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."
* Keynote for Law Via the Internet conference, Sept 22, https://www.crowdcast.io/e/LVI2020/register
* Writing into an Uncertain Future, Afterwords Festival, Oct 1, https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/writing-into-an-uncertain-future-tickets-115378329690
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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