Rebooting, not only the Web of Trust

A bit ironic that Microsoft and PWC support the #RebootingWebOfTrust Design workshop in Paris tomorrow and you can pay up to 750 Euros without submissions, albeit, the topic is relevant and here’s an overview of submitted papers.

The Web of Trust. It’s a buzzword for a new model of decentralized identity. However, it’s also a phrase that dates back almost twenty-five years and has been heavily overloaded with meaning during that time. The classic definition of Web of Trust derives from PGP, but the top Google results refer to a website reputation rating system created by a Finnish internet company. Meanwhile, some use it as a big tent that includes identity authentication and verfication, certificate validation, and reputation assesment, while the vibrant blockchain community is also drawing new attention to the classic concept.

Thanks to our personalized, digital filter bubbles, the need to build trust outside of walled gardens akin to iTunes or Facebook is pertinent in meat space as well. Whether it’s text walking lanes, lack of empathy or fake perfectification on social channels, trust needs some serious rebooting on a couple of fronts. I have reboot hope, even for good old journalism; the NYT has seen digital subscribers soar since the election and the stock is worth a peek.

Source: Yahoo Finance. Since November 2016 the Grey Lady has traded more than 30% higher

Without Secondary Information

 Six years ago an influencer was thought of as having a true voice

An influencer has a different way of thinking, embraces all forms of culture and has an opinion that is very valued, with concepts not yet in the mainstream conciousness.

„Once you get to that kind of level and you’re tapped by corporations, then you sort of loose your ability to actually be in touch with what’s going on, you’re reacting to secondary information.“ – David Gensler

Thanks for the heads up in 2011, Paul Rojanathara and Davis Johnson, who directed and produced the film over at R+I Creative.

Canadian Soft Power

Hockey is softer than you think, especially in global development aid

Pavel Barber, a stick handling specialist, helped out Japanese hockey phenom Aito Iguchi in Vancouver improve his skills. Toronto based Graeme Townshend is beating the odds as head of the Jamaican Olympic Ice Hockey Federation in search of „Cool Runnings“ on skates: Jamaica is the first Caribbean nation to become an associate member of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF). And Leon Draisaitl is already writing history. If Germans were as excited as the Oilers with hockey Made in Germany, we would see better tv deals, youth development and press coverage.

In Japan, Jamaica and Germany, hockey exists on the fringes of the public eye, excitement is lackluster, which makes it even harder for kids like Aito to hit the stars. At least it’s good to know that global development of the world’s fastest team sport is in Canadian hands. If anyone in Montreal is interested in Kenyan hockey, take a look at these pioneers.

Reputation Content

The standard internet model of putting ads next to everything is under pressure, as advertisers are realizing that „everything,“ on the internet, means mostly racist videos….if there’s a backlash against the just-put-it-anywhere ethos of advertising on the internet, that will benefit traditional arbiters of truth and newsworthiness. It’s a nice revenge of traditional journalism against Google.

It’s reassurung to see that advertisers are increasingly selective about where they place their ads – a wink towards programmatic over grazers. The same goes for content. I think we’ll see advertisers choose with sharper eyes who they want to cooperate with. Before that happens they’ll need to figure out who is harmful to their brand, fakes followers or abuses readers trust. A strong brand will eventually end up in the cheap seats if the content is more focused on pr noise than true voice.

via Bloomberg


Leider gibts kein Meer, keine Berge und auch keine Arbeit. Egal, du bist verrückt mein Kind, du musst nach Berlin!

Manchmal wünsche ich mir Wowi wäre nie auf die Idee des „arm, aber sexy“ gekommen. Zuviele fanden das sexy genug um nach Berlin zu ziehen. Anscheinend fanden es Menschen aus aller Welt attraktiver als „reich, aber spirituell arm“.

Es gibt zwar immer noch kein Meer und keine Berge, dafür ist Berlin die Wachstumslokomotive Deutschlands geworden mit einer Veränderung von 2015 zu 2016 von 2.7% und einem BIP von 129 Milliarden Euro, quasi der Wirtschaftsleistung von Katar.

Berlin war schon immer ein Ort der Zuflucht. Menschen flüchteten vor feudalen Steuerknechten. Für religiös Verfolgte aus Frankreich entstehte eine neue Heimat. Andere suchen ein Neuanfang, wollen das Unmögliche versuchen, sich selber finden ohne konsumierende Pseudodistinktionsvergleichsgifte im Meer der Vielfalt.

Nach der Wende gab es wenig bis gar keine Arbeit. Berliner und Neuberliner starrten auf unfertige Tapeten im Club der Republik, keiner fragte dich was du beruflich machst, alle suchten vergeblich nach Logos auf Hemden. Menschen wollten einfach hier sein und neue Lebensformen ausprobieren.

Ich glaube Berlin als Ort mit einem einzigartigen sozialem Gefüge, geistigen Haltungen, gefangen zwischen Mainstream-Versionen des Sozialismus und Kapitalismus, hat das Scheitern perfektioniert, gelernt aus wenig viel zu erschaffen, loszulassen, die Freiheit zu schätzen.

Es ist gut so, dass der BER noch nicht fertig ist, der Hauptbahnhof ist doch total schick; wenn es zu einfach wird nach Berlin zu kommen sehe ich schon mehr Logos in geistigen Handlungen verbunden mit spirituell armen sowie oberflächlichen Lebensinhalten und höre des Öfteren Teilzeitberliner fragen was ich denn so beruflich mache.

Es gibt Hoffnung, vielleicht kommt The Berg doch noch, die grandiose Idee von Jakob Tigges, dann fehlt nur noch das Meer.

Screenshots without ads

Update: Here’s another example of a screenshot without ads in form of a news article. Even though the NYT is less instrusive and has a solid base of ad free digital subscribers, why not link to the site?