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How Wikity Works [...]

Much of software development is _open_, meaning that anybody is allowed to take code that someone else has written and modify it for their own purposes. This is similar to the idea of open content in education: open textbooks, open educational resources, open pedagogy. When someone performs a modification of this type we celebrate it as a success, and call it a "fork...

 

Beyond sustainability [...]

The idea that sustainability is no longer enough.  We also should now be looking for regeneration. "For many years, environmental campaigners have focused on the idea of sustainability – that we should be creating systems which use resources at a sustainable rate. For some campaigners, thinking has now shifted towards the idea of regeneration. Many of our envir...

 

Help:: Getting Started / Day One [...]

Most people find that using Wikity to bookmark is a good place to start. The following video shows how you can bookmark with Wikity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IGbiATzsY Note that in the video the bookmark says 'Bkmrk' but in recent versions says 'Wik-it'. The editor has also been upgraded...

 

16 ways librarians can protect patron privacy [...]

> 1.       Default search engine (on public access terminals set the default search engine to one which respects privacy such as Startpage, Duckduckgo, or Oscobo) > > 2.       Default browser (use a browser such as Firefox) > > 3.       HTTPS (see https://letsencrypt.org/ for example) > > 4.       Vendor management: when...

 

CardBox:: Equal rights and bias [...]

[[Magazine asks 8 Tech Companies: Would you help build Muslim registry?]] [[Students take DNA tests in class project on racial bias]] [[Knitting for black liberation: familiar activity opens dialogue]]...

 

Perspectives on historic, corrosive iron gall ink changed over time [...]

> More than a decade ago a group of primarily Dutch people took the initiative to build a website on iron gall ink and ink corrosion. The Iron Gall Ink Website was born. Iron gall ink is intriguing in many respects. It's traces are abundantly present within the collections of our worlds museums, libraries and archives. Like the appearance of historic documents grad...

 

Knitting for black liberation: familiar activity opens dialogue [...]

> “As a black woman, you’re invisible,” says Taylor Payne, a member of the [The Yarn Mission]. “But knitting makes people stop and have a conversation with you. If someone asks me what I’m doing, I say, ‘I’m knitting for black liberation.’ Sometimes they respond and sometimes I just get ‘Oh, my grandma knits,’ like the person didn’t hear me. B...

 

Students take DNA tests in class project on racial bias [...]

At West Chester University: > Asking people to take DNA tests — an idea that has spread to a campuswide effort at this public university — grew out of consulting work [lecturer Anita] Foeman does in race mediation. Instead of a confrontational approach, trying to provoke people into recognizing their own biases, she wanted something that would pull people toget...

 

Magazine asks 8 Tech Companies: Would you help build Muslim registry? [...]

> Facebook: No answer. > > Twitter: “No,” and a link to this blog post, which states as company policy a prohibition against the use, by outside developers, of “Twitter data for surveillance purposes. Period.” > > Microsoft: “We’re not going to talk about hypotheticals at this point,” and a link to a company blog post that states that ...

 

New at CES: Dystopian Ways to Survive Climate Change [...]

> Face masks meant to battle air pollution in urban cities have been around for decades, but never before have they appeared as glitzy, tricked out accessories for urban dwellers. Whatever you think about the environment, they’re a telling capitalistic solution to a problem that’s the fault of capitalism in the first place....

 

Importance of assessing possibility rather than likelihood [...]

"The importance of assessing possibility rather than likelihood is that it puts our collective action at the center, while making confident predictions only encourages passivity." Four Futures...

 

R. Buckminster Fuller on having to earn a living [...]

"We must do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody h...

 

Kansas library offers therapy lights to help with seasonal depression [...]

When librarians discuss how to reach and serve underserved groups, we often think of time-intensive outreach programs to persuade them of the library's relevance. But the Lawrence Public Library is piloting a simple, low-cost new program for people struggling with depression that isn't about trying to sell the library to this population, but offering multiple resource...

 

As 2016 crashed in flames, libraries were the last good place [...]

> Unfortunately, the secret is out. My local branches are packed all the time. One Sunday, I showed up a few minutes before the library opened to find 50 or 60 people milling about outside, and when the doors opened we raced for seats like a Black Friday horde intent on the last microwave.[...] “The library helps you to see, not only that you are not alone, but t...

 

Dad and son visit all of Toronto’s 100 libraries [...]

> Jack Bennett may only be five, but he probably knows the city of Toronto better than you do.  This past year, Jack and his dad, Lanrick, visited all of the city's 100 library branches in the span of six months. "To me it was really surprising that there were 100. We went to libraries as small as my office right now, [and] to libraries that were behemoth," says L...

 

Behind censorship, the need to control and make decisions for others [...]

Interview with Professor Emily J.M. Knox, who studies and advocates for intellectual freedom. > I have an article on how in fact our ideas about intellectual freedom are based in reader response theory, which is that everybody brings their own baggage to reading. You can never know what that baggage is, and it’s not your job as a librarian to infer what someone's...

 

Sharing economy [...]

The “sharing economy” is the all-purpose term used to describe transactions in which someone in possession of a car, or home, or self-storage space, or commercial real estate, or almost anything else imaginable “shares” it with a stranger.  It is unregulated, tech-enabled, supply-and-demand entrepreneurial capitalism.  Peer-to-peer business is a more accurat...

 

dat – decentralized data [...]

Open-source, decentralized data sharing tool that aims to bring to data a style of collaboration similar to what Git brings to source code. > Dat can be used to version data locally, or to share and sync data over the internet. Dat includes an optional peer-to-peer distribution system, meaning that the more widely that a dataset is shared, the faster it is for user...

 

Liquid Democracy [...]

> Liquid Democracy combines the advantages of Direct Democracy and Representative Democracy and creates a truly democratic voting system that empowers voters to either vote on issues directly, or to delegate ones voting power to a trusted party....

 

The big question of automation [...]

"will new technologies of production lead to greater free time for all, or will we remain locked into a cycle in which productivity gains only benefit the few, while the rest of us work longer than ever?" Four futures...

 

Monetary policy [...]

Monetary policy is the process by which the monetary authority of a country, like the central bank or currency board, controls the supply of money, often targeting an inflation rate or interest rate to ensure price stability and general trust in the currency.[1][2][3] Wikipedia...

 

Fiscal policy [...]

Fiscal policy is the use of government revenue collection (mainly taxes) and expenditure (spending) to influence the economy. Fiscal policy can be distinguished from monetary policy, in that fiscal policy deals with taxation and government spending and is often administered by an executive under laws of a legislature, whereas monetary policy deals with the money suppl...

 

Worker representation vs automation [...]

Stronger workforce representation can paradoxically lead to more automation of labour. "... A recurrent capitalist dynamic: as workers become more powerful and better paid, the pressure on capitalists to automate increases." "When there is a huge pool of migrant farm labor, a $100,000 fruit picker looks like a wasteful indulgence. But when workers are scarce and can c...

 

Objections to automation [...]

Three broad categories: It's hype: we're a long way from replacing human labour It's ok: new technology brings new types of labour, not mass unemployment It's a distraction: should focus on investment, stimulus, improved wages and conditions instead Four futures...

 

Direct democracy [...]

​"Direct democracy (also known as pure democracy)[1] is a form of democracy in which people decide (e.g. vote on, form consensus on) policy initiatives directly. This differs from the majority of modern Western-style democracies, which are representative democracies." Wikipedia...

 

D-CENT [...]

​D-CENT is a Europe-wide project creating open, secure and privacy-aware tools for direct democracy and economic empowerment....

 

Air & Space Magazine – Media Bias/Fact Checking [...]

> Air & Space Magazine > PRO-SCIENCE > > These sources consist of legitimate science.  Legitimate science  follows the scientific method, is unbiased and does not use emotional words.  These sources also respect the consensus of experts in the given scientific field and strive to publish peer reviewed science. See all Pro-Science sources. > > Notes: Air & Space...

 

Work doesn’t equal wage labour [...]

​Sometimes a counter argument to UBI is that work is important and gives is a sense of purpose.  Which may be true, so it's important to remember: Work  doesn't equal wage labour.  "Work doesn't equal wage labour (repeat, until people understand that basic point) https://t.co/OKCDqybt4u" https://twitter.com/n_srnck/status/813785030405328896 "Post-work...

 

Corporate web [...]

The corporate web, an [[indieweb]] term, refers to content silos such as Twitter, Facebook, etc, where the content produced by individuals who use a site is owned by the corporation, and usually used for some financial purposes....

 

Networked learning [...]

> Networked learning is a process of developing and maintaining connections with people and information, and communicating in such a way so as to support one another's learning. The central term in this definition is connections. It takes a relational stance in which learning takes place both in relation to others and in relation to learning resources...

 

The Information Age [...]

"The Information Age (also known as the Computer Age, Digital Age, or New Media Age) is a period in human history characterized by the shift from traditional industry that the Industrial Revolution brought through industrialization, to an economy based on information computerization. The onset of the Information Age is associated with the Digital Revolution, just as t...

 

Social atomisation as a sales strategy [...]

Materialism => isolation => materialism => repeat "A third paper, published (paradoxically) in the Journal of Consumer Research, studied 2,500 people for six years. It found a two-way relationship between materialism and loneliness: materialism fosters social isolation; isolation fosters materialism. People who are cut off from others attach themselves to pos...

 

Materialism and unhappiness [...]

Materialism is often recognised as a symptom of unhappiness.  It may also be a major contributor to unhappiness in the first place. "There has long been a correlation observed between materialism, a lack of empathy and engagement with others, and unhappiness. But research conducted over the past few years seems to show causation. " https://www.theguardian.com/com...

 

CardBox:: Language [...]

[[Artificial intelligence sheds new light on classic texts]] [[Precision of language: climate change dissenter vs. climate change denier]] [[Ad of Polish man teaching himself English to visit émigré family goes viral]]...

 

Ad of Polish man teaching himself English to visit émigré family goes viral [...]

How many families today are divided by not just borders and distance, but also language? How has this increased over the past decades? Centuries? I have always had close relatives who do not speak the same language as each other, or as me. My mother and her mother in law shared no common languages, my parents and my in-laws barely do....

 

Precision of language: climate change dissenter vs. climate change denier [...]

On 8 Dec. 2016, the bot "Editing New York Times" documented how the online editors changed the wording of a headline about climate change from "dissenter" to "denier." The Berlin Translators' Stammtisch, an association of German-to-English translations, recently debated this wording, coming to the conclusion that "dissenter" is inappropriate because one *dissents* f...

 

Artificial intelligence sheds new light on classic texts [...]

> Such ‘computational folkloristics’ raise a big question: what can algorithms tell us about the stories we love to read? Any proposed answer seems to point to as many uncertainties as it resolves, especially as AI technologies grow in power. Can literature really be sliced up into computable bits of ‘information’, or is there something about the experience...

 

Mentoring program for new Wikipedia authors [...]

> The Mentoring Program is designed to support new and inexperienced users, who are willing to contribute to this encyclopedia, by connecting them with experienced users assisting them during their first steps. If you need some guidance to get along, your personal contact, the mentor, will answer your questions, help to solve problems, and give advise on technical ...

 

CardBox:: Open access [...]

[[Mentoring program for new Wikipedia authors]] [[Pushing for open access deal, about 60 German institutions cancel Elsevier contracts]]...

 

Pushing for open access deal, about 60 German institutions cancel Elsevier contracts [...]

> Despite its current profit margin of 40 percent, [Elsevier] is still intent on pursuing even higher price increases[...]The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany rejects Elsevier’s offer (PDF 25 KB). As a consequence, no access to full texts of Elsevier journals is expected to be available from 1 January 2017 on. All participants in this process are awar...

 

Google is not ‘just’ a platform. It frames, shapes and distorts how we see the world [...]

> Google’s business model is built around the idea that it's a neutral platform. That its magic algorithm waves its magic wand and delivers magic results without the sullying intervention of any human. It desperately does not want to be seen as a media company, as a content provider, as a news and information medium that should be governed by the same rules that ...

 

Sustainable development [...]

the most common definition was defined by the Brundtland Commission in 1987, who documented the sustainable development definition as:  "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." This implies that we need to look after our planet, our resources and o...

 

Software monoculture [...]

An [[indieweb]] term. > Monoculture refers to the antipattern of one piece of software dominating (or trying to dominate) its field, often by being limited to communicating with other instances of the same codebase. A monoculture (same software running on servers run by different people) is one step above a silo (same software running on servers run by the same peo...

 

What is a federated network? [...]

There's various different definitions for decentralised networks with not a great deal of agreement.  A  workable middle ground, is that a federated network is a distributed network with each node of this distributed network being a centralized network. Such a federated network is a type of decentralized network, with another type of such a network being the distrib...

 

Digital Dark Age [...]

> Humanity’s first steps into the digital world could be lost to future historians, Vint Cerf told the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting in San Jose, California, warning that we faced a “forgotten generation, or even a forgotten century” through what he called “bit rot”, where old computer files become useless junk. &g...

 

Old Weather [...]

Old Weather is a crowd-sourcing effort to transcribe ship's logs from the 19th and early 20th centuries. This task can't be performed by computers because of the diverse and idiosyncratic handwriting. > Data about past weather and sea-ice conditions are vital for climate scientists, while historians value knowing about the course of a voyage and the events that tra...

 

Platform cooperativism [...]

A more socially beneficially way of providing that which is currently provided by the 'sharing economy'. So less capitalist ways of doing Uber, Airbnb, et at. > [[Platform capitalism]]...

 

Platform capitalism [...]

Platform capitalism tries to present itself in a positive light. > "They wrap themselves in the cloak of technological progress, free market inevitability, and even common good." [[Platform cooperativism]]...

 

Technological innovation measured by social good [...]

Think about innovation in terms of the common good. If a new technology is not socially beneficial, then don't call it innovative. > I think there’s also a certain fatigue when it comes to the language of innovation. Is it really all that innovative to build a technology that generates short-term wealth for a small group who will then take that money and fly of...

 

Folk politics [...]

> "Folk politics names a constellation of ideas and intuitions within the contemporary left that informs the common-sense ways of organising, acting and thinking politics." [Inventing the future] > "Against the abstraction and inhumanity of capitalism, folk politics aims to bring politics down to the ‘human scale’ by emphasising temporal, spatial and concept...

 

Alienation [...]

There's four different types of alienation: from the world; from the activity of production; from species-being; and estrangement of man-to-man. > Under the economic system of private ownership, society divides itself into two classes: the property owners and the property-less workers. In this arrangement, the workers not only suffer impoverishment but also experie...

 

Four Futures – Socialism [...]

One of the Four Futures, socialism has automation but not abundance.  As such we need to organise ways to share the resources we have.  It sounds fairly similar to what Naomi Klein discusses in This Changes Everything.  And probably the most likely of the Four Futures (that we want to happen.) > "Automation exists, but the breakthrough that creates a cornucopia ...

 

Difference between weather and climate [...]

  > The difference between weather and climate is a measure of time. Weather is what conditions of the atmosphere are over a short period of time, and climate is how the atmosphere "behaves" over relatively long periods of time. > > When we talk about climate change, we talk about changes in long-term averages of daily weather. Today, children always hea...

 

Global sea ice levels 2016 [...]

Global sea ice levels appeared worryingly lower than usual in 2016. It was a freak weather event facilitated by climate change.  While it is a weather event, it is still worrying as it could only happen as a result of climate change. > "What’s happening in the Arctic would be impossible without a century of global warming causing a long-term decline in sea ice l...

 

Neoliberalism [...]

Neoliberalism is an ideology that favours competition and deregulation of the market over everything else. > Neoliberalism sees competition as the defining characteristic of human relations. It redefines citizens as consumers, whose democratic choices are best exercised by buying and selling, a process that rewards merit and punishes inefficiency. It maintains that...

 

Responsible Data Policy [...]

A responsible data policy outlines what an organisation does to try and ensure it is looking after the data it holds on other people/organizations. The Engine Room are early proponents of the idea of responsible data. > "we also get worried about how haphazardly data and technology is used by social change organisations. So we spend considerable energy building re...

 

Responsible Data definition [...]

Respecting the individual while respecting transparency and openness. > “The duty to ensure people’s right to consent, privacy, security and ownership around the information processes of collection, analysis, storage, presentation and reuse of data, while respecting the values of transparency and openness.”...

 

Settings:: Footer [...]

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Settings:: Publishing [...]

These settings are used by Wikity to determine privacy (openness) and publishing schedule. Please note that putting "Open" to "No" is an experimental feature, providing "good enough" privacy but not great privacy. Settings OPEN: Yes RSS DELAY: 5 days...

 

Interplanetary File System [...]

  > Interplanetary File System, or IPFS, is an open source project that taps into ideas pioneered by the decentralized digital currency Bitcoin and the peer-to-peer file sharing system BitTorrent. Sites opt in to IPFS, and the protocol distributes files among participating users. If the original web server goes down, the site will live on thanks to the backups...

 

Neocolonial costs of gadgets [...]

"Every MacBook and iPad, every Kindle and Droid contains the labor of hundreds of invisible workers, uncounted lives foreshortened by poisoned water and air, and a landscape permanently scarred by our voracious scavenging. No matter how sleek and earth-friendly these devices may appear, they rise from the dirt and are mined with sweat and with blood." http://www.vqron...

 

Environmental impact of e-readers [...]

"But the New York Times recently calculated that the environmental impact of a single e-reader—factoring in the use of minerals, water, and fossil fuels along the manufacturing process—is roughly the same as fifty books. At first that sounds encouraging; after all, even the smallest personal library contains fifty volumes. But the real problems come in lifespan. A...

 

Settings:: Publishing [...]

These settings are used by Wikity to determine privacy (openness) and publishing schedule. Please note that putting "Open" to "No" is an experimental feature, providing "good enough" privacy but not great privacy. Settings OPEN: Yes RSS DELAY: 5 days...

 

Help:: Getting Started / Day One [...]

Most people find that using Wikity to bookmark is a good place to start. The following video shows how you can bookmark with Wikity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IGbiATzsY Note that in the video the bookmark says 'Bkmrk' but in recent versions says 'Wik-it'. The editor has also been upgraded...

 

The appropriation of sharing by capitalism [...]

New profit opportunities squeezed from our social life. > The sharing economy’s rise is a reflection of capitalism’s need to find new profit opportunities in aspects of social life once shielded from the market, in leisure time once withdrawn from waged labor, in spaces and affective resources once withheld from becoming a kind of capital. What sharing companie...

 

Techno-overenthusiasm [...]

"One gets the impression that they would be enthusiastic to learn of a self-replicating, carbon-scrubbing machine with the potential to geoengineer the climate – but disappointed to learn this machine is called a forest " https://thedisorderofthings.com/2015/11/04/postcapitalist-ecology-a-comment-on-inventing-the-future/...

 

We are not independent from technology [...]

"technology is not an independent “thing” but rather an intersection of multiple human relationships–the interchange with nature, the process of production (and, we might add, reproduction), and culture." http://www.peterfrase.com/2010/12/social-science-fiction/...

 

Predictive models of science fiction [...]

"we can think of a science-fictional world by analogy to a prediction from an existing model, such as a fitted statistical model: any particular point prediction reflects both the invariant properties of the model’s parameters and the uncertainty and random variation that makes individual cases idiosyncratic." http://www.peterfrase.com/2010/12/social-science-fiction...

 

The challenges and opportunities of Social Media (a view from 2009) [...]

> Five points about being social: > 1. Be active > 2. Be interesting > 3. Be humble > 4. Be unprofessional > 5. Be honest Via...

 

Embedded Open Modular Architecture/EOMA68 [...]

Homebrew computers. > The primary purpose of the EOMA68 specification is to bring end-users the right to upgrade their own mass-produced Computing Appliances. To make end-users lives easier, purchasing decision-making should be made not on technical interface capabilities, neither should they be expected to have significant technological expertise. > EOMA68 prod...

 

International Librarians Network facilitates peer mentorships between librarians from around the world. [...]

> The International Librarians Network (ILN) peer mentoring program is a facilitated program aimed at helping librarians develop international networks. We believe that innovation and inspiration can cross borders, and that spreading our networks beyond our home countries can make us better at what we do....

 

Pope warns media over ‘sin’ of spreading fake news [...]

> Francis told the Belgian Catholic weekly "Tertio" that spreading disinformation was "probably the greatest damage that the media can do" and using communications for this rather than to educate the public amounted to a sin....

 

Version control for data [...]

> The ability to do revisioning and versioning data – store changes made and share them with others – especially in a distributed way would be a huge benefit to the (open) data community. I’ve discussed why at some length before (see also this earlier post) but to summarize: > > It allows effective distributed collaboration – you can take my data...

 

Is there a Git for data? [...]

Yup there's a few projects > Is there a Git for data?...

 

noms – decentralized data [...]

> Noms is a decentralized database based on ideas from Git. >Noms is different from other databases. It is: > Content-addressed. If you have some data you want to put into Noms, you don't have to worry about whether it already exists. Duplicate data is automatically ignored. There is no update, only insert. > Append-only. When you commit data to Noms, you...

 

Locking the web open [...]

> The Decentralized Web Summit took place at the Internet Archive from June 7th - June 9th, 2016....

 

Relationship between RDF, RDFa, Microformats and Microdata [...]

> Very briefly: > > Microformats A way to use html pages as both a human readable document and machine readable data, without repetition (e.g. sticking CSV in the head element). > RDF A data model designed for the web. Schemaless, uses URLs to name types and relations. > RDFa A way to encode (write) RDF in html, following the style of micro...

 

Microformats [...]

> Microformats (sometimes abbreviated μF) are simple conventions used to embed semantics in HTML and quickly provide an API to be used by search engines, aggregators, and other tools. These small patterns of HTML are used for marking entities that range from fundamental to domain-specific information, such as people, organizations, events, and locations....

 

Watson for patient diagnosis [...]

Watson's original purpose was for assisting patient diagnosis. Source: Four Futures, Peter Frase...

 

The second machine age [...]

We're at the start of a second machine age.  The first, the industrial revolution, replaced/magnified human muscle.  The second is about replacing/magnifying human thought....

 

Contribution of climate change to conflict [...]

By no means the only factor, but increasingly part of the equation. "To be clear; there will always be a multitude of drivers behind of social unrest and armed conflict. It would be wrong to say climate change “caused” these conflicts, but equally the evidence suggests it would be wrong to say it didn’t play a contributing role. And, if this is what is possible ...

 

Help:: Getting Started / Day One [...]

Most people find that using Wikity to bookmark is a good place to start. The following video shows how you can bookmark with Wikity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66IGbiATzsY Note that in the video the bookmark says 'Bkmrk' but in recent versions says 'Wik-it'. The editor has also been upgraded...

 

Tumblr for librarians: it got one LIS student her first job [...]

> Being intimidated by the prospect of a “full-size” blog, I joined Tumblr in February 2011. Since then I’ve shamelessly promoted my “name” and stalked down as many libraries/librarians on the site as I could find. I’ve connected with libraries, librarians, library students, publishers, writers, readers, Doctor Who fanatics, and cat lovers. I even linke...

 

Meme librarian is a real job — and it’s the best one on the Internet – The Washington Post [...]

> Brennan’s career in meme librarianism began in graduate school at Rutgers, where she received a master’s in library science [...]. But instead of heading to a brick-and-mortar library, Brennan continued documenting online phenomena at Know Your Meme and then at Tumblr, where she solidified her profession as information desk for doge, mmm whatcha say and the o...

 

The year “elite” changed its meaning: linguistic developments in 2016 [...]

> Thus, the billionaire New Yorker Donald Trump portrayed himself as an outsider battling against the elite. Similarly in the UK, the pro-Brexit Nigel Farage (who was educated at an expensive private school), condemned the elite, as he attended a party in his honour at the Ritz Hotel organized by his millionaire friends. None of these people, apparently, belonged ...

 

CardBox:: Digital Libraries [...]

On digital libraries and their context in information history. [[New scanner allows nearly 2m-wide scans of Library of Congress's Panoramic Photo Collection]] [[Central Library Creates Online Platform for Berlin’s City Stories]] [[Fears of Trump prompt Internet Archive to make mirror site in Canada]] [[New director brings public library approach to Library of Congre...

 

Central Library Creates Online Platform for Berlin’s City Stories [...]

> Im Projekt [Berliner Grossstadtgeschichten] erzählen Berlinerinnen und Berliner an „Collection Days“ ihre ganz eigenen Großstadtgeschichten und digitalisieren ihre Erinnerungsstücke. Verknüpft mit Geoinformationen und schon digitalisierten Beständen der beteiligten Einrichtungen - u.a. den Einträgen der Berliner Telefon- und Adressbücher, historischen ...

 

New scanner allows nearly 2m-wide scans of Library of Congress’s Panoramic Photo Collection [...]

> The Library first began reproducing the panoramas in the 1990s by taking photographs of overlapping segments and then “stitching” the sections together to show the whole image on laser videodiscs in the Prints and Photographs Division Reading Room. Later, these copy photographs were converted to digital files and re-stitched to make them accessible on the Lib...

 

Public control of water [...]

Appears to be cheaper... > According to data from the Court of Auditors, public management is 18% cheaper and results in losses that are 23% lower and investments that are 18% higher. A comparison of water tariffs in Catalan municipalities indicates that private management is 25% more expensive than public management....

 

Inequality of climate change [...]

Climate change affects some people more than others.  The privileged can avoid its damage. "Climate change is often framed as a crisis for the human race as a whole. But as Frase explains, this apocalyptic rhetoric obscures the essential fact that climate change affects different groups of people differently. Those who live in less vulnerable latitudes, or who ca...

 

Marine debris [...]

A lot of our plastic ends up in the ocean, where it harms sea life. "Marine debris is usually defined as any persistent, manufactured or processed solid material discarded, disposed of, or abandoned in the marine and coastal environment. Three-quarters of all marine debris is plastic, a persistent and potentially hazardous pollutant, which fragments into microplastics...

 

What technology do refugees need [...]

The refugee crisis doesn't need apps. Refugees need access to internet and access to power to charge devices. > The main issue here, the one we don’t want to admit, is that refugees don’t need apps. In my talks to humanitarians, from big international organisations that make sure that each day refugees have a clean bed and a warm shower, to the volunteer commu...

 

Fake News Or Real? [...]

> Fake news stories can have real-life consequences. On Sunday, police said a man with a rifle who claimed to be "self-investigating" a baseless online conspiracy theory entered a Washington, D.C., pizzeria and fired the weapon inside the restaurant. > > So yes, fake news is a big problem. > > These stories have gotten a lot of attention, with headlines claiming Pop...

 

Cancun Declaration [...]

Agreement to meet global biodiversity targets. > More than 190 countries at a major United Nations conference in Mexico have pledged to step up efforts to integrate biodiversity into the policies of their forests, fisheries, tourism and agriculture sectors. > > On 3 December, countries adopted the Cancun Declaration, named after the Mexican city where the 13...

 

The Truth About Internet Search [...]

> Are Jews evil? It’s not a question I’ve ever thought of asking. I hadn’t gone looking for it. But there it was. I press enter. A page of results appears. This was Google’s question. And this was Google’s answer: Jews are evil. Because there, on my screen, was the proof: an entire page of results, nine out of 10 of which “confirm” this. The top result, ...

 

Rentism [...]

If ownership of the robots is controlled by a small number of people. "Rentism is where abundance exists, but “the techniques to produce abundance are monopolised by a small elite”. This monopoly is maintained by owning not merely the robots, but the data that tells the robots how to do their job." https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/24/four-futures-life-af...

 

Power for power’s sake [...]

“Having power over others is, for many powerful people, its own reward,” he writes. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/24/four-futures-life-after-capitalism-peter-frase-review-robots...

 

Fully automated luxury communism [...]

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Never Talked to Taiwan [...]

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CardBox:: Intellectual Freedom [...]

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