The Fog of More : Sarah Leonard at The New Inquiry writes about the Obama administration’s contradictory behavior on “transparency,” and takes a look at the “transparency movement” as a whole. Long-ish, but pretty good. (via New Yorker)
Speaking of Snowden. We’ve heard the argument that the PRISM program isn’t bad, because it only gets “metadata” – not the content of your calls, but just who you’re calling etc. While we now know that’s not entirely true, even metadata can tell you a whole bunch. This blog post, Using Metadata to Find Paul Revere is both highly entertaining and very technical/mathematical. I didn’t get half of the numbers stuff, but skim it and you’ll see the conclusion. Really intriguing.
Sally McGrane has more detail on Moscow’s Metro Dogs, going beyond the simple urban myths we know. It’s incredible stuff:
“There are three models of metro dogs,” he explained: dogs who live in the subway but do not travel, dogs who use the subway to travel short distances instead of walking, and entrepreneurial dogs who spend the day riding back and forth, busking. This last type of dog takes long trips, working the crowd for treats and emotional contact. (On trains, dogs “seeking tenderness” are particularly inclined to approach women over forty who are carrying large shopping bags.)