Five days of fury: Inside Trump’s Paris temper, election woes and staff upheaval

The Washington Post met een overzicht van Trump’s afgelopen week:

“He’s just a bull carrying his own china shop with him when­ever he travels the world,” presidential historian Douglas Brinkley said.


“Trump needs adulation, so heading into the midterms, holding these rallies, he was cheered and it became narcissistic fuel to his engine,” Brinkley said. “After the midterm, it’sthe sober dawn of the morning.”

Ondertussen kopt de L.A. Times: “Trump, stung by midterms and nervous about Mueller, retreats from traditional presidential duties”:

But his mood apparently has changed as he has taken measure of the electoral backlash that voters delivered Nov. 6. With the certainty that the incoming Democratic House majority will go after his tax returns and investigate his actions, and the likelihood of additional indictments by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, Trump has retreated into a cocoon of bitterness and resentment, according to multiple administration sources.

Stephen Colbert had er gisteren ook een goed stukje over:

With Trump lashing out in every direction, it’s no wonder that most staffers are trying to avoid him. Yes, they’re all holed up in the one place he’ll never go: a salad bar.

Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis

Mega-artikel in The New York Times. Dit vond ik het interessantste stuk:

By January 2017, the group knew that Mr. Stamos’s original team had only scratched the surface of Russian activity on Facebook, and pressed to issue a public paper about their findings.

But Mr. Kaplan and other Facebook executives objected. Washington was already reeling from an official finding by American intelligence agencies that Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president, had personally ordered an influence campaign aimed at helping elect Mr. Trump.

If Facebook implicated Russia further, Mr. Kaplan said, Republicans would accuse the company of siding with Democrats. And if Facebook pulled down the Russians’ fake pages, regular Facebook users might also react with outrage at having been deceived: His own mother-in-law, Mr. Kaplan said, had followed a Facebook page created by Russian trolls.

Ms. Sandberg sided with Mr. Kaplan, recalled four people involved. Mr. Zuckerberg — who spent much of 2017 on a national “listening tour,” feeding cows in Wisconsin and eating dinner with Somali refugees in Minnesota — did not participate in the conversations about the public paper. When it waspublished that April, the word “Russia” never appeared.

I asked an online tracking company for all of my data and here’s what I found

Zotte dingen op de website van Privacy International:

The world is being rebuilt by companies and governments so that they can exploit data. Without urgent and continuous action, data will be used in ways that people cannot now even imagine, to define and manipulate our lives without us being to understand why or being able to effectively fight back.

Sundar Pichai of Google: ‘Technology Doesn’t Solve Humanity’s Problems’

In een interview met The New York Times:

One of the things that’s not well understood, I think, is that we operate in many countries where there is censorship. When we follow “right to be forgotten” laws, we are censoring search results because we’re complying with the law. I’m committed to serving users in China.

Dat is dus een van de grootste problemen bij heel die techmeute, dat ze het verschil niet zien tussen wetten die individuele rechten waarborgen (zoals het recht om vergeten te worden) en wetten die individuele rechten schaden (zoals de Chinese censuur).

Six Secrets From the Planner of Sevilla’s Lightning Bike Network

Interessant interview van StreetsBlog USA met ene Manuel – I kid you not – Calvo:

“In mobility issues, my experience is that consensus is impossible, because there are so many interests,” he said. “So you have to make an agreement with most of the people. But taking into account — being clear — that something is being done.”

Marco Arment’s 2018 iPad Pro Review

Al je friendly neighbourhood tech bloggers zijn na het podcasten nu ook aan het vloggen geslaan. Na enkele pogingen slaagt Marco Arment erin een heel goeie stijl aan te slaan, rustig (geen hippe technobeats) en relevant (geen lijstje tech specs, maar zijn eigen gebruik: zoals het stukje over vingerafdrukken op het scherm).