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www.nature.com > Jathan Sadowski, Meredith Whittaker and Salomé Viljoen
Everyone should decide how their digital data are used — not just tech companies
1 jul. 2021 - Smartphones, sensors and consumer habits reveal much about society. Too few people have a say in how these data are created and used.
 · algorithmic-bias · antitrust · black-struggle · clearview-ai · commons · covid-19 · data · data-commons · data-sovereignty · democracy · imagenet · science · social-democracy · surveillance-capitalism

crookedtimber.org > Maria Farrell
What is Ours is Only Ours to Give
4 may. 2021 - Kim Stanley Robinson’s books are how I think about the future. I’m not exaggerating when I say they’re how I manage to think about it at all. They provide much of the temporal and political context in which I do my work, which is to say, they educate me and let me know I’m not alone. Future uses of data and networks are a tiny part of The Ministry for the Future (TMFTF), just as tech policy only counts, now, insofar as it serves our species-wide effort to survive and perhaps flourish. TMFTF does some thinking on how network and information technology – specifically, social media and blockchain – can do the genuinely liberatory work they’ve long been hailed as making possible. I’ve worked in tech policy since the late nineties and will talk mostly in this piece about ways that might work sooner and better to get us to a desirable tech future, and one that gets less in the way of dealing with climate crisis. (I use ‘climate crisis’ as shorthand for the cluster of anthropogenic extinction events described in TMFTF.)
 · ai-ethics · amazon · artificial-intelligence · big-tech · blockchain · china · climate-change · commons · data-commons · data-portability · facebook · feminism · google · interoperability · misogyny · open-standards · social-graph · social-media · solutionism · surveillance-capitalism

www.eff.org > Danny O'Brien
Outliving Outrage on the Public Interest Internet: the CDDB Story
6 may. 2021 - In our previous blog post, we discussed how in the early days of the internet, regulators feared that without strict copyright enforcement and pre-packaged entertainment, the new digital frontier would be empty of content. But the public interest internet barn-raised to fill the gap—before the fledgling digital giants commercialised and enclosed those innovations. These enclosures did not go unnoticed, however—and some worked to keep the public interest internet alive.
 · appropriating-the-commons · cddb · commons · freedb · gnudb · public-interest-internet

www.eff.org > Danny O'Brien
The Enclosure of the Public Interest Internet
6 may. 2021 - It’s hard to believe now, but in the early days of the public internet, the greatest worry of some of its most high-powered advocates was that it would be empty. As the Clinton administration prepared to transition the internet from its academic and military origins to the heart of the promised “national information infrastructure” (NII), the government’s advisors fretted that the United States entertainment and information industries would have no commercial reason to switch from TV, radio, and recorded music. And without Hollywood and the record labels on board, the new digital environment would end up as a ghost mall, devoid of businesses or users.
 · appropriating-the-commons · commons · imdb · internet-history · open-street-map · public-interest-internet · wikipedia

www.newyorker.com > Masha Gessen
Barcelona’s Experiment in Radical Democracy
6 aug. 2018 - The municipal government of Barcelona, led by Mayor Ada Colau, is the heart of a new global political phenomenon known as municipalism, which aims to break the bounds of traditional party politics and challenge institutional politics as they currently exist, Masha Gessen writes.
 · barcelona · commons · democracy · feminism · housing · municipalism · politics · public-space · sex-work · spain · tourism