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Paul Wells is a Canadian legend, and he seems to be having so much fun with the newsletter medium. He puts such care and thought into every article that I feel like I am reading a long-form special in a magazine. Adore that he is blending politics with his thoughts on arts & culture, and even sharing writing tips and insights along the way. Go girl!
"Understanding why people become deranged in our society — and how powerful people can weaponize untruths — can tell us an awful lot about what’s actually wrong, and might even help us fix it." I don't understand the title of Justin Ling's newsletter, but I know it's a MUST-read. He talks about scary/dark internet stuff head on.
I love to jam with James online and off. He thinks critically about technology, capitalism, business, and policy in Canada and it's exciting to read him in a new-er form. He is infamous for his ground-breaking journalism into Tim Horton's and privacy, and recently became a "Guerrilla Satirist" in Toronto.
Ali Griswold cranks out wonky policy analysis on the sharing and gig economies like it's nobody's business. It's a thrill to get a new issue of her newsletter, and she also covers the connections to competition policy head on. Bonus cute unicorn logo FTW!
Reading "Exponential" makes you part of a community of people that care deeply about facilitating (and funding!) responsible innovation. A tech newsletter that never loses sight of the role of the state.
I always get a laugh from the email-based insights that this account shares (they are on Twitter, too). While it also makes me sort of sad as I feel internal corporate comms is migrating to more ethereal/less permanent mediums, it's a sneak peek into the past minds of tech leaders.
Adam Bunch knocks it out of the park every issue. His thoroughly researched, well-written stories are engrossing and delightful. I feel like a tourist in Toronto in the best possible way. Give this man the keys to the city!
This project helps me think though how and when government or business expertise switching elsewhere walks the tightrope between effective and exploitative. A way to think about policy power and related presumptions.