Weekend Reads 012419

The speed and agility of open source projects benefit from lightweight and flexible governance. Their ability to run with such efficient governance is supported by the potential for project forking. —Scott K Peterson

You know what the English language needs? A word for the hot, sickening feeling you get when you accidentally hit “Reply All,” subsequently broadcasting a private message to a much larger group. —Graham Roumieu

In fact, we’ll likely see a rise in internet blackouts in 2019, for two reasons: countries deliberately “turning off” the internet within their borders, and hackers disrupting segments of the internet with distributed denial-of-service attacks. Above all, both will force policymakers everywhere to reckon with the fact that the internet itself is increasingly becoming centralized—and therefore increasingly vulnerable to manipulation, making everyone less safe. —Justin Sherman

Leadership in 5G technology is not just about building a network, but also about whether that network will be secure enough for the innovations it promises. And the 5G “race” is more complex and dangerous than industry and the Trump administration portray. —Tom Wheeler

If you’re one of the 8 million people who uses Slack as an intraoffice communication platform, then you’re likely well aware of how slovenly the app can be. Slack is a time-saver, and Slack is a time-suck. —Alyssa Foote

The long process of rolling out 5G networks is already underway and we should see some limited availability this year. Now, 5G brings a lot of potential benefits, but one of the key questions that immediately crops up in any discussion about it is: How fast is 5G? —Simon Hill

2018 has been the year of privacy. News of Facebook’s exposure of tens of millions of user accounts to data firm Cambridge Analytica broke in March — a scandal that was only compounded by recent news that the tech giant shared even more private data through hidden agreements with other companies. —Andrew Burt

Support for unified memory across CPUs and GPUs in accelerated computing systems is the final piece of a programming puzzle that we have been assembling for about ten years now. Unified memory has a profound impact on data management for GPU parallel programming, particularly in the areas of productivity and performance. —Michael Wolfe

The Internet is full of commercial activity and it should come at no surprise that even illegal commercial activity is widespread as well. In this article we would like to describe the current developments – from where we came, where we are now, and where it might be going – when it comes to technologies used for digital black market activity. @opaque.link