Link: Monday, November 19, 2018

The Playful Legacy of Merce Cunningham paperclip

Joan Acocella for The New Yorker:

In addition, the concert recalled a time that many of us have probably forgotten, or never knew, when dance was not yet almost by definition a political action—before questions of gender, race, and the like became so central to the contemporary arts scene. When Cunningham and his partner, John Cage, were starting out, in the nineteen-forties and fifties, they, too, were operating in a realm of political strife: not just the Second World War but then the Cold War, and the Red-baiting (aimed especially at people like Cage and Cunningham).

Photo: Paola Kudacki

Link: Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Record and Mock Requests With Polly.JS paperclip

From Netflix’s Studio & Content Engineering team:

Polly.JS is a standalone, framework-agnostic JavaScript library that enables recording, replaying, and stubbing of HTTP interactions. By tapping into multiple request APIs across both Node & the browser, Polly.JS is able to mock requests and responses with little to no configuration while giving you the ability to take full control of each request with a simple, powerful, and intuitive API.

Link: Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Cost of government rises when local newspaper closes paperclip

The Guardian:

In one example, the report looks at the closure in 2009 of Denver’s Rocky Mountain News. The paper had provided extensive coverage of local government issues, including an audit of questionable federal funds allocated to the sheriff’s department, and a series of other handshake deals.

Gao’s team looked at how tax dollars were being spent while the paper was being published and then again after the paper had closed. The researchers concluded that Rocky Mountain News stories had served as a watchdog agent. Without it, the spread or yield of newly issued local municipal bonds increased by 37 basis points.

Link: Friday, May 18, 2018

WordPress, WooCommerce, and the GDPR paperclip

Allen Snook for WooCommerce:

In addition to clearer notices and privacy policies, the GDPR also gives EU residents powerful new rights such as the Right of Access, Right to Rectification, and Right to Erasure.

That means that EU residents will be able to:

  • Demand a copy of all the data you have about them.
  • Demand any errors in the data be corrected.
  • Request the removal of all personal data.

The GDPR also gives EU residents the right to find out if their personal data has been compromised. Stores will need to notify customers if their personal data is stolen in a breach, and do so in a timely manner.

Organizations need to be able to respond to a common request: Please delete everything related to my account.

Protecting personal information requires coordination and configuration. GDPR bounds the organization’s user relationship and lays out reasonable data stewardship reforms. Organizations must document their entire data portfolio. All databases, analytics, and logs with personal info need auditing. Initial first steps include reducing personal information collected and anonymizing IP addresses in server logs.

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