Law school grads routinely go to work for crusading nonprofits and even those in private practice do pro bono work, thanks to a widespread understanding that lawyers have a professional duty to work for the public interest — after all, understanding and navigating the law is a necessary precondition for freedom and fairness.
Technology is another form of law, and a failure to understand tech can get us into real problems, especially at the policy level, where politicians’ failures to come to grips with tech (sometimes deliberately, and sometimes due to a lack of good advice) produces all kinds of terrible outcomes.
Bruce Schneier (previously) wants us to think about becoming “public interest technologists,” who work for the public good, by advising lawmakers and policymakers, and by pursuing public interest goals in our technical work.
Schneier gave a brief, stirring talk on the subject at the Royal Society last month: it’s 15 minutes long and well worth your time.
The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College has a weekly newsletter devoted to drones. Here’s a sampling of the military and domestic drone technology spotlighted this week. The BBC looked at new anti-drone devices like Raytheon’s “Phaser” that may have been sent to the Middle East after the attack on Saudi […]
In an effort to get more people reading, the New York Public Library set out to take advantage of Instagram’s huge user base. Mother New York designed “Insta Novels” as a way to read entire novels in Instagram Stories. The books feature carefully selected fonts, beautiful animations, and some clever hacks to allow such an […]
Most U.S. adults answer fewer than half questions correctly on digital know-how quiz, and many struggle with cybersecurity and privacy
As long as there are light switches in the house (or voice-activated prompts, or whatever the future brings), people are going to need an electrician. Ask any electrician the next time they come around for repairs, and they’ll tell you how much they’re in demand, no matter what size the community (or hey, just look […]
Every artist, budding or established, has a sketchbook. They’re great for practice and portable, so you can follow your muse anywhere. But if you’re just starting off, let’s face it: Those blank pages don’t offer much guidance. The How to Draw series of sketchbooks are a well-designed alternative to rote linework or idle doodling, incorporating […]
The world is shrinking, That’s just one of the reasons to get on that bit of self-improvement that many people resolve to do but too few actually accomplish: learning a new language. And why aren’t more of us multilingual? It’s actually easier than you might think. Almost all tongues have commonalities, and if a bit […]