"We failed because we underestimated greed. We failed because we didn’t pay attention to history…
We designed and built platforms that undermined #democracy. We designed and built #technology that is used to round up immigrants and refugees and put them in cages. We designed and built #platforms that young, stupid, hateful men use to demean and shame women. We designed and built an entire industry that exploits the poor in order to make old rich men even richer."
The result: a horrific event made all the more devastating by the perpetrator’s ability to turn some of America’s most #profitable companies into distributors of his ghoulish white nationalist recruiting video."
The negative externalities of internet platforms are analogous to historical situations that required substantial regulatory intervention."
That world seemed driven by #ideas, or some sort of rationalist ideal of discourse, where the #socialinfrastructure we have now is palpably driven by affect, by #emotions coarsened and made detectable and #quantifiable."
"#Humans don’t actually suck. We’ve just spent so much time looking at each other through a weird kind of glass that filters out the good parts, that we’ve forgotten what the good parts look like or even where to find them.
The real enemy is the metric values that #algorithms calculate to supplant #humanvalues: the anti-human values embedded in the #spreadsheets used by both algorithms and executives. The real enemy of #TeamHuman is #TeamSpreadsheet.”
"We are now in late-stage performative #Twitter, where nearly every tweet is hungry as hell for favorites and retweets, and everyone is a trained pundit or comedian.
How is a new social network analogous to an #ICO?
Thirst for status is potential energy. It is the lifeblood of a #StatusAsAService business. To succeed in the market, social networks offer their own unique form of status token, earned through some distinctive #proofofwork."
"#Zuckerberg’s essay is a power grab disguised as an act of contrition.
By narrowly construing #privacy to be exclusively about #endtoend #encryption, he avoids having to think about Facebook’s weaknesses and missteps. Privacy is not just about keeping secrets. It’s also about how flows of info shape us as individuals and as a society."
Among the best-selling books in Amazon’s Epidemiology category are several anti-vaccine tomes. Scrolling through a simple keyword search for “#vaccine” in Amazon’s top-level Books section reveals #antivax literature prominently marked as “#1 Best Seller” in categories ranging from Emergency #Pediatrics to History of #Medicine to #Chemistry.
The first #pro_vaccine book appears 12th in the list.
"While you can outsource #Bitcoin mining to a computer, people still mine for #socialcapital on #socialnetworks largely through their own blood, sweat, and tears.
Why does #proofofwork matter for a social network? If people want to maximize social capital, why not make that as easy as possible? As with #cryptocurrency, if it were so easy, it wouldn't be worth anything.
Value is tied to #scarcity… status isn't worth much if there's no skill and effort required to mine it."
"To note that the #techlash—our rude & abrupt awakening to the mammoth powers of tech companies—is gaining force by the month is to state the obvious. #Amazon’s sudden departure from NYC attests to the rapidly #changingpoliticalclimate.
…the option of radical democratic transformation, for all its #utopianism, is the only option that allows progressive forces to stop defending the past and articulate a just, fair & egalitarian vision for the #digitalfuture"
Blockchain: decentralisation centralised on my coin.
Hint: the core of decentralisation isn’t about having a billion copies of the same database. It’s about a billion people each having their own, unique database.
PS. In a truly decentralised system, no one makes a billion dollars. *watches all the right libertarians make for the door*
PPS. A venture capitalist would never invest in a truly decentralised system. Why? See PS, above.
Reproducible Document Stack (#RDS) project, is a collaboration to support the development of an #opensource technology stack aimed at enabling researchers to publish #reproducible manuscripts through #onlinejournals.
Reproducible manuscripts enrich the traditional narrative of a research article with code, data and interactive figures that can be executed in the browser, downloaded and explored.
#BensComuns: leituras contemporâneas”, tem como propósito aprofundar a compreensão do #comum e estruturar discussões sobre o tema. O #GrupodeEstudos foi criado pela Profa. Tatiana Rotondaro, no contexto do Projeto Temático 'Macroamb: Governança Ambiental da Macrometrópole Paulista face à variabilidade climática'.
No 1o semestre de 2019, faremos a leitura do livro 'Comum - Ensaio sobre a revolução no Século XXI', de Pierre Dardot e Christian Laval.
#SurveillanceCapitalism "claims private #HumanExperience as a source of free raw material for subordination to the market dynamic where it is reborn as #behavioraldata–which is then combined with world historic computational capabilities that have never existed before.
This combination has the goal to produce predictions of human behavior, which are then sold to business customers who has an interest in betting in our future - #behavioralfuturemarkets."
In short, neoliberalism became just another name for economics.
Contemporary economics is finally breaking free from its market fetishism, offering plenty of tools we can use to make society more inclusive."
#Nationalism [19th century] "is founded on treating #knowledge not as something that should be shared, as a basis for some kind of consensus through publishing, through contributing knowledge to the common good. Knowledge starts to be treated as some kind of #commodity…
"#DeepLearning has authoritarian-right bias. It feeds on vast #datasets created by natural behavior, has a tendency to inherit endemic biases, & codify them in favor of conservative authoritarians who see the incumbent balance of power as natural & just.
A platform-scale social technology is a political ideology. If you want open, pluralist platforms, you're going to have to mix #pure technologies and arrange them in a conscious balance of power."
Mastodon da Ecologia Digital.
Construindo o ambiente digital público ~ comum ~, em prol de um ‘movimento ambiental para a rede [Internet]” -> #ecodigital
"Tal como o meio-ambiente, o domínio público (ou comum) precisa ser 'inventado' antes de ser salvo." - James Boyle, criador do ‘ambientalismo para a rede’