Aral Balkan @aral@mastodon.ar.al

Google’s true origin partly lies in CIA and NSA research grants for mass surveillance

“The intelligence community hoped that the nation’s leading computer scientists could take non-classified information and user data, combine it with what would become known as the internet, and begin to create for-profit, commercial enterprises to suit the needs of both the intelligence community and the public.”

HT @onreact

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Am I allowed to judge this book by its cover?

(Wow. Tremendously tempted to buy it just for the craftsmanship even though I already have the ebook.) mastodon.ar.al/media/bh9_3TQ15

Danish National TV programme to tackle

I’m off to Copenhagen in a few minutes for the taping of an annual “awards” edition of a tech programme on Danish national TV called So Ein Ding. Surveillance Capitalism will be getting an “award” and I’ll be there to extol its “virtues” ;)

dr.dk/tv/se/so-ein-ding/so-ein
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Partials and caching support in Set

Set is my unobtrusive and DRY template engine for Node.js and browsers. It lets you write your templates in plain HTML and requires no mapping code. And it now has partials (implemented via HTML comments) and document caching support.

Enjoy!

• Main: ind.ie/labs/set/
• Partials: ind.ie/labs/set/partials
• Document caching: ind.ie/labs/set/document-cachi
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Facebook: Core EU Business Potentially at Risk when GDPR Comes into Force in May 2018; Legitimate Interest Exemption Likely Not An Escape Hatch; Privacy Activists Preparing to Sue for Violations – by Macrui Dostourian on The Capitol Forum

“GDPR is “basically Europe saying to [Facebook] that their business model is unacceptable,” and analogized the increased data protection enforcement with the beginning of the downfall of big tobacco.”

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If you’re on a Mac, fire up the App Store and install today’s security update NOW.

It’s serious.

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We still need human intelligence

A good read (but note that the feudal lords of the current system aren’t going to fix inequality).

“That is because the underlying problems with markets and private ownership of wealth and the planet’s finite resources, which give rise to inequality, are not addressed … Maybe it is time to think about how to apply new innovations to old demands for equality, direct democracy and self-governance”

mondediplo.com/outsidein/we-st

Right, so this is it: matrix.org/blog/2017/08/24/the

PS. @Fairphone this is what I was telling you you should be doing. (There’s still lots of time to start down the same track.)

💓 to the @Purism and @matrix folks – you’re entirely on the right path.

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Disroot

“We want to encourage people to break free of the walled gardens of popular software and turn to open and ethical alternatives, may it be on our platform or on another (or you could even host your own).”

Awesome project (and how lovely to see my foreword for Trine Falbe’s excellent White Hat UX book quoted on the site – whitehatux.com)

Best of luck with this, folks! 😎👍

Visit: disroot.org

Follow: @disroot

Via @notabene

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In London for my birthday

My present is the pleasure of getting to introduce Laura to Wicked. mastodon.ar.al/media/p51z0zg7U mastodon.ar.al/media/mKVuo9iQH

General Assembly: Live stream from Berlin – starts 7PM CET today

I am taking part under protest as one of the delegates to the assembly – unlike nearly all of the others – does not represent an oppressed or progressive group but Erdoğan’s ruling AKP party in Turkey (who used the democratic process to get into power only to systematically destroy its institutions once there). I will present an intervention at the opening session.

Live stream: general-assembly.net/en/

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Flying to Berlin tomorrow to take part in The General Assembly as a representative for cyborgs.

I am taking part under protest as one of the delegates to the assembly – unlike nearly all of the others – does not represent an oppressed or progressive group but Erdoğan’s ruling AKP party in Turkey (who used the democratic process to get into power only to systematically destroy its institutions once there).

Live stream: Nov 3-5 at general-assembly.net/en/ mastodon.ar.al/media/4U2MQDFQr

Non Breaking Space Show: Certain Unalienable Cyborg Rights

Had a lovely, casual late-night chat about technology, surveillance, human rights, and democracy last Friday with Christopher and Simon.

The video podcast is now out.

Watch it at:

goodstuff.fm/nbsp/136

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Finally updated my instance to 2.0

PS. Doesn’t the info page read so much better with “person” instead of “user?“ I just changed it in the screenshot, not the code, but here’s hoping we make that change. Much more human, don’t you think?

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