Leonid Grinin and Anton L. Grinin (Volgograd Center): Macroevolution of Technology. Neil M. Richards and Jonathan H. King (WUSTL): Three Paradoxes of Big Data. A T. Kingsmith (York): Virtual Roadblocks: The Securitisation of the Information Superhighway. From The Atlantic Monthly, why did it take so long to invent the wheelbarrow, and have we hit peak innovation? James Fallows on the 50 greatest breakthroughs since the wheel and what they reveal about imagination, optimism, and the nature of progress; and who will tomorrow's historians consider today's greatest inventors? Leading figures in technology, science, medicine, and design offer suggestions. Is sensory deprivation an escape from or toward the fatigue and distractions of the digital life? Neima Jahromi investigates. Surrender your eyeballs: Get ready for the tech industry's war to control your every waking moment. The end of the Internet? The government collects our texts and emails — Karrie Jacobs wonders why we’re so surprised. Evgeny Morozov on the real privacy problem: We need a civic solution, because democracy is at risk. Dan Terzian on rethinking the Fifth Amendment and encryption: A call to consider constitutional values. Jane Chong on the security burden shouldn't rest solely on the software user. Russian software Nginx is taking over the Internet. Timothy B. Lee on how Robert Morris, a grad student trying to build the first botnet, brought the Internet to its knees. Cade Metz on Solomon Hykes, the man who would build a computer the size of the entire Internet.
Darren Palmer and Ian J Warren (Deakin): Global Policing and the Case of Kim Dotcom. As mourning came to Newtown, so did an outpouring of sympathy and money — which has sometimes made the mourning even harder. From Crazy Facts, due to name confusion, staff of the Slovak and Slovenian embassies meet once a month to exchange wrongly addressed mail. Today the airport security checkpoint is being remade by one of the greatest forces on Earth: the power of corporate branding. James C. Scott reviews The World until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies? by Jared Diamond. An Argentine car mechanic adapted a method to retrieve a cork from a wine bottle to develop a device that could be used to save a baby stuck in the birth canal. The evolution of beauty: What makes for a beautiful visage, and why, may have been discovered accidentally on a Russian fur farm. Timothy B. Lee on how the Google Books ruling is a huge victory for online innovation. Kaya Genc on Turkey’s glorious hat revolution. What kind of person wants to become the world's fastest cucumber eater? Sarah Sloat on the “officially amazing” people who try to break Guinness World Records. Morality, secret to popularity: A new study suggests it’s less important to be friendly than to be good. Gary Sernovitz on the improbable story behind America's fracking billionaires. Why do all local TV ads look like they were made in 1970?
Ricardo Perlingeiro (UFF): Recognizing the Public Right to Healthcare: The Approach of Brazilian Courts. Aeyal Gross (Tel Aviv): Is There a Human Right to Private Health Care? No, Obama didn't lie to you about your health care plans: Dean Baker on how the claim that President Obama lied in saying that people could keep their insurance looks like another Fox News special. From Wonkblog, Sarah Kliff on how the White House’s Obamacare fix is about to create a big mess; on how insurers are furious about the White House’s new Obamacare plan; and on how the backlash to the Obamacare fix has already started. From TNR, Jonathan Cohn on three keys to the Obamacare tweaks and five reasons a Congressional fix will be destructive; and attention, scared liberals: Resisting pressure to tweak the law now is in your political interest later — here's why. A clever P.R. stunt, a stalling tactic, an act of retribution, the genuine possibility of transition assistance for some, and a large political and substantive gamble: Brian Beutler on how Obama’s remedy is a justified comeuppance for carriers who defaulted beneficiaries into obscenely expensive plans, which they characterized as “comparable” to the canceled coverage, without apprising them of their options, and blamed the whole disruption on Obamacare. Jonathan Chait on how “the shorthand explanation for what’s going on here is that everybody — the insurance companies, members of Congress, and Obama — is bullshitting”. It’s a trap: Josh Barro on the real government takeover of health care.