I'm tired of talking about ethics in tech without talking about the inherently unethical economic framework that tech shapes and participates in.

"Various conversations about AI and inclusion have already started. However, these important conversations run the risk of being shaped by an ‘artificial intelligentsia’ that discusses inclusion without truly including the voices of the marginalized people likely to suffer most significantly in an AI ecosystem that didn’t consider their voice in its design."

points.datasociety.net/lets-av

@richdecibels I read a lot of fiction so these sessions reminded me of some of what I've been reading. Walkaway of course (or the earlier Makers). But having recently reread Ursula Le Guin's The Dispossessed point after point in the morning session (especially) resonated with the ideas she was exploring. It felt rather uncanny! And Ivan Illich is definitely going on my to-read pile.

@Angle The physicist Ilya Prigogine put it beautifully. “When a system is far from equilibrium, small islands of coherence have the capacity to shift the entire system”.

The first "World #Commons Week" starts next week! Excited to hear what developments have been made in this field :) worldcommonsweek.org

I went to a fascinating talk yesterday about participatory mapping and decolonising maps and was introduced to Digital Democracy who are doing amazing work.

One tool they've been developing is a peer-to-peer offline map editor called Mapeo. Indigenous peoples are using it to put their homes on the map in the Amazon.

digital-democracy.org/mapeo/

Greta Thunberg is protesting outside the Swedish government every day until the elections (tomorrow) - refusing to go to school for the climate. She has powerful things to say to adults.

medium.com/@wedonthavetime/gre

This company that sells clothing says it had to stop selling to EU because of GDPR. This image IS their site now, it says: "Blame your government (no, really)".

Really though? It's that hard to sell me clothes while respecting my privacy? You only have to blame yourself on this one 😂

"New figures have shown that credit unions, long touted as offering a vital alternative to payday lenders, are on the rise."

"Credit unions are not-for-profit cooperatives owned and controlled by their members that have traditionally specialised in loans and savings for the less well-off. In a credit union, members typically pay in small sums to their account and can then access loans."

#creditunions

theguardian.com/money/2018/aug

Interesting podcast where @richdecibels talks about #Loomio and organisations. Somehow felt a bit relevant to #socialcoop stuff

He also mentions the talk @douginamug has given about post-consensus, cooperative decision-making - douginamug.gitlab.io/slides/po

The second half of the podcast is all about #solarpunk

@poligirl Hi and welcome! One good way of finding some people on here is to do an post and then search the hashtag as well for others.

Welcome to all the new people who have joined the Campaign fediverse. Welcome to this corner of the ! Here's an article that might be helpful if you are new to Mastodon: theoutline.com/post/2689/masto

@iamskye
"The motion of most of these animalcules in the water was so swift, and so various upwards, downwards and round about that 'twas wonderful to see." Leeuwenhoek, 1674

@iamskye
I'm just reading about him. Apparently he was delighted! Kept looking everywhere to see more of these small dancing things

I made a flow chart of which #Mastodon posts end up in which timelines!

So, you can see how each instance will have a different local timeline, and even a slightly different federated timeline - and you can see why the federated timeline moves so much faster than the local one, too.

#FAQ

Dissent is not a crime.  A group of six women campaigners are defending their right to protest against a fossil fuel company which sought a wide-ranging injunction to restrict direct action at drilling sites.

desmog.co.uk/2018/09/03/people

youtube.com/watch?v=-RrphEZxmU The famous mashup of early environmental nonviolent direct action produced by Richard Hering and George Marshall in 1993. The video collates actions from the beginnings of UK environmental NVDA 1991-93, along with other actions from around the world. Its extensive and humorous use of montage techniques made it inspirational to many actual campaigners as well as future ones. The video even appears in a novel.

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Campaign

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.

https://campaign.openworlds.info
https://activism.openworlds.info


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?