So @caseynewton says Substack poaching local journalists is "the exact right way to spend venture capital." This is true only if one has fully inculcated the mission of VC to centralize and eradicate all local control.

We need local institutions.

What's the best podcast where prominent people engage in formal, structured debates on the issues of the day?

"We’re coming out of this era where platforms own people, and moving into this era where people own platforms" says @hamishmckensie of @substack. Great, let's talk about how to make your platform user owned with @exittocommunity!

Today is Apostolic Cooperativism Day in the global Catholic church. Let us rejoice and be glad for all those who ensure that the needs of everyone are met.

That article was inspired by @ntnsndr "Populism of Hope Begins When People Feel Their Own Power". It caused one of the biggest AHA! moments of my life.

Had been a member of the social democratic party since I was 16, and was obsessed with explaining its decline.

That piece made me realise that it wasn't about leaders or the election manifesto policies - it was about how we do organising.
Working on a longer, better written article that delves into this in more detail.

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When you're talking about Linux, it's okay to say that it's "open source".

It's okay to say that it's "free software".

It's okay to call it "GNU/Linux", "Linux", or to mess up its name.

It's okay to refer to it as "the one with the friendly penguin".

Part of RMS' legacy has been an incessant obsession with terminology and pedantry, overshadowing far more important shared objectives which are fundamentally emancipatory in nature.

Pedantry is not activism; it is alienating, not emancipatory.

How have I never encountered this beauty before??

Of the Ruling of Men by W.E.B. Du Bois;

If you haven't seen the great film Coded Bias yet, here's a great chance to catch it, along with the Algorithmic Justice League!

I just published an inspiring conversation with Devney Hamilton, a developer with the Sassafras Tech Collective. She talks about her journey to co-ops, Sassafras, and prefigurative design, among other things.

Listen and/or read here:


The latest @medlabboulder podcast, now out!

Looks Like New - on @KGNU: Looks Like New: What Is the Internet Doing to the Environment?

Bookmarked: The Platform Governance Archive 1.0 The Platform Governance Archive (PGA) is a structured and open database with content policies of key platforms over their full life-time.

Thanks to all those who have reached out to see that we're okay. My family is on the other side of town. But no distance is real distance from such senselessness. This society has become so ill.

Am I the only one for whom stickies and scattered diagrams make things harder to understand rather than easier?

Okay, papists, it's Sunday so time to check in with @CWP112716 at This week, what do you tell your daughter about what happens when we die?

A friend was just telling me about staying up all night to get her loved one a vaccine appointment. Really? Once again, is the US medical system telling us we need to make ourselves sick first in order to get care?

This nonsense is a design.

I was looking for something about chickens and all I got was the @bouldercolorado Corny Joke Page.

At what point does your Zotero library turn from a useful resource to the Library of Babel?

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