A short list of interesting articles and other sources which I have not discussed at length but were relevant to the project.

Sight Unseen by Nicola Twiley (The New Yorker)

A fascinating look at the current state of sensory substitution and how technology can help people overcome disability. The article follows Eric Weihenmeyer, a blind rock climber who uses a camera fitted on his head band to ‘see’ the surfaces ahead of him by receiving electrical signals with his tongue.

 

Anab Jain: Why We Need to Imagine Different Futures (TED)

Anab Jain talks about the importance of speculative design and how are lives are impacted by thinking about the future. She does this by presenting a design fiction in which drones are taking over cities.

 

Guardian and Observer to Relaunch in Tabloid Format by Mark Sweney (The Guardian)

A news story outlining Guardian’s move to a smaller format and the reasoning for why this step was taken. Relevant to the format of the newspaper prototype.

 

What Ever Happened to the Couch Potato? by Laurence Scott (The New Yorker)

Laurence Scott talks about the sharp decrease in the use of the derogatory term ‘couch potato’ and how a change in lifestyle brought on by a new digital environment has made the term obsolete. Scott makes the argument that lying around on a couch has now been replaced by constant media consumption.

 

Forget the Internet of Things, We Need the Internet of People by Jenny Judge and Julia Powles (The Guardian)

In this extremely relevant article, Judge and Powles explore the downsides and risks inherent in an interconnected future.

 

Digital Privacy is Making Antitrust Exciting Again by Nitasha Tiku (Wired)

Following an Antitrust conference in Oxford, Tiku talks about the history and issues of competition law (one of the few areas of commercial law which explicitly exists to protect consumer interests) and how the landscape of the practice has been shifting and evolving in the current digital environment.

 

Theresa May Wants to Ban Crypto: Here’s What That Would Cost, and Here’s Why It Won’t Work Anyway by Cory Doctorow (BingBoing)

In this highly technical piece, Doctorow examines Theresa May’s recent claims of how she intends to crack down on extremist communities on the internet. He then explains how digital privacy architectures work and why dismantling the system would not only be counterproductive but could have lasting negative effects on the digital environment as well as major economic sectors.