Random findings and notes. A combined link and noteblog about things that could enlighten, surprise or even create frustration.

The word Menem comes from my daughter as a mispronunciation for the Swedish word “Nämen” from when she was a kid. “Nämen” is a surprised “really?” or “I did not know that”. I thought it could be a suitable name for this section.

Ghost ships, crop circles, and soft gold: A GPS mystery in Shanghai – MIT Technology Review

Ghost ships, crop circles, and soft gold: A GPS mystery in Shanghai – MIT Technology Review
Cargo ships in Shanghai are disappearing and popping up in strange locations forming circles. Is it criminal activity to avoid detection by Chinese government or military experiments interfering with the GPS-system. Warfare or criminal activity today is vastly different from what it is used to be. This is a great and scary example of how vulnerable we are when new infrastructure, like when the GPS-system is hacked or spoofed.

What Mongolian Nomads Teach Us About the Digital Future

What Mongolian Nomads Can Teach Us About the Digital Future – Wired
People who pack up and transport their house twice a year become choosy about their possessions. Kevin Kelly from the Wired recently traveled among the nomads of Mongolia for two weeks and had a chance to inspect their belongings. He was there to photograph their traditional practices, which were more intact than he expected.

Operation Infektion – NYT

Russian disinformation: From Cold War to Kanye West – NYT
This three-part video is probably the best description I have seen about how disinformation, subversion, and propaganda (or as part of it is called today, Fake News) is forced upon us in today’s digital/cyber-environment. It is a long-play utilized by governments to influence and destabilize countries. Today boosted by speed and reach, all enabled by social media. When viewed from this historical perspective, it suddenly seems very obvious what has happened.