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Finally, there is progress in the arena of sex trafficking. The United States Congress just passed a new law called FOSTA SESTA, which stands for Fight online sex trafficking act. Already this law has banned sites like and craigslist personals, which were major marketplaces used by people selling sex... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2018 at loip
From blog to book Quick summary: when riots erupted in the French "banlieues" last autumn, a Swiss newsmagazine started sending almost all of its reporters on a 7-to-10 days rotation to the town of Bondy, near Paris; they worked out of a spartan room borrowed from the local football club;... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at loip
More cell phones than people In 30 countries around the world, from Aruba to Italy to Hong Kong, mobile phone penetration has past 100 percent. Translation: the number of cell phone subscriptions has exceeded the size of the population. That's according to end-of-Q1-2006 data just released by London-based researcher Informa... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at loip
Reboot8: How to be a Renaissance man, and help Google eat itself After the opening dinner at the Reboot8 conference, Ben Hammersley goes on stage. He is a British tech writer - he coined the term "podcasting" - living in Florence. He gives a hilarious "speech" on "how to be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at loip
One of the "Ten Faces of Innovation" described in Tom Kelley's recent must-read book is that of the cross-pollinator, who "can create something new and better through an unexpected juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated ideas or concepts" and often innovates "by discovering a clever solution in one context or industry, then... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at loip
(Updated March 2008, see below.) I had never heard of GPHIN until Larry Brilliant made it a key part of his "wish speech" (video) at the TED conference in February, where he received the TEDprize and was therefore entitled to express a "wish" asking the attendees (a very high-powered and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at loip
Swiss Design Nonsense I live in Switzerland and believe that this country has some of the best-designed banknotes in the world. The series currently in circulation has been phased in gradually between 1995 and 1998 and features motifs of Swiss artists like architect Le Corbusier, artists Sophie Tauber-Arp and Alberto... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at loip
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