Week Links – October 9th 2017


New Open Publishing Platform “Janeway” | Profhacker – Nerds meet academic publishing . I wholeheartedly support any and all open access endeavours. The academic publishing world is not only dominated by large corporate entities that prefer closed access to maximise gains from academic labour. If you know nothing of how the industry works, you won’t have to go far to find out how fraught the whole process is. Projects like this are vital for giving the push into open access the user experience required to make it successful. Then there is the name, what’s not to like.

iOS 11: The Pixel Envy Review | Pixel Envy – The reviews are still rolling in. If you were waiting for something more concise than the epics I linked to last week, this is a much more succinct account.

‘Spy Schools: How the CIA, FBI and Foreign Intelligence Secretly Exploit America’s Universities’ – That such a relationship exists between higher education and governmental surveillance agencies shouldn’t come as a surprise. The details, however, will surely be interesting.

I never signed up for this! Privacy implications of email tracking – I intend for security and privacy concerns to be writ large in the DNA of this site. This is a blog post detailing a research paper on the growing prevalence of email tracking. Where you may think a feature like read receipts is relatively harmless, but they belong on this particular slippery slope. I would encourage all users to disable remote content in their email clients.

Why Apple could be slapped with a massive $15 billion Irish tax bill | Ars Technica – Apologists spend a lot of time rationalising this away. Apple trades on so-called ethical principles, but as important as environmental concerns are, Apple’s collective conscience is sure found wanting where labour and taxation are concerned. Countries like Ireland already go out of there way to prostrate themselves with minimal company tax rates. Apple has Ireland so far over the barrel with this they are fighting against collecting the payment. As for Apple, settling this account will probably ruin them