This Kit Gives Weapons for Anonymity & Encryption

New York-based designers Xuedi Chen and Pedro Oliveira have created a kit of wearables for civil unrest.Imagine if a hip fashion or tech company were in the business of designing privacy and encryption-enhancing wearables. This is sort of the notion behind Backslash, a kit of “functional devices designed for protests andriots of the future.”Conceived by Brooklyn-based designer and educator Xuedi Chen and Brazilian art director and interactive Continue reading

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Remembering Kowloon Walled City

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Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City remained one of the strangest places on Earth. Demolished twenty-one years ago (March 1993 – April 1994) city was empire of little houses stacked on top of each other, connected by staircases snaking under dangling wires, through corridors so dark even police were rumored to be afraid of them. A virtually lawless labyrinth of crime, grime, commerce and hope. After all, the Walled City was a kind of historical accident. A former Qing dynasty fortress, it never fully came under the regulation Continue reading

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It is raining Drones ….

Photo Screenshot YoutubeDuring the World Cup slalom skiing championship on Wednesday, ski champion Marcel Hirscher was nearly hit by an out-of-control camera drone, that crashed just behind him while filming during a run. The pilot was accredited and allowed to fly the quad, but only over a corridor where no spectators were present. Continue reading

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WhatsApp blocked in Brazil-now restored

Image of WhatsApp logo and Brazil flag. Image credit: Hackread
Image of WhatsApp logo and Brazil flag. Image credit: Hackread

Open letter to Telefónica says telcos should push back on government requests for internet shutdowns, not shame companies like WhatsApp. Last Thursday, a court in Brazil ordered telcos to shut down WhatsApp, the most popular mobile messaging service in the country. Telcos complied, and the service was inaccessible to tens of millions of users for hours, until a higher court overturned the order. e of the Continue reading

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