Tech bus riders have been a convenient target for anti-gentrification protesters for at least a year now. But David contends that he’s not actually targeting the riders–even though they’re the ones who will likely end up on his wireless networks: “Though individuals may play a role in gentrification, it is ultimately a structural issue tied to government neglect and the increasing power of the unregulated market. Just as the shuttles offer a local example in the privatization of public transit, the sectors’ myriad apps and devices promote an increasingly consumer-oriented world in which citizens are nothing more than users, and the only sense of a shared ‘commons’ can be found in paid or data-mined networks.” … [Read more...] about This San Francisco Artist Is Messing With Wireless Networks At Tech Company Bus Stops
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2001: Organic goes mainstream Whole Foods arrived in New York City with a new approach to eating and shopping for food. How does the country’s largest natural-foods grocer prove it’s not just for health fanatics? Win over the picky palates of New Yorkers: In February 2001, Whole Foods’ Manhattan flagship opened in the Chelsea neighborhood, and its aisles were soon flooded with stylish urbanites. That year, the USDA created broad standards to regulate the influx of organic producers. “It was an affirmation that organic is real,” says Margaret Wittenberg, global VP of quality standards at Whole Foods, which now has nine stores in New York City (and 400-plus nationwide). Today, 84% of Americans buy organic food at least occasionally, and Whole Foods continues to push the industry in new directions. It compelled competitors to make organic more affordable with the launch of its 365 Organic Everyday Value line of products in 2002, and brought prominence to … [Read more...] about 20 Moments From The Past 20 Years That Moved The Whole World Forward
Since their employees are scattered all over the globe, it wasn’t clear what the cost of living benchmark should be. According to Heinemeier Hansson, “It started to increasingly seem like an arbitrary choice, and if we were going to make one such, why not go for the best and the top?” So as of January 1, Basecamp employees will receive a salary reflective of the top 10% of what software companies are paying in San Francisco (compared to base pay plus bonus, but not options). They also offer some amazing benefits. ( Put your resumes away, though, because Basecamp isn’t looking to hire more people.) … [Read more...] about Could Paying Top Dollar For Staff Be Worse For The Labor Market?
NSO says it only sells its spyware, known as Pegasus, to government customers approved by Israel for “the sole purpose of fighting crime and terror.” But Pegasus has been implicated in surveillance of dozens of political dissidents, human rights advocates, and journalists in Mexico, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi, the victim of an assassination by Saudi agents at the country’s Turkish consulate, was allegedly tracked using Pegasus infections on the phones of his friends. … [Read more...] about NSO Group faces new heat from Facebook, lawsuits after WhatsApp hack
Hood thinks of landscapes as mnemonic devices, able to communicate values, history, and culture. For Witness Walls–a recent public space project in Nashville commemorating the Civil Rights movement–he and his team mined the public library for photographs of the era and cast them as eight-foot-tall relief sculptures on a downtown street corner. He’s also currently working on a design for the town square of Nauck, a historically African-American and currently gentrifying neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia. The area, originally called Freedmen’s Village, was settled by former slaves who were freed before the Emancipation Proclamation. To both preserve and remind people today about the community’s roots, Hood is designing a towering sculpture in the center of the square. Made from interconnected replica slave badges, the artwork will spell out “Freed.” Today, the site is essentially a grassy hill, and Hood’s proposal includes … [Read more...] about The Fraught Future Of Monuments