Some random items of interest:
- LATimes. Police protest prison release policy in CA. One factor driving widespread disorder in the US will be rapid draw downs of US prison populations due to an inability to pay for continued incarceration. That’s starting to happen. There are nearly 2.5 m people in US prisons, an astounding number and a neon sign that the US political/economic system has been in deep decline for a while. When the damn does break it’s GG time.
- Detroit plans to turn urban blight into farmland. Operating on a scale never before attempted in this country, the city would demolish houses in some of the most desolate sections of Detroit and move residents into stronger neighborhoods.
- Urgent Evoke. A game to change the world from Jane “reality is broken, game designers can fix it” McGonigal. Seems a little too integrated into the current system for me.
- New AR platform Junaio. An attempt to open the flood gates. User-based layer development: Embed 3D objects, images, notes or website links into your current location in the real world and share it with friends.
- The USG gets a clue. The treasury department lifted a ban on US companies selling social software to customers in the Sudan, Iran, etc. This is reversal is due to the role of Twitter in Iran’s recent unrest. The clue train isn’t stopping at all of the stations, sourceforge is still under a ban.
- How can open source guerrillas use celebrity sponsors to give the movement a voice.
- Human flesh search engines. Nice treatment by the NYTimes. More griefing than search engine.