What tools should we be building to end capitalism?

Someone recently asked me: In terms of ending capitalism, what tools do we need to start building? How can we help one another connect to the resources we need? If we need laptops and phones to stay connected, but we do not have the natural resources to build them in communities close to us, how […]

“The right to be forgotten” is not a legitimate right, and actively promotes abuse at all levels of society

An excerpt from an email I’ve been writing: As for “the right to be forgotten,” I strongly disagree that this is important. First of all, no one has “the right” to be forgotten. The framing of this as a “right” is incredibly dangerous because it is by definition a way to describe other people’s memories […]

No one understands what censorship even means, because they are being censored

I’ve been enjoying my brief but focused time in The Federation and away from corporate social media so far. (“The Federation” is what we nerds who love freedom and, by extension, free software, call the distributed social network outside corporate-controlled filter bubble prisons like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.) Oh sure, there’s the usual Internet asshole […]

New “Support Circle” feature in Predator Alert Tool for Twitter helps cyberbullying targets get help from friends

Tonight’s update to the Predator Alert Tool for Twitter adds a feature inspired by the award-winning Circle of 6 anti-violence iPhone app to help cyberbullying targets call for help when they need it: Your Support Circle are other Twitter users who you know and trust to publicly back you up when you’re getting bullied on […]

Why a “Predator Alert Tool” for Twitter?

Despite many “anti-bullying” campaigns, online harassment and cyberbullying are prevalent behaviors. Most anti-abuse efforts fail because they tend to focus on appeals to authority. The now-ubiquitous “Report Abuse” buttons on social networking websites like Twitter are one such example, yet their ubiquity have not curbed the behaviors or harm they purport to address or mitigate. […]

Artist devises face mask of his own face, makes many copies, sells them at cost, all to protect the residents of his home city of Chicago from surveillance

When you wear these [“URME Surveillance”] devices the cameras will track me instead of you and your actions in public space will be attributed as mine because it will be me the cameras see. All URME devices have been tested for facial recognition and each properly identifies the wearer of me on facebook, which has […]

Economic wealth is a system of ruling cliques optimized for justifying behaviors that alienate people

This is a graph showing the wealth distribution segmented by social network interactions in a massively multiplayer game called Pardus. It comes from an interesting paper titled Behavioral and Network Origins of Wealth Inequality: Insights from a Virtual World, by Benedikt Fuchs and Stefan Thurner. I think a number of their findings seem to support […]