Summer reading

Blame the baby boomers, Sean Illing on Vox, looks at how postwar generations burnt through their inheritance and left millennials to clean up the mess. Meanwhile in New Zealand Gex X is leading the cleanup with Simon Wilson in The Spinoff on our hopes and dreams for Jacinda. Another Spinoff story, this from Mike Dickison positioning Wikipedia as a public policy response.


Duterte Threatens to Dethrone the Jeepney as King of Filipino Roads, by Aurora Almendral in the NYTimes, makes me wonder how governments can make major change without hurting what it’s disrupting.

Good piece about different ways government could charge for data, improving quality and ensuring sustainability, by Andrew Nicklin

Interesting point about overdoing user focus in government decision making: ‘By putting the emphasis on citizen engagement, policy-making quickly becomes purely “demand-driven”, skewing resources to those most able to engage with officialdom’ from Daniel Rogger writing on the World Bank blog.


Finally a hat tip to @edsu for the following:

Three-part ‘File Not Found’ series about archiving and digitising in Science Friday. Part 1: audio and video and the problem of tape machines; Part 2: saving the internet amid political change in Trump’s America; Part 3: on the digital dark ages and immortal data.

Short fiction by Hengtee Lim (Snippets) in Medium on technology enabling people to remember their previous lives.