Hallo, this is Iceland

Hella, Iceland

Awesome story of how Iceland is using social media to rebuild its tourism industry – and getting the president heavily involved.

http://mashable.com/2012/03/15/iceland-technology/

This has to be one of the greatest tumblrs ever made:

“There are many towns on me where humans live. One of them is called “Hella”. I have noticed that many humans think this is a clever name, and take photographs of the sign that says “Hella”.

I do not know why they do this.

Bless bless,
– Iceland.”

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Mission Control, Built for Cities

Great piece on I.B.M.’s ‘Smarter Cities’ concept, being used in Rio de Janeiro – and run by Bangalore-born Guru Banavar. Imagine if we could do something similar in India.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/04/business/ibm-takes-smarter-cities-concept-to-rio-de-janeiro.html?_r=1&ref=technology


Throwing the toys out of the pram

Russian authorities in Siberia have banned a protest by toys – because they are not citizens of Russia.  No comment yet from the 100 Kinder Surprise toys, 100 Lego people, 20 model soldiers, 15 soft toys and 10 toy cars.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/15/toys-protest-not-citizens-russia


Why Britain is not a ‘broken’ society

A piece I wrote for the Mumbai foreign policy think tank Gateway House on Britain’s response to the London Riots.

Explanations for the riots in England must go deeper than the easy targets of race, consumerist greed, and the socio-economic environment. It is necessary to understand the way socially-wired youth approached the riots as an opportunity for consequence-free action. 

http://www.gatewayhouse.in/publication/gateway-house/features/why-britain-not-%E2%80%98broken%E2%80%99-society