Archive for the ‘Social Network’ Category

Support the Pursuance Project


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

Pursuance is open source software that enables individuals to organize in the pursuit of shared goals.

Barrett Brown:

We’re building encrypted software to amplify the efforts of activists, journalists, & nonprofits — anyone fighting for social change.”

singham 2018/07/12 pursuance-project

Pursuance project


Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Understand Journalism


(Atlantic Tech) – Adrienne LaFrance:

Either that, or he doesn’t care. …

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Mark Zuckerberg

Why are you still on Facebook?


(The Joy of Tech) – Nitrozac & Snaggy:

Do you enjoy using it? …

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Nitrozac & Snaggy: Joy of Tech 2503: Why are you still on Facebook? (flowchart)

The Facebook Grand Illusion


(Guardian Tech) – Olivia Solon:

Dumb fucks.” That’s how Mark Zuckerberg described users of Facebook for trusting him with their personal data back in 2004. If the last week is anything to go by, he was right.

Since the Observer reported that the personal data of about 50 million Americans had been harvested from Facebook and improperly shared with the political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, it has become increasingly apparent that the social network has been far more lax with its data sharing practices than many users realised. …

theguardian 2018/mar/24 cambridge-analytica

Big Brother Facebook

Twitterati Go Nuts over Suggestion that Bible is Badly Written


( – Valerie Tarico:

God forbid we should talk about the fact that the Bible, despite some wise and lyrical passages, is a boring tangled mess.

After a storm of protest on Twitter and in comment threads, Salon retracted and removed my recent article, “Why the Bible is So Badly Written,” saying that it failed to meet their editorial standards. But which standards were those? Notwithstanding its provocative title and lede, the article summarized a series of well-known flaws in the Bible along with facts about how the book was constructed. It proposed (as did Thomas Jefferson) that the Good Book could use a good edit. Reviewed before publication by a retired religion professor and a professional editor, and errata corrected, the analysis was factually defensible and reasonably clear.

What the article definitely violated were the sensibilities of many Christians and orthodox Jews, and an array of literature lovers from Christianized cultures. …

valerietarico 2018/02/09 twitterati

Twitter thunderstorm

Why Is Donald Trump So Obsessed With LaVar Ball?


(The Intercept) – Shaun King:

Have you ever done a good deed for someone? Can you think of something particularly generous you did to help someone who really needed it? I’m not just asking rhetorically: Put that deed in your mind.

Now imagine, after doing that good deed, you go on Twitter and say how grateful the person you helped should be — and even ask publicly if they are going to thank you for it.

That’s gross, right? …

theintercept 2017/11/23 lavar-ball

Donald Trump venting

Google and Facebook Have Failed Us


(Atlantic Tech) – Alexis Madrigal:

The world’s most powerful information gatekeepers neglected their duties in Las Vegas. Again. …

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A. Paul Weber: Das Gerücht

Is There Any Hope for Facebook’s Fact-Checking Efforts?


(Atlantic Tech) – Jon Christian:

Research is making clear just how hard it is to stop people from believing false stories on social media. …

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A. Paul Weber: Das Gerücht

Email Reply


(xkcd) – Randall Munroe:

Dear Kevin, I’m sorry it’s taken me two years to reply to your email.” …

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Randall Munroe: xkcd 1873: Email Reply

The Right to be Forgotten


(Guardian Comments) – Suzanne Moore:

The data protection bill is about refusing to give ownership of our identity to the likes of Facebook and Google – because we all make mistakes when young. …

theguardian 2017/aug/07 data-protection-bill

smartphone users