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.
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/04/cambridge-analytica-data-leak-global-election-manipulation


  2. Excellent piece about the extent of Amazon’s reach into our daily lives.
    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/30/business/amazon-baltimore.html


  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.
    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/craigsilverman/disinformation-for-hire-black-pr-firms


  4. Good read on the role homophily and social perception bias plays in the train wreck that is social media.
    https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/01/its-the-network-stupid-study-offers-fresh-insight-into-why-were-so-divided/


  5. The future is now.
    https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2020/01/future-politics-bots-drowning-out-humans/604489/


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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.
    https://www.fastcompany.com/90440831/7-books-on-technology-you-should-read-in-2020


  7. A great long-read on the high-and-low-tech used in the Hong Kong protests.
    https://www.wired.com/story/how-hong-kongs-protests-turned-into-a-mad-max-tableau


  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.
    https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/6/21048145/uber-las-vegas-rtc-bus-tickets-app-purchase-transit


  9. It’s assholes all the way down in Facebook’s leadership team.
    https://theoutline.com/post/8511/facebook-bosworth-memo-leak


  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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My name is Daniel Harvey and I write 20 Minutes into the Future. I’m a product designer and have written for Fast Company, Huffington Post, The Drum, & more. If you're pissed about the current state of tech and want to see us do better then you’ve found a kindred spirit.

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