The week’s noteworthy writing on technology and more.
Noah Kirsch, Forbes
In November, Eric Baker’s online ticket marketplace Viagogo purchased rival StubHub for $4 billion. Baker was actually one of StubHub’s co-founders before he was fired from the company. The deal closed in February — just in time for COVID-19 to stop all live sporting events around the world. Baker was on the verge of creating an online ticket re-selling juggernaut. Instead, his revenge plans had perhaps the worst timing ever.
Allison Aubrey, Laurel Wamsley and Carmel Roth, NPR
As many states are well into opening back up, we face another challenge: what to do this summer. NPR offers some expert advice on how risky those activities are that you might already have planned. Let’s just say it might time to invest in camping gear.
Franklin Foer, The Atlantic
If you thought the United States might’ve learned something from Russian meddling in the last presidential election, think again. The Atlantic details how some of the same vulnerabilities still exist, which means “the Russians could have strolled through the same door as they had in 2016.” What’s more, Foer explains how, with an election quickly approaching, one plan in motion is to “to identify democracy’s most glaring weakness by deploying college kids on their summer break.”