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The trouble with social media

The problem with main$tream social media isn’t the fact that it’s closed source, but the fact that it’s for-profit. I’m happy to see that people are interested in creating alternatives that incorporate some combination of decentralization, software freedom, or user … Continue reading

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Quotebag #126

Aral Balkan: In the PC 1.0 era, individuals had ownership and control of their machines. If, for example, you installed an app and it used your 9600 baud modem to phone home and report on your behaviour, we called it … Continue reading

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Should I sign Larry Sanger’s Declaration of Digital Independence?

I’m of two minds on the subject. I agree with everything in Larry’s declaration of digital independence and as far as I know, I agree with the petition language (although I haven’t yet followed the link to change.org). But as … Continue reading

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Autistic representation in media

I used to sometimes joke (somewhat tastelessly I’m sure) that there are three categories of autistic people systematically underrepresented in media, at least news media. Those being autistic adults autistic girls autistic boys whose name is something other than Daniel … Continue reading

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Innovation=entrepreneurship, another repeat-until-true meme

Part of the problem is that at some point the hype machine made a regular meme campaign of using the words innovation and entrepreneurship interchangeably. I can only assume that the goal of this aggressive framing is to create a … Continue reading

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Data ownership is the problem, not the solution

Please see this discussion between Isabella DiMichelis and Evgeny Morozov, moderated by Maria Mazzucato. I’m concerned less with the right to monetize than the option of not monetizing. I miss the days when many Internet participants chose not to monetize. … Continue reading

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Ethical consumption under capitalism

h/t /u/rbif All three do all three of those things and more. There is no major variation in business practices between competitors. The role of competition in capitalism is not to see who can be innovative and come up with … Continue reading

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