Law, Tech and Policy

A Convicted Hacker and an Internet Icon Join Forces to Thwart NSA Spying – Wired. Related: Inside Citizen Lab, the ‘Hacker Hothouse’ Protecting You from Big Brother — ArsTechnica.

Singapore is Testing Whether Mass Surveillance and Big Data can not only Protect National Security, but Actually Engineer a More Harmonious Society — Foreign Policy.

On the 35th anniversary of the case which introduced the 3rd party doctrine (i.e., people have no expectation of privacy in information they expose to others (e.g., telcos and other businesses)): Smith v. Maryland Turns 35, But Its Health Is Declining — Electronic Frontier Foundation.

General Interest

At Medium, Rex Sorgatz’s four part series on art and authenticity: Part I: This is Not a Vermeer; Part II: Uber for Art Forgeries; Part III: Forgeries Gone Wild; and Part IV: The End of Authentication.

The Scope of Ai Weiwei’s Imagination – photo essay in Hyperallergic on the recent “Ai Weiwei: Evidence” exhibition at the Martin-Gropius-Bau Museum in Berlin. Also: The Long Game: On the Repression of Ai Weiwei and Jafar Panahi — Full Stop.

David Foster Wallace on Writing, Self-Improvement, and How We Become Who We Are – Maria Popova at Brain Pickings. Related: mp3 of WBUR/The Connection radio program featuring David Foster Wallace and “Modern American Usage” editor/author, Bryan Garner, discussing English language usage.