@_edjw No, and that was Kranzberg's first law of technology, but for some reason people keep saying it is. last time i gave the talk, someone specifically told me that technology is neutral...
Not quite sure how to feel about this. I deplore dodgy "engagement"-craving tricks by the likes of Facebook et al, but feel like this could throw out a fair amount of baby with the bathwater, if not planned and applied v carefully.
"US could ban 'addictive' autoplay videos and infinite scrolling online"
So today I noticed the Sigur Rós store has moved to Warner Music and removed all their album digital downloads that were available, free and paid. So this is a reminder to everyone that international licensing deals just wipe music and art off the internet all the time with no warning. Own! Your! Music! Streaming services are nice for discovering new music but they pay nothing to artists, and it can all be taken away instantly unless you own and store the files yourself. #music
It's back—#jail4journalists under a new UK Espionage Act: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/05/20/espionage_act_proposal/
Home Sec Sajid Javid proposes criminal sanctions for whistleblowers / theguardian journalists to stop any future Edward Snowden
What do the general public think about the internet?
We (BBC R&D) helped NESTA to explore what the general public think about the internet. It was during a bitterly cold day but me, Rhia and Vicky took to the streets of Manchester to ask the public in a series of vox-pox interviews.
The results surprised me, as it was clear most were concerned and have serious but
It is proven! I am edjw on Keybase: https://keybase.io/edjw/sigchain#22fbb1d2e7281e40e9ced5ca6219a6c289e2750995fb7af4673012222e9f6b520f
US red lines for digital trade with the UK cause alarm
The US government has published its negotiating objectives for a trade deal with the UK, which include some worrying proposals on digital trade, including a ban on the disclosure of source code and algorithms, and potential restrictions on data protection.
Online harms in the UK: the government is rattling ahead towards regulation of UK social media, and prefers a 'duty of care'. Whether this is provides balance, or undermines free speech, largely rests on the notion of risk it takes up.
Happy #DataProtection Day!
Here's a report by the @openrightsgroup on the public's understanding of the GDPR:
"Here are the list of emojis considered too similar to the verified checkmark to be permitted in Twitter names or bios:
✔️ Heavy Check Mark
☑️ Ballot Box With Check
✅ White Heavy Check Mark
🔹 Small Blue Diamond
🔷 Large Blue Diamond
🔵 Blue Circle
🔘 Radio Button
🧿 Nazar Amulet
💠 Diamond With a Dot
There probably is cryptography out there that is good enough for online voting. Problem is, everything else that’s necessary isn’t: software distribution (what election code is running), key distribution (who is entitled to vote) …
Democracies work when there is trust in the elections. If you need a CS + Crypto PhD to understand why something is secure; it’s easy to make people fearful of «election hacking». In contrast, most people have a good understanding of the threat model for paper ballots
This is smart as heck. What better way to teach folks about the <details> element than using the elements themselves to structure the post?
Bad news for the European branches of the decentralized web. Not only did #copyrightfilters and the #linktax pass EU Parliament, the Commission introduced new anti-terrorist proposals that would need you to be available 24/7 to police your network for "terrorist content".
It's time to make your voice heard in Brussels. Start with subscribing and following https://edri.org/ -- the reps for digital rights groups in the EU.