10 stories this week (w/e 11 Jan)

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Hello from 20 Minutes into the Future. Welcome to our weekend complement to the normal weekly commentary. Below you’ll find 10 links to stories that also take a critical look at how technology is shaping our lives today.

  1. Brittany Kaiser has leaked even more info about Cambridge Analytica.

  2. Excellent piece about the extent of Amazon’s reach into our daily lives.

  3. Propaganda is a flat circle. A new breed of PR firms are learning lessons from Russian trolls, fake news, etc. And selling their services to the highest bidder.

  4. Good read on the role homophily and social perception bias plays in the train wreck that is social media.

  5. The future is now.

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  6. Another compilation of books you should read. Fair bit of overlap with my own recent recommendations. Specials highlights from it: How to do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell and Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy by Matt Stoller.

  7. A great long-read on the high-and-low-tech used in the Hong Kong protests.

  8. On the surface it’s a good thing for congestion-causing Uber to weave in public transit options. But as we’ve discussed before it’s part of a longer-term strategy to take over public transit.

  9. It’s assholes all the way down in Facebook’s leadership team.

  10. I’ve recently started freelancing at an AR startup. This podcast on ethics in XR is timely then. https://voicesofvr.com/844-xr-ethics-an-xr-ethics-manifesto/

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