I keep several playlists on my YouTube account. My favorite one is called just “gems”. In it I keep a few videos that I often look back, because they had such an impact on me when I first watched it.
Clay Shirky’s TED Talk from 2012 (below) is one of them. He is thinking about the power that systems such as git could have in governments. But the part that really struck me the most was when he went all the way back in time to show this concept, using the Philosophical Transactions, from the Royal Society to explain the idea.
I’ve worked in the past digitizing archives from the Royal Society, and to hear him making those connections all the way to modern version control systems was just fascinating to me.
Watch it below:
The video and transcripts can also be found here
Blockchain is extremely interesting, but it can be difficult to understand. This video by PCMag is an attempt to visually show how the blockchain works, using building blocks as an analogy.
It does not fully explain how the technology side works, and it doesn’t go into full details in regards to cryptography. However it is a good first step if you are curious about decentralized networks, cryptocurrencies and online trust.
Plus, it has Lego, so I had to share it 🙂
A son takes what should be a simple tech support call from his mother in the middle of his workday. Have you been there?
I came across this short animation by Ben Meinhardt from an email sent by Mozilla a few weeks ago.
On Saturday, July 29, Rooftop Films and Mozilla presented a screening of thought-provoking short films about our favorite shared resource, the Internet. Hundreds of film fans and Web lovers gathered in Brooklyn, NYC for Net Positive, Internet Health Film Shorts to get a filmmaker’s view on what’s helping and what’s hurting the Web.
You can find the complete list of films here. I highly recommend watching these gems that speak so much about the Internet and our lives today.
A new and interesting research report has been published by Chelsea Barabas, Neha Narula, Ethan Zuckerman, in a group effort between The Center for Civic Media & The Digital Currency Initiative @ MIT Media Lab. The title is Defending Internet Freedom through Decentralization: Back to the Future?
I’ve always been fascinated by the evolution of the web and the impact that mobile devices had on its development. Although we had amazing innovations on the way we browse, search, consume content, find locations and share content, there is one area that can still benefit from innovation, opportunities and technical improvements — and that is messaging apps.
Don’t get me wrong, I know we had significant advancements in the way we communicate via text, audio and more importantly video over the years. However, there is one huge leader in this space that we really need to talk about: WhatsApp.