Pocket Articles

Things I’ve read, worth reading.

Utopian Overreach — Real Life

In July 2018, I ran a workshop called _What Is Your Utopia_ at SpaceUs Roslindale, an MIT DesignX project that turned empty shopfronts into artist studios. The goal was to not only to demonstrate how utopian thinking can help us imagine new ways to address problems but also to show how anyone’s vision of an ideal world would inevitably impose their personal values as universals.

Real Life • 1835 words • 8 minute read

“He’s F—king Destroyed This Town”: How Mark Zuckerberg Became the Most Reviled Man in Tech

It’s funny how you can leave a place, like your hometown, or the city where you went to college, and when you return, so much is as you left it. The bar where you ordered your first drink with a fake I.D. has barely changed.

Vanity Fair • 1569 words • 7 minute read

Privacy is a collective concern

People often give a personal explanation of whether they protect the privacy of their data. Those who don’t care much about privacy might say that they have nothing to hide. Those who do worry about it might say that keeping their personal data safe protects them from being harmed by hackers or unscrupulous companies. Both positions assume that caring about and protecting one’s privacy is a personal matter. This is a common misunderstanding.

New Statesman • 1136 words • 5 minute read

“What gets measured gets managed”

Out of all received wisdoms “what gets measured gets managed” must be one of the most widely accepted as obvious. After all, how could we ever manage something that isn’t being measured? The quote is usually attributed to Peter Drucker, the brilliant management theorist. A bit of digging reveals, however, two surprising things. First, Drucker—according to the Drucker Institute no less—never said it.

The Centre for Public Impact • 549 words • 2 minute read

A Vision of the Dark Future of Advertising

It’s obvious that in 50 years the amount of data collected about us will be much, much larger than it is now. By the middle of the century, all of us will leave a comprehensive, high-definition, information-rich digital exhaust everywhere we go.

OneZero • 1406 words • 6 minute read

Aaron Sorkin: An Open Letter to Mark Zuckerberg

In 2010, I wrote “The Social Network” and I know you wish I hadn’t. You protested that the film was inaccurate and that Hollywood didn’t understand that some people build things just for the sake of building them. (We do understand that — we do it every day.)

The New York Times • 919 words • 4 minute read

Silicon Valley should take Josh Hawley’s big war on big tech seriously

Tech has become one of the major issues of political debate heading into 2020.

Vox • 3141 words • 14 minute read

Mark Zuckerberg Needs to Shut Up

Mark Zuckerberg never calls me for advice. But he should. I would tell him to fire his entire communications and lobbying staff. They are incompetent. They have only made matters worse for the company.

WIRED • 1177 words • 5 minute read

Your Data Is Shared and Sold…What’s Being Done About It?

Earlier this month, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law amendments to the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), the most sweeping state data privacy regulations in the country. The law, which takes effect on Jan.

Knowledge @ Wharton • 4407 words • 20 minute read

Running with Bad Knees Might Be OK After All

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Outside Magazine • 1131 words • 5 minute read