Took a mini-break from the newsletter earlier this week so I could pay attention to the stream of breathless tweets emerging from the Web Summit. People were impressed by a bridge made from shipping containers, balloons, everything a man from Twitter said, and just the overall humblingness of being there.
People were less impressed by the sad old conference reliables of misogyny, poxy WiFi and the discriminatory caste system when it came to getting free grub.
All of this was eclipsed by renaissance man Enda Kenny and his “Dig-ee-taaahl Sum-maht” song and dance routine (watch the hand!)
Bonus Summit: Can you solve a hurdle?
Anyway, that will all be over soon. If you read just one thing this week, make it ‘The Sixth Stage of Grief is Retro-Computing. It’s a really poignant and beautiful piece of writing.
Won’t Somebody Think Of The Intelligence Agencies?
Spying is hard. It’s just plain mean to make spying harder by not handing information over to spies.
- Doc Searls on what a nice social network might look like
- What’s the use of worrying anyway, as it turns out your TV is watching you, unblinkingly
For relaxing times, make it Suntory time
Better security questions, Tupperware empire, the 36 people who run Wikipedia, why innocent people plead guilty and how murderers use Facebook.
Finally, in absurd Kickstarters that will probably go on to be incredibly successful because what do I know, Mousr! In fact, it’ll probably end up on a future edition of this list.
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