“Homo Ludens with a book is free… free — and no other hobby can promise this — to eavesdrop on Montaigne’s arguments or take a quick dip in the Mesozoic National geographic built an online photo community
"There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." - Oscar Wilde
Have You Heard? Gossip Is Actually Good and Useful
Why Lawyers (And Law Professors) Eat Last: A Workshop On Selfless Service
Sydney Men and Women - Amen
In April, the world’s governments will meet in New York for a special assembly at the United Nations to discuss how to solve the drug problem. Don’t hold your breath: Since the previous such gathering nearly two decades ago, the narcotics industry has done better than ever.
Excellent Tom Wainwright piece on how economists would approach the problem of addictive drugs
TJN in New York Review of Books: Missing Trillions
HMRC survey finds that people think that tax avoidance is unacceptable
HMRC Survey: Exploring public attitudes to tax Tax Avoidance in 2015
To help dispel fact from fiction, London-based data journalist and information designer David McCandless created a handy infographic called Common MythConceptions
Imperva has made five predictions for what the main 2016 information security trends will be. The predictions come from an analysis of the data collected by its products in installations around the world, as well as from working closely with over 3,500 customers from across many verticals The top issues for cyber security in 2016
Spy agencies might begin hacking into Internet-connected consumer products to collect information about suspects, the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the Senate last week. This
troubled civil liberties advocates who argue that surveillance laws have not kept up with the rapid pace of technological change. Intelligence for identification ; His statements echo a report released this month from Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society that describes how spying on Internet-connected devices could allow intelligence officials to get the information they need, as opposed to cracking through encrypted communications sent via a more secure device, like a smartphone. Surveillance
The net is tightening for all Australians. Last week the government proudly announced that it was monitoring social media websites, including Facebook, to crack down on welfare fraud. Centrelink is trawling not just Facebook but Twitter accounts and eBay.
Kirsty Keep battles Lupus after being bitten by tick Swiss suicide clinic
ProBono Australia, 10/2/16. People are participating often as individual contractors and taking all of the risk of employment on themselves, so they have the risks the same as a contractor would have in the traditional economy but perhaps even more so because there’s not a clear regulatory regime around the sharing economy.
*Mentions - NSW Government Releases Collaborative Economy Position Paper
Sydney Trains and Woolworths began a ‘click and collect’ trial to place shopping ordered by customers online into specially designed lockers at Bondi Junction station.
This is Why People Fear the ‘Internet of Things’ Krebs on Security. Even Orwell’s telescreens didn’t broadcast your whole life to the entire world. I exaggerate. But not much.