ProPublica's Justin Elliott reports
that a series of opinion columns praising Russia's “ambitious modernization strategy” and “enforcement of laws designed to better protect business and reduce corruption” published in the last two years on CNBC.com and the Huffington Post
were written by "seemingly independent professionals" but were paid PR placements "on behalf of the Russian government by its public-relations firm, Ketchum."
In other words, the Kremlin paid Ketchum to write (or acquire) then place puff pieces in the online publications; neither the Kremlin nor Ketchum paid CNBC or HuffPo.
Full disclosure: Boing Boing does occasionally run items written by guestbloggers, but we do make sure none of them are being paid to pimp by Putin.
IN SOVIET RUSSIA, POST HUFFINGTONS YOU!
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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