Sunday Service: GTA, success, failure and faith in tech

It’s Sunday, which means that it’s time to recap on some important features and pieces from around the web that we’ve been talking about in the office and just not linked to. Want to read/see the best words and wisdom on techie subjects from around the internet? Get your weekly fill.

  • The New Statesman is a famous British political weekly which has been one of the world’s leading left-wing magazines almost since the days when William Caxton had the occasional run-in with striking workers. It’s proudly Fabian, socialist and feminist, which is why it’s also a bit of a surprise – a welcome one – that it’s deputy editor turns Helen Lewis out to be one of the most eloquent writers on the subject of women in games, and specifically GTA V. Read it here.
  • Adam Savage is awesome. The co-host of Mythbusters gave a passionate presentation on how to be a successful maker. Watch it here.
  • Tim O’Reilly is also awesome. Yet he writes passionately on the subject of failure, and how the definitive tech publishing company that bears his name could have done it better.
  • And locally awesome is Jay Naidoo. The Cosatu founder, ex-cabinet minister, activist and Daily Maverick columnist is also a big supporter of open data and its power to force government transparency. If ever you needed reminding that African tech must be a power for good, it’s in his lengthy essay here, written off the back of this week’s Open Knowledge Festival in Finland.

And finally, as a slight offset to the all-consuming horror of the attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi this weekend – which is ongoing as I write – here’s citizen journalism organisation Demotix showing that humans do have redeeming factors yet, with a photo-essay showing thousands of blood donors outside the mall proving that proves as thought provoking as any of the ghoulish shots from inside. The blood drive was apparently organised by the Red Cross, Safaricom, social media and groups of people on roller skates – which says everything you need to know about how far Kenya has come since the electoral violence of 2008. Days like these you have to take the hope where you can find it.


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