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"However, this trend towards social engineering and "nudging" individuals towards "better" behavior is also part of the Silicon Valley approach that holds that human problems can be solved once and for all through the disruptive power of technology."

"In that sense, perhaps the most shocking element of the story is not the Chinese government's agenda, but how similar it is to the path technology is taking elsewhere."

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Douglas Rushkoff: "Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus" talking in the belley of the

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Today at 2.00pm were coming live on video from kingscross. Q&A answering questions about our ongoing circumnavigation of Europe in a Lifeboat.

Ana testing Boater technology.

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This still seems a very creative and interesting space. I really should spend more time here.

From a friend working at a big NGO

"Dear Lazyweb; we'd like to hire a pentest company/team/freelancer to look at how secure our systems are. I'm looking for personal recommendations of companies/individuals you've used for this sort of work who did a great job.

(Stack is mostly Ruby (Rails+Padrino) on Heroku using RDS and SES, if that matters)"

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For new members. Mastodon only starts to work when you are fallowing over 20 people so best to look out on the main feed and follow every new person who catches your attention. It's a network for new connections rather than finding old ones. Would start with

The building of software is an example of "commons" this is why you see so much innovation that would normally be blocked in "closed" capitalist production. What most people talking along these issues miss is the important changes involved in work. This "blinded" majority thus keep's pushing the innovation back into the stagnant ideolagy they cannot think outside of. Sad and bad.

The conservative idolagys fight over how to shape your relationship with data. The are winder views, more humane options

Babbage: A bill of data rights

Should individuals have rights over their data that are protected similar to human rights? We discuss the universe with Jo Dunkley of Princeton. And why the oceans are turning a different shade of blue. Kenneth Cukier hosts

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Almost all coverage of and the labour party is a right meme the labour party have a solid policy on this subject, that is not explained here, thus the right wing meme issue. Please check your source before spreading media.

I think meme is actually a good way of describing the issue as moves its into the internet era. They used to have a fig leaf of objectivity when the only news source. If you look this has now been removed.

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Founded on #4opens and moderated by an ethical code of conduct. Its a safe space for Campaigning and NGO groups to access their members via #openweb projects.

"We can't engage as communities, unless we have money. I can't even express how angry this makes me."
- an activist group using Facebook. People and organisations who feel this way are our initial targets.

We are launching two new Mastodon instances for activists and campaigners to aid communication of grassroot groups; putting social media back in our hands by providing a free, unfettered home for campaigners, NGO’s and activists to communicate among their peers and beyond.

This project is a way out of the restricted, algorithmic, for-profit mediation and commercialisation of communication we increasingly experience. If you do not pay to "boost" each post, a Facebook page will only reach 3-6% of members. This soon becomes an expensive drain on limited NGO and activist budgets.
Activists and campaigners alike are ready to shift their outreach away from the corporate social networks paid-per-view “walled gardens”.

Mastodon is the worlds largest free open source decentralised microblogging network; it’s thousands of unique, interconnected communities, filled with different people, interests, languages, and needs.
You’re free to join any community you like, or better yet, host your own, on your own terms. It remains possible for members of each to instance to interact with others.
There is no monopoly by a single commercial company, no ads, and no tracking.

We aim to help activism/campaigning groups to make this step now.

A note on Security and Privacy - these take a somewhat different shape within the #openweb. Have a read about our thoughts on the matter.
How are OMN projects run?