Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #230

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Is there one link, story, picture or thought that you saw online this week that you think somebody you know must see?

My friends: Alistair Croll (BitCurrent, Year One Labs, GigaOM, Human 2.0, Solve For Interesting, the author of Complete Web Monitoring, Managing Bandwidth: Deploying QOS in Enterprise Networks and Lean Analytics), Hugh McGuire (PressBooks, LibriVox, iambik and co-author of Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto) and I decided that every week the three of us are going to share one link for one another (for a total of six links) that each individual feels the other person “must see”.

Check out these six links that we’re recommending to one another:

  • How to be literate in what’s changing journalism – Press Think. Jay Rosen‘s excellent list of things he expects his journalism students to have understood by the time they finish in his class. With plenty of links. If you’re dealing with the media, this is table stakes.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • What Happens When a Disruptor Gets Disrupted – Slate. “There’s a lot of talk about disruption, which in some cases sees an upstart taking a scorched-earth approach to the way things are done today. Uber‘s pretty voracious; even AirBnB tackles with regulators and cities. Maybe a bit less hubris is in order? That’s what Truecar seems to have learned from its near-death experience, anyway.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • E-citizens unite: Estonia opens its digital borders – New Scientist. “Trying to wrap my brain around ‘e-citizenship’ isn’t quite working, but I love the hint of the idea. Estonia has taken steps to allow anyone to become an e-citizen of the country, giving them privileges previously only afforded to, you know, citizens: the ability to open bank accounts or start a business there, for instance. I suppose this kind of thing already happens for the wealthy: Swiss bank accounts and off-shore tax shelters and Cayman Island company registrations and the like. So, maybe this just starts to extend the same to anyone with an Internet address? Still, the idea that our identity and legal status in the universe should be governed only by an accident of geography – where we were born – is surely going to come under increasing pressure as more of who we ‘are’ lives in the cloud somewhere. Estonia is taking some early and interesting steps to help us figure out what the future of citizenship might mean.” (Hugh for Alistair).
  • What France has taught me: Americans are suckers who have themselves to blame for crappy broadband – Venture Beat. “Read it and weep.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • How You Shop Online Changes The Prices You See – Fast Company. “Back in 2012, I wrote a blog post titled, The Future Of Personalized Pricing. The spirit of the post was simple: if we don’t have physical price tags on products, wouldn’t it make sense that brands could start a process of pricing things in a hyper-personalized way, or that pricing could start looking a lot more like high frequency trading? Well, it looks like that is exactly what is happening, and it could become the norm. Everyone is worried about net neutrality… how about pricing neutrality? Something tells me, that this will get people all up in arms.” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • What’s the best launch strategy for a Book? (What are some of the best; & probably cost-effective; ways to promote/market a new/existing book of any genre now-a-days?) – Quora. “Is it just me, or is Quora suddenly becoming more useful than Wikipedia? Some of the questions being asked on the platform have been excellent, and the responses… even better! If you’re thinking of writing a book or about to publish one, there is a plethora of good insights in this post. Love it.” (Mitch for Hugh).

Feel free to share these links and add your picks on Twitter, Facebook, in the comments below or wherever you play.