Ed Johnson-Williams

Pocket articles

This is a list of the 194 (🤦‍♂️‍‍‍‍) links that are currently saved in my Pocket account. I have excluded links that I have tagged as 'private'. The Pocket article links only work if you've got a Pocket account.

I've written up how this website pulls in that data in a blogpost here.

The best documentaries on Netflix...that aren't Tiger King or Making A Murderer by The A.v. Club Pocket article link

Summary: Streaming libraries expand and contract. Algorithms are imperfect. Those damn thumbnail images are always changing. But you know what you can always rely on? The expert opinions and knowledgeable commentary of The A.V. Club.

How to Write Compelling User Research Insights in 6 Steps by Nikki Anderson Pocket article link

Summary: Fact: All the user research in the world doesn’t matter if you don’t produce insights that organizations can use. The number one skill a user researcher can possess is writing compelling insights. These insights get teams excited about building products people will love.

How graphic design shaped the environmental movement by Hunter Schwarz Pocket article link

Summary: From the first Earth Day 50 years ago to today’s climate crisis, compelling images and strong visual communication has raised awareness and served as a powerful call to action for environmental causes. But some images have been more effective than others.

Cleaning up form UI by Nikita Prokopov Pocket article link

Summary: This is one of the first dialogs you see after launching IntelliJ Idea 2020.1 EAP. What do you think about it? At first glance, it looks clean and fresh. On a closer examination, though, many small details here turn out to be wrong. In fact, almost everything in this form can be improved!

https://www.trust.org/contentAsset/raw-data/ae9ab9b9-5f5f-46a5-b241-02d7befa8112/file Pocket article link
Who gives? by Peter Singer Pocket article link

Summary: We give when we are moved – by the impact of personal loss, like the death of a loved one to cancer, or by catastrophic events, like the Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand or the earthquake in Haiti.

Error messages Pocket article link

Summary: And get a user centred design writer to write all the words. Words include: content, notification and error messages, field names, field labels, microcopy instructions.  1. Involve a content designer or user experience writer from the start. 2.

Intercept and Redirect DNS Requests by Kashdfog Pocket article link

Summary: DNS – An underlying primitive that is simple yet powerful, all for a highly functional and frictionless internet. Many of us are aware of how authoritative DNS is; that which controls DNS can control nearly all experiences.

This Is How To Change Someone’s Mind: 6 Secrets From Research by Eric Barker Pocket article link

Summary: Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it out, click here. If you could only tie that special someone to a chair and force them to listen.

https://mobilisationlab.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Campaign-Canvas-A4.pdf Pocket article link
https://mobilisationlab.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Measuring-People-Power-Report.pdf Pocket article link
Evidence-based suggestions for volunteer recruitment and teams — PowerLabs Pocket article link

Summary: Research found that the structure and processes of volunteer teams matter more than the amount of free time the members had or the individual’s commitment to the issue. The researchers found three factors had the most influence on the amount of time an individual committed to the organization:

Bluffer's Guide to Framing 2020 Pocket article link

Summary: You might have heard you should be ‘reframing’, ‘storytelling’, or ‘shaping the narrative’. But we don’t all want to get psychology degrees, we want to get on with changing the world. This is a Bluffer’s Guide to Framing for busy activists. 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/24/opinion/surveillance-capitalism.html Pocket article link
Why procrastination is about managing emotions, not time by Christian Jarrett Pocket article link

Summary: With offices closed in nations around the world, many of us are grappling with how to stay productive and on task as we work from home. To help provide insight on how to manage this, BBC Worklife is updating some of our most popular productivity stories from our archive.

'Crushed by Brexit': how Labour lost the election by Heather Stewart Pocket article link

Summary: In the first of a new series, leading figures in party’s campaign tell of tactical spats, mixed messages and frayed tempers by Political editor As Jeremy Corbyn’s top aide, Seumas Milne, drove to Finsbury Park on election night to watch the exit poll with his boss in an anonymous office lent by

The growing global movement to end outdoor advertising by Steve Rushton Pocket article link

Summary: “With advertisements removed in Grenoble you can see the city’s beauty and the mountains beyond. Adverts create obstacles.

🎉👨‍👩‍👧‍👧 JavaScript Visualized: Prototypal Inheritance by Lydia Hallie Pocket article link

Summary: Ever wondered why we can use built-in methods such as .length, .split(), .

Baidu has a new trick for teaching AI the meaning of language by Karen Hao Pocket article link

Summary: Earlier this month, a Chinese tech giant quietly dethroned Microsoft and Google in an ongoing competition in AI. The company was Baidu, China’s closest equivalent to Google, and the competition was the General Language Understanding Evaluation, otherwise known as GLUE.

Don't make them feel ashamed: What the left needs to learn by Alex Andreou Pocket article link

Summary: “We won the argument”, wrote Jeremy Corbyn two days after the election. Only, we didn’t. Unless we start from this brutal reality, no “period of reflection” will yield anything useful.

🖋 Stop Giving af and Start Writing More Pocket article link

Summary: In 2019 I wrote more than the previous 5 years combined, at least publically. There's several places that I write that aren't as obvious. I spend quite a lot of time writing and curating howtoegghead.com. I also write a lot of emails that go out on the egghead newsletter.

https://www.thenews.coop/33786/sector/agriculture/through-avocado-obstacle-course/ Pocket article link
Unpacking the Avocado Industry by Nicole Vitello Pocket article link

Summary: Small-scale avocado growers in Mexico face many challenges in bringing their fruit to market in the US. The explosive interest in the knobby green fruit has resulted in heavy pressure on the local environment and a crowded marketplace.

Portability and Interoperability by Ben Thompson Pocket article link

Summary: Regulation should guarantee the principle of data portability. If you share data with one service, you should be able to move it to another. This gives people choice and enables developers to innovate and compete. This is important for the Internet — and for creating services people want.

Amazon’s kooky new keyboard lets humans and AI write music together by Mark Sullivan Pocket article link

Summary: Amazon has come up with an entertaining but unlikely way to get developers excited about using its AI services: music.

A guide to distributed teams Pocket article link

Summary: ▲ All teams past a certain size become distributed, whether across rooms, floors, buildings, cities, or continents. But tech is only starting to explore and invest in remote workplaces, which means that, as an industry, we don’t really know what success looks like.

My Python Development Environment, 2020 Edition by Jacob Kaplan-moss Pocket article link

Summary: For years I’ve noodled around with various setups for a Python development environment. A couple of years ago I wrote about a setup I finally liked; this is an update to that post. Bad news: this stuff still isn’t stable, and I’ve had to make some changes.

The new dot com bubble is here: it’s called online advertising by Jesse Frederik And Maurits Martijn Jesse Frederik+ Pocket article link

Summary: Sometime in June 2003, Mel Karmazin, the president of Viacom, one of the largest media conglomerates in the world, walked into the Google offices in Mountain View, California. Google was a hip, young tech company that made money – actual money! – off the internet.

https://act.more-onion.com/sites/actmo/files/Consultation%20actions_%20report_2019.pdf Pocket article link
Ranked: Every Ticket to Ride map by Keith Law Pocket article link

Summary: Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com. You may have played one of the most successful titles in tabletop gaming, Alan Moon's Ticket to Ride.

Americans and Digital Knowledge Pocket article link

Summary: A majority of U.S. adults can answer fewer than half the questions correctly on a digital knowledge quiz, and many struggle with certain cybersecurity and privacy questions By Emily A.

The Failed Political Promise of Silicon Valley by Kim Phillips-fein Pocket article link

Summary: July 1945, the engineer Vannevar Bush—one of the founders of the Raytheon electronics corporation, and director of the federal Office of Scientific Research and Development during World War II—published a meditative essay in The Atlantic.

The Fantasy of Opting Out by Finn Brunton Pocket article link

Summary: There are still ways to carve out spaces of resistance, counterargument, and autonomy. Image: Lianhao Qu, via Unsplash Consider a day in the life of a fairly ordinary person in a large city in a stable, democratically governed country.

The Dark Side of Techno-Utopianism by Andrew Marantz Pocket article link

Summary: In 1476, about two decades after the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, a merchant named William Caxton built Britain’s first printing press, in a building near Westminster Abbey.

Design Justice: Towards an Intersectional Feminist Framework for Design Theory and Practice by Costanza-chock, Sasha Pocket article link

Summary: Design is key to our collective liberation, but most design processes today reproduce inequalities structured by what Black feminist scholars call the matrix of domination. Intersecting inequalities are manifest at all levels of the design process.

Data About Us: ‘the people’ know and care more than they are given credit for Pocket article link
Snapchat launches political ads library as 2020 election ramps up by Kerry Flynn Pocket article link

Summary: Snapchat launched a political ads library as the mobile app becomes a campaign tool for 2020 candidates.

https://www.thersa.org/globalassets/pdfs/reports/data-about-us-final-report.pdf Pocket article link
‘Self-care’: how a radical feminist idea was stripped of politics for the mass market by Andre Spicer Pocket article link

Summary: What do professional golfers, radical queer feminists and Instagram lifestyle influences have in common? They are all devotees of “self-care”. While the earlier self-help movement focused on improving yourself, the relatively new self-care movement focuses on preserving yourself.

http://frameworksinstitute.org/assets/files/fw20_unleash_the_power_of_how.pdf Pocket article link
From ball pits to water slides: the designer who changed children’s playgrounds for ever by Nicholas Hune-brown Pocket article link

Summary: Eric McMillan revolutionised playground design in the 1970s. Why has the spirit of experimental play that he championed been lost? By

Privacy as a Feminist Issue Pocket article link

Summary: Do you feel like you are in control of your privacy? Do you wish today’s privacy functioned like times past, where details about you, your photos, old ...

Selling Your Private Information Is a Terrible Idea by Sarah Jeong Pocket article link

Summary: We don’t allow people to sell their kidneys. We shouldn’t let them sell the details of their lives, either. Ms. Jeong is a member of the editorial board.

How to Give a Great Speech by Nick Douglas Email Twitter Posts Pocket article link

Summary: When you’re preparing a speech, says marketer Seth Godin, “Don’t memorize your talk. Memorize your stories. Ten stories make a talk.” This is actually how most stand-up comedians build their routines. They don’t write jokes so much as they re-tell them over and over.

https://codepen.io/joshatoutthink/full/byLzQG Pocket article link
2019 Logo Trend Report by Bill Gardner Pocket article link

Summary: Another year older, but the logo design industry shows no signs of old age. Like an unruly kid ripping through a stack of unopened presents, I eagerly dive into each annual report knowing an experience awaits.

Dating apps have a responsibility to better protect our emotions by Adam Haworth Pocket article link

Summary: Dating has always been stressful, I'm sure. By its very nature, dating is an emotionally intense thing to do. You've always had to open yourself up and make yourself vulnerable.

Can data ever know who we really are? by Zara Rahman Pocket article link

Summary: Introduce yourself: your name, where you’re from, and three words to describe yourself. I watch as others standing around me in the circle answer these three prompts with an ease that I’m almost envious of.

Why I Don’t Believe in Empathic Design by Don Norman Pocket article link

Summary: I approve of the spirit behind the introduction of empathy into design, but I believe the concept is impossible, and even if possible, wrong. The reason we often talk about empathy in design is that we really need to understand the people that we’re working for.

Software, the Tough Tomato Principle, and the Great Weirdening of the World by Florentcrivello Pocket article link

Summary: Marshall McLuhan’s theory that “the medium is the message” famously describes how media are not neutral. Rather, a medium’s nature has a deep impact on the very content of its messages.

Privacy UX: Privacy-Aware Design Framework Pocket article link

Summary: 14 min read Privacy, User Experience, Design Share on Twitter or LinkedIn From Sketch To Code Quick Self-Service Setup.

You Can’t Stop Robocalls. You Shouldn’t Have To. by Brian X. Chen Pocket article link

Summary: Today’s solutions for fighting spam and scam calls are ineffective. But the onus should be on the phone companies, not you, to solve this problem. The robocalls come when you are driving and they bother you at night. It doesn’t matter if you’re in bed or in a meeting.

Jen Simmons on Thinking With Grids at SmashingConf SF 2019 by Smashing Magazine Pocket article link

Summary: CSS Grid revolutionizes how we create layouts on the web — but how exactly should we use it? When someone emails you a PDF, how do you know the best way to get started? Where should you use what code? How do you translate a static drawing into a dynamic layout? In the spirit of Smashing’s “no

Think You’re Discreet Online? Think Again by Zeynep Tufekci Pocket article link

Summary: Thanks to “data inference” technology, companies know more about you than you disclose. Dr. Tufekci is a professor of information science who specializes in the social effects of technology.

How to display nested data on the DOM? by Frente_fin Pocket article link

Summary: Specifically, an array that contains objects. Below is an example of what the API returns in the console.

How Capitalism Betrayed Privacy by Tim Wu Pocket article link

Summary: The forces of wealth creation once fostered the right to be left alone. But that has changed. For much of human history, what we now call “privacy” was better known as being rich. Privacy, like wealth, was something that most people had little or none of.

https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/insights/us/articles/ca1671_design-of-everyday-men/DI_The-design-of-everyday-men.pdf Pocket article link
Eartracking: A New UX-Research Method by Jakob Nielsen Pocket article link

Summary: Eyetracking has long been a common way to enhance usability studies with insights that are more detailed than those gleaned from users’ thinking-aloud comments. Since 2005, Nielsen Norman Group has run many eyetracking research studies, some documented in the book Eyetracking Web Usability.

'Bias deep inside the code': the problem with AI 'ethics' in Silicon Valley by Sam Levin In San Francisco Pocket article link

Summary: When Stanford announced a new artificial intelligence institute, the university said the “designers of AI must be broadly representative of humanity” and unveiled 120 faculty and tech leaders partnering on the initiative.

PRIVACY FORECAST 2019 by Data-profile Pocket article link

Summary: There is a gap between translating privacy legislation to technology created by engineers and designers. In parallel, there is gap between understanding how products work and how data is maintained and safeguarded that leads to the creation of misinformed policy.

What Will Happen When Machines Write Songs Just as Well as Your Favorite Musician? by Clive Thompson Pocket article link

Summary: Ed Newton-Rex grew up immersed in music. As a child, he sang in the King’s College Choir in Eng­land and played piano. He went on to earn a music degree, and one of the things he studied was, “Why do people like music?” he told me.

https://edpb.europa.eu/sites/edpb/files/files/file1/edpb-2019-03-13-statement-on-elections_en.pdf Pocket article link
🌱 My blog is a digital garden, not a blog Pocket article link

Summary: Organizing information is hard. I'm not a taxonomist. I don't have an information design background. For the most part I just wing it ad hoc and hope for the best.

10 reasons why the GDPR is the opposite of a ‘notice and consent’ type of law by Gabriela Zanfir-fortuna Pocket article link

Summary: 10 reasons why the GDPR is the opposite of a ‘notice and consent’ type of law. A ‘notice and consent’ privacy law puts the entire burden of privacy protection on the person and then it doesn’t really give them any…

https://arxiv.org/pdf/1811.01439.pdf Pocket article link
FAT* 2019: Law and Policy by The Conference On Fairness, Accountability, And Transparency (fat*) Pocket article link

Summary: Law and PolicySession Chair: Andrew SelbstRobot Eyes Wide Shut: Understanding Dishonest AnthropomorphismBrenda Leong, Evan SelingerExplaining Explanations in AIBrent Mittelstadt, Chris Russell, Sandra WachterRacial categories in machine learningSebastian Benthall, Bruce D. HaynesMeasuring the Biases

‘You can track everything’: the parents who digitise their babies’ lives by Richard Godwin Pocket article link

Summary: Socks that record heart rate and cots that mimic the womb might promise parents peace of mind – but is the data given to tech firms a fair exchange? You don’t need to spend much time in the presence of a small child and an iPhone to feel a little disconcerted.

“Men Are Scum”: Inside Facebook’s War on Hate Speech by Simon Van Zuylen-wood Pocket article link

Summary: The company blew it on privacy and fake news. Can it do better against trolls and racists? An exclusive embed with Facebook’s shadow government. It’s nine A.M. on an autumn Tuesday, and I’m sitting in on a meeting about “men are scum” at Facebook’s campus in Menlo Park, California.

Where'd My Website Go? Pocket article link

Summary: Online expression is blocked, filtered and throttled in a variety of ways by those seeking to suppress it.

Facebook Grew Too Big to Care About Privacy by Shira Ovide Pocket article link

Summary: Now, another academic paper from a former advertising technology executive and Yale law graduate is arguing that Facebook Inc. abuses its power.

How to Design With Ethics by Christian Beck Pocket article link

Summary: If you’re looking for a proper definition of design ethics, then you’ll be disappointed. If you are, however, looking for the opinion of one particular designer (whom you likely don’t know from a…

Building a digital garden Pocket article link

Summary: This post is slightly long and slightly technical. The TL;DR is that I built a personal wiki out of files and folders and a few templates in Jekyll hosted on Github Pages. If you want to head straight to the wiki head here: tomcritchlow.

Evaluating scholarship, or why I won’t be teaching Shoshana Zuboff’s The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Bhaggart Pocket article link

Summary: I’ve been trying to sort out my opinion about The Age of Surveillance Capitalism since I read it almost a month ago.

Privacy is a commons by Jon Evans Pocket article link

Summary: “The commons is the cultural and natural resources accessible to all members of a society,” quoth Wikipedia, “held in common, not owned privately.” We live in an era of surveillance capitalism in a symbiotic relationship with advertising technology, quoth me.

Duty of care: an empty concept Pocket article link

Summary: There is every reason to believe that the government and opposition are moving to a consensus on introducing a duty of care for social media companies to reduce harm and risk to their users.

Supposedly ‘Fair’ Algorithms Can Perpetuate Discrimination by Joi Ito Pocket article link

Summary: During the Long Hot Summer of 1967, race riots erupted across the United States. The 159 riots—or rebellions, depending on which side you took—were mostly clashes between the police and African Americans living in poor urban neighborhoods.

Capitalism’s New Clothes by Evgeny Morozov Pocket article link

Summary: In a series of remarkably prescient articles, the first of which was published in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in the summer of 2013, Shoshana Zuboff pointed to an alarming phenomenon: the digitization of everything was giving technology firms immense social power.

Adding Webmention Support to a Static Site by Keith J. Grant Pocket article link

Summary: This is Part 3 in a series exploring short-form posting, the IndieWeb, and taking control of your own online social workflow for your statically-generated site: Webmentions are a key building block of the IndieWeb. They are they way for one webpage to notify another when it has linked to it.

The Problem With Power Users by Roxanne Abercrombie Pocket article link

Summary: Power user. The very term evokes a sense of authority and prowess. Your power users are that segment of your user base with in-depth product knowledge and are the most active, expressive and influential members of your product’s community.

How to cut Big Tech down to size by James Ball Pocket article link

Summary: On each day of 2018 Apple sold almost 600,000 iPhones, Amazon made more than $500m in sales, some 1.47bn people logged onto Facebook, while there were 3.5bn searches on Google.

Just Trust Us by Will Oremus Pocket article link

Summary: In August, an analyst for a little-known U.S. startup called NewsGuard tried to contact the editors of the Daily Mail Online, the U.K.-based news and celebrity-gossip site that ranks as one of the internet’s most-read publishers.

The case against behavioral advertising is stacking up by Natasha Lomas Pocket article link

Summary: No one likes being stalked around the Internet by adverts. It’s the uneasy joke you can’t enjoy laughing at. Yet vast people-profiling ad businesses have made pots of money off of an unregulated Internet by putting surveillance at their core.

Preparing Your Site for Posting Notes by Keith J. Grant Pocket article link

Summary: This is Part 2 in a series exploring short-form posting, the IndieWeb, and taking control of your own online social workflow for your statically-generated site: If you’re eager to get going with short-form posting using webmentions and micropub, it’s worth giving your site structure a little tho

A Low-Friction Workflow for Short-form Posting on a Statically Generated Site by Keith J. Grant Pocket article link

Summary: This is Part 1 in a series exploring short-form posting, the IndieWeb, and taking control of your own online social workflow for a statically-generated site: I am thrilled to see more and more folks are moving to their blogs for posting short-form content, usually referred to as Notes.

UX rant: The nightmare horrorshow that is the Apple TV remote by Steve Brykman Pocket article link

Summary: I’ve been an Apple guy since the beginning. My first laptop was a Powerbook 100 with a built-in plastic trackball.

https://neweconomics.org/uploads/files/NEF_Blocking_Data_Stalkers.pdf Pocket article link
How to Build an Audience of 1000 True Fans in a Noisy World by Www.facebook.com/srinirao Pocket article link

Summary: Building an audience for your work is easier and harder than it's ever been. It's easier because we have the tools and resources to create our work, and the distribution channels to spread that work. It's harder than ever to build an audience because there's a scarcity of attention.

Take these 5 things into consideration when you’re trying to find your calling by Christian Jarrett Pocket article link

Summary: If, like many, you are searching for your calling in life–perhaps you are still unsure which profession aligns with what you most care about–here are five recent research findings worth taking into consideration.

How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation by Anne Helen Petersen Pocket article link

Summary: I couldn’t figure out why small, straightforward tasks on my to-do list felt so impossible. The answer is both more complex and far simpler than I expected.

Learn In Public Pocket article link

Summary: If there's a golden rule, it's this one, so I put it first. All the other rules are more or less elaborations of this rule #1. You already know that you will never be done learning. But most people "learn in private", and lurk. They consume content without creating any themselves.

Blocking the data stalkers by Duncan Mccann Pocket article link

Summary: Ninety per cent of the world’s data was created in the last two years, and over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data are produced every day. Whole companies are built around principle of relentlessly collecting as much data about internet users as possible, and monetising it.

How to create a UX portfolio without UX experience by Sarah Doody Pocket article link

Summary: This is the third post in Sarah Doody’s portfolio series. Read the first one, The product of you, and the second one, What format should your UX portfolio be in?, when you’re done here. So you want to get a job in UX?

How to teach Git Pocket article link

Summary: Some of my professional experiences have involved participating in cross-functional areas, so I knew all my colleagues’ way of working. I remember a company which just started using Git a few weeks before I joined. They didn’t know the reason why those steps.

The rise of the recommendation site by Eliza Brooke Pocket article link

Summary: Say you want to buy a travel mug. You could go to Target, but staring at the display isn’t going to tell you which one is difficult to clean and which is likely to spill coffee down your sweater during your morning commute. So you Google “best travel mugs.

An analysis of board games: Part II - Complexity bias in BGG by Oliver Kiley Pocket article link

Summary: This is part II in my series on analysing BoardGameGeek data. Other parts can be found here: In Part I, I describe how I generated a dataset from BoardGameGeek and explored general trends in the rate of release, ratings and complexity.

Who Do Designers Really Work For by Mike Monteiro Pocket article link

Summary: I’ve been working in client services for almost twenty years. That’s long enough to learn a few things.

This is (almost) everything I learned in design school in one website. Pocket article link

Summary: Getting a design degree is not a waste of time. In fact, it's one of the best decisions I've ever made. However, most people aren't as lucky to have the sort of professors I did. Some people don't have the access, the ability, or the time to go to school for this stuff.

Tech C.E.O.s Are in Love With Their Principal Doomsayer by Nellie Bowles Pocket article link

Summary: The futurist philosopher Yuval Noah Harari worries about a lot. He worries that Silicon Valley is undermining democracy and ushering in a dystopian hellscape in which voting is obsolete.

Google's trying to win at hardware. Meet the woman altering its design by Katia Moskvitch Pocket article link

Summary: “To Google” entered dictionaries a long time ago, but what does ‘Google’ mean when you hold it in your hands? Does it come down to subtle touches, like the small mint-green power button on the side of my blue Pixel 2 smartphone, the positioning of the fingerprint scanner on the back, or the

UX design heuristics meets psychology by Shane Ketterman Pocket article link

Summary: Something happens when I’m at the gym. I’m not sure how to explain it but whenever I start exercising and reading my UX articles (yes, I really do that), it’s as if things start connecting that I had not thought of before.

Essen 2018: The best board games from the biggest board game con by Owen Duffy Pocket article link

Summary: Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage at cardboard.arstechnica.com.

Who Will Teach Silicon Valley to Be Ethical? by Kara Swisher Pocket article link

Summary: Some think chief ethics officers could help technology companies navigate political and social questions. Ms. Swisher covers technology and is a contributing opinion writer.

Jack Dorsey on Twitter's Role in Free Speech and Filter Bubbles by Nicholas Thompson Pocket article link

Summary: On Monday, at WIRED's 25th anniversary summit, I spoke with Jack Dorsey about some of the biggest questions he confronts running Twitter and Square.

It's Okay to Be Good and Not Great by Brad Stulberg Pocket article link

Summary: What if striving to be great is what's holding you back? “Good is the enemy of great” is one of the most popular self-improvement expressions there is. It’s the first sentence of an international bestselling business book, the title of another self-help book, and a mantra that NFL superstar J.

Why we’re losing the battle against fake news by Mark Scott Pocket article link

Summary: LONDON — Tackling fake news was supposed to be a slam dunk. France wants new laws that would allow courts to decide on the accuracy of online reports ahead of national elections. The United States proposed legislation to boost transparency over who buys (political) ads on social media.

User Interviews: How, When, and Why to Conduct Them by Kara Pernice Pocket article link

Summary: Summary: User interviews have become a popular technique for getting user feedback, mainly because they are fast and easy. Use them to learn about users’ perceptions of your design, not about its usability.

The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists” by Nathan Mattise Pocket article link

Summary: AUSTIN, Texas—As much as subscription services want you to believe it, not everything can be found on Amazon or Netflix.

Algorithms by John Quiggin Pocket article link

Summary: For the last thousand years or so, an algorithm (derived from the name of an Arab mathematician, al-Khwarizmi) has had a pretty clear meaning — namely, it is a well-defined formal procedure for deriving a verifiable solution to a mathematical problem.

Change Everything You Hate About Meetings with this ONE SINGLE WORD. — Products of Design by Allan Chochinov Pocket article link

Summary: By Allan Chochinov, Chair, MFA Products of Design Sept. 25, 2018 I hate meetings. We all hate meetings. I know people who, in their day jobs, do nothing but go to meetings—and are resigned to the fact that meetings are just what they do; that meetings are just how their organization functions.

How the Right to Privacy Became a Human Right by Oxford Academic Pocket article link

Summary: The right to privacy became an international human right before it was a nationally well-established fundamental right. When it was created in the years after World War II, state constitutions protected only aspects of privacy such as the inviolability of the home and of correspondence.

Town v gown: is the student boom wrecking communities? by Brian Oliver Pocket article link

Summary: In towns across the country, many locals fear the relentless expansion of universities threatens the fabric of their neighbourhoods by For some, they represent the very best of British, hubs of learning and commerce attracting the brightest and the best from around the world who bring huge wealth to

How to Get Things Done When You Don't Feel Like It Pocket article link

Summary: Have you ever come into work, sat down at your computer to begin a project, opened your editor, and then just stared at the screen? This happens to me all the time, so I understand your struggle. Even if you love your job, you don't always feel like doing it every day.

Media Manipulation, Strategic Amplification, and Responsible Journalism by Danah Boyd Pocket article link

Summary: In early September 2018, Facebook and Twitter were accused during a Congressional hearing of having anti-conservative bias. This should sound familiar to many of you in this room as you too have been accused for political purposes of being the “liberal media.

Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy? by Evan Osnos Pocket article link

Summary: At ten o’clock on a weekday morning in August, Mark Zuckerberg, the chairman and C.E.O. of Facebook, opened the front door of his house in Palo Alto, California, wearing the tight smile of obligation. He does not enjoy interviews, especially after two years of ceaseless controversy.

How to Make a Big Decision by Steven Johnson Pocket article link

Summary: Have no fear. An emerging science can now help you choose. Mr. Johnson writes about science and the history of innovation.

How AI-generated music is changing the way hits are made by Dani Deahl Pocket article link

Summary: The idea that artificial intelligence can compose music is scary for a lot of people, including me.

Welcome to the Age of Privacy Nihilism by Ian Bogost Pocket article link

Summary: A barista gets burned at work, buys first-aid cream at Target, and later that day sees a Facebook ad for the same product. In another Target, someone shouts down the aisle to a companion to pick up some Red Bull; on the ride home, Instagram serves a sponsored post for the beverage.

The Impossible Job: Inside Facebook’s Struggle to Moderate Two Billion People by Jason Koebler Pocket article link

Summary: This spring, Facebook reached out to a few dozen leading social media academics with an invitation: Would they like to have a casual dinner with Mark Zuckerberg to discuss Facebook’s problems?

Odd Numbers — Real Life by Frank Pasquale Pocket article link

Summary: Algorithms increasingly govern our social world, transforming data into scores or rankings that decide who gets credit, jobs, dates, policing, and much more.

Coder - Secure and Productive Software Development Pocket article link

Summary: Coder automatically configures, secures, and powers development environments, letting developers focus on the product. Coder represents each environment as a Docker container built from a shared image.

Design Psychology: 12 Ways to Convert Users into Buyers by Oliver Lindberg Pocket article link

Summary: Applying psychology to design is a powerful tool. Companies are increasingly studying how customers think and behave, and are tailoring their services accordingly. However, with great power comes great responsibility.

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/projectsbyif.com/ebooks/A-Look-Back-at-Privacy.pdf Pocket article link
Fintech Frenzy : Hype or Reality? A Closer Look at 6 Key Sectors Pocket article link

Summary: A top fintech investor at Bain Capital Ventures surveys the state of the industry, grading each category from payments to crypto.

“The Lean Startup” is an unproductive legend by Luis Perez-breva Pocket article link

Summary: The people and companies embracing new paradigms. The only real measure of success for a startup is not to stay a startup. And yet, the gurus of innovation and entrepreneurship admonish us to “innovate continuously, like entrepreneurs do,” “fail forward,” and “fail fast.”

Redirect Hard-coded DNS To Pi-hole Using EdgeRouter X by Brent Wilson Pocket article link

Summary: This guide will show you how to use your Ubiquiti EdgeRouter X to redirect any devices that have hard-coded DNS to your Pi-hole so that your Pi-hole can block ads and tracking on those devices.

'The discourse is unhinged': how the media gets AI alarmingly wrong by Oscar Schwartz Pocket article link

Summary: In June of last year, five researchers at Facebook’s Artificial Intelligence Research unit published an article showing how bots can simulate negotiation-like conversations.

Why you’ve been drafting your Privacy Policy all wrong Pocket article link

Summary: Sure, copy that privacy policy from your competitor … at your peril. Did you suffer a flurry of ‘We’ve updated our Privacy Policy’ emails recently, many from organisations you don’t even remember dealing with in the first place?

A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box for DIY Guns by Andy Greenberg Pocket article link

Summary: Five years ago, 25-year-old radical libertarian Cody Wilson stood on a remote central Texas gun range and pulled the trigger on the world’s first fully 3-D-printed gun. When, to his relief, his plastic invention fired a .

Strings and Character Data in Python by S Pocket article link

Summary: Watch Now This tutorial has a related video course created by the Real Python team. Watch it together with the written tutorial to deepen your understanding: Strings and Character Data in Python

Design Thinking Workshop — Sharing Experiences by Lipika Dugar Pocket article link

Summary: Design Thinking Workshop! Sounds too creative and XD kind of thing, isn’t it? Designers? Are you thinking the same…? Well, even I did until I attended the Design Thinking Workshop organized by ThoughtWorks last month.

Controlled by calculations Pocket article link

Summary: This is the third of four papers exploring power and accountability in the data economy. These will set the stage for future interventions to ensure power becomes more evenly distributed.

Thermostats, Locks and Lights: Digital Tools of Domestic Abuse by Nellie Bowles Pocket article link

Summary: SAN FRANCISCO — The people who called into the help hotlines and domestic violence shelters said they felt as if they were going crazy. One woman had turned on her air-conditioner, but said it then switched off without her touching it.

Surveillance and the City: Know When You're Being Watched Pocket article link

Summary: Ingrid Burrington, author of "Networks of New York," explains how big cities like New York are constantly under surveillance.WATCH NEXT: The First Artificially Intelligent Surveillance Camera -- https://youtu.be/2xVNgP0PHzgSubscribe to MOTHERBOARD: http://bit.ly/Subscribe-To-MOTHERBOARDFollow MOTHER

Rise of the machines: has technology evolved beyond our control? by James Bridle Pocket article link

Summary: Technology is starting to behave in intelligent and unpredictable ways that even its creators don’t understand. As machines increasingly shape global events, how can we regain control?

Peelites, Radicals and Whigs Pocket article link

Summary: Welcome to the latest instalment in the weekly series about Liberal Democrat political philosophy. I hope you find it interesting and useful - and if you do, please tell your friends and colleagues that they too can sign up for the series.

Social justice Pocket article link

Summary: A critical and much-disputed concept in political philosophy generally and in liberal political thought in particular, the notion of social justice is concerned with the ways in which members of a political community determine the extent of their obligations to one another.

Freedom Pocket article link

Summary: Human beings are free to the extent to which they are able to take their own decisions. A state of freedom, or liberty, provides the conditions which minimise coercion and maximise the ability to take your own decisions.

And finally... Pocket article link

Summary: Well, that's it. Your weekly series about Liberal Democrat political philosophy has come to an end. I very much hope you enjoyed reading and sticking through to the end. If you did, and so think others might enjoy it too, would you mind sharing the sign-up form with them? It's here.

Equality Pocket article link

Summary: A concept which is more often associated with socialists and social democrats than with liberals, but which is crucial to all liberals in terms of equality before the law.

Community Politics Pocket article link

Summary: Peter Hain (ed.), (John Calder, 1976) John Meadowcroft, ‘The Origins of Community Politics’, Journal of Liberal Democrat History 28 (autumn 2000) David Thomson, The Shocktroops of Pavement Politics? (Hebden Royd Paper No.

Liberal democracy Pocket article link

Summary: Liberal democracy, otherwise known as constitutional and representative democracy, is the form of government espoused by liberals.

Free Trade, Keynesianism and Laissez-faire Pocket article link

Summary: Welcome to the next instalment in the weekly series about Liberal Democrat political philosophy.

Environmentalism Pocket article link

Summary: A political and ethical set of values that seeks to improve and protect the quality of the natural environment through changes to environmentally harmful human activities, through the adoption of forms of political, economic, and social organisation necessary for the benign treatment of the

How a Hacker Proved Cops Used a Secret Government Phone Tracker to Find Him Pocket article link

Summary: On a warm summer’s day in 2008, police spotted a man walking outside his apartment in Santa Clara, California, one of the many bedroom communities spread across Silicon Valley.

How the Math Men Overthrew the Mad Men by Ken Auletta Pocket article link

Summary: Once, Mad Men ruled advertising. They’ve now been eclipsed by Math Men—the engineers and data scientists whose province is machines, algorithms, pureed data, and artificial intelligence.

How Humble Leadership Really Works by Dan Cable Pocket article link

Summary: When you’re a leader — no matter how long you’ve been in your role or how hard the journey was to get there — you are merely overhead unless you’re bringing out the best in your employees. Unfortunately, many leaders lose sight of this.

The Watchdogs That Didn’t Bark by April Glaser Pocket article link

Summary: When Democrats and Republicans in Congress agree on something, it usually involves symbolic acts of patriotism or minimally decent acts of disaster relief.

A Short Overview of Object Oriented Software Design by Stanislav Kozlovski Pocket article link

Summary: Most modern programming languages support and encourage object-oriented programming (OOP). Even though lately we seem to be seeing a slight shift away from this, as people start using languages which are not heavily influenced by OOP (such as Go, Rust, Elixir, Elm, Scala), most still have objects.

Ban Targeted Advertising by David Dayen Pocket article link

Summary: For the first 35 years of my life, like most Americans, I was exposed to lots of advertising. I absorbed billboards and print ads and direct mailers and television commercials and radio jingles. I learned about available products and services, and chose which ones I wanted.

A Right to the Digital City by Richard Pope Pocket article link

Summary: Earlier this year, the London Chief Digital Officer and the Smart London board started a listening exercise to help develop the Smart London plan. The following is our response to their question of how to define a new deal for city data.

Dairy Free Gooey Brownies by Admin Pocket article link

Summary: If you love gooey brownies you are going to love these dairy free gooey brownies because they are incredible!    They have an amazingly rich chocolate flavor and even when they cool they are just as gooey as they are fresh out of the oven!  Oh and did I mention that they are super easy?  You j

An analysis of board games: Part I - Introduction and general trends by Oliver Kiley Pocket article link

Summary: This is part I in my series on analysing BoardGameGeek data. Other parts can be found here: Over the last few years, board games have become one of my favoured pastimes.

A Comprehensive Website Planning Guide (Part 1) Pocket article link

Summary: 27 min read Web Design, Guides Share on Twitter or LinkedIn Discover the future of web design agencies Earn your master’s degree online Get Angular code from Sketch designs with 1 click Planning is essential for most businesses and organizations.

Canonize: Creating a Personal Canon Template by Brendan Schlagel Pocket article link

Summary: I love the idea of the “personal canon”: an encapsulation, in list form, of those things that have most shaped you. A sort of annotated bibliography of influences.

Product content Pocket article link

Summary: Not everyone is a confident writer, but everyone can improve their content by making sure it responds to the needs of merchants. Keep in mind that real people rely on Shopify every day to run their businesses.

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Laws of UX by Jon Yablonski Pocket article link

Summary: Users often perceive aesthetically pleasing design as design that’s more usable. Productivity soars when a computer and its users interact at a pace (<400ms) that ensures that neither has to wait on the other.

Beyond the Rhetoric of Algorithmic Solutionism by Danah Boyd 10103365017275213 Pocket article link

Summary: If you ever hear that implementing algorithmic decision-making tools to enable social services or other high stakes government decision-making will increase efficiency or reduce the cost to taxpayers, know that you’re being lied to. When implemented ethically, these systems cost more.

Ethical Design And Sustainability On The Web Pocket article link

Summary: Ethical Design is a term often used by various people in the past year and now even predicted as a trend for 2018. Interestingly, when you read more about what it means you get a variety of responses. It lasts from the user experience over sustainability to business concepts.

ES6 for beginners part-3 by Srebalaji Thirumalai Pocket article link

Summary: Map operator is used to do a specific operation on all elements of an array and it returns an array with modified elements. It’s very easy to implement. Let’s see an example.

The Stateof UXin 2020 Pocket article link

Summary: We have seen a lot this year. After curating and sharing 2,411 links with 358,917 designers all around the world, we have identified a few of the trends our industry has been writing, talking, and thinking about. Here’s what to expect for UX in 2020.

JavaScript Promises | Understand JavaScript Promises by Building a Simple Promise Example by Trey Huffine Pocket article link

Summary: In this tutorial you will learn JavaScript promises by walking through building a JavaScript promise from scratch. This lesson is great for beginners to intermediate developers who are still learning the fundamentals of asynchronous JavaScript.

ES6 for beginners Part-2 Pocket article link

Summary: Part one of this article appeared here. I covered some interesting features there. :) Promises are one of the useful features in ES6. They are used to make async operations such as API request, file handling, downloading images, etc.

ES6 for beginners Pocket article link

Summary: In this post, I will cover some new features in ES6. It will be helpful if you are new to ES6 or learning front-end frameworks. In the above example variable ‘a’ is defined inside If statement and so it’s not accessible outside the function.

Presentation tips for people who don’t like giving presentations Pocket article link

Summary: Presentations at conferences or at work events are only one way of sharing information. They’re far from the only ones, and maybe they carry too much weight in tech. But! If you’re going to do one, here’s some nuggets of advice I’ve given people in the past few years.

Do we still need human judges in the age of Artificial Intelligence? by Ziyaad Bhorat Pocket article link

Summary: The Fourth Industrial Revolution is fusing disciplines across the digital and physical worlds, with legal technology the latest example of how improved automation is reaching further and further into service-oriented professions.

How the Blog Broke the Web Pocket article link

Summary: I first got online in 1993, back when the Web had a capital letter — three, in fact — and long before irony stretched its legs and unbuttoned its flannel shirt. Back when you could really say you were surfing the net.

JavaScript: Execution of Synchronous and Asynchronous codes by Siddhartha Chowdhury /@siddharthac6 Pocket article link

Summary: Recently I was in a discussion with a couple of descent JS devs regarding - how JS allocates memory and how a script is parsed and executed. This is one of many (most) important topics which were never a part of our academic career, neither one needs to know to write a JS program.

How Privacy Became a Commodity for the Rich and Powerful by Amanda Hess Pocket article link

Summary: Recently I handed over the keys to my email account to a service that promised to turn my spam-bloated inbox into a sparkling model of efficiency in just a few clicks. Unroll.

Build a Better Monster : Morality, Machine Learning, and Mass Surveillance Pocket article link

Summary: This is the text version of "Build a Better Monster: Morality, Machine Learning, and Mass Surveillance", a talk I gave on April 18, 2017, at the Emerging Technologies for the Enterprise conference in Philadelphia. I came to the United States as a six year old kid from Eastern Europe.

Grid Garden Pocket article link

Summary: ◀ ▶ Reset 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Grid Garden is created by Codepip • GitHub • Twitter • English English Español Français Deutsch Nederlands Italiano Português(BR) Português(PT) Svenska Norsk Polski Română Български Latviešu Русский Українська Ε

DIY Cybersecurity for Domestic Violence by Noah Pocket article link

Summary: A website, DIY Cybersecurity for Domestic Violence, will be launched tomorrow. Consider this an introduction. In writing the DIY Guide to Feminist Cybersecurity, I expected state surveillance to be one of the most imminent threats to my readers.

How To Conduct User Experience Research Like A Professional by Raven L. Veal Pocket article link

Summary: Are you looking to find out about user experience research? Then look no further. Hello, I’m Raven, a mentor for aspiring UX designers enrolled in the CareerFoundry UX Design Course. I also work as a UX Research Assistant at IBM and studied behavioral science at the University of Texas.

Minimalism: another boring product wealthy people can buy by Chelsea Fagan For The Financial Diet Pocket article link

Summary: In terms of its visual merits, or as a capital-S style, the hyper-curated minimalism really only conveys one thing: “I wanted to take the very safest route to chic, cut away every possible misstep or risk.

Network Principles Pocket article link

Summary: This is a living document. Design mediates so much of our realities and has tremendous impact on our lives, yet very few of us participate in design processes.

Empathy and vulnerability in the digital age by Richard Raber Pocket article link

Summary: The cyber-world collapses the distance between the spectator and the scene of brutality, but does this encourage voyeurism or solidarity?

clean-code-javascript by Not Pocket article link

Summary: Software engineering principles, from Robert C. Martin's book Clean Code, adapted for JavaScript. This is not a style guide. It's a guide to producing readable, reusable, and refactorable software in JavaScript.

Rising avocado prices fuelling illegal deforestation in Mexico by Haroon Siddique And Pocket article link

Summary: Mexican farmers can make higher profits than most other crops so are thinning out pine forests to plant young avocado trees The popularity of the avocado in the US and rising prices for the “superfood” are fuelling deforestation in central Mexico.

https://www.remoteonly.org/ by Jobs Page Pocket article link
Create, your way Pocket article link

Summary: Airtable works like a spreadsheet but gives you the power of a database to organize anything. Sign up for free.

You might not need JavaScript Pocket article link

Summary: JavaScript is great, and by all means use it, while also being aware that you can build so many functional UI components without the additional dependancy. Maybe you can include a few lines of utility code, or a mixin, and forgo the requirement.

Vegetarian Skillet Chili by Melissa Clark Pocket article link

Summary: Preparation Make the pickled onions: Squeeze lime juice into a bowl, and add onion, salt and sugar. Let rest while you make the chili. Prepare the chili: Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Add the oil. When hot, add onion and sauté until softened, 5 to 7 minutes.

Learn Git Branching by Peter Cottle Pocket article link

Summary: Learn Git Branching $ Git Hg

So, you’re going to be a user researcher: top tips to get you going by Leisa Reichelt Pocket article link

Summary: More and more teams across government are putting user needs first and the demand for user researchers is high. In some parts of government, people who haven’t had any experience doing user research have now taken on this role.

The East India Company: The original corporate raiders by William Dalrymple Pocket article link

Summary: One of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: “loot”.

Shakshuka With Feta by Melissa Clark Pocket article link

Summary: Preparation Heat oven to 375 degrees. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-low. Add onion and bell pepper. Cook gently until very soft, about 20 minutes. Add garlic and cook until tender, 1 to 2 minutes; stir in cumin, paprika and cayenne, and cook 1 minute.

NYT Cooking: Recipes and Cooking Guides Pocket article link

Summary: Recipe of the Day Mangonada This summery mango drink is refreshing with or without booze. Daniela Galarza Save To Recipe Box Saved Share on Facebook Pinterest More Twitter Email Sam’s Suggestions Recipes selected throughout the week by Sam Sifton, food editor of The New York Times.

Why working-class people vote conservative by Jonathan Haidt Pocket article link

Summary: Why on Earth would a working-class person ever vote for a conservative candidate? This question has obsessed the American left since Ronald Reagan first captured the votes of so many union members, farmers, urban Catholics and other relatively powerless people – the so-called "Reagan Democrats".

Butterick’s Practical Typography Pocket article link

Summary: But­t­er­ick’sPrac­ti­calTy­pog­ra­phy 2nd edition But­t­er­ick’s Prac­ti­cal Typography Typography in ten minutes Summary of key rules Start Please pay for this book Why typography matters Type composition Text formatting Font recommendations Page layout Sample documents Afterwor

Object Oriented Programming by Mark Hammond Pocket article link

Summary: Though Python is an object-oriented language without fuss or quibble, we have so far intentionally avoided the treatment of object-oriented programming (OOP) in the previous chapters of our Python tutorial.

What Happens When You Put The New Testament In Order by Marcus Borg Pocket article link

Summary: A chronological New Testament is different from and yet the same as the New Testament familiar to Christians. It contains the same 27 documents, but sequences them in the chronological order in which they were written.

Good design Pocket article link

Summary: Here at Vitsœ we stand for the inordinate power of good design in everything we do: designing thoughtfully, responsibly and intelligently for our company, our furniture and the many people who share a profound interest in all of our tomorrows.

Willus.com's K2pdfopt Pocket article link

Summary: OVERVIEW K2pdfopt optimizes PDF/DJVU files for mobile e-readers (e.g. the Kindle) and smartphones. It works well on multi-column PDF/DJVU files and can re-flow text even on scanned PDF files. It can also be used as a general PDF copying/cropping/re-sizing/OCR-ing manipulation tool.

Theological Cultural Analysis of the Free Software Movement Pocket article link

Summary: "Free software" is computer software for which the source code (the original, human-readable form) is available under terms which give you the "freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve [it]."1 That is to say, "free software is a matter of liberty, not price.

The Principles of Design by Joshua David Mcclurg-genevese Pocket article link

Summary: This column is about Web design—really, it is—though it may at times seem a bit distant and distracted. In my opinion, any good discussion about design begins with the fundamentals.