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PRIVACY: Stop Saying Privacy Is Dead [Evan Selinger] As privacy scholar Josh Fairfield says, while some dismiss privacy concerns by saying they have nothing to hide, we shouldn’t accept that argument from anyone wearing clothes.

PRIVACY: Big Brother Watch Privacy Report (PDF) [brotherwatch]The chilling effect resulting from extensive surveillance in 2018 Britain affects us all. Our report demonstrates the breadth of those targeted by the UK Govt. – Schoolchildren – Workers – Welfare claimants – Journalists – Lawyers – Activists – Migrants 

BLOCKCHAIN:  Gary Cohn has joined fledgling fintech firm Spring Labs. [FT].. developing ways to use the blockchain to allow lenders and data providers to exchange credit and identity information more efficiently,

CRYPTO: Criticism Should be Welcome: Roubini Crypto Edition  []

BOOK: Haruki Murakami Says He Doesn’t Dream. He Writes. [NYT]  What do you dream about?I don’t dream, except maybe once or twice a month — or maybe I dream more but I don’t remember the dream at all. But I don’t have to dream, because I can write.

BOOK: Leonard Cohen The Flame: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings.  [NPR] Poem...Kayne West Is Not Picasso [Twitter Moments]

INFO-SEC Internet Hacking Is About to Get Much Worse  [NYT] We can no longer leave online security to the market….These are problems that the market will not fix. Buyers can’t differentiate between secure and insecure products, so sellers prefer to spend their money on features that buyers can see.

TV/VIDEO: asiCast 84: Innovations in television and video . [mp3] .  As the technologies transforming all communications have converged, we need to revise our understanding of viewing behaviours.

MUSIC: Playlist Shuffle – [GITHUB] Novel approach at shuffling a looping sequence.  compares various ways of generating a shuffled looping sequence, measuring statistics on the distance between duplicate entries. The application example of a music album (~12 songs) being played in a loop is not as contemporary as it used to be. This paper disregard that an easy way out of the problem is to add more songs, such that the shuffled sequence never needs to loop in one listening session.

MUSIC: Music industry hails passage of the Music Modernization Act  [LA TIMES] Guarantees that writers of pre-1972 songs receive federal copyright protection,

CLASS:  MIT 6.S974 Decentralized Applications, Fall 2018; A preliminary schedule and reading list for 6.S974, Decentralized Applications  Paper List + Schedule


Photo credit (m.ghuneim)  Ugo Rondinone work from .. KNOCK KNOCK: Humour in Contemporary Art in a former Peckham Road Fire Station.