These things are new or weird in my world

AT&T - Under Surveillance

Oh, and WineCamp got a website (thanks João Antunes!), I started a Practical Microformats wiki for all you designers out there (now help me build it!) and Tara and I leave for Barcamp Bangalore on Sunday for 8 days.

…and Barcamp San Francisco is happening June 20. Want to help? Good — because we need it!

Author: Chris Messina

Head of West Coast Business Development at Republic. Ever-curious product designer and technologist. Hashtag inventor. Previously: (YC W18), Uber, Google.

7 thoughts on “These things are new or weird in my world”

  1. I am not sure if I want to know the answer, but what is you “My Mighty Mouse’s gray nipple stopped working.”?? If it is stuck on you, please don’t show any pictures..:D

    – ØØ –

  2. Now that SBC has gone lower case for their AT&T neo-moniker,
    the UNDER SURVEILLANCE in upper case reads as if it is a screaming txt msg.

    Wonderful find.

  3. Thanks for the headlines!

    Niall seemed like such a nice guy.

    Flipping my mouse over and rolling the nipple around solved a similar problem for me.

    I am also journeying to be more empathic.

    Keep on rockin’ in the free world,

    PS. The link to Barcamp SF is broken. You may have forgot the http://

  4. On the “Metropolis X’s and its citizens’ eyeballs were sold to…” I have to say that’s a rather cynlical way to look at municipal WiFi, even for you, man. Getting the city to foot the bill (meaning a bond or a tax or something) will come along if you get enough people loving the internet to demand it.

    At this point an ad-supported service for free is a big step up for a lot of people, and $20 a month for “premium” is doable, especially if there’s an option (as in Philly) to get that knocked down to like $7 if you’re working class.

  5. It’s a tight rope to walk, because the value that each user is providing to Google as a “monetizable pair of eyes” is infinitely more valuable than the service we’d be getting.

    The problem is that we’re starting with a proprietary system designed to sell ads by also selling a service. Should our sewer system have started out as a private system? Should public transit be privatized?

    The broader issue here is with control of the data… while I don’t trust the government or private corporations, at least if the data is held by the municipal government, we’d have a chance at prying it out… Whereas in the case of Google — look at how they’ve resisted the DOJ… what if it were a citizen advocacy group requesting access to that data and Google refused? We have no recourse against Google (besides choosing to not buy their product — which is too late an act if they get a state-sponsored monopoly on wifi). We at least have a way of voting out the incompetents in office…

    So let me say that, yes, municipal WiFi is a good thing in general — too much of this reeks of ulterior motives that I fear won’t be realized before it’s too late.

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