- Facebook to warn users who ‘liked’ coronavirus hoaxes
- This Open-Source Program Deepfakes You During Zoom Meetings, in Real Time
- Twitter creates specific rules for 5G misinfo
- Speaking to someone from 2000 about our current sensemaking environment
- Ethan Zuckerman starts The Institute for Digital Public Infrastructure: "Exploring whether the platforms we rely on could be made more like Wikipedia and like public broadcasting, and less rooted in the surveillance economy."
- From NYT ex-CTO: digital transformation came from an emphasis on "growth product thinking". This allowed them to arrive at the current paywall and maximize subscribers.
- This book equips journalists with the knowledge to investigate social media accounts, bots, private messaging apps, information operations, deep fakes, as well as other forms of disinformation and media manipulation.
- Crowdsourcing second-order effects of COVID
- Differentiating the Dark Forest from Cozy Web from Dark Web from Digital Gardens
- How the state uses surveillance (SWIFT) to monitor and chokepoints (internet) to keep out actors.
- I Spent Five Years Selling Campaigning Software. Here is What I Learned. (Partisan Technology Will be The Death of Democracy.)
- The coronavirus could kill off a host of US colleges (also see: colleges could lose 20% of students). List of college plans for the fall.
Abundance, Generosity, and Philanthropy
- Gates Foundation to concentrate on coronavirus
- New Andrew Yang podcast. They've given out $1.3M in UBI, mostly in the Bronx. $20-$500 microgrants.
- New group on Effective Giving for workplaces: Tyve
- Fast Grant vibes from OPP
- Friend explains her mindset for self-taxing to pay for carbon offsets
- 170 Dutch academics put together a 5-point manifesto for economic change after the C19 crisis, building on #degrowth principles. Key line (z-axis shift): Shift from an economy focused on aggregate GDP growth to differentiate among sectors that can grow and need investment (critical public sectors, and clean energy, education, health) and sectors that need to radically degrow (oil, gas, mining, advertising, etc).
- z-axis shift towards meatless meat
- The Late Capitalism of K-Pop
- Marco Rubio argues for stakeholder capitalism and prioritizing workers
- Good unions
- Coalition is the meta-term during COVID (TCNCoalition, PPECoalition)
- Creative Commons starts Open COVID Pledge (for open IP during COVID)
- Why charge a lot for drugs when the ultimate beneficiary is the retirement account of the individual? (Charging $$ to put back in retirement account.)
- Interesting piece on the intersection of COVID and capitalism. How COVID removes the ability for workers to be exploited. Also the creation of new "immunocapital". Plus this great quote: In fact, as we are all told again and again to stay at home, the first most conspicuous inequality emerging is that hitting those who do not have a home at all or not within easy reach.
- IP accounts for 84% of the value of S&P 500. (What if that were open-sourced?) Also, argues for new metrics for the digital world: "Just as the United Nations-based System of National Accounts introduced consistency in key economic statistics starting in 1947, an international convention on statistics for the digital era would provide a similar global public good."
- Normal science: commoditization does not negatively shape perception of the good
- Thunberg added “If one virus can wipe out the entire economy in a matter of weeks and shut down societies, then that is a proof that our societies are not very resilient. It also shows that once we are in an emergency, we can act and we can change our behaviour quickly.”
- The reception to Michael Moore's new film (Planet of the Humans) is an interesting intersection of SJA critique (lots of white male interviews), capitalist critique (claims that green orgs are trying to make $$), networked info (folks claiming the film is misinfo), and environmentalism.
- The case for public ownership of the fossil fuel industry (part of Green Stimulus)
- Gates status update + plans on COVID. (Related: Ezra Klein interviews Bill Gates.)
- Mary Meeker's COVID report
- It’s actually very reasonable for Florida to open its beaches
- “Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, has announced plans to turn the city into a vast open-air cafe by giving over much of its public space to hard-hit bar and restaurant owners so they can put their tables outdoors and still observe physical distancing rules.”
- Solving for the equilibrium: "Some of the millions of British workers furloughed during the coronavirus lockdown will be encouraged to take a second job picking fruit and vegetables, the government has said. Only a third of the migrant workers who normally picked fruit and vegetables were currently in the country."
- Please read the whole website before applying, but here's a link to sign up for human challenge trials (for vaccines)
- Churches running out of money
- Analyzing Superspreader Events (don't be indoors with A/C). Also see
- US tech companies provide a privacy-preserving framework to do digital contact tracing, and some European countries are lobbying them to lower the standards.
- Visualizing different models (NYT)
- 6-feet office designs
- The unsung heroes of the pandemic? Robots.
- A "happiness economics" analysis that a British lockdown lasting after June 1 would damage human well-being. (Though how is this different than QALY-based cost-benefits?)
- France and Germany want a centralized approach, Apple/Google want a privacy-preserving decentralized approach.
- USDR synthesizes Exposure Notification approaches
- Coinbase releases a proprietary price oracle for DeFi
- Blockstack new Proof of Transfer consensus mechanism
- Dharma's social crypto payments to pay $$ to any Twitter user
- How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Money Printer (Jill Carlson on printing money to keep up with demand for USD.)
- DeFi building blocks
- Inside the Clubhouse
- First issue of the New Modality looks awesome
- 68 pieces of advice from Kevin Kelly. When someone is nasty, rude, hateful, or mean with you, pretend they have a disease. That makes it easier to have empathy toward them which can soften the conflict.
- FAST: Apple/Google contact tracing timeline. March 15: Apple team begins March 22: 20+ employees sponsored by two execs March 29: Google joins April 5: CEOs call to confirm April 10: PR announcement May 1: Planned release
- Cool argument for using "Exposure Notification" instead of "Digital Contact Tracing" from @harper. Interesting q: When to use the "e-" or "digital" prefix vs. developing a "digitally native" term (like "notification").
- Facebook adds new "care" reaction emoji
- Anonymous Connection Funtime from Spencer Greenberg. (Sunday, May 3rd at 4 pm Eastern Time)
- Director of Partners for a New Economy
- Project Wren looking for a content writer
- Giving What We Can looking for new director
- Patrons fund $500 LingComm grant
- MIE: https://productplacementblog.com/
- "Wisconsin, currently the only American state to permit licensure via a standing diploma privilege. … very little to suggest that Wisconsin’s liberal diploma privilege results in widespread attorney misconduct." https://www.law.com/therecorder/2020/04/27/the-bar-exam-debate/?slreturn=20200328124127
- Virtually drive around cities and listen to the radio
- Markets in Everything: Put Getty images into Animal Crossing.
- Teleconferencing Pastor Requests Any Worshipper Currently Speaking In Tongues Go On Mute
- Lower Smog Levels Revealing Poorly Rendered Parts Of California
- Rise of comfort music and comfort food
- On eSports incentives: Video games are designed to be fun to play, not to watch
- Quibi is paying to play their content in a fake movie theater in Fortnite
- Over the last 100 years in the US, reduction in infectious diseases accounts for nearly all of our decrease in mortality rate.
- Milan will turn 35km of streets over to cyclists and pedestrians
- The most important action government could take to remedy the problem of homelessness is to devise policies to dampen the swings in land prices. (Swings exacerbate homelessness by pricing low‐income renters out of the market during the upswing, as land prices rise, and by generating massive foreclosures and evictions during the downswing.)