[weekly linkdump, somewhat edited]
#best news this week
Introducing Strongbox, a Tool for Anonymous Document-Sharing – "The New Yorker launched Strongbox, an online place where people can send documents and messages to the magazine, and we, in turn, can offer them a reasonable amount of anonymity. It was put together by Aaron Swartz, who died in January, and Kevin Poulsen."
Douglas Rushkoff: Present Shock. When Everything Happens Now – Loved the part where he points out that Twitter, Facebook and Google are not revolutionary business models because they still sit on top of the same operating system.
The Art of Data Visualization – "Humans have a powerful capacity to process visual information, skills that date far back in our evolutionary lineage. And since the advent of science, we have employed intricate visual strategies to communicate data, often utilizing design principles that draw on these basic cognitive skills."
Docalizr App Character – "Character-Design for «Docalizr» an informative iPhone App about sexually transmitted diseases published by the «Sexuelle Gesundheit Schweiz»."
Does album art still matter? – "I think the next giant step for design for music is digital — an immersive album where you can download a package of art and information and music that you can skim through on your tablet, and you can remix the artwork, you can watch the video, you can remix the song, you can pull tour dates, and the band’s Twitter feed and blog, and all that sort of stuff….] "
Winners Prix Ars Electronica 2013 – "Voilá, those are the Golden Nicas and Awards of Distinctions of Prix Ars Electronica 2013. Check out the full list of winners at www.aec.at/prix/en/gewinner."
Strongbox and Aaron Swartz – "By December, 2012, Aaron’s code was stable, and a squishy launch date had been set. Then, on January 11th, he killed himself. In the immediate aftermath, it was hard to think of anything but the loss and pain of his death. A launch, like so many things, was secondary. His suicide also raised new questions: Who owned the code now?"
Social Roulette – "Social Roulette has a 1 in 6 chance of deleting your account, and a 5 in 6 chance that it just posts "I played Social Roulette and survived" to your timeline."
Pirate Bay Co-Founder to Run For European Parliament – "Peter Sunde has announced he will run in the European Parliament elections next year. Sunde, the former spokesman for The Pirate Bay, will participatefor the Finnish branch of the Pirate Party. Sunde has yet to sit out a prison sentence for his previous involvement with the infamous BitTorrent site but hopes to emulate the Swedish Pirate Party’s previous successes when they claimed seats for two MEPs."
atari breakout – do it!
Subreddit connections – "has anyone ever tried to perform social network analysis on Reddit by visualising the links between different subreddits? As you can see from the discussion on that page, several other attempts have also been made at answering this question, mainly by using sidebar links to define connections between subreddits."
The Company Helping Movie Studios Sue You for Illegal Downloading Has Been Using Images Without Permission – "What’s even more remarkable with their use of this image is that the photo is available under the Creative Commons license. Meaning that, if Canipre did want to use the image for free, all they would have to do is attribute the photographer. Which they did not do."
Aaron Swartz prosecutors will unseal evidence, but won’t name names – "Judge: Threats on MIT and US Attorneys’ staff mean some redactions are proper."
Exclusive: Meet the Woman Who Kicked Off Anonymous’ Anti-Rape Operations – "Since Steubenville, the hacktivist collective has found an ethically dicey new role: seeking justice for rape victims."
Vorsicht beim Skypen – Microsoft liest mit – "Wer Skype nutzt, hat damit auch sein Einverständnis erklärt, dass die Firma alles mitlesen darf. Wie heise Security feststellte, macht das mittlerweile von Microsoft übernommene Unternehmen von diesen Rechten auch tatsächlich Gebrauch. Zumindest im Chat verschickte https-URLs erhalten kurze Zeit später unangemeldeten Besuch aus Redmond."