A new investigative story in The Markup by Dara Kerr and Maddy Varner reveals a vast corporate dark-money operation that spent millions to make Uber and Lyft seem like paragons of racial justice.

themarkup.org/news/2021/06/17/

They reveal over 30 orgs from communities of color that took donations from Uber and Lyft's PACs and subsequently came out against state and city initiatives to ban worker misclassification and secure benefits and protections for precarious workers.

github.com/the-markup/investig

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Huge epiphany: It just occurred to me that the internet is WAY WAY WAY bigger than FB or Twitter or YouTube. When I left big tech I discovered so many things, so many wonderful people, so very very much that I wouldn't have ever known otherwise! I feel like I thought my entire country consisted of my state...and just learned that the 49 other states have so much to offer that I'd have never known had I never left mine.

@aral

Did you hear about the village in Wales, where all of the local businesses grouped together to hire an accountant+lawyer to exploit the same loopholes that the large companies are using?

They set up an offshore company in the Isle of Man that used identical structures to the large corporates, and used the same tax breaks.

Expensive to do for a single business, but when you have 20 local businesses sharing the costs, it's affordable.

HMRC freaked! :D

I think I’m not done with the web just yet. For a while I was evaluating plans to bail and move into other fields, but I’ve changed my mind.

Particularly in comparison to other mediums, it’s still very open. And it’s accessible in far reaching ways that also aren’t really matched elsewhere.

So instead of bailing, I’m going to carry on but do it “right” to the best of my abilities. Trying to contribute positively where I’m able. @aral sets a great example of doing this. Improving > abandoning.

RT @zunguzungu@twitter.com

1. the idea of the "carbon footprint" was invented (by literally the fossil fuel companies) to take the burden off business and government and make individual people think it's THEIR fault (and their responsibility):
mashable.com/feature/carbon-fo

🐦🔗: twitter.com/zunguzungu/status/

Nils, the author of programs like Patroneo and Agordejo has created a list of "worry-free" FOSS sampled instruments. The idea is to list resources granting maximum artist freedom and being 100% free from any possible legal trouble.
hilbricht.net/foss-sampled-ins

Google AMP is dead! You no longer need to follow any artificial restrictions set by the adtech giant in order to rank plausible.io/blog/google-amp

Get vaccinated, but reject companies attempting to require we all carry Apple or Google controlled devices running a proprietary app to prove vaccination status.

Not everyone can afford a smartphone, and not everyone wishes to risk being constantly identified.

Standard Ebooks is a volunteer-driven project that produces new editions of public domain ebooks that are lovingly formatted, open source, free of copyright restrictions, and free of cost

See standardebooks.org/

is already making HDD prices go up.
chiaexplorer.com/
Cryptocurrencies are cancer that's eating upbresources - all for a few people to get rich.
The HDD prices are highest they've been in the past half a year. This is not the pandemic, this is crypto. First GPUs, now HDDs.
People are buying petabytes of storage to hold useless noise in order to get Chia.
Which in 100+ days will yield 1 Chia (currently ~1 USD) per 1 TB of given up pool storage.

"The Internet was never designed to be secure. The internet was designed to move pictures of cats." (Daniel Kaminsky)

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