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A critical look at community land trusts and how the community control can be eroded in favour of investors. Important lesson on be aware who you are accountable to.

jacobinmag.com/2019/07/communi

The Inventaire & OpenData week begins in just under 3 weeks! There is still space for a few more people...

Books, free software and #opendata are friends 📖 💻 🔓 Inventaire.io is the platform which brings them together.

This event will be for working on the platform, introducing opendata and reading/discussing books 😉

Since it's being hosted at Kanthaus, you'll also get a taste of zero-waste, communal living (in picture) 🏠 ♻️

More info & sign-up:
wiki.inventaire.io/wiki/Invent

Tech enthusiast: "I want smart lights, smart tv, everything, and connect them all to my digital assisstant!"

Tech worker: *looks wistfully into distance* "I should get a small place in a little town, with a garden, make my own furniture."

video that shares stories from some of the front-line struggles being waged by women around the world – from Indigenous communities fighting against the colonial dispossession of their lands, to the challenges faced by migrants forced from their homes by economic inequality, climate change, and war.
sub.media/video/trouble-11-des

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Attention lovers of books 📚 developers of software 💻 and enthusiasts of #opendata! 🔓

You are invited to the first Inventaire & OpenData Week from the 18th to the 25th of July at Kanthaus (Germany) 🎉

Inventaire.io is the Free book platform made by and for book lovers. It uses and contributes to #Wikidata, building our data commons 🌐

No charge. You don't need to be a dev, just enthusiastic. See you there?

More info & sign-up: wiki.inventaire.io/wiki/Invent

Inventaire on fediverse: @inventaire

People like Bill Gates are effectively like Kings/Queens of ye olde times - there's not much we can do to get rid of them (and the old way of raising an army and forcing them out isn't very viable either).

Was just reflecting after reading about Bill Gates capitalist ideas of addressing climate change gatesnotes.com/Energy/My-plan-

JS talks I'm becoming less and less interested in over time:

- hey here's this amazing new browser API, it can make your sites 2 milliseconds faster

More interesting:

- why are we doing this
- what does it all mean
- what are the economics behind all this stuff that devrel folks are way too uncomfortable to bring up

capitalist economic theory: no one gives anything away without asking for something in return, and anything offered for free will be exploited by selfish people trying to profit from it

the anarchist free store in my town: please, come take more of our free stuff, we have too much. we're running out of space from all of these donations and don't know what to do

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If you've only ever met friendly, helpful police, that's got nothing to do with whether or not you are a good person. That's about priviledge. If you base your whole view of the police on your positive experiences of them, you enable them to behave badly towards other people.

Looking forward to this!  Camping, tech, and activism, all in the lovely Wye Valley. barncamp.org.uk/

Cooperation Jackson: Building a Social and Solidarity Economy

"In Jackson, Mississippi, Cooperation Jackson are building a solidarity economy, anchored by a network of cooperatives and worker-owned, democratically self-managed enterprises. This visionary project not only continues the historic Afro-American struggle for land, but shows how we can all make a just transition to a zero carbon, zero waste economy ourselves."

youtube.com/watch?v=_Nt9Z2P7mP

#coop #workercoops #Solarpunk

I’m reminded of what happened in the 1970s when the hippies — bruised and bloodied from the culture wars of the ‘60s — retreated into self-help, wellness, and personal development, as Adam Curtis documents in his series The Century of Self. While they turned inward, the winners of the ‘60s culture wars took society’s reins. A focus on personal wellness created an unintended side effect: a retreat from the public arena, and a shift in the distribution of power ever since.

onezero.medium.com/the-dark-fo

The Modern Trap of Turning Hobbies Into Hustles, also known as the "Hooo you should sell that on Etsy" syndrom (wink @hellgy@twitter.com)
I had a lot of people asking me to sell my foxy stickers on Etsy as well, nope, I prefer to offer them :)
manrepeller.com/2019/02/trap-o manrepeller.com/2019/02/trap-o

I love this person. :)

RT @betterthemask@twitter.com

This is an incredible, incredible story that starts out with one person refusing to walk past a horrible anti-trans sticker without doing something about it.
Fighting TERFs + reclaiming spaces with love, dedication + rainbow coloured marker pens
imgur.com/a/VHU6bmG

🐦🔗: twitter.com/betterthemask/stat

Corporate Europe Observatory: *Europe’s two-faced authoritarian right: ‘anti-elite’ parties serving big business interests*

"If the more pessimistic projections are to be believed, authoritarian right-wing politicians will do well in the upcoming European Parliament elections, reflecting a surge in EU scepticism and disillusionment with establishment parties, many of whom have overseen a decade or more of punishing austerity.

These authoritarian right parties are harnessing this disillusionment using the rhetoric of ending corruption, tackling ‘elite’ interests, regaining ‘national’ dignity and identity, and defending the rights of ‘ordinary people’. However, the contrast between this rhetoric and their actual actions is stark. From repressive laws to dark money funding; from corruption scandals to personal enrichment; from corporate deregulation to enabling tax avoidance, the defence of ‘elite’ interests disguised as the defence of disaffected classes is a defining characteristic of Europe’s rising authoritarian right parties. …"

corporateeurope.org/en/2019/05

#fascism #Europe #EuropeanElections

you know what would be nice? if web browsers had two modes, essentially - a "Document Mode" and an "App Mode." in doc mode you'd have access to CSS, HTML, all the layout stuff, but absolutely no javascript ot anything turing complete. the web browser would offer extra doc-specific chrome, like entering a Reader Mode, changing fonts, or selecting between alternate stylesheets offered by the site.

in application mode, all of that would go away, javascript and all the rest would be turned on. when you'd load an App Mode page you'd get a window warning you, displaying the name of the app, a description, a list of requested capabilities (with toggles to selectively deactivate them or, say, enable location spoofing, whatever), the developer's credentials, and require the user to explicitly click a button to say "yes, run app, please." and every single goddamn bit of everything would require code-signing. foreign javascript gets inserted somehow? too bad, it's not signed by the app's declared certificate, and the app is terminated or the user is just warned, depending on user preference.

but we'll never get anything like this, because browsers are too in thrall to Big App and Big Data and the throngs of javascript freaks who are congenitally unable to display a single line of text without dragging in 36 levels of dependencies and turning your processor's fan up to max
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