@bhaugen 3and4 of 4
> when the output of one process becomes the input to another
That sounds like a job for . . Superwiki! If each process was a page in a fedwiki (constructed from various pluigins, computing various stuff, drawing on data and results from other plugins/pages) then this capability would be a given.
Your wiki would be 'an app' not just a UI.
And self-documenting, if pages were thoughtfully written.
Re-tooting this. A serious infrastructure question.
New to me, a whistleblowing/investigative journalism network. . .
A deep imbalance here, of intelligence forces. Journalism & whistleblowing are ¿no match? for
- corporate & state data-analytic machines +
- 'public' infrastructures 'wired for sound' +
- wage-work workforces in the psyops sector?
Hard to imagine what 'a balance' could look like. Let alone a *commons* of counter-hegemonic 'forces of intelligence'?
I've had an awareness for a couple of years, of Zuckerberg's intention to steal banking from the bankers, and pull the world's poorest smartphone users into a sticky platform-banking web. On cue, here comes #libracoin!
See @matslats of the #OpenCreditNetwork, on Libracoin
And more here on class war among the old and new bankers
Slugging it out soon with China?
Puzzled . . @mako makes a clear pitch on "Free software production needs free tools" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_nK6nP_RCY&feature=youtu.be
And is very clear on #commons and #P2P (though says most code comes from solo not collaboration!). Yet not a hint of coop ownership of #platforms to keep tools honest & open (GitHub!). Surely tools today become platforms? And platforms require collaboration even if code doesn't? So why doesn't #coop follow automatically, as we talk tools? How does libre not equal coop in FLOSS world?
Second session of meet.coop commons.hour is coming up: 4th Monday of this month. Oct 25th
The political economy of community organising in digital spaces - Activist commitments, livelihood, contribution, privilege
Presenter: Ela Kagel (Supermarkt Berlin, Platform Cooperatives Germany)
Signup, blurb and background links here
@bhaugen Had a very good conversation this morning with @Wtebbens and @ElaKa , planning the next commons.hour session in 10 days. Valueflows came up as a basic element, and Ela will likely refer to this when she opens the session.
But with a nice, important connection with the economic basis of solidarity, the political economy of care work, and the privilege of being able to give time to political-economic-cultural organising.
Watch this space! We mean to put up the session announcement today
Does anybody know anybody, who knows the dirt on London’ s police commissioner, Cressida Dick? Yet another scandal, and again she digs in ‘I have a job to do’ aka I have a right-wing mission and I will not be deterred. It’s time she was got rid of. What’s the dirt on her?
Although, a journalist friend of mine says, we’re perhaps in a post-dirt period now, where the alliances of the right are stronger and more explicit, and plaiin lies and stonewalls are everyday?
Great first session of the Meet.Coop commons hour today. I am really impressed with the careful and thoughtful way they are proceeding. I hope more Social.Coop members will use the free Meet.Coop account they get as members, and use it to introduce their organizations and projects to Meet.Coop.
@mike_hales @Wtebbens @oli and the rest of the crew.
Small steps to wonder - Evolution of computing and federated wiki. Report from the dojo
A strong piece on digital surveillance and resistance
from MayFirst people Alfredo Lopez, Melanie Bush, Hamid Khan and Ken Montenegro
Less than a week to launch of commons.hour at meet.coop. Mon Sep 27 Do have a look at the notes
and the invitation
If you plan to, please sign up here, it helps us plan the session.
This is a page in the meet.coop forum. You don’t need to be a member of meet.coop to sign in
The international higher education industry is a spectacular late outgrowth of colonial extraction models. The supply from the colonies (students objectified as an income stream) is financed by crippling debt among source-country families and controlled by local elites allied to the colonial power (visa scams, corrupt paperwork). The mill workers here (teaching staff at universities) are systematically disenfranchised by the factory managers (academic administrators). And the final product (students objectified as degrees) is sold back to the source colonies at ridiculously inflated costs.
But the system may break down in the face of environmental constraints (epidemics, global heating). The Guardian published these two articles without seeing the inherent contradiction. Moving commodity students and faculty around the planet uses a lot of aeroplanes.
In case it's not obvious, the first article is trying to persuade you, and academic managers, to insist that students must come to the UK rather than use distance-taught learning.
First session invitation and sign-up, released yesterday. We'd be glad to have social.coop-ers join us in this session and in the series
Please do sign up if you hope to participate, it helps us plan for facilitation.
Forum sign up for session #1
Handbook landing page for commons.hour
Designs for the Oppressed course website (UTFPR, Curitiba) http://www.designeopressao.org/designs-of-the-oppressed/
> We don’t need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less now what you’re thinking about.
Eric Schmidt, Google CEO in 2010
How come more people don't get this? When the data oligarchs have been so up-front about it, for so long?
Come to that - why would *anybody* give house room to an Alexa? Crazy people.
"This overview of the decentralized social ecosystem is structured by protocols, applications, and topics. The
protocols and applications sections contain summaries of existing projects."
Topics covered include:
@0 About 5% of computer users have "advanced" literacy, defined as "Some navigation across pages and applications is required to solve the problem. The use of tools (e.g. a sort function) is required to make progress towards the solution. The task may involve multiple steps and operators. The goal of the problem may have to be defined by the respondent, and the criteria to be met may or may not be explicit"
Scheduling a meeting room, or determining "what percentage of the emails sent by John Smith last month were about sustainability" are examples of level-3 tasks.
A quarter of the adult population cannot use computers at all, 14% are at "below level-1" skills, and 30% can only perform very basic level-1 tasks, for a total of 70% of the population which has only very basic skills ... or less.
It's easy to over-estimate the general literacy and numeracy of the population, especially if you yourself are college-educated and work in and/or with information technology.
The United States performs one of the most comprehensive assessments of adult literacy. The key lesson for me is just how limited it is.
The findings correspond highly to a study of adult computer literacy amongst 20 countries by the OECD:
"Skills Matter: Further Results from the Survey of Adult Skills"
Computer usability expert Jacob Nielsen has a discussion of this as well: https://www.nngroup.com/articles/computer-skill-levels/
I've discussed this as "The Tyranny of the Minimum Viable User", which both notes that much of the population has very basic skills, and that this also hampers the very small minority who do.
Some apocalyptic thoughts about the state of the web, worth considering. Best read in Chrome. No, not really . .
> Safari is holding back the web. It is the new IE, after all. In contrast, Chrome is pushing the web forward so hard that it’s starting to break. Meanwhile web developers do nothing except moan and complain. The only thing left to do is to pick our poison. https://www.quirksmode.org/blog/archives/2021/08/breaking_the_we.html
"How does one hate a country, or love one? Tibe talks about it; I lack the trick of it. I know people, I know towns, farms, hills and rivers and rocks, I know how the sun at sunset in autumn falls on the side of a certain plowland in the hills; but what is the sense of giving a boundary to all that, of giving it a name and ceasing to love where the name ceases to apply?"
— The Left Hand of Darkness
impressive work by @firstname.lastname@example.org and colleagues on visualization empowerment shared today at #infovisfhp – including lots of resources:
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