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“Sudan's internet blackout has gained global attention, but it is not unique. Shutdowns are on the rise around the world”. Protestors toppled a 30yr corrupt tyrant by taking to the streets en masse for months, only to be undermined and sabotaged by the military who went on to egregious abuses ...Read More
Queryable Earth is the concept of a searchable database of Earth’s surface. Search for any object, such as a ship, and Machine Intelligence will return image results from the entire history of satellite imagery. Search 'epizoic media' for more.
"Despite skepticism and concern about Facebook’s reach, the company envisions an alternative financial system based on a new cryptocurrency called Libra."
"Dark forests like newsletters and podcasts are growing areas of activity. As are other dark forests, like Slack channels, private Instagrams, invite-only message boards, text groups, Snapchat, WeChat, and on and on. This is where Facebook is pivoting with Groups (and trying to redefine what the word “privacy” means in These are all spaces where depressurized conversation is possible because of their non-indexed, non-optimized, and non-gamified environments. The cultures of those spaces have more in common with the physical world than the internet." ...Read More
“The problem with social networks, even more of a problem than fake news, is that everybody espouses the same views, but secretly doesn’t believe in them. Nobody says what they really think. Rather, everybody defers to an illusory accord, and this makes for a highly distorted perception of reality. The I am still sitting with the lines above. ...Read More
“Harry Brignull, a user-experience consultant, has created a website listing 11 dark pattern types to watch out for. A “roach motel” is when the design makes it simple to sign up but hard to cancel (for example, a subscription); “disguised ads” masquerade as content that isn’t trying to sell you ...Read More
Compelled to get behind Pi-hole, which acts as a "network-wide protection instead of browser plugins or other software on each computer, install Pi-hole in one place and your entire network is protected. Block in-app advertisements Network-level blocking allows you to block ads in non-traditional places such as mobile apps and ...Read More
“We can forgive your politics and focus on your technical contributions as long as you don’t do something unforgivable, like speaking to the press.” 👈 Parting advice given to a departing Google employee.
“What happened is that the internet stopped being something you went to in order to separate from the real world — from your job and your work and your obligations and responsibilities. It’s not the place you seek to waste time, but the place you go to so that you’ll ...Read More
"Back in 2006, I published on one of my domains, digifreedom.net, the opinion piece “Seven Things we’re tired of hearing from software hackers”. A few years later, for reasons not relevant here, I froze that whole project. One unwanted consequence was that the “Seven Things”, together with other posts, were ...Read More
Putin wants to make Russia's internet sovereign. What would it take to pull off this massive technical challenge? ...Read More
Great long read about the effects on internet on education, commerce and politics. As industrial-age institution and hierarchies unbundle we are often times left polarizing opinions and distrust. The picture is not entirely bleak. We see examples, like that of Wikipedia, where outdated institutions are being replaced with a superior institutions based on open, distributed and fluid hierarchies. The reason we haven't seen this in news and politics is because the information environment is dominated by platforms that ...Read More
"Surveillance capitalism was invented by Google more than a decade ago when it discovered that the “data exhaust” clogging its servers could be combined with analytics to produce predictions of user behavior. At that time, the key action of interest was whether a user might click on an ad. The ...Read More
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So this is like Reddit, but you get paid? I'm interested :)
Yep yep, working on some other features like cummunity-run federated servers, chat rooms etc