12 Apr

Unevenly distributed technological futures with the Iran notebook viral tumblr

Wild. A stolen MacBook. The owner is able to still access it, and creates a tumblr of photos taken from it of who he thinks are thieves. But:

“They had nothing to do with stealing his laptop. As Mashable pointed out yesterday, there’s a big black market for stolen laptops in Iran, where international sanctions block the import of computers and other consumer electronics.”

(Via Owner of Stolen MacBook Found in Iran Apologizes for Viral Tumblr.)

Stolen laptop black markets. Virtual control of the laptop. Privacy issues. Developing world. Cross-cultural assumptions (that thieves keep what they steal, therefore people using the item must be guilty), etc etc. A lot of stuff going on on multiple levels in this story.