A great essay summing up the current privacy crisis for Facebook: Facebook and "Radical Transparency" (a rant). The NY Times has had great coverage also.
Also notable: QuitFacebookDay.com
The New York Times has an excellent investigative report into radiation treatment errors. They tell the story of two patients who died due to errors, and report on the frequency of these events. Sadly the errors usually look preventable in hindsight. And predictably, manufacturers of the machines blame the technicians who operate the machines, when in truth a main cause is bad software design without proper attention to safety and usability practices.
The article is the first in a series called The Radiation Boom. This kind of deep reporting is what makes the NYT and organizations like it so valuable.
David Pogue writes about the annoyances of captcha and other things: Recent stuff that bothers me.
He links to this site where people share captchas that are unreadable by humans: I Hate Word Verifications. (The KK example in the previous post is one where I could read it just fine but for some reason the system wouldn't accept my answer.)
The Onion's latest product review is brilliant. Video embedded below. (Warning: language may offend some!)
The US is once again demonstrating its supremacy when it comes to screwing up elections (with technology). Kim Zetter at Wired's Threat Level blog is tracking problems with electronic voting machines in early voting. That blog is a good jumping-off point for lots of other coverage. Regarding touchscreens in particular I posted more at my other blog.
I’m back from CHI and will be posting notes about it over the coming weeks (I am so not a live-blogger). There were a number of sessions that I think will be of interest to readers of this blog, starting with Bill Buxton‘s fantastic closing plenary. He threw out the canned talk he had planned to give and instead improvised along the theme of "Being Human in a Digital Age."
I hope video of the talk gets posted, but until then you should check out Nate Bolt’s rough transcript. Here are a few points from memory: