Public Service Internet monthly newsletter (Aug 2019)

Good day to you all!

We live in incredible times with such possibilities that is clear. Although its easily dismissed by looking at the state of democracy around the world and closer to home. To quote Buckminster Fuller "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

You are seeing more people thinking more critically about the power of public services to transform society again - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/aug/16/britain-brexit-public-services-whitehall


Well-being the real metric which matters
https://www.ted.com/talks/nicola_sturgeon_why_governments_should_prioritize_well_being via @lianne_k123
Ian thinks: Sturgeon is part of a growing momentum, rethinking what's important and coming to the conclusion; in the internet age our adoption of attention is very badly broken.

The Technology of Better Humans from the founder of the hashtag
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2yB1u7rpCc via #TOA19
Ian thinks: Chris Messina is always a good thinker and the idea of emotional technology by emotional intelligent entrepreneurs is very timely.

Facebook Libra deep dive with someone who knows what they are talking about
https://player.fm/series/daily-tech-news-show/dont-fear-the-libra-dtns-special
Ian thinks: After the dust has settled, a detailed look at Libra from the point of view of someone who understands Libra isn't a cryptocurrency, no matter what others have said.

The founder of Scruff on breaking up with Google
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QCSI46mO3Y via #TOA19
Ian thinks: Eric gives a compelling rational why he stopped using Google ads; siding with his users against short term profit growth in favour of safety and the support of his users.

Black Hat & Defcon hacking conferences in 12-15 minutes.
https://threatpost.com/black-hat-2019-news-wrap-best-worst/147223/
Ian thinks: Its fascinating to see the diversity of hacks and vulnerabilities in everything from security doors, printers, voting machines, cars and even canon DSLR cameras.

Why we need to think public transport even more in the age of driverless cars
https://bigthink.com/technology-innovation/autonomous-vehicles
Ian thinks: There is so much focus on indiviuals in driverless cars, however its public transport and last mile transport which can make the difference to peoples lives in our future cities.

You only need 1000 true fans
https://kk.org/thetechnium/1000-true-fans/
Ian thinks: I have been revisiting alternative business models and was intrigued to re-read Kevin Kelly's thoughts in the light of recent concerns over attention. Still holds weight I feel.

From Pixels to DNA, biotech needs a careful hand
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Owce_63Ab-Q - Short snippit
https://twit.tv/shows/triangulation/episodes/410 - Whole interview with Bryan Walsh
Ian thinks: One place I certainly don't want to see the "Move fast and break things" ideology is with genetic engineering.

Have you ever thought about the people who moderation that other content?
https://www.fastcompany.com/90263921/the-hardest-job-in-silicon-valley-is-a-living-nightmare
https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/492994-the-cleaners
Ian thinks: This slow moving documentary opens your eyes to the reality of content moderation and the absolutely awful side of the modern web we all use without too much thought.

The Mozilla Festival is finally moving out of London
https://medium.com/mozilla-festival/mozfest-is-on-the-move-where-to-next-bca84ff41c4c
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe6CWN73mV9HnOSasdWXdWizcU2PdzOLlg3yr_-KEdcevltcA/viewform
Ian thinks: Mozfest moving out of London a few days before Brexit is ominous, however the strategy of moving location every few years is a good idea for all including Mozilla.


Ian Forrester
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