There are always more interesting things to post than there is time or space. Here are some worthwhile links from the backlog:
- 2011 Was a Terrible Year for Tech
All our devices got more complicated. And they won’t get simpler anytime soon.
—Farhad Manjoo at Slate
- Dear Congress, It’s No Longer OK To Not Know How The Internet Works
Key members of the House Judiciary Committee still don’t understand how the internet works, and worse yet, it’s not clear whether they even want to. It’s of course perfectly standard for members of Congress to not be exceptionally proficient in technological matters. But for some committee members, the issue did not stop at mere ignorance. Rather, it seemed there was in many cases an outright refusal to understand what is undoubtedly a complex issue dealing with highly-sensitive technologies.—Joshua Kopstein at Motherboard
- Dear Internet: It’s No Longer OK to Not Know How Congress Works
The online activists, the free culture crowd, and the pro-open and free Internet crowd needs to get a clue too. See — it’s just as important for us to understand how Congress works as it is for the Congress to understand how the Internet works. In Washington, those who “educate” Congress the best usually end up with the winning legislation.—Clay Johnson at the Information Diet
- Putting a Price on Personal Data
People have been willing to give away their personal data while Internet companies make money from it. But there is some momentum for the idea that personal data could function as a kind of online currency, to be cashed in directly or exchanged for other items of value…—New York Times
- Nano-scale terahertz antenna created, hand-held tricorders incoming
ExtremeTech reports on a 100 nanometer long terahertz antenna that may change the world of medical and security imaging.