Hacker puppets explain how camera angles shape our perception

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Gus the hacker puppeteer (previously) writes, "Since The Media Show began, people have been asking us, 'What do hacking, digital literacy, and media literacy have to do with each other? I don't see the connection.'" Read the rest

New Yorkers *just* missing the subway

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Three minutes of heartbreak from Gothamist: train a deep-learning facial recognition system on the expression of these New Yorkers as the subway doors slam in their faces and you will plumb the very depths of the human soul. (via Metafilter) Read the rest

Samantha Bee puts the NRA before a firing squad

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The NRA -- tone-deaf, intransigent, monied -- are seemingly unstoppable, but if anyone can shoot 'em down, it's Samantha Bee, whose tight, funny, rage-filled 5:30 on America's gun lobby is practically armor-piercing. (via Rolling Stone) Read the rest

Improv Everywhere: asking random New Yorkers to give a commencement speech

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The fun-loving stunters of Improv Everywhere staged a fabulous stunt in New York City's Bryant Park: they set up a crowd of "grads" in caps and gowns with a stage and a podium, then sent the "dean" out into the park to beg randos to step in and serve as emergency commencement speakers, filling in for a last-minute cancellation. Read the rest

Video: Guarding the Decentralized Web from its founders' human frailty

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Earlier this month, I gave the afternoon keynote at the Internet Archive's Decentralized Web Summit, speaking about how the people who are building a new kind of decentralized web can guard against their own future moments of weakness and prevent themselves from rationalizing away the kinds of compromises that led to the centralization of today's web. Read the rest

Vi Hart on shootings, stalkings, and Internetting While Female

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Like many youtubers, the incomparable, fast-talking, sharpie-doodling mathematician Vi Hart (previously) was stunned by the Orlando shooting of Christina Grimmie, a Youtube singing star who broke out into the mainstream, and who was murdered by a man who attended her public appearance. Read the rest

John Oliver on Brexit: the EU is the least-worst option, and racists support Leave

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John Oliver's Brexit bit provides much-needed perspective on the UK-EU referendum: while acknowledging the real problems with the EU, Oliver points out that on the one hand, the Leave side's core arguments are a mishmash of unvarnished, deranged racism and deceptive number-fudging; while the Remain side provides a lot of good to outweigh the bad of EU membership. Read the rest

Hambone virtuoso

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This fellow can clap, slap and tap to beat the bands; things get intense at the 40 second mark. Anyone got a guess at the year? (via Reddit) Read the rest

12 year old makes devastating video about anti-vaxxers, gets doxxed

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Marco Arturo's brilliant 2-minute movie about the anti-vaccine movement starts with the 12-year-old promising to show all the evidence supporting the link between autism and vaccination, after which he holds up a succession of blank pages. Read the rest

Samantha Bee on Orlando shooting: angry and uncompromising

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This week's Orlando aftermath commentary has ranged from the scorching to the touching to the offensive to the spectacularly stupid. Read the rest

Microsoft will buy Linkedin for $26.2B

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The all-cash deal is expected to close by the end of the calendar year, and will be one of the largest acquisitions in tech business history. Read the rest

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Awards sonnet for the Orlando shooting victims

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Last night Lin-Manuel Miranda won the Tony for Best Original Score for the astounding Hamilton, and his acceptance speech beautifully honored the dead in the Orlando gay nightclub shooting. Read the rest

How we will keep the Decentralized Web decentralized: my talk from the Decentralized Web Summit

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At yesterday's Internet Archive Decentralized Web Summit, the afternoon was given over to questions of security and policy. Read the rest

Watchdogs 2: hacker kids led by a guy named Marcus fight the DHS in San Francisco

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Ubisoft has announced the sequel to its surveillance-themed game Watchdogs: Watchdogs 2, which features an army of young hackers in San Francisco led by a kid with a grudge named Marcus Halloway. Read the rest

As GWB was a gift to late-night comedy shows, so Trump brings out the best in Congressional firebrands

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I remember John Stewart's first nights on The Daily Show, when the radioactive, manifest awfulness of GW Bush and his nakedly opportunistic response to 9/11 seemed to reach deep into the comedian's psyche and conjure forth an heroic, blazing best self whose invective and wit skewered, enraged, and succored all of us who were living through those years. Read the rest

Europeans: you can save the right to take pictures in public!

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Some EU countries' copyright laws allow rightsholders to make claims against street photographers who capture potentially copyrighted works, from the facades of buildings to public art. The EU's plan to harmonize a "right of panorama" (previously) would protect those of us who document the public world and upload our images to public places, from social media to Wikipedia to news-sites. Read the rest

The amazing, shitty robots of Simone Giertz

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Simone Giertz's oeuvre of "shitty robots" doesn't end with her marvellous slap-in-the-face alarm clock: her Youtube channel is full of examples of her work, each better than the last, from arms on her phone that let it commando-crawl along the sidewalk to the world's greatest hair-washing bot and the world's most alarming chopping bot. Read the rest

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