Apologies in advance, because this is going to be a slightly shorter Sunday Service than normal, on account of being a) very busy this week and b) taking part in the Tour de Jozi cycle ride this morning. I heartily recommend it – a great way to see bit of the city you’d never normally cycle through with a bunch of lovely people and tweet it about it all the way.
So somewhat hurridly, here’s a round-up the most interesting tech stories that you may have missed this week:
- You probably saw that the partner of the Guardian journalist who broke the Edward Snowden story about Prism and the NSA got stopped at customs in the UK under terrorism law. A scary precedent if ever their was one – that the families of journalists can be intimidated by the UK state if the government doesn’t like what you’re writing. And there was plenty said about that this week. But did you see the follow-up revelations? That a senior aide to the Prime Minister visited editor Alan Rushbridger’s offices and insisted on destroying hard drives and data? Rushbridger let them, because – he says – all of the important data is being stored overseas anyway. In yet another twist, articles claiming to be sourced from documents leaked by Snowden are being disowned by the man himself, who has a accused the British government of leaking yet more damaging information in a bid to make it look like Snowden has committed a more serious offence.
- We’ve not been at Open City Cape Town – much to our chagrin as it sounds like it was excellent (highlight – the bells rang out from City Hall for the first time in a decade, apparently). So go read the excellent Future Cape Town’s article by James Duminy from the run up to the show which has some brilliant insight into the trials and tribulations of urbanisation and modernisation of African cities.
- Steve Ballmer is going. And TechCentral were one of the first to get the obligatory Monkey Boy reference in, along several other beautifully referenced videos of famous Ballmer moments.
- Don’t forget that Richard Stallman is in town next week and speaking at the Software Freedom Day conference at Wits university. As a warm-up, check out this great article on Wired about a group of hackers trying to reinvent ChromeOS as something new and open source that could change the way we use the internet.
And your bonus this week? Slashdot picked up on the story about the City of Joburg leaking personal and business invoices out on to the web, and it’s worth going to for the comments.
Yep, sounds good to us.