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You open it.
There's no joke — just the latest round of links from the INN Nerds!


What we're pondering this week

  Adam: I wrote a bit last week about the need to think more sustainably about funding for journalism and civic tech infrastructure. In a similar vein, I was reminded of this piece earlier this week by Amanda Krauss (formerly of the Texas Tribune) about the importance of funding maintenance instead of fetishizing innovation.

  Ben: Most of us use software licensed under an MIT License, but have you ever sat down and read the license? Here’s a line-by-line breakdown, with added historical context.

  Gabe: Is graphic design dead? Jarrett Fuller claims that graphic design will always be relevant, but its distribution will be constantly changing. What about web design? With the inevitable advent of AI websites and push-based models of content consumption, Sergio Nouvel thinks so. But not everyoneagrees.

  Jack: Facebook really likes your data. The company even buys information about your shopping habits from other sources. ProPublica has a new tool that allows you to know what Facebook says it knows about you, and you can even rate the data for accuracy.

  Julia: IDEO created a useful Field Guide to Human-Centered Design, which you can download for free from (Thanks, @rsm, for sharing!)

  RC: If you’re interested in writing Hacker-Proof Code, you’ll want to study up on the history of, and advances being made in, “formally verified software”

  Inndy: Goodbye, Rosetta. ?



Work we admire by our journalism peers

Like Jack said above: ProPublica continues its excellent reporting on algorithmic bias with a new Chrome extension showing you what Facebook knows about you.

Despite fear for the future of Sunlight, TransparencyCamp is still onOctober 14-15 in Cleveland. It's an open government unconference!



Doing the good work

INN is hiring a program director and an operations manager.

The Marshall Project is hiring an editorial designer in New York, NY.

The Texas Tribune is looking for some data visuals and reporting fellows.

If you're looking for general jobs in nonprofit news, the main INN newsletter had 30 job openings this week. Check it out and sign up here if you'd like to get that in your inbox every week. Receiving two newsletters from INN is twice as good as one!



Thanks for helping!

Thanks to everyone who attended our #INNproduct conference this week. It was an enormous success, and we thank everyone for participating. In the next few weeks we'll have some blog posts about the conference up, with takeaways and links to resources.

Special thanks to the funders and sponsors who made it possible, including Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, Knight-Mozilla OpenNews, Society for News Design, Columbia College and LION Publishers.



It's what's for dinner

LISTEN: 'The Memories Live On'

EAT: At the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s Sweet Home Cafe

DRINK: The penicillin

WATCH: A dancing dog

Are you ready for October?

A person tumbles down a set of stairs. The stairs are an optical illusion called the Penrose Steps, specifically the woodblock version by M. C. Escher entitled "Ascending and Descending". The stairs are arranged visually so that walking up or down the stairs continuously.