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these are the works and the folks that keep me from (total) despair when navigating 'technology'
The Fight For the Future: Organizing In and Around the Tech Industry (22 Jan)
uspol, deplatforming, mastodon
I joined a panel to discuss 'deplatforming' in The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/does-deplatforming-work-to-curb-hate-speech-and-calls-for-violence-3-experts-in-online-communications-weigh-in-153177
My take: Mastodon gets it right
"The real secret to Apple's success is not design, but extreme labour exploitation across its global South supply chains, enabled by monopsony power. [...] Without these patterns of exploitation, Apple's profit margins would be wiped out and/or its retail prices would be so high as to be unaffordable. The business model is built on cheapening the lives of others."
-- Jason Hickel
Tuesday 26 January 20:00-21:30
"A conversation about current and future technological infrastructures for solidarity. Elodie Mugrefya, Femke Snelting, Wendy Van Wynsberghe of Constant, speak with media anthropologist and activist Miriyam Aouragh about the relations between political activism and technological criticism. How to organise for social change on-line when Tech Giants profit from our interactions?"
"Why the left needs Elinor Ostrom" (2018)
@sifr when I unsubscribed from Amazon Prime, they claimed they were facing heavy volume and would get to my request as soon as possible. it took almost two weeks before they finally closed my account. in that time span they tried multiple tactics to keep me from unsubscribing. I must have exchanged 20 emails with them reasserting that I wanted my account closed forever.
most companies do some stuff like that, but I'd never seen one that bad before.
Amazon manipulates customers to stay subscribed
"Norway eyes sea change in deep dive for metals instead of oil"
YOU CAN LOG OUT, BUT YOU CAN NEVER LEAVE: How Amazon manipulates consumers to keep them subscribed to Amazon Prime
This Machine Kills: 34. Let’s Get Cyber-Physical https://soundcloud.com/thismachinekillspod/34-lets-get-cyber-physical
Outlandish Stanford facial recognition study claims there are links between facial features and political orientation
What Will Be The Cure?: A Conversation With Sylvia Wynter
venting about software, banks
I'm currently locked out of my bank account because I need to use their mobile app to verify my identity.
This can not be done via the website.
The mobile app doesn't work on a phone without google play.
I've proceeded to acquire one with google play for these purposes. However I'm stuck at the next step because the app requires me to take a picture of my face.
This is not possible because the app is hardcoded to use the front facing camera which is damaged.
This reminds me again how PSD2 has been a fucking disaster when it comes to software freedom. All banks suddenly double down on their gplay reliant apps and more of such shenanigans to comply with PSD2 requirements like two factor auth. Whereas in the past online banking, with 2fa worked fine now this is impossible all of a sudden.
A mind-bending take on the coloniality of global public health