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In the event you missed this: from an Ars Technica piece on the Shodan search engine that allows paid users to browse the Internet for unsecured webcams (6min):

“Most consumers fail to appreciate the consequences of purchasing insecure IoT devices. Worse, such a quantity of insecure devices makes the Internet less secure for everyone.”

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Not entirely unrelated: in contrast to cheap devices that eliminate some of the Internet’s useful friction, brands that make it too difficult to use their sites are being prosecuted (6min) for violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act with increasing frequency.

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Via a much-circulated tweet from Parker Higgins, the image below on the left is the privacy policy attached to Samsung’s new smart televisions. On the right: an excerpt from Orwell’s 1984.

The next part, in which it becomes clear that the old models no longer apply

Stringify (4min) is interesting: a richer, potentially-more complicated alternative to IFTTT. It will be fascinating to see whether it can tap into the enterprise in a way that its predecessor has struggled to.

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If hearing loss, as Nick Hunn asserts, is the ‘new diabetes’ (9min), then what does that mean for a world of designers and brands building interactions atop streams of audio cues and prompts?

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Take 45 minutes when you can and spend it with this Andreessen Horowitz podcast on the state of consumer tech infrastructure and usage in Africa (46min). If you take nothing else from it, take this: the Western contexts we use for understanding usage patterns don’t necessarily apply in emerging markets. It’s easy to forget that late adoption doesn’t much resemble time-shifted early adoption.

Small pieces, very loosely joined

Nathan Jurgenson’s essay on screens and emotions (10min) for The New Inquiry makes for fantastic reading — a critique of the pervasive, one-dimensional narrative in which technology disconnects us from one another:

“Turkle’s questions are very different from asking, say, how digital connection has changed conversation or friendship, and which of those changes are better or worse for whom. Instead she raises the stakes of digital connection directly to the threatened end of your human spirit. Why this presumption of doom?”

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Tom Tungus has a smart piece on the ways in which machine learning will fuel a new generation of SaaS software built on chat-like experiences (4min).

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Finally, for the love of all that is good, read our friend Neil Perkin on OODA Loops, trust and organizational momentum (5min). You’ll read few posts this year that resonate so broadly.