Four short links: 13 July 2009

  1. IDEO’s Human Centered Design Toolkit — methodology and toolkit for inspiring new solutions to difficult challenges within communities of need. Full PDF of manual and cards available for free download.
  2. Bentham and the Privacy of the Grave[M]uch of what Bentham meant to address in the context of his Panoptic structures we now take for granted. In Bentham’s lifetime, Parliamentary deliberations were confidential. Bentham’s arguments forced them into the sunlight. Legal decisions and statute books were accessible only to lawyers and judges. Bentham’s arguments led to codification of the law, and increasingly accessible legal rules. Bentham was far ahead of his time — the first modern information theorist. The idea that all actions of government would be presumptively available for public review did not become part of U.S. law until the passage of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) in 1967. As we speak, it appears the English parliament is only now learning Bentham’s message about publicity. Bentham was an early transparency advocate, economist, and character. I first read of him in the excellent A Brief History of Economics: Artful Approaches to the Dismal Science. (via carlmalamud on Twitter)
  3. Curated Twitter Feed for Projecting Over Speakers — Guardian developed it for their “Activate Summit” and it’s since been used in two other events. They’ve open sourced it.
  4. Android Market Problems — take heed, all ye who would build “the iPhone App Store of …”, it’s not easy to deliver a great customer experience.
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