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The co-operative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity could easily have been used to write the to the future many envisioned when the World Wide Web went live. Although today we are far removed from this vision, projects like and the offer us a way back to an open, people-focused web. I am pleased to be involved.

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Coop education resources and "learning paths" in English, Spanish, and French.

"The Cooperative Educators Network (CENet) is a hub for educational resources and materials for teaching and learning about cooperative enterprises. Here you will find several curated learning paths designed to help someone self-teach to increase their awareness, knowledge or skills OR for someone in an educator role to gather materials to use in the teaching of others."

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Copyright Directive: the cultural industry and press publishers feed on the crumbs of the mass surveillance business

Our reaction to today's vote:

I wish I could say I was surprised that European politicians voted in favour of corporate interests over our interests…

I wish I could say that people cared enough to not let the open Web be taken away from them…

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Hello EU citizens! 🇪🇺

There is one more vote on #Article13 in the European Parliament on Wednesday 12th September.

Please call/mail your MEPs and tell them to reject Article 13, as it would mean content filters on the whole internet.

Contact details here:

Phone calls work best. If you can't phone, write an email *in your own words*.

Your region may have more than one MEP, contact several if appropriate.

Please share 👍


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@h, all credit due to @vmatekole, who worked for several hours on this.

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@wu_lee Especially because it's not the first time that @vmatekole does it, and he keeps doing excellent work for , largely in silence.

It's fine if that's Viktor's style and he doesn't like to have a more active participation in public. His work speaks for him anyway.

I have the feeling that his dedication and his significant contribution, especially over the last year should be highlighted and acknowledged more prominently by the rest of us.

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So we're on 2.5 now.

Many thanks to all those involved!

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It’s not data ethics, it’s ethics.

It’s not data privacy, it’s privacy.

It’s not digital rights, it’s human rights in the digital/networked age.

Let’s make sure we keep the focus on what’s important and not allow well-understood terms, concepts, and existing rights to be redefined by those with vested interests in clouding* the conversation and eroding our human rights by backdooring in a new set of lesser rights for the digital/networked aspects of our selves.

* See what I did there? 😛

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Loading common web pages without ad/tracking blocking (including browser-level tracking protection) and watching the network tab is honestly a surreal experience. Like observing a malignant force that wants to consume you, the consumer.

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@Gargron @samtoland @Antanicus

That being said, everybody, including the discontents, is free to fork and do whatever they want, and hopefully that will result in happiness and ponies for everybody who believes at heart that Eugen isn't doing a good job.

I think they're wrong, but they're free to believe otherwise.

The justification of interpersonal issues, the pettiness, and the storm in a teacup factor rallying people against the perceived dictator just seem unwarranted to me in this case

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Upgrading to 2.4.0 Show more

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It begins :)

The Irish Times: Schrems files legal cases worth €7bn against Facebook under GDPR - Schrems files legal cases worth €7bn against Facebook under GDPR (via @IrishTimes)

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Can we agree on an alternative to google docs for use?

If it is a question of hosting, how about we set up an account?

Doc Searls reckons the GDPR will finally rein in adtech. I hope he's right.

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This morning I'm :

Krycho, Chris. “The Cost of Google as Memory Prosthesis.” Chris Krycho: Theology, Technology, Life & Art (blog), April 30, 2018.

"memory and connection and those startling leaps of insight that come from them are not substitutable by a search engine. Thinking happens as much in the background of the rest of our lives as it does on demand; and good answers to questions come ..."



"I have never met a five year old who is not creative. Something happens to them as they grow up that turns them into something else. We don’t have evidence for this, because schools don’t measure it."

The interesting thing about Gi Fernando’s observation isn't the oft-heard comment regarding children's creativity being lost. Rather, it is the rarely articulated condemnation of the fact that we don't think this is important enough to have any measure of it.

An online course with no secure access and Flash only content which stops working part way through.

Nostalgia is all fine and dandy, but someone is just having a laugh!

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Do you have accounts on gmail, youtube, use an Android phone?

Do you have the Facebook app, or Facebook messenger, or WhatsApp on your phone?

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you -

Show more 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]