It's inevitable: whenever I talk about the need to curb concentrated power in the tech sector, someone comes along to ask why I only care about tech - why not do something about concentration in telecoms or entertainment?
That's not wrong, but it's not right either. Yes, telecoms and entertainment are grotesquely concentrated and abuse their monopoly power to the great detriment of the rest of us.
But no, gunning for Big Tech does NOT mean that we're not gunning for Big Content and Big Telco, too.
Bust 'em all!
The idea that these monopolized industries are somehow keeping each other in check - rather than colluding to screw the rest of us - is wrong. Google did an anti-Net Neutrality deal with Verizon. And all the tech and content companies illegally fixed wages between 'em.
Right - and now we're running Mastodon 3.2.0. Phew :)
We pay to Steam, Netflix, Amazon prime, Spotify. But not to Wikipedia, Archive.org, Librivox, Project Gutenberg, for our favourite Linux distro.
The huge asymmetry between corporate and community has not emerged naturally. It is a product of our choices of not supporting community oriented projects.
The short conveniences vs the long-term good. We always chose the former.
In face of surveillance capitalism, we must and must change.
@alenabuis and by "in the list" I mean in the course feed, i.e. https://course.oeru.org/lida101/interactions/course-feed/
Hi @alenabuis - just been looking at the harvesting of bookmarks from bookmarks.oeru.org for the WEnotes feed, and I noticed that a couple of your bookmarks had a "#" in front of the tags. In that context you don't need the "#" - I've removed it from 2 of your three posts (the third levelled the odds by using both with and without "#" :) - good thinking!) so that they now show in the list. The fact that they're staying at the top is a problem I'm currently trying to solve :).
E-Voting App Maker Voatz Asks The Supreme Court To Let It Punish Security Researchers For Exposing Its Flaws - https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20200903/16005645245/e-voting-app-maker-voatz-asks-supreme-court-to-let-it-punish-security-researchers-exposing-flaws.shtml how about no? also: don't use #evoting for anything...
"Just because there is now a multi-billion-dollar industry based on the abject betrayal of our privacy doesn’t mean the sociopaths who built it have any right whatsoever to continue getting away with it"
We all need to watch this and be constantly conscious of it... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LopI4YeC4I
I have some great news about Boston Public Schools and free software. You may know that my Co-op has been hosting some Boston Public School courses over the summer using free software.
Assessments of student progress shows that the teachers that stuck with BBB had better assessment scores for their students!! Especially the Math teachers. Scores were SIGNIFICANTLY higher by about 10-15 percentage points and it is believed that is because BBB allowed for student engagement more than Zoom did.
"There’s Now an Even Worse Anti-Encryption Bill Than EARN IT"
Get your IT business out of the US. This needs to have an impact on the economy.
Historic opportunity... https://invidio.us/watch?v=7CMUtKWubxg missed. Why are so many governments run by colossally corrupt dimwits?
@mackiwg Prompted by your words of motivation, I share my certificate and badge here. Thank you for all your efforts in facilitating us from various parts of the world to achieve this.
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