Once upon a time we went to the video rental shop…

The digital development has changed the way we watch movies. We are far away from the time when we used to go into an actual physical shop to rent VCR-movies. While the online world has made consumer’s life much easier, video-on-demand, private copying and piracy has made the screenwriters and directors reality much more complex.

To become Brilliant you first need to get Bored

Did you know that the only people who refer to their customers as “users” are drug dealers and technologists. Dopamine plays a role not only in sex and drugs, but also in swiping and tapping the way we do on our smartphones. Changing our online behaviour and getting bored is the way to generating bigger and better ideas, writes Manoush Zomorodi.

Homonationalism against Muslims and Migrants in Europe

Recent years terrorist attacks has led to a political ‘fight against terrorism’, which is fuelling a European populist and nationalist image of a secular and progressive western culture that is being threatened by Islam and migration. LGBT-people and women are being used as part of neoliberal rhetoric to argue that these groups have to be defended by modern nationalism, writes Sörberg.

8 Ways to Design Better Privacy

“Design my Privacy” by Tijmen Schep turned out to be a fascinating reading about how to design services and products to make sure that they strive to make our environment both smart and privacy friendly. Design has to be safe, privacy aware, ethical and socially responsible. If not, big data can be misused to carry out crimes or to discriminate.

How being online makes my offline world richer

Did you know that one of 60 million Europeans have never used the internet, and 45% of Europeans don’t have enough digital skills? This made me think about the fact that I take for granted both internet connection and my digital literacy. It also made me reflect on how much my offline life is a result of my online communication and activities.

Cyber Fear and Security

Half of the world’s population use the internet. More than 200 billion emails are being sent each day, but very few understand how they reach their destination. Most of us are afraid of complicated technical language and do not realise the issues at stake. Edward Lucas tackles this ‘cyberphobia’ in his recent book, which made me both more aware and interested.

Information Overload

“My desire to be well informed is currently at odds with my desire to remain sane”, were the words describing an illustration that was shared on social media. The fact that it went viral illustrated that many people, including myself, could identify with the feeling of not knowing how to process the fast pace information flow of news that surrounds us.

My Top 5 Tech and Science Podcast

Listening to podcasts about odd topics have made me realise its rare ability to surprise and enlighten me when I least expect. If you, like me, is intrigued by peculiar and ground-breaking tech and science you don’t want to miss out on these five great pods: Note to Self, Chips with everything, the Naked Scientist, Freakonomics and Radiolab.