Today's threads (a thread).
Inside: Bill Gates's monopolistic mask-off moment; and more!
Archived at: https://pluralistic.net/2020/09/12/whats-a-murder/
My first-ever Kickstarter is on! Pre-order the audiobook and/or ebook of Attack Surface, the third Little Brother book, and help me redefine the way publishers, writers and readers deal with Big Tech monopolies!
Bill Gates's monopolistic mask-off moment: "What's a murder?"
#15yrsago Makers novel-in-progress serialized for next ten weeks on Salon https://web.archive.org/web/20050914060107/http://www.salon.com/tech/feature/2005/09/12/themepunks_1/index_np.html
#10yrsago Russian cops use excuse of pirated Microsoft products to raid dissidents, newspapers, and environmentalist groups https://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/12/world/europe/12raids.html
#5yrsago NYPD cop who beat up tennis star James Blake has a long, violent rapsheet https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/tackled-james-blake-sued-4-times-excessive-force-article-1.2356691
#1yrago Demetrification: improving social media by removing public like/follower/repost counts https://www.wired.com/story/internet-healthier-without-like-counts/
#1yrago Uber general counsel threatens California: pass a law that makes drivers into employees and we'll spend $60m on a ballot initiative to overturn it https://twitter.com/matthewstoller/status/1171974310237474816
#1yrago Thomas Piketty's new book uses data to trace how inequality changes ideology https://promarket.org/2019/09/06/thomas-piketty-new-book-brings-political-economy-back-to-its-sources/
Yesterday's threads: Save video game history; Life as a precriminal; Qanon is basically the Protocols of the Elders of Zion; EFF vs filternet; America's pandemic spiral; Security Engineering, 3d edition; Alexa for landlords; and more!
I have a (free) new book out! "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism" is an anti-monopolist critique of Big Tech that connects the rise of conspiratorial thinking to the rise of tech monopolies and proposes a way to deal with both:
My next book is ATTACK SURFACE, sequel to Little Brother and Homeland: it's a technothriller about a surveillance techie who goes home and learns the weapons she helped build are used against the racial justice movement founded by her best friend.
My ebooks and audiobooks (from @torbooks, @HoZ_Books, @mcsweeneys, and others) are for sale all over the net, but I sell 'em too, and when you buy 'em from me, I earn twice as much and you get books with no DRM and no license "agreements."
My first picture book just came out! It's called Poesy the Monster Slayer and it's an epic tale of bedtime-refusal, toy-hacking and monster-hunting, illustrated by Matt Rockefeller. It's the monster book I dreamt of reading to my own daughter.
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