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Knowledge Friday: Links we loved this week

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It’s the last Friday of May, and the end of our third week at Matter. Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana, and whatnot.

Here are some links we loved this week.


New Curbs Sought on the Personal Data Industry (NY Times)

The FTC has called on Congress to protect consumers against the collection and sharing of their digital data by data brokers.

Political consequences of the Google debate (Feuilleton)

From German politician and Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel:

“Every time we ‘search’ for something on Google, Google searches us and captures information about ourselves which can not only be sold for targeted personalised advertising, but is, essentially, also available to our bank, our health insurance company, our car or life insurance company, or – if the need arises – to the secret service. There’s no such thing as a free lunch – we pay for these services with our personal data – and, unless we are careful, at the end of the day with our personal and social freedom as well.”

Venture Capital Firm Appoints Machine Intelligence As Board Member (io9)

A Hong Kong-based VC firm has appointed a machine learning program to its board. They say that it’s “an ‘equal member’ that will uncover trends ‘not immediately obvious to humans’ in order to make investment recommendations.”

Silicon Valley’s PRISM Problem (Medium)

“Along this road are over half a dozen companies named in the broadest civilian surveillance initiative in public memory.”

You’re probably using the wrong dictionary (

“He says, for instance, that in three years of research for a book about Alaska he’d forgotten to look up the word Artic. He said that his dictionary gave him this: ‘Pertaining to, or situated under, the northern constellation called the Bear.’”


Dance Camera West, Dance Media Film Festival

If you happen to be in Los Angeles June 6 – 8th and 13th and like contemporary dance and/or film, consider checking out Dance Camera West. I’ve been wishing to go for almost 10 years now. Of course I never made it when I actually lived in Los Angeles. Dance Camera West is an organization that supports contemporary dance and dance media. This year’s shows include Globe Trot, a crowd-sourced dance film made up of one second of choreographed dance from 54 filmmakers around the world.

Beyond distributed and decentralized: what is a federated network? (Institute for Network Cultures)

Wait, so is it distributed, decentralized, or federated? I’m still confused.

Try Out Fira Sans: a Free, Open Source Typeface Commissioned by Mozilla (Do Not Lick)

Mozilla recently released an open source typeface, Fira Sans. Check it out.

Slightly More Than 100 Fantastic Pieces of Journalism (The Atlantic)

I’m already a little behind on my , but here’s a curated list that should keep me reading things written in 2013 until 2015 rolls around.

Behind the scenes of Star Trek TNG

This week LeVar Burton launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring Reading Rainbow to the web. In the spirit of great shows I watched growing up, here’s a clip from one of my favorite episodes of Reading Rainbow.