“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.
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
@aral is well known to be a firebrand for the New digital freedoms we deserve. But this speech to EU's parliament yesterday... damn man. Truth to power.
17 minutes of spitting straight fire.
#introduction Hi all :) I'm working on a PhD on #STS, specifically studying the #openhardware 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
I’ve been listening to Nick Cave’s new album and it fits really nicely for late autumn nights. A colleague said today that Cave has made some questionable political statements recently. Not as bad as Morrissey but enough for some to get upset. This is news to me. Does anyone here have any insight on this?
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”.
Ressource : Libre fonts designed by women https://www.design-research.be/by-womxn/
"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 (https://small-tech.org/about#small-technology) tomorrow.
"Mozilla is no longer fighting for market share of its browser: it is fighting for the future of the web" https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/nov/17/firefox-mozilla-fights-back-against-google-chrome-dominance-privacy-fears
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. https://www.unimi.it/it/ateneo/lavora-con-noi/reclutamento-ricercatori/selezioni-ricercatori/ricercatore-tipo-b-sc-11/c3-ssd-m-fil/03-codice-4237
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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