealth by Arthur Brock on Prezi
  • An Inside "Look" at Showtime’s New Voyeuristic Series – Approximately 30 million surveillance cameras in the U.S. capture people’s lives on tape every day. In fact, it’s legal to keep such cameras inside dressing rooms in 37 states. And the ongoing popularity of sites like YouTube and Twitter has only made it easier for society to get even more glimpses inside people’s personal thoughts and moments.

    This is the premise behind Look, one of the latest series from cable channel Showtime. Based on director Adam Rifkin’s 2007 film of the same name, the show — which interweaves five story lines — was shot via security cameras and the like, instead of a traditional setup. It also integrates a number of social elements such as characters’ text messages, Twitter and YouTube.

  • State of the Blogosphere 2010 Introduction – Technorati Blogging – The 2010 edition of State of the Blogosphere finds blogs in transition—no longer an upstart community, now with influence on mainstream narratives firmly entrenched, with bloggers still searching for the next steps forward. Bloggers’ use of and engagement with various social media tools is expanding, and the lines between blogs, micro-blogs, and social networks are disappearing. As the blogosphere converges with social media, sharing of blog posts is increasingly done through social networks—even while blogs remain significantly more influential on blog content than social networks are.

    The significant growth of mobile blogging is a key trend this year. Though the smartphone and tablet markets are still relatively new and most analysts expect them to grow much larger, 25% of all bloggers are already engaged in mobile blogging. And 40% of bloggers who report blogging from their smartphone or tablet say that it has changed the way they blog, encouraging shorter and more spontaneous post

  • Hiring Executives: If You’ve Never Done the Job, How Do You Hire Somebody Good? // ben’s blog – The biggest difference between being a great functional manager and being a great  general manager—and particularly a great CEO—is that as a general manager, you must hire and manage people who are far more competent at their jobs than you would be at their jobs. In fact, often you will have to hire and manage people to do jobs that you have never done. How many CEOs have been head of HR, Engineering, Sales, Marketing, Finance and Legal? Probably none.
  • Social Networks Vulnerable to Visual Trickery? – Tech Talk – CBS News – Real life inception

    Since product placement within personal photos has greater value than simple commercials, memory-altering advertisements will cost companies far more — and thus generate more income — than a pop-up ad or magazine spread. To take advantage of that greater value, social networking sites may either begin selling ad space in our memories as a business model for themselves, or people may directly offer themselves up as a platform for advertising to make some cash, Raskin said.

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    Alternatively, users could pay services to help them reach a positive goal through memory implantation. Studies have shown that people will imitate the behavior they see online representations of themselves engaging in. So, a company could help users lose weight by fattening or slimming past images of a user based on their diet in the present, Bailenson said.

  • Sentiment Analysis Comes to the 2010 Campaign – – To be sure, there can be pitfalls in divining public opinion from online musings. The people who post their political views online are not a representative sample of the population, either demographically or in their level of political engagement. Further, the messages often come with little or no information about the person who posted them.

    Sentiment analysis tools also have a tin ear for sarcasm, and are easily distracted by active but irrelevant conversation. During the recent British elections, Linguamatics recognized a huge spike in positive language about David Cameron, the Conservative Party candidate for prime minister, in the first moments of a televised debate. It was almost entirely because of a message on Twitter that had been resent many times that jokingly claimed that a television network had already declared Mr. Cameron the winner of the debate.

  • ‘Underbelly Project’ Hidden Art Show in Abandoned Subway Station – – Known to its creators and participating artists as the Underbelly Project, the space, where all the show’s artworks remain, defies every norm of the gallery scene. Collectors can’t buy the art. The public can’t see it. And the only people with a chance of stumbling across it are the urban explorers who prowl the city’s hidden infrastructure or employees of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

    That’s because the exhibition has been mounted, illegally, in a long-abandoned subway station. The dank, cavernous hall feels a lot farther than it actually is from the bright white rooms of Chelsea’s gallery district. Which is more or less the point: This is an art exhibition that goes to extremes to avoid being part of the art world, and even the world in general.

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