Europe is now the most powerful regulator of Silicon Valley
In case any #Berlin people haven't heard about it: there are multiple demonstrations happening tomorrow, 1 AfD (extreme right wing) and 4 counter demonstrations. Please come all to one of the counter demonstrations!
We've bypassed that barrier by federating discrete communities of interest that often require only a dozen or two active users to be vital places, so we're quietly building critical mass via a mechanism they don't grok... 😁
Some good news: exit polls indicate Ireland 🇮🇪 has overwhelmingly voted to overturn their abortion ban, in place since 1983. A huge victory for women's rights. https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/irish-times-exit-poll-projects-ireland-has-voted-by-landslide-to-repeal-eighth-amendment-1.3508861
Well done, #Ireland!
This again reminds me of when I got to know many of my irish friends as a teen in the 90s when their open-minded youth culture was so much at odds with the conservative mindset of the older generations. These kids have now grown up and are reshaping the culture of the country.
The "award winning journalism" is covered by the free speech exemption. The rest of the "full range of digital offerings" most likely is not. The fact they are willing to shutter the journalism means that that is not their main offering. The LA Times is not a newspaper.
LA Times: "Unfortunately, our website is currently unavailable in most European countries. We are engaged on the issue and committed to looking at options that support our full range of digital offerings to the EU market. We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism."
I am LOL-ing so hard right now. They have taken their ball and gone home!
Re: LB: I genuinely believe that this overcautiousness is a good sign. It means GDPR has put the fear of God into those organisations.
@samtoland That's what I was trying to convey. Any useful piece of regulation in this area will inevitably result in a mess because so many incentives for so many people and organisations are lined up to make a mess of it.
GDPR as a regulation isn't a mess but GDPR as a cultural and economic phenomenon is, and if it wasn't that'd be a bigger cause for concern.
Of course I'm kidding, knowing that it changes is important, it's just such a fucking onslaught on my mailboxes
Realistically I should go invest some time into mastodon-bridge to make it use sidekiq and work in the background so people with a lot of friends don't get rate limit errors, and then promote that tool more
@cathal I used the words "tend to" precisely to avoid the kind of stereotypes you mention. I am aware not everybody thinks the same, but I am also pretty sure there are patterns to be found, and those patterns are likely to highlight a higher attention to scientific notions in one camp and a higher attention to religious ones in the other...
This #platformcoop thing may just be getting some traction... :P
You're expressing a stereotype as fact (that all pro-life people base those views on "religion", and that all pro-choice people base those views on "science"), and that sort of tribalism directly leads to opposition before discussion has even happened. That's exactly where the vitriol comes from, and why I don't even participate in public discussions on the underlying subject anymore.
It is really good that media companies who behave better get rewarded with a bigger potential audience. Companies listen to their bottom line, and if respecting privacy makes them more money then GDPR is a force for good.