The most recent 5 items from my reading list. ✶✶

  • Ethics and Archiving the Web

    The first public event of Distributed Web of Care was presented as a part of Rhizome's Ethics & Archiving the Web conference at the New Museum, NYC, March 24, 2018. The workshop offered resources for getting started with the Distributed Web, and invited computer scientists and domain experts to host an open conversation on counter-narratives to the mainstream internet.

  • The Dumb Money

    The definitive explanation of why Bitcoin is stupid. Bitcoin's pseudonymous creator, "Satoshi Nakamoto," announced his new invention under two guises. The first was as a sober engineer, touting the benefits of his new invention for internet merchants. His original 2008 technical paper introduced Bitcoin as the solution to a practical problem.

  • Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future

    Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future. Its failure to achieve adoption to date is because systems built on trust, norms, and institutions inherently function better than the type of no-need-for-trusted-parties systems blockchain envisions. That's permanent: no matter how much blockchain improves it is still headed in the wrong direction.

  • Morphing Matter Lab

    Prof. Lining Yao speaks at MRS Fall 2017, Boston Lining Yao will be speaking at the MRS Fall 2017. More informaiton will become available soon. link New demos shown at Computational Design Symposium, CMU Our new projects are shown at Computational Design Symposium, CMU. More information will become available soon.

  • Authoritarians and the Ideology of Love

    Why do so many authoritarians on Twitter have anime girl avatars? The rapid emergence of authoritarian ideologies online - both right wing and left-wing - is perhaps the biggest story of the last five years and one that has caught existing activist communities off foot.