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Chris Aldrich post on continued advancements in indieweb development on his site(s). Over the past two years I’ve been owning more and more of the data that I used to sharecrop into various social media silos. Instead of posting it to those sites which I don’t own, don’t control, and can’t rely on them staying up forever,…

The once and future IndieWeb

In the beginning, the Web was a simple thing. A bit of HTML, running on a server you probably had root access to, and maybe even had running under your desk. Fast forward 20 years, and most of the Web's content resides in silos, like Twitter and Facebook and Instagram. Our Web sites have become…

When ideas have sex

At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It's not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is.

How ‘Googling it’ can send conservatives down secret rabbit holes of alternative facts

We saw some of this happening in earlier research on online reading comprehension. Specifically, I had concerns about how algorithms might impact, shape, or modify what we're looking for. “Googling it” has become the news equivalent of “do your own research.” But neither Google, nor search terms, are purely neutral. “Even in the face of research…

Effortless Slippage

Fascinating look at the dimensions of citizenship in current and future networked systems by Ingrid Burrington. Some passages of interest: The historical maps made of the internet—and, later, the maps of the world made by the internet—are both reflection and instrument of the ideologies and entanglements of the networked world. They are one way we might navigate…

Mary Meeker’s 2018 internet trends report: All the slides, plus analysis

Mary Meeker, a former Morgan Stanley internet analyst and now partner at venture-capital fund Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, delivered her annual internet trends report at this year’s Code conference in California today (May 30). Some interesting initial takeaways: Global smartphone shipment growth has fallen to effectively nil. Growth in the world’s number of internet users has…

Reconciling Privacy and Internet Freedom with Blockchain

Post from Alice Bonacio discussing a possible future connection between privacy, security, and blockchain uses. Bonacio posits "with privacy becoming an increasing concern, but users reluctant to sacrifice the ease of use that Internet freedom allows them, blockchain offers a solution to reconcile data protection with simplicity without the need for regulation." I know that…

Hacking Happiness in the Information Age

An interview from Evernote's Taking Note blog on happiness, screentime, and balance in our lives. Some ideas of interest: First, we need to stop thinking about happiness as a single monolithic concept. There are different kinds of happiness — and some are more fulfilling and long-term than others: Short-term happiness: Psychologists refer to this as “hedonic” happiness, derived from the…

You don’t have a right to believe whatever you want to

Professor of philosophy Daniel DeNicola in Aeon: Unfortunately, many people today seem to take great licence with the right to believe, flouting their responsibility. The wilful ignorance and false knowledge that are commonly defended by the assertion ‘I have a right to my belief’ do not meet James’s requirements. Consider those who believe that the…