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Interesting data points on the web bloat associated with online surveillance

Against an Increasingly User-Hostile Web

Who is the smartest person you know working on decentralization / replacing or innovating on big social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, etc?

Sidequestion, which project in this space most excites you? Except for Mastodon of course :)

From Bloomberg 2016 :
Baltimore police have been testing an aerial surveillance system (Persistent Surveillance Sytems) adapted from the surge in Iraq.

The new Mastodon logo looks a bit like a fist with brass knuckles.

I like it.✊

Speculation: If apps can access this using an API call (it is not clear that they can), I could think of a lot of mischief they could get up to, well beyond the "facebook suggested the guy at the deli counter as a friend" level and more like "I'm being blackmailed by a honeypot porn site"

I guess now all those folks who claimed to receive emails and other solicitations from companies after visiting a company website can no longer be dismissed as paranoid or technologically under-informed.

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US telcos appear to be selling non-anonymized access to consumer telephone data

>"Want to see something crazy? Open this link on your phone with WiFi turned off:

What you should see is your home address, phone number, cell phone contract details, and — depending on what kind of cell phone towers you’re currently connected to — a latitude and longitude describing the current location of your cell phone."

Undesirable substitution effects from ridesharing?

>"However, this study finds that while some portion of individuals increase their transit use (an increase in commuter rail use), the net effect across the entire population is an overall reduction in public transit use and a shift towards lower occupancy vehicles (i.e. more cars)."

Unpredictable consequences of social network s, pt. 5,678:

Facebook outs sex workers

General principle applies to anyone needing to maintain strict separation between identities

Interesting article contrasting O'Reilly's open-source paradigm with , and their respective philosophies:

The Meme Hustler

Here's How Breitbart And Milo Smuggled Nazi and White Nationalist Ideas Into The Mainstream
A cache of documents obtained by BuzzFeed News reveals the truth about Steve Bannon’s alt-right “killing machine.”

Pair with:
We Snuck into Seattle's Super Secret White Nationalist Convention

Includes an account of how alt-right/nrx are cultivating network of disaffected professionals to espouse/exclude in their professional realms.


From Wharton: Is the Rise of Contract Workers Killing Upward Mobility?

>>“Investors hate ‘employment’ because it seems like a fixed cost...Even though it is typically more expensive per hour to hire contractors, it shows up on different budgets. But it also reflects a general short-term view of strategy: Rather than getting really good at something, which requires investing in competencies, we are going instead to just find new opportunities quickly.”

Old and busted: using your browser to mine crypotocurrency
New hotness: using your browser to mine vibranium

Will Microsoft love Linux to death? Shuttleworth and Stallman on whether Windows 10 is free software's friend -

Dice RMS: "It certainly looks that way. But it won't be so easy to extinguish us, because our reasons for using and advancing free software are not limited to practical convenience," he said.

"We want freedom. As a way to use computers in freedom, Windows is a non-starter."