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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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Google only allowing users to "pause" these data collections seems like a brilliantly devious ploy, to give users the illusion of control, while actually allowing Google to switch it back on whenever they like? I had previously switched off Location History but just found it was switched back on again.

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"You say you love your children above all else, and yet you are stealing their future under their very eyes."

"If solutions in the system are so hard to find, then maybe we need to change the system itself."

Stirring speech by Greta Thunberg at #COP24. Full video here

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“Powerful technologies, and AI is no different, are neutral in themselves,” [Hassabis] says. “So it depends on society and humanity. How we decide to share the gains is also going to determine whether it is good or bad for the world.”

In other words: AI will fuck us up if we keep developing it under capitalism, so we better get that revolution started.

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public authorities "can secretly compel tech companies and individual technologists, including network administrators, sysadmins, and open source developers – to re-engineer software and hardware under their control, so that it can be used to spy on their users. Engineers can be penalized for refusing to comply with fines and prison"... sounds like a nightmare but it is reality in the #UK and #Australia #eff #spy #privacy #security

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Will European Parliament oppose Authoritarian Censorship? Wednesday 12 December, first step against the European #totalCensorship Regulation. Parliament must refuse to outsource Internet censorship to Google and Facebook.

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I see a lot of anger about Australia's Anti-encryption Bill, but what are we actually doing about it? We can't let this fade away over the Christmas break and become just another news cycle. Let's get organised!

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‘Google faces GDPR complaint over ‘deceptive’ location tracking’

‘“Google is processing incredibly detailed and extensive personal data without proper legal grounds, and the data has been acquired through manipulation techniques,” said Gro Mette Moen, acting head of the Norwegian Consumer Council’s digital services unit in a statement.’

Also on our forum:

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mild-hot take Show more

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There is abundance for everyone when we share.

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every time you do something kind for a loved one or a stranger without expecting anything in return, you are rebelling against a rotten, anti-human order that wants you to view every element of your life as a ledger book. godspeed.
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I guess most of you don't farm sheep: why is #commons research relevant to you?

The atmosphere is our global commons. We all use it. Whoever adds thermally retentive gases, everyone is affected.

Almost all commons problems were solved by parties 1) talking together 2) agreeing to facts 3) making and enforcing mutually acceptable rules.

With the IPCC in place, we've reached 1, but we're struggling with 2 & 3. There is no world government to appeal to: cooperation is required!


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“The physics of software is _not_ algorithms, data structures, languages and abstractions. These are just tools we make, use, throw away.

“The _real_ physics of software is the physics of _people_—specifically, our limitations when it comes to complexity, and our desire to work together to solve large problems in pieces.

“_This_ is the science of programming: make building blocks that people can understand and use easily.”

—Pieter Hintjens, (emph. mine)

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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!

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]