"Big Tech's problem is Big, not Tech" by Cory Doctorow (video) https://archive.org/details/decentralizedwebsummitmedia-2018-courtyard-2?start=509
I missed this when it came out a few months ago, but this is a great talk. I'm becoming more and more convinced that the problems of technology centralization can't be solved without antitrust. Tim Wu's recent book "The Curse of Bigness" also comes to mind here.
As technologists I think it's tempting to believe that decentralization can be achieved if we just had the right tech – better interfaces, more options, the right algorithms, whatever. I've been guilty of this myself; Pinafore is my attempt to make Mastodon's UI more accessible. But Doctorow makes a good case that these are just band-aids on what is fundamentally a policy problem. And unfortunately the policy solutions being floated right now would entrench monopolies rather than break them up.
In retrospect, having that cappuccino—the first coffee beverage I’ve consumed in years—at 3pm to help me stay awake until midnight was perhaps a poor judgment call. It’s nearly 2:30am and everyone else is asleep and I am thinking of rearranging the bedroom furniture. And I’m not even at my own house.
One of my favorite shots from the #OELS18 event in Paris.
Well, flight to Paris was cancelled. Hours before takeoff. No explanation. They gave back my money. Seriously, air travel is ridiculous. Just shocking. I rebooked for tomorrow at huge extra cost. I wonder what travelers are doing who don’t have the ability to pay this much more? Especially those who have been left stranded and can’t get home to France? Norwegian Air. Just wow.
I am headed to Paris today. Through the course of one year, I’ll have been on three continents and in six countries. I didn’t have the chance to travel much at all when I was growing up, and I think being lucky enough to see the world through this work I’m doing now has made me such a better human and teacher. I feel blessed every minute.
Here’s my keynote address for the “Making Knowledge Public” colloquium at Simon Fraser University last night. It focuses on the future of the public missions of universities. http://robinderosa.net/higher-ed/publicfutures/
Yes, many start on mastodon.social and then find an instance more reflective of their community. Importing and exporting users gets to be a pain.
But you can make your own Domain your Fediverse instance with a bit of work.
The thing I did, that made mastodon homely for me, was to start by curating a home timeline of people I wanted to follow. That turned out to be more diverse than Twitter: @dadegroot posts about blacksmithing and @RussSharek is a clown and @paralithode is an artist and writer, and my world got bigger.
When people followed me back then I had a little community of back-and-forth at a scale that was comfortable for me.
Kid teaches #flyingdan a new snow day trick
I just published: "Why Mastodon is defying the 'critical mass'" https://medium.com/@poshaughnessy/why-mastodon-is-defying-the-critical-mass-de3454109099
I’m taking a MOOC from my own university called Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education. I’ve done a couple of recent blog posts on videos we watched.
On Lisa Jackson’s short film Savage: http://blogs.ubc.ca/chendricks/2018/11/07/lisa-jackson-savage/ (film about Indian Residential Schools in Canada)
On Susan D Dion and Thomas King: http://blogs.ubc.ca/chendricks/2018/10/30/not-perfect-strangers-indedu200x/
I'm teaching a class on technology ethics from a future perspective next week and want students to discuss real-life cases of tech and ethical questions in small groups. Does anyone have good suggestions for cases, especially beyond obvious ones like Cambridge Analytica?
Call for proposals for OER19 in Ireland closes in a few weeks. Check out @catherinecronin’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/catherinecronin/status/1059905732865351681?s=09
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