Growing up as a lonely, bullied kid in the 90s, I found solace in books, computers, and later, the online world. In my quest to find belonging, never quite fulfilled, I've been involved with various communities over the year. A biography in toots:
Thank you for the recommendations, everyone. This is an excellent set. I'll take some time to process and maybe make a public reading list. Please keep sending recommendations.
This matters to me because I'm finding it increasingly hard to collaborate with those who exhibit large gaps in understanding. It requires placing limits on collaboration based on the gap, except I don't know the gap either. So frustrating.
Asked the 6¾ y.o. if she'd like a Polaroid camera. Told her it printed pictures. She considered it and then declined, because there was no way to share those pictures.
Adermatoglyphia: Every time a techie makes an assumption about the world, nature comes back wagging a finger. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-55301200
Finally caught up with Francis Fukuyama's recommendation for how to fix big tech. Made me uncomfortable because it reads like an iSPIRT fantasy. Free markets are a good idea, but the market for regulatory solutions in India isn't one. Bad ideas win there. https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/united-states/2020-11-24/fukuyama-how-save-democracy-technology
I'm honestly humbled by the stories that have come in already. So many of you have had such amazing careers.
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Remember this from July 2018, when RS Sharma issued a challenge to harm him using his Aadhaar number? Because Aadhaar is permanent, risk is permanent too. The long whip of Aadhaar has made its crack. https://www.thequint.com/cyber/rs-sharma-former-trai-uidai-chief-finds-pm-kisan-money-in-his-account
Why is Aadhaar so insecure? Because nobody verifies anything, placing faith instead in someone else having done the homework. Except no one does. It's a farce. https://www.thequint.com/cyber/how-publicly-available-aadhaar-was-used-in-pm-kisaan-dbt-cash-scam
Aadhaar is a secure, unforgeable biometric identity database that is simultaneously also none of those things. Case in point 👇 https://www.thequint.com/cyber/pm-kisan-scam-aadhaar-riteish-deshmukh-hanuman-pakistan-spy-get-cash-as-farmers
Soon enough I realised what it actually was: they were hoping to see a woman and make an impression. At one traffic light a car stopped by me. The driver inched forward to level up, put his head out of the window to look at me, smiled… and then his face registered horror.
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