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Technical privacy, in this context, is about preventing surveillance - encryption, anonymity, all the usual infosec stuff - while social privacy is about who you’re talking to - granular visibility for posts, moderation tools, instance blocks.

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Uranium mining is an ecological disaster and I'm sorry to say anyone claiming nuclear power was a "green technology" or even a "bridge technology" has fallen for propaganda.

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late capitalism gothic 

you receive an email. it tells you you have a message, just click the portal. the portal brings you to a home page, you find the link to the specific page, and then the link to log in to the actual portal. the portal has a messaging system, but there are no indicators you have a message. you go to the inbox. there is your message. you open it. it informs you you have a message, just click here to read it. you click. a blank page pops up on your screen, and never loads.

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Revenge of the Real stuff (conspiracy theories) 

He also suggests that it is also very anathema to those in general which have worldviews that see their subjective individual experience as the most valid above all else (health nuts, new age idiots, fascists, right wing libertarians etc.), and they are the ones fighting the most militantly against it and how they have formed this strange coalition, because the reality of the pandemic is the most crushing for their worldviews.

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Has anyone read "The Cyber Effect: A Pioneering Cyberpsychologist Explains How Human Behaviour Changes Online" by Mary Aiken? I'm curious, but not sure if there's any new insights now.

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can you recommend me resources on african antinationalism and antinationalist anticolonialism (in africa or other colonialised areas)?

could be anything, books, papers, video essays, author / scholar names &c.


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small_brain.jpg: "Social media is inherently bad and harmful and thus should be disparaged"

big_brain.jpg: "Social media in its current iteration has been willfully designed to cause the user anguish and if we stopped allowing companies to get away with it then the experience would improve substantially for everyone"

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Spread the Call

The Feminist Hacker Assembly from the galaxy of Hacker Feminisms all around the world takes place at #rc3 2021 online. The glue is /etc, Eclectic Tech Carnival, running since 2002. Contributions: managed #servers ( and, #fanzines, #books, #radio, #codes, #games

For proposals/submission: 📧 call AT eclectictechcarnival org (first schedule draft 18/12)

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Is losing your data good for you? Tune in on the 18th of December (18:00h - 19:00h CEST) to find out!

In 2015, researcher and media artist Dave Young (@dv) wrote an essay entitled "Know Your Filesystem (And How It Affects You)". He argued that "the ‘traditional’ filesystem interface, familiar to us as a visually traversable hierarchical structure of files and folders, is replaced by an app-centric interface."

Half a decade later the issue has become urgent again and it is time for a retrospective evaluation. In the fourth and last episode of The User Condition, PDF-hoarders Dave Young and Silvio Lorusso will look back at this interface parable and try to understand where are we now. Did app-centricity actually become hegemonic? What did we lose in the meantime? What have we gained? How helpful is the "helpful framework" of smart interfaces? How purist should you be when it comes to file management?

More info:

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"Wikipedia was born at a time of tremendous optimism about the future of technology"... #IGF

Well hmm

I guess that this is where being old helps.

Wikipedia was born in 2001 in the aftermath of the dotcom crash. Following the late 1990s when basically anything even tangentially related to the internet had VCs throwing giant piles of cash at it, 2001 was the hangover after the rave. Most internet services were going out of business in a very abrupt manner. Your favorite forum or e-commerce pet food store would suddenly have the plug pulled and the domain would not even resolve.

It was a time of pessimism about any sort of online service. This is the time where the slogan "will code for food" came from. The overall conclusion was that nobody would pay for online services - or at least not as much as the VCs had expected. The expected business models had failed.

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Alternative practices and approches to design are possible!

Welcome to the ➦ Servus Design Week, a series of radio conversations and workshops about design and its critical implications.
06 – 11.12.2021 on Radio Fro.

Find the program on our website


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Of course Elsevier's "enhanced pdf viewer" tracks where you click, view, if you hide the page, etc. and then transmits a big base64 blob of events along with ID from University proxy when you leave. I'm sure straight to SciVal for sale.
Is this the way we want science to work?

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Hier findet ihr einen kritischen Adventskalender, der in Begriffe rund um #Patriarchat und #Männlichkeit einführt:

Jeden Tag gibt es einen kurzen Input, der Worte wie Cis-Sexismus oder Privilegien erklärt, und danach mit ein paar Fragen zur Reflexion einlädt.

Der kritische Adventskalender richtet sich an großteils an Cis-Männer, die sich mit ihrer eigenen Position im Patriarchat auseinandersetzen, und sich über #queer-feministische Themen informieren wollen.

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We live in a world where Creative Commons shills NFTs, the biggest revenue stream for Firefox is promoting Google, and Microsoft is a platinum member of the Linux Foundation.

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@tobbsn I think a good book review is enjoyable to read in itself, because it places the book in a larger context and examines the discussion the book takes part in. That contextualisation is what takes a book review from just being a description of what the book says into a examining what the book contributes to knowledge in general.

I was asked to write a book review for a journal - But I've never done that before :ohno:

Do you know of any good resources on how to write something like that?

Do you have anything to share about that? What did you wish you knew before writing your first review?

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I appreciate your covering the exchange between the author and Joy Lisi Rankin. I was looking at some of the things the fediverse's own @nasser had done and stumbled across Rankin's talk that so upset the author (it was the 1st of the session, I never got around to watching rest, my apologies to Ramsey Nasser!).

I think it's worth a watch


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PLATO was a fascinating, pioneering online learning system developed at the University of Illinois.

Alongside course materials, it originated complex multiplayer online games, chat, & collaboration tools, rendered on 512x512 touchscreen plasma displays--in the 1970s.

Brian Dear's "The Friendly Orange Glow" is the (thus far) definitive history of the system, based on decades of research. It took me a while to make my way through the 640 page tome, but here's my review:

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