Open thread for 94-848/79-298: Mobile Phones & Social Media in Development & Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal

I’m taking a break from my vacation in the stunning mountains of Montana to talk to a class at Carnegie Mellon being taught by my awesome major advisor, Jay Aronson. I’ll be updating this post with references to the links I bring up in the conversation, so class participants and refer back to it. Any […]

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“I felt the relief of being known”

I’ve been reading Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore for a work book club. It’s the first novel I’ve read in a while that showed people like me. It’s based at a bookstore in San Francisco and involves programmers, VCs, graphic designers, website managers, and the future of human immortality. A few weeks before starting Mr. Penumbra’s I was thinking […]

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Can I use the power law distribution predict where an egg came from?

One of the core questions I need to answer before I build my Source app is whether tracing source-countries rather than supply chains is an accurate way to guess where a given object came from.  This is a novel approach. Most of the other folks working on global supply chains focus on corporate transparency (see […]

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