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Also interesting is this article explaining that in the period of the poverty reduction that both capitalism and state socialism grew

Hard to disentangle the two from that data.

(That site is part funded by Bill Gates Foundation, also part of y-combinator 2019 - so on the capitalist side of things)

I'm often wondering what to make of the claim that global poverty has dramatically reduced and the reason is capitalism. It's a heated area and I thought this article did a good job of exploring some of the viewpoints

I bought Hickel's book as I appreciate his perspective to widen the discussion into colonialism. I am a little wary of him being one sided though.

I made a list of non-Guardian media sources I can hopefully casually browse (although sometimes too long/intense for that use case).

Have started to read/watch to some extent:

Also to look at a bit more, but not so much yet:

Also, maybe some more things from this nice media co-op

@kawaiipunk I was browsing some EU stuff and saw and both from a few years ago, but maybe interesting re: your ideas about air quality monitoring stuff

I would like to stop casually reading The Guardian, specifically because of it's coverage of Corbyn, Brexit, and Venezuela (but also the luxury lifestyle bits, and the numerous meat recipes).

Any recommendations on what to read instead?

(use case: idle reading when I should be doing something else)

Woo! We finally got open source, after 2 or 3 years - and have 30 contributors listed now

feel a great moment!

Nationwide fraud detection is over eager and blocks my transactions from time to time, I complained to them that their algorithm does not accurately fit my usage patterns, but they say there is no problem, when there clearly is a problem for me.

The problem is they've built a big fancy automated system driven by algorithm and I am probably an edge case.

I just had my first patch merged into a project I've just started contributing to, the website (where people can share unneeded food with others, and coordinate picking up and sharing unsold food from supermarkets).
It's not open source yet (open-sourcing is their next milestone), but it always feels great to contribute to something which makes the world a better place :)

Call for participation!

If you're into #python (#django) or #javascript (#vuejs) development and looking for a project that is driving social change and is owned and run by nice people who care about ethical technology and participatory governance then check out

See the #35C3 talk:

Break things: +

Over and Out.

New post up on the CoLET site! "Towards A Slow Tech Movement: Building for Tech Justice"

Imo, one of the most damning aspects of capitalism is that it encourages people to have consumptive hobbies over creative ones.

It actively seeks to bar people from doing things like cooking, or writing, or making pottery, or anything else of that nature. Activities in which you are making something

Things like that are made either too expensive (in terms of money, or time, or both) or framed as something not worth wasting time on, because you can't support yourself doing art/writing/etc

Anarchists IRL: I just want to be able to spend 20 hours a week baking bread for my commune and spend the rest of the time tending my garden and hanging out with my cats

RT Great speech from "This entire farce is emblematic of Britain's broken democracy, a referendum held to appease an Etonian boy's club that was won on the back of financial corruption of elites." πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘


Crowdfunder to help a Brazilian woman continue studying for an economics masters.

.... this is basically my hope for saving humanity - getting wider perspectives involved in constructing these economic systems that determine so much.

No cheesy heart tugging music needed to get behind that!

(Also really impressed with the other students who organised to support her)

For me, it kinds of sums up the disconnect that can exist between the very well-intentioned people who a) develop software, b) deploy software to support community-building goals, and c) use that software in their communities. I'm convinced that hosting more conversations that include all three kinds of people could lead to improvements in the #UX of ethical tech, to the point where it's much better than any of the #DataFarms. That's my vision for the CTA and/or #OAE:

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