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Did you know that 94% of websites include at least one third-party resource and that the median page requests content from 9 different domains?

7 of the 10 most used third-party resources are owned by Google. Here's how to de-Google-ify your site

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According to data from, the may have actually helped to consolidate the power of the giants of .

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so, just to be clear, this is what is happening:

Amazon: ::builds a for-profit video surveillance empire and gives the cops VIP access to it::

Cops: "this is way too much footage, it's not even useful."

Amazon: "did we mention we also sell facial recognition software?"


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**Cambridge Analytica: a Salesgirl’s Report**

"Much has been written about the murky world of the UK PR firm Cambridge Analytica – a company acting by stealth which furnished the propaganda behind successes like the election of Donald Trump along with the British vote for Brexit. One of the faces that Alexander Nix, Cambridge Analytica’s shadowy boss, liked to push was More …"

#news #bot

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My critique of Zuboff's is in the new NLR.

A book torn between a Polanyian critique of the marketisation of the new realm of data and a business school celebration of the market as the basis of democracy and freedom.

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Employee at the gym: So what are your goals? What kind of body do you want?

Me: *Pulls out phone, excitedly starts showing him pictures of river otters*

Employee: What

Me: What

Hello Mastodon scholars. I've just signed up on I've been dabbling in Mastodon for a while, but just discovered this instance and thought there might be more conversation to be had here.

I'm not an academic, but I am involved with scholarly publishing: I'm the digital editor of the New Left Review.

Intellectually, to capture an orientation in generic keywords: Marxism, tech, philosophy, history, politics.

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