Category Archives: Information

“reality and fantasy weirdly and dangerously blurred and commingled”

Back in September The Atlantic published a fascinating long-form article that I just got around to reading. It’s titled, ‘How America Lost Its Mind‘, and it was adapted by a book written by Kurt Anderson: America was created by true believers and passionate dreamers, and by hucksters and their suckers, which made America successful—but also […]

closed information loops

The Problem With ‘Self-Investigation’ in a Post-Truth Era: But somewhere along the way, the democratization of the flow of information became the democratization of the flow of disinformation. The distinction between fact and fiction was erased, creating a sprawling universe of competing claims. The internet can’t route around censorship when the people who use it […]

Fuck the Po-leese

FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to information stored on the devices — even when they have valid search warrants. —Craig Timberg and Greg Miller, The Washington Post via Daring Fireball

Your iPhone Tracks You

This isn’t really news. As far back as 2011 we’ve known iPhones keep location log files (almost all computers keep log files of some sort), but there’s now a control panel within Settings to see where you’ve been. Note: The actual path to the maps is: Settings > Privacy > Location Services > System Services […]

The Maps

The presidential race is over, and now we can get to the best part of electing a president: data visualization, particularly maps. Every four years, Mark Newman of the University of Michigan makes a set of maps and cartograms detailing the election results. They are available here. My favorite of his is the map on […]