* 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
* Software Freedom is Essential to Human Freedom (linux.conf.au keynote) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EirKskSd5U
* Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Contemporary Political Struggle: Social Movements, Social Surveillance, Social Media (with Zeynep Tufekci), Feb 24, https://ucdavis.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I99f4x8WRiKCfKUljVcYPg
* 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
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."
Get signed books from @darkdel: https://www.darkdel.com/store/p1840/Available_Now%3A_Attack_Surface.html
#1yrago Wells Fargo will pay $3b for 2 million acts of fraud https://pluralistic.net/2020/02/22/pluralist-your-daily-link-dose-22-feb-2020/#banksters
#1yrago ICANN should demand to see the secret financial docs in the .ORG selloff https://pluralistic.net/2020/02/22/pluralist-your-daily-link-dose-22-feb-2020/#unethos
#15yrsago Using corn-rows to teach fractals https://web.archive.org/web/20051214202832/http://diac.cpsr.org/cgi-bin/diac02/pattern.cgi/public?pattern_id=494
#15yrsago Transport for London censors anagram Tube map https://web.archive.org/web/20060227093852/http://www.unfortu.net/anagrammap/
#10yrsago Egyptian orders a pizza for the Wisconsin demonstrators https://www.politico.com/story/2011/02/from-cairo-to-madison-some-pizza-049888
#5yrsago Citing copyright, Army blocks Chelsea Manning from receiving printouts from EFF’s website https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/02/military-prison-blocks-chelsea-manning-reading-eff-blog-posts
On Wednesday, Zeynep Tufekci and I are delivering the Mellon Sawyer Seminar on Contemporary Political Struggle: Social Movements, Social Surveillance, Social Media: https://ucdavis.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_I99f4x8WRiKCfKUljVcYPg
Today's threads (a thread).
Inside: What Democrats need to do; Automated functional drone manufacture; Privacy Without Monopoly Pt 2; and more!
I read the second portion of it this week – about 30 minutes' worth – and I'll finish it next week. If you don't want to wait, you can dive in with the written version straightaway:
You can subscribe to my podcast feed here:
Here's a direct link to the MP3 (hosting courtesy of the Internet Archive; they'll host your stuff for free, forever, too!):
This week on my podcast, part two of the spoken-word version of "Privacy Without Monopoly: Data Protection and Interoperability," a major new white-paper that Bennett Cyphers and I co-authored for EFF.
It’s a paper that tries to resolve the tension between demanding that tech platforms gather, retain and mine less of our data, and the demand that platforms allow alternatives (nonprofits, co-ops, tinkerers, startups) to connect with their services.
The control system integrates the laser with the special head: it tidies up the silver paste traces into sub-millimetre traces, thermally cures the paste to solder components together.
The money-shot is that robotically assembled drone taking off on its own, (almost) untouched by human hands.
The demo uses a modified laser-cutter to print, assemble and finish a working drone that then flies off the build plate, with only the tiniest human interventions.
It uses a multi-tip add-on that bolts onto the laser-cutter's head, and uses an accelerometer to locate itself in space over the build-plate. The add-on can dispense conductive silver paste and perform pick-and-place operations with a suction cup.
Automated manufacturing is a dream as old as the Shoemaker and the Elves, a nightmare as old as the Sorcerer's Apprentice. But the (delightful) science fiction dreams about automated manufacturing so often fall short of the reality.
Not always, though! MIT CSAIL researchers' "Laserfactory" demo at this year's CHI is a marvel straight out of a novel I wish I'd written:
There is no better way to make that point than by actually changing things - by making material improvements to the lives of crisis-tormented Americans by using the mandate represented by control over the Senate, Congress and the White House.
Just fucking do it already.
And Bernie Sanders is confident that we can get a $15/h minimum wage RIGHT *now* through the Senate budget reconciliation process. The minimum wage was last raised in 2009. It has lost ground against inflation since 1968. It should be $24/h.
It's no use nurturing an army of grassroots organizers unless they've got something to campaign against. US elections are won by convincing stay-at-home voters that their vote matters - that change is possible.