Aral Balkan @aral

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“Google Hasn’t Stopped Scanning Gmail”

“Users of Google’s consumer services will always be the product”


Featuring @aral

Also on our radar: forum.ind.ie/t/google-hasn-t-s

Constructive Disobedience

“To be progressive and constructive, disobedience must be accompanied by counter-proposals fully outlining alternative policies to the ones that we disobey.”—Srećko Horvat

Join us for an evening of constructive disobedience at the G20. Starts 19:30 on 7 July, 2017 at the Audimax lecture hall on the University of Hamburg campus. No RSVP necessary.



@gaditb @aral Either is fine. Although we do have an account handle display problem, at least in Amaroq ;)

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Thanks a lot to @Gargron for helping me make this instance a reality. Although we are having some technical difficulties right now, soon your fellow Turkish friends will join Mastodon. I am very happy to present this instance to the Turkish people who are ultimately dissatisfied with the current awful state of Twitter and similar platforms.

Herkese Merhaba!

@hugo Up and running with it on my personal instance. Going to test it for a day or so before moving d25.community over. Thanks again :)

@Gargron You’re an inspiration, Eugen :)

@hugo All good? Any major issues? I think I’m going to take the plunge before my flight :)

@tjemni We already are and there’s no turning back from that. Whether or not we recognise that will spell the difference between whether or not we have fundamental rights (and democratic governance) going forward.

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So for Ind.ie, I set up our own instance of Staticland (github.com/staticland/staticla) which, along with embedded comments from our own Discourse (discourse.org/) forum at forum.ind.ie means that we can now go from nothing to publishing a static site with comments running on its own domain under TLS (https) literally within minutes. (That’s what I used for cyborgrights.eu/). Would love to see us implement similar workflows at DiEM25.

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The Universal Declaration of Cyborg Rights – Draft 0.1

We cannot protect human rights in the era of networked digital technology without correctly defining personhood and the boundaries of the self and applying the human rights we already have to this, new, extended cyborg self.

The Universal Declaration of Cyborg rights extends The Universal Declaration of Human Rights to bring it into the 21st century.

Thoughts? (Please share your long-form comments on the site.)


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Expect new laws to be passed by corruptible politicians (easy to bribe) in the coming years in an effort to stop #3dprinting "pirates" [sic]

@schestowitz Let’s be proactive in championing tech policies that ensure that doesn’t happen.

We will be doing just that at DiEM25 with our Internet of People progressive tech policy pillar. (Would love your input; about to kick off properly following a democratic internal vote.)

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Want to help improve the instance picker at instances.mastodon.xyz/ ?

There are two ways of doing so,
Update your instance' info:

And give general feedback here, just remember to read the other responses first:

#Mastodon #InstancePicker #JoinMastodon

@BrennanB @better Can you give me the URL you're seeing that on? I’ll have a look.

UX Lausanne

All set for my talk on ethical design, cyborgs, and democratic technology in Lausanne.

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Bonjour, Lausanne!

I’m in Lausanne to give the opening keynote of UX Lausanne this morning. The topic, of course, is ethical design and how we must resist Silicon Valley's toxic business model of people farming and create a compelling democratic counter narrative to .

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Just uploaded the latest CC teleconference summary: internal.diem25.org/meeting_su

Meanwhile, VC is voting on whether DiEM25 should have a tech pillar as described by @aral and @renataavila : internal.diem25.org/vc/view_vo

What was the role of Cambridge Analytica and psychographics in the EU referendum?

Was Britain’s EU referendum hijacked by the American alt-right using a technique known as psychographics?
BBC Newsnight’s Gabriel Gatehouse reports on the data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. (Video)



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