What the hack?

+ The strange death of the centre right, What teens think parents should know about phones (#430)

Same procedure as every week: I've read the entire internet so you don't have to. Here's what I found.

1. How the powerful bend society's rules and how to bend them back

Bruce Schneier calls himself a «public-interest technologist». In this podcast interview, he talks about hacking in its broadest sense: When people follow the rules while subverting their intent. He makes the point that many political and financial systems are created in a way that allows already powerful people to hack them. Thought-provoking.

Bruce Schneier on How the Powerful Bend Society’s Rules and How to Bend Them Back
Hosted by Andrew Keen, Keen On features conversations with some of the world’s leading thinkers and writers about the economic, political, and technological issues being discussed in the news, righ…

2. What teens think parents should know about phones

There are millions of articles on what parents should and shouldn't allow their kids to do with their phones. Why not turn it around and let teenagers tell their perspective? Great, refreshing read.

3. The strange death of the centre right

An excellent analysis on why traditional centre right parties are losing elections everywhere — and why this should worry you even if you favour more liberal, leftist parties: «The pendulum will always swing back eventually. At the current rate, in much of the West, when it does so it will pass through a vacuum where the moderate right once stood – and onwards, rightwards, to less palatable alternatives beyond.» (You might need to register for free to be able to read the article — it's worth it.)

The strange death of the centre right
In Western democracies conventional conservativism is foundering. How did this once-dominant political force become so diminished?