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My first picture book is 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.
* Technology, Self-Determination, and the Future of the Future (CERIAS)
* Talking "Permanent Record Young Readers' Edition" with Edward Snowden https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dipfjn3bir8
* Talking "Agency" with William Gibson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijGkwzrE1MY
* Affordable Internet Day of Action, Mar 16, https://www.affordable-internet.ca/
* World Ethical Data Forum keynote, Mar 17-19, https://worldethicaldataforum.org/wedf-2020
* Launching "The Future You" with Brian David Johnson, Mar 19, https://www.changinghands.com/event/march2021/brian-david-johnson-future-you-break-through-fear-and-build-life-you-want
* Balancing Worldbuilding and Narrative (with Karen Osborne and Kali Wallace), Mar 24, https://ucsd.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YSvD5IjGS7Su2z-xhQN1ZA
* Interop: Self-Determination vs Dystopia (FITC), Apr 19-21, https://fitc.ca/presentation/interop/
My 2020 book "How to Destroy Surveillance Capitalism" is a critique of Big Tech connecting conspiratorial thinking to the rise of tech monopolies and proposing a way to deal with both:
Now, it's available in paperback!
My latest novel is Attack Surface, a sequel to my bestselling Little Brother books. @washingtonpost called it "a political cyberthriller, vigorous, bold and savvy about the limits of revolution and resistance."
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#1yrago Clarence Thomas admits he blew it on Brand X https://pluralistic.net/2020/02/26/pluralistic-your-daily-link-dose-26-feb-2020/#opps
#1yrago Medicare for All would be the biggest take-home pay increase in a generation https://pluralistic.net/2020/02/26/pluralistic-your-daily-link-dose-26-feb-2020/#m4a
#5yrsago Think you’re entitled to compensation after being wrongfully imprisoned in California? Nope. https://web.archive.org/web/20160229013042/http://modernluxury.com/san-francisco/story/the-crazy-injustice-of-denying-exonerated-prisoners-compensation
#5yrsago South Korean lawmakers stage filibuster to protest “anti-terror” bill, read from Little Brother https://memex.craphound.com/2016/02/26/south-korean-lawmakers-stage-filibuster-to-protest-anti-terror-bill-read-from-little-brother/
#5yrsago BC town votes to install imaginary GPS trackers in criminals https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/putting-fear-into-people-b-c-city-council-wants-to-track-criminals-with-gps-implant-1.2792048
#15yrsago Midnighters: YA horror trilogy mixes Lovecraft with adventure https://memex.craphound.com/2006/02/26/midnighters-ya-horror-trilogy-mixes-lovecraft-with-adventure/
#15yrsago RIP, Octavia Butler, “genius” science fiction writer https://darkush.blogspot.com/2006/02/octavia-butler-died-saturday.html
#10yrsago TVOntario’s online archive, including Prisoners of Gravity! https://web.archive.org/web/20110226021403/http://archive.tvo.org/
#5yrsago Ghostwriter: Trump didn’t write “Art of the Deal,” he read it https://web.archive.org/web/20160229034618/http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/264591/donald-trump-didnt-write-art-deal-tony-schwartz/
This is the last Pluralistic installment until March 15; I'm taking a couple weeks' stay-at-home vacation/email sabbatical. I won't be reading messages of any kind from close of business on Friday, Feb 26 until 9AM Pacific on March 15. Any emails/DMs, etc that come in between now and then will be deleted unread. Talk to you in a couple weeks!
Today's threads (a thread).
Inside: K-Zombies; Privacy is not property; and more!
"By licensing the use of their information in exchange for monetary consideration, we may be worse off than under the current notice-and-choice regime...A property-based system also disregards interests besides property that individuals have in personal information."
All of these points and more are made in "Why data ownership is the wrong approach to protecting privacy," a 2019 Brookings Institute paper by Cameron F Kerry and John B Morris, who relate them to pending legislation and relevant case-law.
This "interest"-based system acknowledged the complex web of overlapping claims.
We have a whole discipline - one that doesn't intersect with markets at all - that describes these relations, with specialized concepts like "nurturance rights" and "self-determination rights" (thanks to Rory Pickens for introducing me to these concepts).
Far from it: the most valuable things we know of (human beings) are not property precisely *because* treating them as property would cheapen them. We humans are so valuable that we have a complex set of rules just for us.
My daughter isn't my property, but I have an interest in her. So does my wife, and her grandparents, and her teachers and school district, and Child Protective Services...and so does she.
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