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Last week's little history project (commenced 1971, recuperated 2021) . . In conversation with Evgeny Morazov on . . Stafford Beer, the viable systems model, 70s' Project Cybersyn in Allende's Chile, class, economic transformation and digital means
Includes links to audio recordings and various documents.

Last September Microsoft bought itself a chunk of AI real estate that produces human-like text.
> harmful effects . . . include "misinformation, spam, phishing, abuse of legal and governmental processes, fraudulent academic essay writing and social engineering pretexting"

Today I bought a noragi kimono. Really happy with it. I think noragi refers to farmer’s workwear, is that right? But may also imply patchwork, which is not how this particular kimono is made. It’s vintage (= more than 20years old!) and a lovely warm-weather weight.

Interesting it’s of workwear origin - which I didn’t know when it caught my eye. I have a liking for Western workwear - bleu de travail, canvas farmers jackets, etc. Something in the aesthetic must have communicated!

Started donating $15 month to GEO, a fantastic online publication that maybe has the best collection of articles about cool projects of all medias out there.

Focused a lot on co-ops, but also other forms of counter-economy based on mutual self-help.

Recommend you check out the site and become a donor too.

Meeting will be: Tues Aug 10, 15:00 BST, 10:00 ECT

Date poll is closed but if you can join do please add your name in the poll under that date. Cheers. See forum thread for meeting link, date poll.

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After months of planning and data entry (thousands of products). Hunt or Gather Buying Club has made the move to We are giving ourselves a month to iron out the initial kinks, then will come back to other issues: cold storage, delivery, building member participation, establishing links with OFN in Mexico...
members in the UK and Canada and organizer-cheerleader @ofnusa are so supportive!

This virus that's punched a hole in all our lives this past year . . Well here's 'a scientist' knows more more about it than most:

And would you trust them? Nope, not as far as I could throw a bus. A career of dedicated persistent skilful wheeling dealing infiltration enclosure business.startups and That's success in science. Known in the trade as 'networking'. Just another day in the life of a professional.

Every time I've tried to be "social" (on Twitter as well as Diaspora,, and Gnu Social...) I've never been able to keep it up, so I started on with a pessimistic £1/month contribution. But here I am on for 6 months. Hooray! I just raised my contribution. Thanks everyone for a building a create environment.

Incredibly exciting to get official confirmation that Germany's health service ( has standardised on Matrix for secure decentralised communications, targeting all 150,000 healthcare organisations in Germany(!!!) 🤯 Read all about it at 💉🇩🇪🚀

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Hi Mike! Did I already let you know that one can donate to the and farms now?

I've set up an Open Collective at
and hope that link spreads liberally ^_^

What's in a tool? What's in a space? Central questions for us who build digital-mediated spaces. A way of revisiting Ivan Illich's question abt 'tools for conviviality', thro a contemporary, intersectional, bodies-in-plural-spaces lens.

Lovely feminist internationalist workshopping approach here

Just came across some great sites for helping people be more secure online. The target audience is women's righs and sexual rights activists, but they are broadly useful for everyone:, (it's a game!),

Happen to have a gold feel for User Experience? Might even studied something as fancy as UX design? We are looking for you or at least your kind then! If you don't mind to spend a little bit of your free time with our frontend team and help HedgeDoc to become as easy to use as possible, let us know! /sh

And if you don't think you fit, you can still help us to find someone by boosting this toot ❤🦔

#HedgeDoc #UX #UI #community

This looks like it'll be a good discussion.

How do we democratize technology? How can we develop better models for developing, owning, and organizing the infrastructures of our lives?

I'm really enjoying a podcast that tells the story of a lot of the software I use or have used, like SQLite and CVS (remember that one?).

Brazil, coronavirus 

BBC reporting

>With so many dead, Cida de Moura struggles to understand how [Bolsonaro] remains in office. "He is still in power as if nothing has happened," she told us. "He should have been pushed out. I would like to hear that Bolsonaro is not president of Brazil any more."

> Like many of the bereaved she is hoping that Brazil's dead will speak, and there will be a reckoning at elections next year, if not before.

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