The tech elite will join bankers and oilmen in public demonology, predicts Adrian Wooldridge
‘The Hello meets “The Hobbit” extravaganza may well mark a turning point in the history of the tech revolution. Hitherto the tech elite have been exempted from the backlash against the plutocracy. Occupy Wall Street’s protesters made an exception when it came to the people who provided them with their iPhones and iPads. But one of the big developments of 2014 will be the growing peasants’ revolt against the sovereigns of cyberspace. The Silicon elite will cease to be regarded as geeks who happen to be filthy rich and become filthy rich people who happen to be geeks…’
So will we become digital outcasts?
A book review by Ben Rothke:
‘In the first chapter, Smith makes the chilling observation that all of us, at some point or another, will find that our capabilities have diminished. Today’s disabled users are not outliers of the able-bodied population – they are a prototype of what our future looks like.
‘The book provides a detailed overview of how people with disabilities use technology. More importantly, it shows that creating effective user interfaces for those with disabilities is beneficial for all users.
‘It showcases numerous application and case studies, including how iPad apps have been used for cognitive therapy, video games to help many types of illnesses and more…’
The internet mystery that baffles geeks
‘One evening in January last year, Joel Eriksson, a 34-year-old computer analyst from Uppsala in Sweden, was trawling the web, looking for distraction, when he came across a message on an internet forum. The message was in stark white type, against a black background.
“’Hello,” it said. “We are looking for highly intelligent individuals. To find them, we have devised a test. There is a message hidden in this image. Find it, and it will lead you on the road to finding us. We look forward to meeting the few that will make it all the way through. Good luck.”
‘The message was signed: “3301”…’
Google Can Bring an End to Censorship in 10 Days
Will Google gamble the big cash it earns from China?
‘Here’s what they could do to effectively end online censorship in China, not in ten years, but in just ten days:
1. Google needs to first switch its China search engine (google.com.hk) to HTTPS by default. It has already done this in the US and in other markets but not in China. What this essentially means is that for Chinese netizens using Google, they will be taken to https://www.google.com.hk, the encrypted version of the search engine. By using the encrypted version, the great firewall of China cannot selectively block search results on thousands of sensitive terms.
2. While we provide a pretty comprehensive list of websites that are blocked in China, Google holds the best list of blocked websites, everywhere in the world. If the website that a user tries to visit from the search results on Google is blocked in the country that the user is in, Google should redirect the user to a mirrored version of the same website hosted by Google…’