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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 [...]

One possible outcome of mass automation is post-work and post-scarcity future of abundance. "A communist society is so productive and so egalitarian that nobody has to work to survive, fulfilling Marx’s famous dictum, “from each according to his ability, to each according to his need”. For Frase, this ideal might be realised by robots running on an unlimited cle...

 

Never Talked to Taiwan [...]

Claim: Trump's talking to the Taiwanese President was unprecedented and possibly dangerous. Claim: True ## History Origin Propagation Issues and Analysis...

 

CardBox:: Intellectual Freedom [...]

[[Lemont High School class reading list questioned by parents]]...

 

Library tech developments free up common space for interaction, coworking, participation [...]

>So formt sich, Schritt für Schritt und analog wie digital, die Bibliothek zur Community of Practice: zu einer Gemeinschaft, in der – so die Definition dieses Begriffs – Wissen konstruiert wird (siehe auch Wikipedia). In der, um es mit anderen Worten zu sagen, miteinander über Rolle und Funktion von Bildung, Wissen und Kultur gesprochen und entschieden wird. ...

 

Fears of Trump prompt Internet Archive to make mirror site in Canada [...]

> "We all hark back to the [ancient] Library of Alexandria as the great library, but it's best known for not being here anymore," [Internet Archive founder Brewster] Kahle said. "If they had made another copy and put it in India or China, we would have the other works of Aristotle and the other works of Euripides, so let's not make the same mistakes of the anci...

 

New director brings public library approach to Library of Congress [...]

> Hayden, 64, has a tall order: to bring a library with 3,100 employees, an annual budget of $642 million, and a collection of more than 162 million items, most of which have not yet been digitized, into the digital age. > Unlike her immediate predecessor, James Billington—and all but three of his predecessors—Hayden is an actual librarian by background. Aft...

 

CardBox:: Fake News and Media Literacy [...]

[[Trump staffers from opaque corporate misinformation network]] [[Russian propaganda effort helped spread ‘fake news’ during election]] [[Misleading since 1719: the historic opossum mom tail meme]] [[Fudged image: historic illustration shows cocoa pod on stem]] [[Teens lack media literacy to detect fake & biased news]]...

 

Trump staffers from opaque corporate misinformation network [...]

> Over this time, I have watched as tobacco, coal, oil, chemicals and biotech companies have poured billions of dollars into an international misinformation machine composed of thinktanks, bloggers and fake citizens’ groups.** Its purpose is to portray the interests of billionaires as the interests of the common people**, to wage war against trade unions and beat...

 

Lemont High School class reading list questioned by parents [...]

Pretty detailed report by a local paper in Illinois on a current effort to ban books by Arundhati Roy and Maya Angelou from English class, quoting residents, administrators, previous statements from the authors, and ALA Intellectual Freedom office. > Resident Rick Ligthart came with a prepared statement of changes he wanted in the district’s policy. > “Regar...

 

Profitability in civic tech [...]

We have to be careful that we don't always elect civic tech to make money. > This truth is that there are, quite simply, some terrific civic tech ideas out there that will always run at a loss. http://civichall.org/civicist/paying-your-own-way/...

 

Non-profit motives [...]

No matter what scale they reach, most non-profits don’t or can’t monetise their services or work. Forcing civil-society or social-sector organisations to focus on sustainable revenue – selling the equivalent of Girl Scout cookies to keep the lights on – may distract them from their core mission, and mute the passion the social sector thrives on. https://www.th...

 

Return to the Bubble? [...]

Claim: As of November 2016, U.S. housing prices have returned to their pre-bubble highs. Status: Mixed Summary: It's true that housing prices nationally have returned to the levels they were at before the crash in real terms. But after adjusting for inflation, housing is still 16% off of its peak. Arguments can be made, however, that income, not inflation, is what s...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Have Not Experienced Such Trauma [...]

> It seems possible to model the eventuality of a dead child’s photo showing up on the feed, but the designers didn’t consider it. Perhaps because those who write these algorithms have not experienced such trauma, or perhaps they just weren’t talking about the human feelings in their product meetings—especially when you are a company focused on engagement a...

 

Yoism, an open-source religion [...]

> Yoism (founded 1994) combines rational inquiry, empiricism, and science with Spinozan or Einsteinian pantheism.[26][27][28] Inspired by the Linux operating system, Kriegman describes his religion as "open-source" and explains that, similar to open-source software projects, participants in Yoism do not owe their allegiance to any leader and that their sense of aut...

 

Open-source religion [...]

Developing and updating the ideas of a "religion", in an open-source way. > Open-source religions employ open-source methods for the sharing, construction, and adaptation of religious belief systems, content, and practice.[1] In comparison to religions utilizing proprietary, authoritarian, hierarchical, and change-resistant structures, open-source religions emphasi...

 

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...

 

What is Civic Tech? [...]

Handy definition of civic tech by Tom Steinberg of mySociety. It encompasses a number of different areas, some citizen focused, some government focused. > Tech that’s all about citizens exerting and obtaining power > Tech that’s all about improving government services > > Meetup and mySociety are Civic Tech groups focused on citizen empowerment ...

 

Philanthrocapitalists [...]

philanthrocapitalists like Pierre Omidyar, George Soros, Bill Hewlett, Bill Gates https://www.theengineroom.org/disrupt-your-market/...

 

Robotics for Good [...]

> sustainably scale the positive impact of robotics across multiple social good sectors...

 

The Engine Room’s Advent Calendar 2016 [...]

Organisational advent calendars - highlighting top findings throughout the year. This one from The Engine Room, inspired by the Wikipedia Advent Calendar. > Counting down to Christmas with some of our top learnings and findings from 2016....

 

guifi.net, DIY Wireless Network [...]

A user owned network for internet access. guifi.net is a user-owned, open and neutral network in which a growing community of volunteers can connect their computers to form a sort of intranet and, at the same time, share an Internet connection. The non-profit network is free, minus any individual costs for networking equipment, and anyone is allowed to join and use it...

 

Linux preloaded [...]

A handy list of laptop vendors where the machines come preloaded with Linux. https://linuxpreloaded.com/...

 

Data Science Venn Diagrams [...]

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="528"] The Data Science Venn Diagram by Drew Conway[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="600"] The Data Scientist Venn Diagram by Stephan Kolassa[/caption] (more…)...

 

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...

 

Sci-fi examples of Four Futures [...]

Four Futures by Peter Frase outlines some possible futures after capitalism, with a view to automation and the effects it could have. The futures are communism, rentism, socialism, and exterminism. This review on Goodreads has some examples of sci-fi renditions of these different types of future. > Communism: Star Trek, Corey Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magical...

 

Nick Srnicek on platform coops [...]

Nick Srnicek spoke at Newspeak House with Michael Roberts on the topic of technology, capitalism, and class.  We were encouraged to think about whether 'full unemployment' is desirable; how we could change the over zealous importance given to work ethic; and what technologies we should promote to bring about a post-work world.   As I've been reading about pl...

 

Climate change vs capitalism [...]

Solving climate change requires the end of capitalism.Michael Roberts at talk at Newspeak House. Same idea as expressed by Naomi Klein in This Changes Everything....

 

Is technology neutral [...]

"technology doesn’t dictate outcomes. Rather, it sets the parameters of possibility. Utopia is an option, but the robots alone won’t get us there. " https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/24/four-futures-life-after-capitalism-peter-frase-review-robots...

 

Ansible Portability [...]

Ansible is nicely portable. If you have a playbook, you can use it build a container, a dev VM with vagrant, a cloud instance on e.g. digitalocean, or even on bare metal machine. > Ansible Playbooks are portable. If you build a container with a pure Dockerfile, it means that the only way you can reproduce that application is in a Docker container. If you build a c...