John Naughton, "'The goal is to automate us': welcome to the age of surveillance capitalism" https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jan/20/shoshana-zuboff-age-of-surveillance-capitalism-google-facebook
[The asymmetry of informational content (high-quality behind paywall & substandard for "free") is part of the "asymmetry of knowledge" that "translates into asymmetries of power". In that dynamic, the "free" informational services don't emancipate users & foster democracy, but stiften & exacerbate the undemocratic divide. #wikipedia becomes part of the problem, not the solution.]
Orion Rummler, "Ahead of Zuckerberg testimony, new setbacks for Libra" https://www.axios.com/mark-zuckerberg-libra-facebook-congressional-testimony-6665e91a-e520-4cda-92c7-50783393cd17.html
[Interesting that Visa, Mastercard, ebay, PayPal are pulling out of Libra. Will the chinese Alipay and WeChat Pay get on board instead?]
Dan Goldberg, " ‘The nightmare everyone is worried about’: HIV cases tied to opioids spike in West Virginia county" https://www.politico.com/story/2019/09/02/hiv-opiods-cabell-west-virginia-1668389
[And obviously Purdue Pharma and the Sackler familky won't be held accountable for this indirect impact of their pushing doctors to over-prescribe OxyContin.]
Lenny Bernstein et al., "Sacklers could hold on to most of personal fortune in proposed Purdue settlement" https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/sacklers-could-hold-on-to-most-of-personal-fortune-in-proposed-purdue-settlement/2019/08/31/4577f93a-cb71-11e9-a4f3-c081a126de70_story.html
[They would have tp pay 3 billion $ (out of a fortune of 10-12 billion $) and wouldn't face any jail time. And that after they actively had lobbied doctors to oversubscribe OxyContin to more people and in higehr dosis, thus intensifying the opiod crisis.]
Nathaniel Weixel, "Purdue offers $10B-$12B settlement in opioid lawsuits" https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/459020-purdue-offers-settlement-in-opioid-lawsuits
[As was already clear in March (see above in the thread). Seeking Chapter 11 protection says nothing about the company being actually bankrupt or not, it simply halts all pending lawsuits and protects the company to negotiate (and settle) all legal claims in court. A way to shed responsibility. Plus the Sackler family gets off the hook w/ relinquishing ownership of the company & paying $3 billion.]
Cade Metz, "A.I. Is Learning From Humans. Many Humans." https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/16/technology/ai-humans.html
[They call it "humans" but it's mostly women! — again! — who are doing these dull jobs, like when they were confined to telephone operator jobs decades ago. Nothing ever changes...]
Nick Statt, "Major book publishers sue Amazon’s Audible over new speech-to-text feature" https://www.theverge.com/2019/8/23/20830057/amazon-audible-speech-to-text-feature-lawsuit-major-book-publishers
If this image (seen on mastodon.social) matches your mood you should immediately engage with and donate to https://www.rainforesttrust.org/ and https://www.rainforest-alliance.org/ (or other such organizations). Otherwise you merely (ab-)use the catastrophe in a moralizing fashion to look down on others.
Nahal Toosi, "Democrats can’t just unwind Trump’s foreign policy" https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/24/democrats-trump-foreign-policy-1474308
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