“The technology behind the internet is not incompatible with our rights, but the business model Facebook and Google have chosen is.”

Yep, that’s Amnesty International saying that.


Ok, I’ve been reminded that the train is not a good place to read. So many interruptions, distractions, loud conversations and inconveniences. Such a shame!

what if all jobs were phrased like "attorney at law"?

programmer at computer

chef at food

barista at coffee

surgeon at brain

You can now watch my talk on the future of Internet regulation at the European Parliament yesterday on Peertube (@joinpeertube) thanks to @vincib


And here are my slides (which were on the screens but aren’t visible in the video):


Aral Balkan, One of us 

Hi all :) I'm working on a PhD on , specifically studying the for science movement. As an activist I'm interested in feminist approaches to tech which I try to implement in meet ups, workshops, etc. A big part of my time goes to working as open as STS lets me, another big part goes to WikiData because I love it. Beautiful communities are what keep me existing through late capitalism, so here I am in Mastodon <3.

Nick Cave’s politics 

Hi. Must confess I haven’t actually understood the search function at @mastodon. Need help with it. Thanks

Here’s a thought: We often do the most creative and valuable things when we’re doing things in between items on our todo list. Todos and explicit project descriptions often can’t capture what leads to something new and interesting and what truly motivates us.

So it matters hugely what you do when you’re “not doing anything”.

"To try to steer privacy legislation their way, Google and Facebook spend millions of dollars lobbying each year...

Not so well-documented is spending to support highly influential think tanks and public interest groups that are helping shape the privacy debate, ostensibly as independent observers."


On a Silly-O-Clock plane to Amsterdam, en route to Brussels to speak on the future of Internet regulation at the European Parliament on behalf of @Mastodon and small technology (small-tech.org/about#small-tec) tomorrow.

Preview (slides): small-tech.slides.com/aral/dea

#eu #mastodon #regulation #freedom #HumanRights #democracy

Open Call for Application, Tenure-Track in Applied Ethics including Information Ethics at the Department of Philosophy, University of Milan. Deadline: 13/12/2019, 12:00h. unimi.it/it/ateneo/lavora-con-

We can shape the future, or we can let the future shape us.

If we want to get *really* scifi, maybe these hypothetical carbon capture machines could construct *themselves* out of captured carbon, possibly using some kind of tiny pod containing most of the materials needed to get started as well as the information to construct the entire machine... Maybe these pods could, themselves, be made through carbon capture using the same machines, making them self-replicating without any technical skills needed

But this is all some kind of absurd pipe dream, of course. It's not like self-replicating material-producing carbon capture machines grow on trees

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