Aral Balkan @aral

DiEM25 #NextStop2019 assembly kicks off with a press conference by Yanis Varoufakis and Srećko Horvat.

“DiEM25 will develop a creditable blueprint for the transnational progressive party that Europe needs.“—Yanis Varoufakis

“In one year, DiEM25 has attracted over 60,000 members“—Srećko Horvat.

DiEM aims to occupy a 3rd place: a progressive international to challenge the austerity international (neoliberalism) and the nationalist international (the far right).

In a move straight out of Erdoğan's playbook, Theresa May deploys military for domestic policing in UK amid general election.

“There’s a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.” – Commander William Adama, Battlestar Galactica


“A platform cooperative…is not one that takes full advantage of the potential to have a truly distributed network. They still have a central platform operator at their core, providing coordination, quality assurance and, most essentially, trust. However, it is possible to go beyond platforms to protocols—to commonly agreed ways of operating. Thus anyone who agrees to the rules can become a part of the network.”

We call it interoperability ;)


@anton Thank you so much, Antón. I feel we have a unique opportunity to effect positive change within the political sphere. Flying to Berlin in a few hours to meet everyone and prepare. Wish me luck! :)

Introducing the 7th pillar of DiEM25: An Internet of People

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been elected to the DiEM25 Advisory Panel to help lead a new initiative with Renata Avila to craft DiEM25’s 7th pillar: a progressive tech policy for a democratic Europe.

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@b9AcE @vruz @maiyannah Indeed. I personally find “evil” a problematic word for many reasons and the “don’t be evil” motto was never anything but PR. Google is a factory farm for human beings – you don’t change the fundamental business model of a company with a feel-good slogan :)

@vruz @b9AcE @maiyannah He wasn’t being naïve (as I originally thought too), he meant “the best”. The best don’t wake up wishing they worked at Philip Morris. One day (today? I can already see it happening…) they won’t wake up wishing to work at Google either. And Google needs the best of the best (and not to be hindered by regulation – that’s the other thing he said – “I wake up every morning and fight regulation, it’s my job”) to continue being Google.

@b9AcE @maiyannah Well, it was originally the official creed. Eric Schmidt always thought it was stupid and once replied to an interviewer that “evil is what Sergey tells me it is.” Then they scrapped it altogether.

PS. Eric once told me “if we become too evil we won’t find anyone to work for us.” So y’all know what to do…

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LOADS of volunteer-run stuff dies due to lack of funding, and a reliable regular income makes a huge difference. Plus @gargron and co. work really really hard on this! cybre.space/media/VaK4zt6hxspY

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@james Smooth sailing – wouldn’t have it any other way :)

Julia Powles in top form:

“The true response to Facebook is to see it as a company that ruthlessly monetises every aspect of our everyday lives.

Just like Facebook’s capability in connecting data assets, there is no absence of technical capability to interoperate with, and replicate, Facebook and WhatsApp’s services.

New European regulations make the strongest demands yet for meaningful rights to data portability, interoperability, transparency and accountability”


Don’t use Google AMP

“Google AMP is bad news for how the web is built, it’s bad news for publishers of credible online content, and it’s bad news for consumers of that content. Google AMP is only good for one party: Google.” – thelink.is/google-amp-bad

“If I had my way, Mobile Safari would refuse to render AMP pages. It’s a deliberate effort by Google to break the open web.” – daringfireball.net/linked/2017


Via @ZiiX

Made a chicken burger that I’m rather proud of :)

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Google “wants to guess the question before you ask it.”

Ask yourself: how well must a company know me to do that? What else can they do if they know me so well?




Emma Holten and I spoke at a conference in Århus recently and the lovely folks at DR P1 covered it in their radio show Harddisken (in Danish).


#SurveillanceCapitalism #Privacy #HumanRights


@Maltimore Already done ;) One PR down and documenting my progress in an issue :)