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Wherever you go, Instagram’s there too. A new app called Who’s in Town offers its users an interactive map of every place the people they follow have geotagged themselves in Instagram posts and stories. While this information is ostensibly available already if you search through someone’s posts, Who’s in Town transforms data into a chronological log of to-ings and fro-ings of anyone who has a public Instagram account. “The amount of data is insane,” said Erick Barto, the app’s creator. “It’s the equivalent of you going through every single story and writing down every single location, just consistently all the time.”
The sea is consuming Jakarta, and its people aren’t insured
Jakarta is literally digging itself into a hole. The coastal megalopolis continues to pump too much water from its aquifers, causing the land to collapse by almost a foot a year in some places. And it gets worse: Very few people in Jakarta have insurance, the very thing that could help the country’s citizens move away from rising tides. WIRED’s Matt Simon reports, “The sea is swallowing up the nation’s 17,000 islands, so families can’t just move down the street to escape danger. They’ll need money to relocate and find new livelihoods—money that insurance can provide.”
In case you didn’t know, Comic-Con is happening right now through the weekend. Check out our highlights (including all things Marvel) here.
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