Bookmarks for July 8th through July 9th

by danhon

This is an auto-posted collection of public links I’ve either posted to, or favourites from Twitter, my Instapaper bookmarks and my public links posted to Pinboard.in for July 8th from 23:17 to 13:17:

  • Google Is Building a City of the Future in Toronto. Would Anyone Want to Live There? – POLITICO Magazine – "In Toronto, Sidewalk sketches out a picture of a neighborhood where intelligent “pay-as-you-throw” garbage chutes separate out recyclables and charge households by waste output; where hyperlocal weather sensors could detect a coming squall and heat up a snow-melting sidewalk. Apps would tell residents when the Adirondack chairs on the waterfront are open, and neighbors would crowdsource approvals for block-party permits, giving a thumbs-up or thumbs-down based on the noise the gathering was expected to produce. Traffic signals could auto-calibrate to ease pedestrian congestion during public events, or to ensure a smooth rush hour. The data from such systems would feed back into the city, which would constantly learn, optimizing its own operations from month to month, year to year. Sidewalk promises “the most measurable community in the world.”"
  • We need a publicly funded rival to Facebook and Google | Financial Times – "Maybe there is a more direct approach: let us build public service digital corporations that offer better services to consumers." – everything old is new again
  • We Are All Public Figures Now – Ella Dawson – "As the content creator of this media circus, Blair is responsible for the behavior of its fans. When faced with the opportunity to discourage their privacy violations, she has done the opposite: “I’m sure you guys are sneaky.”" – knowing how to lead and moderate a community can be useful even if it's not your job.
  • The dark side of ‘Plane Bae’ and turning strangers into social media content – The Verge – "Creating threads of content based on the lives of average people, particularly with photos, has the potential to summon panoptic interest in the form of millions of eyes whose gaze weighs terribly on a person who is unused to a life of celebrity, as the vast majority of social media users are. We should be thinking more seriously about the ethics of live-tweeting: when is it appropriate? When it is, what should and shouldn’t you do? In Blair’s case, she seemed to think that lightly obscuring the faces of the two people she surveilled was enough to be ethical. (One face, that of a small child looking over her seat two rows ahead, was not obscured at all.)"
  • Pokémon Go creator Niantic announces Ingress animated series for Netflix this fall – Polygon – “Ingress: The Animation will tell the story of two characters, Makoto and Sarah, who develop paranormal abilities from exotic matter leaking into their world. Together, they uncover a company abusing this matter infiltration to experiment on humans and take it down. Ingress: The Animation will introduce an antagonist named Jack who will also debut in the new Ingress Prime game.”