How Britain exported next-generation sur­veil­lance:

Tech­nol­ogy is a tool: it is a process by which polit­i­cal and human desires are instan­ti­ated in the world. What is sig­nif­i­cant about that instan­ti­a­tion is that it must take a vis­i­ble form. It may be a writ­ten, read­able code, or a phys­i­cal infra­struc­ture in the land­scape: servers in data cen­tres, cam­eras on poles by the road­side, rust­ing signs on fore­court walls declar­ing the owner’s intentions.

When there is pres­sure to obscure that infrastructure—camouflaging cam­eras, clos­ing down net­works, or block­ing free­dom of infor­ma­tion requests—a cor­re­spond­ing pres­sure is exerted on the very democ­racy it pur­ports to uphold.

Some thoughts about the future of work

All I know is that any­one liv­ing any­where the­o­ret­i­cally has the abil­ity to do what I do, for any com­pany based any­where in the world — just like any­one can be a jour­nal­ist, or write soft­ware or develop apps or design prod­ucts, or edit books or movies or music, or do a thou­sand other things that only require a PC and an Inter­net connection.

That can cause prob­lems for gov­ern­ments, obvi­ously, since they are used to see­ing jobs as things that can be con­tained by national bor­ders and put in dis­crete lit­tle boxes for neat cat­e­go­riza­tion, so that the visas can be issues (and taxes can be assessed). But the real­ity is that many of us don’t live in such a neat and tidy world any more, and while that may look like a threat to some, it’s also a huge oppor­tu­nity — and that’s part of what we mean when we talk about the future of work.

Matthew Ingram — Detained by U.S. Cus­toms: Some thoughts about the future of work.

11 days with 22 litres

I’m headed to Spain this morn­ing to hang out with Cam who’s spend­ing 6 months work­ing in Lasarte-Oria. From there I’m headed east to Mar­seille to see my brother who’s study­ing abroad.

Should be a great 11 day trip. I decided to go super light so I’m all packed up into a 22 litre day pack. At first I had a small can­vas bag as well since Cam was crav­ing some Adam’s peanut but­ter. Sadly, it turns out TSA doesn’t like a large glass jar of peanut but­ter so that didn’t make it past security.