What you should read today

It has been a busy few weeks, mostly due to personal reasons. I have not had time to write, read, curate and share almost anything. I was hoping to send out an email this weekend, but life intervened. Anyway, a new week means a chance to start afresh. So here is a list of seven stories that are worth reading today. Hope you enjoy them:

Is Online “Free” Culture Dangerous?: Virtual reality pioneer and a computer scientist Jaron Lanier shares his opinions about sharing, selfies and the power of platforms. It’s a thoughtful and contrarian point of view from the author of the forthcoming book Dawn of the New Everything: First Encounters with Reality and Virtual Reality. [WIPO]

“The Battles of Chernobyl”: It has been 30 years since the Chernobyl nuclear plant exploded and created an environmental disaster of gigantic proportions. Here’s a look back at the disaster and the history and science of nuclear reactors. [The New Yorker]

India and the Threat to the American Small Satellite Launch Business: A lot of attention is being devoted to the “US Trade Representative review of the continuing ban on US satellite launch aboard India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).” [The Space News]

“The Changing Frontier of Science”: Lux Capital founder Josh Wolfe addresses the recent trend of cutting-edge research happening outside the traditional homes of research and the role of startups in furthering the goal of science. [Lux Capital]

The Harsh (and Somewhat True) Reality of Food Tech: “Almost all Silicon Valley food innovation is just rebranding what women have been doing for decades,” writes Nellie Bowles. [The Guardian]

Why Americans Right to Data Privacy Is Important: Data privacy is a big enough deal that Americans need a new right — something nobody even imagined a generation ago, writes Keith Winstein. [Politico]

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