New York Times: At Tech’s Leading Edge, Worry About a Concentration of Power . “Each big step of progress in computing — from mainframe to personal computer to internet to smartphone — has opened opportunities for more people to invent on the digital frontier. But there is growing concern that trend is being reversed at tech’s new leading edge, artificial intelligence.”
Engadget: Facebook adds new ways for public figures to make money and stay safe. Oh, well, thank goodness public figures can make money. I was worried. “Facebook wants to make it easier for famous people to engage with their fans on the site. That’s why the company is launching new ways for Facebook users to interact with public figures they follow, be it internet creators, authors, athletes or sports teams.”
David Strom: Understanding new non-money uses for blockchain. “When it comes to thinking about blockchains, most of us automatically go to cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and Ethereum and think about money. How much are these currencies worth in US dollars? How much value have they gained or lost recently? It took two financially-related but non-monetary examples that I heard about recently to convince me that I was looking at the wrong part of the elephant.”
Washington Post: YouTube’s arbitrary standards: Stars keep making money even after breaking the rules. “YouTube stars attract millions of eyeballs and generate billions of dollars in ad revenue for the media giant, which pledges to run its business without tolerating hateful and otherwise harmful videos. But some of the workers hired to flag problematic content accuse YouTube of playing favorites, doling out more lenient punishments for top video creators whose work brings in the most money for the company.”
Make Tech Easier: Facebook Scam Tricks Users into Believing They Unknowingly Made a Donation to ISIS. “While it is a wonderful thing to want to help people who are less fortunate, there are always going to be nefarious individuals to spoil the fun. Facebook users are being scammed into thinking they donated to a terrorist organization such as ISIS.”
This is from a couple of weeks ago but I just found it today. Follow the Money: Tracking the cashflow of European political parties. “Over the past few months, FTM journalists Dieuwertje Kuijpers and Lise Witteman compiled two separate datasets. The first, containing the 2014-2018 annual budgets of the 10 Europarties and their respective thinktanks that currently receive funding from the European Parliament, was released on April 23. The second dataset, containing all 997 traceable donations and contributions made to all 15 existing EU parties and their respective thinktanks between 2014 and 2018, is available today (April 30).”
BuzzFeed News: A Man Created An Instagram About Church Leaders In Expensive Designer Shoes. It’s Sending People Down An Existential Morality Spiral.. “A 29-year-old man named Tyler started an Instagram account two weeks ago that spawned from a joke he shared with friends. The account PreachersNSneakers has now become a place of both celebration and controversy over pastor influencers and their expensive shoes. The Instagram account features pastors and other church leaders who have large followings on social media, screenshots of the shoes they wear, and the shoes’ price tags.” I had no idea there were sneakers that cost so much money!