GitLab raises $20M from Google (Ventures) – the key word here is “fork”
Today, on Venture Capital Ruins Everything, we have the lovely folks at GitLab (which we use and love at Ind.ie) raising $20M from GV (née Google Ventures).
Investors invest in the exit so imagine what GitLab’s exit will look like after this. If any competent folks are thinking of a fork, now is a good time to start doing prep work. Think ownCloud/Nextcloud…
All Your Content Are Belong To Us
Article 13 of the current copyright legislation proposal from the European Commission would result in de facto ubiquitous Internet content filtering. Basically, this would kill the Internet as we know and empower autocratic institutions – whether corporations or governments – with absolute control over nearly all human communication.
All Your Content Is Belong To Us
Article 13 of the current copyright legislation proposal from the European Commission would result in de facto ubiquitous Internet content filtering. Basically, this would kill the Internet as we know and empower autocratic institutions – whether corporations or governments – with absolute control over nearly all human communication. #fnf17
Freedom Not Fear & Ecopolis
Looking forward to my opening keynote at Freedom Not Fear and to speaking at Ecopolis this weekend in Brussels.
• Freedom Not Fear: https://www.freedomnotfear.org/fnf-2017/opening-keynote-by-aral-balkan
• Ecopolis: http://ecopolis.be/
Basic how-to guide for preserving fundamental rights on the Internet by Xnet
“What is happening in Spain these days in relation with the situation in Catalonia is a very significant milestone in the defence of freedoms and rights around the world in the digital age. The reaction of the Spanish government has clearly shown that the entire population – not only those living in Catalonia – needs to have tools to guarantee their fundamental rights…”
Had a wonderful reception for my proposal to kick off the Internet of People with a City of People in Ghent last week. (Watch this space—this is momentous!)
Next week is going to be busy: flying to Malaga on Monday to be interviewed at EmpoderaLive (http://empodera.org/en/empoderalive-2017/#agenda) and then I’m off to Vienna on Wednesday to present the opening keynote at Internet Summit Austria (http://thelink.is/internet-summit-austria-2017).
Smart Cities – VPro Tegenlicht documentary (2016)
Ahead of my talk this week to the city of Ghent (http://foreplay.gent), watch this Dutch documentary I was in last year (my bits are in English/start ~17:30) in which I learned that the city of Amsterdam shares the license plate information of its citizens with Google (& their “CTO” sees no problem with it)
Our cities: homes or prisons?
The title and opening slide of my talk this Thursday for the city of Ghent.
• Steer clear of public-private partnerships & de-facto privatisation of citizen data (you can commission services but you are not a partner, you must be in control and protect citizens’ rights/data)
• Never take candy from Silicon Valley
• Invest in decentralised, free/open, interoperable technologies
Ghent: a city of people
Ghent’s foresight team are organising a conference for their 400 civil servants “to teach, facilitate and encourage long-term thinking (especially on technology)”
I’m presenting the opening keynote there this week and will be warning them to stay away from partnerships with surveillance-based Silicon Valley companies and to embrace decentralised, free/open, and interoperable democratic technology.
Freedom not fear
“Cyborg rights activist Aral Balkan will hold the Freedom not Fear 2017 opening keynote! At Freedom not Fear, activists and NGOs plan action and take action against increasing surveillance and other attacks on civil rights. We want to live in freedom, not in fear. Come and join us!”
6–9 October 2017 (Friday–Monday) in Brussels