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Zack Rosebrugh

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Debate watch

AOC backs Bernie. First-term congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar plan to endorse Bernie Sanders for president, the Washington Post reports.

Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders to be endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

I can’t believe I’m saying this but this might actually provide more juice for AOC than for Bernie.

After a clash with Pelosi and some key staff departures, the Bronx congresswoman has had a quiet period. A recent NYT profile had some murmuring that she had been beaten down by the washington machine

I can’t believe I’m saying this but this might actually provide more juice for AOC than for Bernie.

After a clash with Pelosi and some key staff departures, the Bronx congresswoman has had a quiet period. A recent NYT profile had some murmuring that she had been beaten down by the washington machine already.

So This endorsement sort of represents her second coming and publicly re-aligns her with the far left wing of the party going into 2020. And it all has nothing to do with Trump.

AOC’s is a powerful endorsement that won’t convince Bernie’s critics he is electable. But it does show he’s cool. Bernie also has the support of the very vocal cardi b. Thus, he must surely be doing something right.

It is an interesting union across generations. I struggle to relate to Bernie or AOC as a Gen Xer. Say what you will, but neither seems interested in uniting our country. Only balancing out the ultra conservative with the far left liberal. How about embracing our capitalist system with a focus on caring

It is an interesting union across generations. I struggle to relate to Bernie or AOC as a Gen Xer. Say what you will, but neither seems interested in uniting our country. Only balancing out the ultra conservative with the far left liberal. How about embracing our capitalist system with a focus on caring for others. They don’t have to be mutually exclusive goals.

Net positive

The mysterious sounds that defined the early days of the internet. Before we were always online, logging on to the internet was a journey through sound. Here’s what those sounds actually meant.

A series of mysterious bleeps and bloops defined the early days of the Internet

The dial up sound was the soundtrack to a very distinct period in my life, and I never thought about that until I saw a video of the reactions of kids who had never heard it. I found this piece deeply satisfying for a question I never knew I had.

My dad worked on satellites when I was a kid, so my house was an early adopter of many things—including dial-up. I’d constantly request my dad “make the computers talk”—I was obsessed with the sounds modems made! I didn’t realize till I read this article how spot-on my childhood simplification was.

Last-minute Brexit deal

There’s no uniform “European way of life” either. The remarks of the incoming European Commission president might be wishful thinking. Survey data shows a range of views across the continent—covering everything from welfare, immigrants, LGBT rights, and even democracy.

Even Europeans don’t agree on what the “European way of life” is

Collecting data for this piece led to some real surprises for me, including when I learned that 45% of Lithuanians disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement "Gay men and lesbians should be free to live their own life as they wish." That seems to contradict the belief of the incoming EU Commission

Collecting data for this piece led to some real surprises for me, including when I learned that 45% of Lithuanians disagreed or strongly disagreed with the statement "Gay men and lesbians should be free to live their own life as they wish." That seems to contradict the belief of the incoming EU Commission that there is a "shared European way of life" to protect. If so, what is it?

Chinese technocracy

What comes after the iPhone?

Can Apple do it again? The iPhone turned Apple from a successful computer company into the world’s most profitable consumer electronics operation. But as this Quartz member exclusive shows, its success could also spell Apple’s undoing.

Can Apple do it again?

Apple is at crossroads. It revolutionized the way we communicate with the iPhone nearly 13 years ago, but its longtime cash cow has started to waver. Apple has a host of new bets in the works, some that could also change the world as the iPhone did. But will any of them actually be able to do it?

Apple is currently a perfect example of a business case where a company which itself creates a high bar that it become de facto standard and is now at crossroads as it hasn't been able to repeat its same success.

Consumers are looking for beyond mobile phone for sure. Hence very interesting to watch

Apple is currently a perfect example of a business case where a company which itself creates a high bar that it become de facto standard and is now at crossroads as it hasn't been able to repeat its same success.

Consumers are looking for beyond mobile phone for sure. Hence very interesting to watch as to how they would turn it around by either building a full ecosystem of products/services or new revolutionary ideas.

I don't think apple will be able to come up with a product as influential as the Iphone was to its quarterly revenue. The focus should really be on the apple ecosystem (apple pay, music, tv...etc). This would mean selling the iphone at an even cheaper price to allow users to embrace apple services. This

I don't think apple will be able to come up with a product as influential as the Iphone was to its quarterly revenue. The focus should really be on the apple ecosystem (apple pay, music, tv...etc). This would mean selling the iphone at an even cheaper price to allow users to embrace apple services. This is the most sensible strategy in the near term while they work on the next big thing which may not be big after all.

I see hope that Apple will soon re-imagine the mobile device again. Consumers are craving a new way, simpler method of connecting and communicating. Stagnant iPhone growth shows that we’ve hit a wall of all the doo dads and new wrappers that simply boost the current experience. But I see a glimmer of

I see hope that Apple will soon re-imagine the mobile device again. Consumers are craving a new way, simpler method of connecting and communicating. Stagnant iPhone growth shows that we’ve hit a wall of all the doo dads and new wrappers that simply boost the current experience. But I see a glimmer of change with Apple’s introduction of screen time, grayscale, health monitoring, which potentially forecasts the company’s testing of a new experience that combats the addictive tech dependencies and negative impacts of its tentpole product. Holding out hope for a re-imagining as Apple approaches an anniversary year :)

Desi digital

Google spells out its future

Google wants to be more sustainable, but... The tech giant debuted several new devices at its hardware event today, few of which seem very recyclable.

Google wants to be more sustainable—nevermind all the new products it announced

The main thrust of Google's new product event today was to raise awareness to the way it and other manufacturers produce devices for mass consumption. It's making products from recycled plastic, and wants to offset emission costs from its partners. At the same time, it introduced a whole bunch of new

The main thrust of Google's new product event today was to raise awareness to the way it and other manufacturers produce devices for mass consumption. It's making products from recycled plastic, and wants to offset emission costs from its partners. At the same time, it introduced a whole bunch of new devices, many of which don't seem particularly repairable or that different than what's come before. How do you square that circle?

The best tech news I've heard today: "Much like Amazon's newest Echo products, users can ask Google Assistant on the hub to turn off wifi access to specific devices connected to the network, meaning parents can wield a new level of tyranny over unruly kids and their connected devices."

Including recycled materials in device design is all well and good, but real sustainability will mean creating repairable, upgradable gadgets. Project Ara's modular smartphone always seemed like a bit of a pipe dream, and its death in 2016 wasn't a huge surprise. But long-term, could Google resurrect a similar concept?

Quartz at work

There are many paths to a dream career. Like studying salamanders in isolation, for example. The solitude of science helped podcast host Arielle Duhaime-Ross come to an important professional realization.

To find your dream career, try studying salamanders in isolation

This story resonates for me. Started my career as a Natural Resource scientist and manager. Mid-career pivot to leadership development coach. Turns out there are a lot of social skills one develops when promoting policy and management with multiple stakeholders.

See you later, friends!

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Google’s Sidewalk Labs Plans to Package and Sell Location Data on Millions of Cellphones

Google’s Sidewalk Labs Plans to Package and Sell Location Data on Millions of Cellphones

Read more on The Intercept

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  • Troublesome when you think about how this public-private partnership is pioneering a smart cities urban planning initiative in Toronto that they hope to mimic elsewhere.

    We’ve reached a point in the public discourse around privacy where we know we are being constantly tracked, our data mined and locations

    Troublesome when you think about how this public-private partnership is pioneering a smart cities urban planning initiative in Toronto that they hope to mimic elsewhere.

    We’ve reached a point in the public discourse around privacy where we know we are being constantly tracked, our data mined and locations shared, and importantly almost all of it [at times] against our will. And yet here we are having to search for alternatives on our own. We are stuck and in a holding pattern; do we give up the simplicity/ease with which we interact with our “free” data hoarding apps/tech in favor of finding more decentralize alternatives? Or do we accept that data as a currency with limited protections is sufficient enough for free services and just a way of life? I hope new models arise that empower me to be a better power broker over my data.

  • The data tracking just never ends. This location data approach can and should be done with the involvement of people - including both permission and compensation in some form. Exciting developments are happening to make that both possible and easy.

  • Not a great headline for Google. The term “surveillance capitalism” captures this pretty eloquently. In a surveillance state, the government watches its citizens in exchange for stability and security. Like it or not, that is the trade off.

    In a surveillance economy, companies watch their users in

    Not a great headline for Google. The term “surveillance capitalism” captures this pretty eloquently. In a surveillance state, the government watches its citizens in exchange for stability and security. Like it or not, that is the trade off.

    In a surveillance economy, companies watch their users in exchange for.... charging governments money so they know about their citizens? So, we as citizens are indirectly paying for our own data, in exchange for nothing (unless you are a shareholder in Google/Alphabet).

    Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.

  • Enough! I'm tired of being data fodder for internet companies! DuckDuckGo here I come!

  • In addition to the important, primary concerns raised in this Intercept piece, there are some dynamics that are applicable in many contexts. First, collectively, we have to weigh the benefits (presumably, better planning) against the costs (potential loss of privacy). At the moment, it seems that these

    In addition to the important, primary concerns raised in this Intercept piece, there are some dynamics that are applicable in many contexts. First, collectively, we have to weigh the benefits (presumably, better planning) against the costs (potential loss of privacy). At the moment, it seems that these decisions are effectively made unilaterally by the tech platform (Google/Sidewalk Labs), especially since, as the piece notes, Google has been aggressive about data collection. Second, and perhaps even more importantly, the anonymizing techniques used don’t appear to be robust, as reidentification of data points is an issue, and this might be inherent with this kind of data. The overestimation of the technique’s efficacy exposes us to unanticipated risks. Greater transparency and public debate is essential here.

  • Always surprising how little people know about other companies tracking location data - Foursquare, Cuebiq, Frontal, Placed, SafeGraph to name a few. All of these are with consent that you opt-in into when you sign up to various apps.

  • "The program, known as Replica, offers planning agencies the ability to model an entire city’s patterns of movement. Like 'SimCity,' Replica’s 'user-friendly' tool deploys statistical simulations to give a comprehensive view of how, when, and where people travel in urban areas. It’s an appealing prospect

    "The program, known as Replica, offers planning agencies the ability to model an entire city’s patterns of movement. Like 'SimCity,' Replica’s 'user-friendly' tool deploys statistical simulations to give a comprehensive view of how, when, and where people travel in urban areas. It’s an appealing prospect for planners making critical decisions about transportation and land use. In recent months, transportation authorities in Kansas City, Portland, and the Chicago area have signed up to glean its insights. The only catch: They’re not completely sure where the data is coming from."

  • Data to help city planners is a great idea, but a waste of money - in the West. We refuse to make bold infrastructure plays because they take too long to build for any politician to turn them into “political capital”.

  • The perfect example of the value to be unlocked with extraordinary new data. So, how do we make it safe and worth it?

  • As an educated cell phone user I have always preceded under the assumption that is very trivial for cell phone providers to know my exact location. turning location off in settings does nothing to hide my location from anyone except for me. All the really scary people don't need my permission to get

    As an educated cell phone user I have always preceded under the assumption that is very trivial for cell phone providers to know my exact location. turning location off in settings does nothing to hide my location from anyone except for me. All the really scary people don't need my permission to get that information, they can just take it. It still holds true that information wants to be free, just go with it people, it's the future that eventually everyone will be able to know everything.

  • Sounds like they are reducing us to models for supercomputing algorithms. I didn't really understand the psuedo population Replicas data dynamics. But I assume it was to make it easier to predict how to implement some money making scheme. I can already hear it. " We had no idea how these guy got the

    Sounds like they are reducing us to models for supercomputing algorithms. I didn't really understand the psuedo population Replicas data dynamics. But I assume it was to make it easier to predict how to implement some money making scheme. I can already hear it. " We had no idea how these guy got the info, we just bought it and trust its insights. I think Google is Zuckerberging us.

    It also seems that it turns our population into one homogeneous group. We are already replicas and don't know it.

    Arise mushrooms!

  • Then we should get reports providing all google execs locations, in real time... what is good for the goose, is good for the gander. If this was stipulated by law, I think they would immediately cease the plans!

  • The privacy concerns are serious, but so is the opportunity for Google, or its upstream information providers, to manipulate urban planning. Not a risk I'd want to take.

  • I’m sorry, did none of us think it possible!?! ...it’s already been going on since the advent of GPS. To barrow from the great Austin Powers, “Its like the Village Bicycle, Baby, everybody gets a ride.”

  • It's turned into the ultimate annoyance with minimal benes to me. I'm okay jumping back to the stone ages if the industry can't figure a profitable way to compete without utterly annoying me.

    This is nothing more than the rise of facism, er, controlled capitalism under the direction of ChiComm seeking

    It's turned into the ultimate annoyance with minimal benes to me. I'm okay jumping back to the stone ages if the industry can't figure a profitable way to compete without utterly annoying me.

    This is nothing more than the rise of facism, er, controlled capitalism under the direction of ChiComm seeking to exploit our system and integrate it with theirs. Ultimately, the individual has no say and no control....I really don't want my cities designed "perfectly" according to the ideals of some committee that wants nothing to do with me, except to tax me. No thanks.

  • I don't mind if Sidewalk Labs has my data. As long as it does not create any security threats.

  • That's the price of free admission. No one should be surprised and no one should be offended. The service is good I'm fine with it.

  • This is why Alibaba purchased a bicycle company...they want to know peoples’ movement patterns. To be a globally competitive data services company, this movement data will be needed to remain relevant.