Six Links Worthy Of Your Attention #302

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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: 

  • Like – The Intercept. “Following up on my recent link about click fraud in modern marketing, this short (10 minute) video looks underneath the pay-per-like market, estimated at $200M a year. It ain’t pretty.” (Alistair for Hugh).
  • Using computer vision to understand big visual data – O’Reilly. “I’m running content at Strata this week in San Jose. We had a raft of good keynotes: this one from our first day stuck out. It’s Alyosha Efros giving an amazing talk on the state of computer vision (spoiler alert: it’s not as good as you think) that also manages to be strangely hilarious.” (Alistair for Mitch).
  • How to Hack an Election – Bloomberg“A non-tech friend asked me about this story, about a kind of black-hat election hacker… who helped elect, among other clients, Mexico’s right-of-center president, Peña Nieto, and has worked in the dark arts in Nicaragua, Honduras,  and Colombia, among other places. There will be movies about this, and if you think it’s not happening in this US election cycle, well, you are more trusting than I am.” (Hugh for Alistair). 
  • ELLE on Earth – Observer. “Did you hear about the NY writer who penned an article that insulted just about every powerful person in NY’s magazine publishing world? Who knows what the real story is behind Jacques Hyzagi sublime act of career kamikaze, but it sure was fun to read.” (Hugh for Mitch).
  • What’s Next in Computing? – Chris Dixon – Medium. “I’m surprised that I have not seen this article being shared more. It was sent to me – via email – by several key people in Silicon Valley. It seems to be making the rounds. It’s a smart look at a very tough question, in a very curious environment. The answer to the question of ‘what’s next’ has never been so obvious, while – at the same time – so complex. There is so much that is here, so much that is right on the cusp of becoming something bigger, and so much that is still coming. Technology. Wow. It’s going to really blow our minds in the next little while…” (Mitch for Alistair).
  • In Praise of Well-Made Books – Craig Mod – Medium. “I’ll admit it. I saw the headline to this article, and figured it would be perfect for Hugh. I wasn’t even sure that I had to read it. That would be disingenuous, so I did dive on it. I’m glad that I did. I buy most of my books on Kindle. I read all of my books on my iPhone. With that, I am happy to buy physical books too. I want them on my desk, on my shelf and in my life. As physical books creep into the furnishings of our lives, I’m ever more eager to buy a book, when it speaks to me. In both how it is designed… and how it is made.” (Mitch for Hugh).

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