The UK government has said it could legislate to require age verification checks on users of dating apps, following an investigation into underage use of dating apps published by the Sunday Times yesterday. The newspaper found more than 30 cases of child rape have been investigated by police related to use of dating apps including Grindr and Tinder […]
Local governments collect a lot of data, but they aren’t always great at organizing and using it efficiently. Instead of letting useful municipal insights sit around in disparate databases, some not even digital, Berlin-based Polyteia proposes a platform that would allow city leaders to unify and analyze the data that represents the constituents that they […]
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Amidst a massive and ongoing decline in the price of bitcoin — the cryptocurrency saw a 40 percent loss of value over the last month alone — a small bit of good news has emerged for the decentralized faithful. Specifically, the state of Ohio announced it will allow businesses to use bitcoin for tax payments.
But don’t get too excited: This option is presently still off limits for your average Joe Citizen.
What’s more, you definitely shouldn’t read this as some sort of government signal that the price is going to the moon. Ohio has zero plans to HODL. That’s right, even though Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel has made it possible for mom and pop shops to unload their unwanted crypto while simultaneously paying off their tax burdens, the state will not be left holding any bags. Read more…
Yuval Noah Harari, the noted author and historian famed for his work Sapiens, wrote a lengthy piece in The Atlantic entitled “Why Technology Favors Tyranny” that is quite interesting. I don’t want to address the whole piece (today), but I do want to discuss his views that humans are increasingly eliminating their agency in favor of algorithms that make decisions for them.
The podcast market will discover the answer to a foundational question about its future in the next few years. Will it continue along the path of music streaming, where all podcasts are available everywhere on free, ad-supported tiers? Or, will it follow the path of streaming TV into paid subscription services with exclusive content? Today, effectively […]