My class on disinformation and misinformation has decided to build their own conspiracy theory. (Don't worry -- rule #1 is that this theory stays in the class).
The part I really find amusing is that they're using skills and techniques from marketing and PR classes to do it. (I mean, I know very well that PR and conspiracy theories have a lot in common. I'm just amused that this was the first move the students made to realize their theory).
🇬🇧 Today, MEPs voted for a #righttorepair. Why the demands of the Parliament do not go far enough for me: https://www.patrick-breyer.de/en/right-to-repair-must-bring-more-rights-for-consumers-say-pirates/
EU lawmakers faced with sexist and racist abuse from crypto advocates - https://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/eu-lawmakers-faced-with-sexist-and-racist-abuse-from-crypto-advocates/ crypto bros are foul-mouthed, sexist bigots? surely not...
‘Why did they do this to us?’: Bucha’s survivors come out of hiding - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/apr/04/why-did-they-do-this-to-us-buchas-survivors-come-out-of-hiding such images of pointless destruction, such stories of pointless suffering #BuchaGenocide
For now we just mirror on #Mastodon about 1500 #Twitter accounts of EU officials and MEPs as listed by Wikidata and https://european-union.europa.eu/contact-eu/social-media-channels_en.
Decentralization is not the goal. The goal is information and communication services that respect human agency.
Open source is not the goal, the goal is building a commons of software that is free to study, inspect, and improve.
I feel like, as implementors, as people who spend our lives in the digital crawlspaces focused on the details; its easy to lose sight of the why behind the how. I think important to periodically step back and refocus on why we are doing things the way we are doing. What is the desired world state?
https://sphinx.acast.com/p/acast/s/the-tortoise-podcast/e/624473534cf35b00125d5081/media.mp3 What does the story of Alexei Navalny and wife Yulia Navalnaya tell us about Vladimir Putin’s Russia and the state of opposition? U.K.'s Tortoise Media does some good stuff. This is most recent installment from their 'slow news' podcast.
"Individual actions, however well-meaning, are utterly irrelevant to stopping global climate disruption.. Worse, individual actions tend to mislead people into thinking that’s the solution to saving the planet—each of us “doing our part” and changing our lifestyles—thus giving a pass to the fossil fuel industry and other large-scale, systemic challenges". https://www.thedailybeast.com/uns-climate-disaster-plan-is-not-what-liberals-would-expect?source=articles&via=rss
Privacy hack: if you want to share a link to a Twitter thread elsewhere and you don’t want people to be tracked by Twitter, Inc., replace twitter.com with nitter.net
I also like to use this addon:
This actually made my smile because it is so grotesque. I actually expected it but when you read it and ht with the reality you can need to laugh..
Conspirituality: 95: Aleksandr Dugin: Kali Yuga Chess
Episode webpage: https://conspirituality.net/
#Fediverse is much more than 'just-an-alternative' to traditional #social media. It's a complete paradigm shift and that insight is crucial. It relates to the “unique selling point” with which we should be able to attract the right people to evolve the technology landscape.
The exclamation mark is at Peopleverse, as that represents the ultimate goal: a fediverse for People. Fedi itself is just the technical enabler.
Ezra Klein's latest column in the NYT is well worth a read https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/03/opinion/putin-ukraine-liberalism.html #Liberalism #PostLiberalism #Ukraine #Christianity
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