Today I read a Guardian article about the iconic bookshop Shakespeare and Company, across the Seine from the Notre Dame in Paris. It made me remember our own trips to Paris, and Elmine browsing the mentioned bookstore. I thought about having a box of nice books sent to our home, as a souvenir now that we can’t visit other cities for inspiration ourselves. The website was clearly not equipped to deal with the Guardian readership taking the article as a cue to order something the same way I did, so it took all day to get through and place an order. (Peter, they also suggested ‘Ma vie à Paris‘ en francais, not in English though)
While trying to order I thought about how there are other cities we love to visit. Could I order a box of interesting and beautiful things from several cities, and present them as gifts to E to travel in our mind? Cities such as Copenhagen. Maybe I thought, I can have something shipped from a Danish ceramics artisan we appreciate, Inge Vincents. We have several things she made in our home, mementos from different trips.
But I cannot order with her, because Inge Vincents uses Instagram as her only sales channel online. Instagram doesn’t allow me to scroll past the first few images without an account, let alone interact with the poster to request a quote. It’s something E and I have seen with a wider variety of artisans. Do they realise their shops are within walled gardens where not all are able to visit? How many missed sales will they never notice?
Some links I thought worth reading the past few days
- I think E and I will need to visit Copenhagen in September for TechFestival. Thomas calls it ‘Reboot at Scale’: The time is right for a new conversation on tech. One that anchors tech in society with human answers for progress.
- An important point made by Cory Doctorow discussing GDPR, data breaches are cumulative, a breach today may be combined with a breach already out there: The harm created by merging breaches should be part of establishing damages
- A visual tool to create deep learning models faster: Lobe.ai
- It all depends on whether GDPR will be enforced from May 26th: Doc Searls says GDPR will pop the adtech bubble
- Refocusing on the decentralised nature of internet: DECODE, a European project
- One researcher’s noise is another’s signal, non-human DNA edition: Genghis Khan’s Mongol horde probably had rampant Hepatitis B
- UK schools are sharing personal data on pupils far and wide: End bad practices in Education says Defend Digital Me report
- Just as obfuscating as pretending the data you actively share with FB is the only personal data they have on you: The “FB is just a tool” narrative