Survival of the Richest
The wealthy are plotting to leave us behind
The Game-Changing Promise of a Green New Deal - Naomi Klein
Europe, Australia, and the U.S. have responded to the increase in mass migration — intensified if not directly caused by climate stress — with brutal force. This barbarism is the way the wealthy world plans to adapt to climate change.
Google faces its first challenge under Europe’s strict new data protection rules
...the complaints could mean a hefty fine for the search giant, ~$4 billion
Commons als politiek-realistische utopie
In the year 1930, John Maynard Keynes predicted that, by century's end, technology would have advanced sufficiently that countries like Great Britain or the United States would have achieved a 15-hour work week. There's every reason to believe he was right. In technological terms, we are quite capable of this. And yet it didn't happen. Instead, technology has been marshaled, if anything, to figure out ways to make us all work more.
I believe this is why a lot of innovation is not happening, especially where it would have social impact and for the greater good.
For this there is usually no business case. The greater good has no "market demand." And so that kind of work can only be done by volunteers.
I fear for those who resort to SaaS gating, ending up paying one of the giant rent seekers.
See also the Snowdrift re: Nadia Eghbal:
An official report commissioned by the Dutch government has severely criticised Microsoft Office for violating its users' privacy:
"Microsoft systematically collects data on a large scale ... Covertly, without informing people. Microsoft does not offer any choice ... or possibility to switch off the collection, or ability to see what data are collected"
I've added a new section to switching.social:
In 1987 the UN published Our Common Future, also known as the Brundtland Report, based on environmental protection, economic growth and social equity. We only got economic growth since.
In 2007 the UN/IPCC warned about too much CO2 emissions into the atmosphere.
In 2018, a WWF report states: Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970.
Extrapolate this and one gets so many crises in so many places that non of them can be solved anymore.
In response to this (thx Prismo) article re. collective intelligence:
They were lucky to be first and capture this "market." But the first iteration
is not always the final word! The important thing is that S.O. is group-centric
(developers), that is what makes it useful to that group.
As a New Martian, I'm absolutely intrigued by this urge to
be on Mars. Because in fact, for the past decades, we
have been gradually turning the Earth into some kind of
Mars, with far too much CO2 in its atmosphere.
Why can't we feel like aliens on our own planet? Or just
wait 7 more years until this *is* Mars and we're home free.
Some thoughts after all the rebooting..
I'd think that if it's all about platform coops, then call it
social.platform.coop. Because social.coop suggests an informal
hangout for members of coops (of all kinds). If it *is* informal,
try a Pay As You Can model to keep it inclusive. It could be
re-evaluated later if that doesn't work (because some degree
of scale could not be reached).
Commons Compute Infrastructure
Minimalism (less is more)
social.coop is a a coop-run corner of the fediverse, a cooperative and transparent approach to operating a social platform. We are currently closed to new memberships while we improve our internal processes and policies, and plan to re-open to new folks when that work is complete. [9/2/2018]