A fact-check on what the major ISPs have said about how they'll handle traffic post-net neutrality.
Facebook says "passively consuming" its content makes you feel bad; posting is the only way you'll feel good again.

In the '90s, Estonia and the US had approached a fork in the road to a digital future, and the U.S. had taken one path...while Estonia had taken the other.

Estonia’s play to become a “digital republic” mixes unique privacy laws, decentralized data, and e-citizenship.

↩︎ The New Yorker
A sheriff's possible embezzlement shines a light on all sheriffs, who can wield major power with few qualifications.
An Iowa needle exchange reduces the spread of disease, but must operate out of a car instead of an office.
Sci-fi titans Bradbury, Heinlein, and Dick wrote about a real place: postwar California.
A new journal dedicated to the "maddeningly neutral" aesthetics of Mark Zuckerberg.
As electronics prices drop, e-waste increases: The average American household produces 176 pounds yearly.
US executions continued to remain at a 25-year low, as does public support of the death penalty.
The global market for bulletproof clothing—aka, "armored Armani"—is expected to be worth $5.7 billion by 2024.

One of our favorite annual round-ups, "Notable Performances and Recordings" by Alex Ross is a great guide to the classical music we missed in 2017, like Yo-Yo Ma playing Bach cello suites in the Hollywood Hills.

Since the death of Luciano Pavarotti, Ma has been the most popularly celebrated of classical musicians. Very few other soloists could have sold out the Bowl. If Ma enticed thousands to the space, it was Bach who held them rapt, for nearly three hours. The enthusiasm of large crowds is always a bit unsettling: no matter how innocent the occasion, you can imagine the energy of the collective being channelled to less wholesome ends. The huge, serene company at the Bowl was another matter: it was under the spell of a solitary searcher in the dark. One of the only sounds I heard around me was someone quietly sobbing.

There's plenty of less predictable stuff, like "a maker of erudite entertainments that inhabit a self-invented realm halfway between opera and philosophy," or Tyshawn Sorey's "Verisimilitude."

China's vast surveillance network—the world's largest—only needs seven minutes to track down a BBC reporter.

A music video for a coffee break: "Capture" by Baloji, a Congolese artist who grew up in Belgium, where he's exploring his roots and a love for old technology. From an interview in FACT:

What’s interesting is that ten years ago every continent was fascinated by the logos of Chanel or Dior, but it’s now the Apple logo that is fascinating the whole world. Everybody wants an Apple product they can use to connect to the wifi.

One interesting consequence of ride-sharing apps: there's been a significant drop in ambulance usage.

I hadn’t accounted for real desire. Now it overtook me like a wave. I had no practice with it, no defense. Not that I tried. I was ecstatic to be in love. I tried to summon the courage to make decisions with my heart.

A fabulous personal essay by pro climber Beth Rodden about divorce and desire—and surviving being kidnapped.

↩︎ Outside Magazine
Two "music nerds," who've programmed all of Starbucks' tunes for 20 years, explain how they find new songs.
How handwarmers work: by making rust inside your glove (the heat is just a byproduct).
The melancholy of Christmas liquor ads.
"Um" is used as “a deliberate signal,” whereas "uh" is “an unavoidable effect of having processing problems."