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UK needs an ethics council and digital chief in every department – ©[theguardian.com]

UK needs an ethics council and digital chief in every department – tech experts | Technology | The Guardian

The UK government should establish an expert technology ethics body to help address complex challenges, including health monitoring, autonomous vehicles and legal disputes such as the right to be forgotten, an independent review has recommended.

The ethical body, which would be similar to those in medicine and academia, is just one of a slate of wide-ranging recommendations in the Making Digital Government Work for Everyone review published on Tuesday, which explores how technology and digital services could be better used to help citizens.

Commissioned by Labour and written by an independent panel of more than 20 advisers and volunteers, the review has been in progress since December 2013.

via UK needs an ethics council and digital chief in every department – tech experts | Technology | The Guardian.

Can mesh networks and offline wireless move from protest tools to news? » – ©[niemanlab.org]

From the protests in Hong Kong to Occupy and Sandy in New York, a new generation of tools is allowing communities to connect without using the Internet. Can they have a use in news too?

In the rush to get from here to there, not many travelers in Boston’s South Station are likely to notice the two blue wifi icons near the Martin’s News Shop informing them that they are now in range of the “Pulse of South Station.” And if they did, they might rightly assume that it was some kind of marketing campaign.

But at its inception in 2005, the Pulse of Boston of which that sign was a part was also much more than this: It was a cutting-edge experiment in hyperlocal, offline, wireless news and community. And while the original Boston Globe effort lasted less than a year, today both global events and advances in DIY wireless technologies are rebooting interest in this physically proscribed approach to hyperlocal communications — exploring how wireless connections that don’t rely on the Internet can serve as both community hubs and crucial information sources.

via Can mesh networks and offline wireless move from protest tools to news? » Nieman Journalism Lab.

Fall of the Banner Ad: The Monster That Swallowed the Web – [NYTimes.com]

Twenty years ago last month, a team of well-meaning designers, coders and magazine publishers inadvertently unleashed on an unsuspecting world one of the most misguided and destructive technologies of the Internet age: the web banner ad.

If that is an exaggeration, it is only a slight one. The first banner ads — those long rectangular ads at the top of a web page — looked innocent enough; a half-dozen spots for a variety of large companies, including AT&T, Volvo and Zima, they made their debut on HotWired, the web offshoot of Wired Magazine, on Oct. 27, 1994. People who took part in their creation say the first banners were a resounding success, garnering adulation from readers and advertisers.

But their success birthed a monster that went on to swallow the web whole and has created two decades of havoc.

via Fall of the Banner Ad: The Monster That Swallowed the Web – NYTimes.com.

Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car – [NYTimes.com]

The thermometer showed a 103.5-degree fever, and her 10-year-old’s asthma was flaring up. Mary Bolender, who lives in Las Vegas, needed to get her daughter to an emergency room, but her 2005 Chrysler van would not start.

The cause was not a mechanical problem — it was her lender.

Ms. Bolender was three days behind on her monthly car payment. Her lender, C.A.G. Acceptance of Mesa, Ariz., remotely activated a device in her car’s dashboard that prevented her car from starting. Before she could get back on the road, she had to pay more than $389, money she did not have that morning in March.

via Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car – NYTimes.com.

Ubiquitous, light, easy to operate, it’s, it’s … | Omniprésent, léger, facile à utiliser, c’est, c’est … | plerudulier

I can’t believe that over the years I have maintained this blog I haven’t written once about TiddlyWiki. In a nutshell it’s a non linear personal web notebook… which doesn’t mean much to many I suppose. There’s no point copying and pasting here descriptions of what it does there, right ? Makes more sense to explain what it does for me and how I use it.

via Ubiquitous, light, easy to operate, it’s, it’s … | Omniprésent, léger, facile à utiliser, c’est, c’est … | plerudulier.

How to see into the future – [FT.com]

Irving Fisher was once the most famous economist in the world. Some would say he was the greatest economist who ever lived. “Anywhere from a decade to two generations ahead of his time,” opined the first Nobel laureate economist Ragnar Frisch, in the late 1940s, more than half a century after Fisher’s genius first lit up his subject. But while Fisher’s approach to economics is firmly embedded in the modern discipline, many of those who remember him now know just one thing about him: that two weeks before the great Wall Street crash of 1929, Fisher announced, “Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau.”

via How to see into the future – FT.com.

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