Naomi Wu & things from last week

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Naomi Wu on the nascent open source culture developing in China. It isn’t just about China taking anymore but contributing. Ironically, China’s large corporates have now tried to start building intellectual property as a weapon cough, cough Huawei.

Huawei historically leached off the open source community for software and spent a good deal of time justifying why they didn’t contribute to the open source software projects that they so heavily used. It also had a reputation of intellectual property theft, that was allowed to happen unchecked. Naomi Wu, based in Shenzhen, has been doing a lot of work to educate her peers on open source. More related content here.

Ari Saal Forman’s Menthol 10s took a swipe at corporate culture and big tobacco. Some background for you. Menthol cigarettes were the only flavoured tobacco products allowed in the US. The government banned other flavours. Menthol cigarettes were disproportionately popular with American people of colour.

Nike didn’t see the social purpose in the message behind the design. In this interview with Vice, Ari Saal Forman tells

The ambiguous nature of the male host business in Japan is highlighted in this interview. Hosts can be extremely well paid and the roles are very competitive.

The needs of their clients are surprisingly modest. The client interview section is insane, an 18 year old having $100,000 to spend on drinks in a nightclub – for some people the bubble economy years of late 1980s Japan has never gone away.

A people’s history of computing in the US. The presenter talks about the early experiences of personal computing and programming languages like BASIC. It is interesting hearing a programmer talk about their ambiguous relationship with BASIC when they went into a professional career of programming.

It’s the time of the year when 2019 consumer trends are trotted out.  JWT(WundermanThompson) have 100 trends. Trendwatching thankfully have just five.