Suggested reads for March 25, 2018

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Suggested reads for March 11, 2018

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the Wider World Web

To resolve the hard questions ahead and ensure that the vast amounts of data we create become tools for personal empowerment and economic innovation, we need policies made in the open, with informed debate. The web’s true potential for democracy, economic growth and human creativity is only just beginning to be glimpsed. In 2016 all of us must protect and enhance this public space for the benefit of all humankind.
sir Tim Berners-Lee

suggested reads for August 13th, 2015

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  • Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It – a Wired.com post on the security of the automotive industry. Personally I’m really scared by this since the general approach I see is driven by a “We Can Do This!” mentality other than a safer – and more conscious – attention to all the risks that this kind of software, linked on an unsecure network, attempts to human lives;
  • The Web we have to save – a wonderful post. A melting one. True in every word and broken hope. Thinking about it, maybe it deserved to be given a post on his own;
  • Business models, working hours and the crazy ICT in Italy – maybe someone told you to come to Italy to work, here’s an honest hands-on story of the state of the art of ICT jobs here. My – and not only mine – daily struggle…
  • The Post-Mac Interface – “20 years later, did the Anti-Mac Interface unseat the original Macintosh design principles?
  • Your big data toolchain is a big security risk! – another giant with feet of clay in the ICT world. Big Datas, managed more by buzzwords than actual durable, sustainable, reliable technologies;

On creating a better web

Another interesting read today, over Marco Arment weblog…

Google and blogs: “Shit.” →

Starting from the visitor’s traffic decline since the Google Readers’s closure, Marco notices how search engine is more and more driven by the amount of dollars spent in marketing, against the quality of the content and the ‘connection’ to the user’s query.

We – all – write contents in our blogs, and then start a spam-like behavior of spreading our URLs over every single social network in existence. Searching for a peak in traffic gained organically, against a brought search result placement.

Marco – as the ethical hacker he is – proposes to start building tools that make the web “better”. But from my point of view this does not excuse us from using the Internet with greater awareness,  and keeping educating people to do the same.

What will become of us?

I am ever so cynical about the nth “let’s work on a new groundbreaking social network app”email hitting my inbox, that I keep thinking about learning new skills, anything applicable in the real world, maybe I should work my way up a banking system, bankers make a lot of money, don’t they? Or go back to university for 8 years to become a doctor, change real lives, not secluding people via social apps.

Is the Web really free?

The problem here is that human beings, as a general rule, stink at assessing intangible risk, and even when it is demonstrated to us in no uncertain terms, we do little to rectify it. Free search engines that value your privacy exist. Why don’t people switch? Conditioning to Google and the expected search result quality, and sheer laziness (most likely some combination of the two). Why didn’t people flock from Facebook to Diaspora or other alternatives when Facebook screwed with privacy options? Laziness, convenience, and most likely, the presence of a perceived valuable network of connections.

via GetWired.com

Tumblr declares war on the internet’s identity crisis

I think that right now, the Valley is very tuned for communication, social, and very utilitarian tools, and I think a lot of that is built around their ‘engineers will show us the way’ mindset, where something we’ve always tried to instill here, and always tried to hire for, is that the creators are going to show us the way. We’re here to empower them.

David Karp, on the Verge: Tumblr declares war on the internet’s identity crisis