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I'm looking for literature (articles, blog posts, books) that covers "succession planning" for IT/sysadmin in activist groups. Like, for a volunteer group, what happens if your IT person just leaves? What are best practices so that the group isn't locked out of their web hosting etc (simply through lack of information rather than malice on the previous IT person's fault)

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another site destroys content... and once again our centralized, closed, and obscurely governed public internet archive grows larger... and more fragile. worth thinking about.

What I've been listening to this week: Moss Covered Technology (20), Strange Mountain II (17), Jens Pauly (16)


It's significant to see Zuckerberg using archives here in the context of privacy. But is "expire" the same thing as "delete" & is "delete" actually delete?

It's almost as if "archive" is being used as a pseudonym for once public data that is no longer accessible, but still stored. As if real archives don't value access.

This portrayal also begs the question of whether deleted, or no longer public data, would still be subject to machine learning algos & data extraction?


If you are interested in helping build out a wiki guide to tools for academia and education that center issues of user freedom, privacy, and control, tune in for the first edit-a-thon April 3. Signup and more details at ethicaledtech.info/wiki/Meta:I

(& please spread the word!)

I'm glad I finally found Skim, an open source PDF reader for OS X that has tabs, notes, highlights, split screen for reading while looking at bibliography, etc. skim-app.sourceforge.io/

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"University of California terminates subscriptions with world’s largest scientific publisher in push for open access to publicly funded research"


Context for those not in the US: this is huge. UC is a uniquely enormous and influential university system in our country. When they do things, many other universities follow suit.

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For those of us who ID as leftwing GLAMR workers we really ought to be pushing for user-defined retention policies for individual software/app/platform accounts. I dig this proposal from EFF re: Slack retention for free accounts fixitalready.eff.org/slack

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Anyone want to help build the ethicaledtech.info wiki?

@edsu, any ideas?

If this PR gets merged it'll be resolvable at dat://2019.code4lib.org


(I could have merged it myself, but that seemed a bit presumptuous)

As an experiment I put the code4lib 2019 conference website on Dat:


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where they discuss, among other things, on the critical point that open source alone is not enough because it does not challenge capital
(and where stallman, cyberlibertarianism and blockch4ins get properly trashed)

Composing a little GraphQL schema in VSCode with a nifty GraphQL plugin was abstract, but kinda fun. It took me back to the whole Domain Driven Design dream.

What I've been listening to this week: The Green Kingdom (19), Bob Dylan (15), Dawn Chorus and the Infallible Sea (9)


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