Most economists suffer from misplaced optimism about the oncoming Fourth Industrial Revolution. Some reskilling here and there would suffice to spread its benefits to all workers. They ignore how capitalism invents and employs technology for profits, not people.
This report examines how digital technologies could help councils save money, foster local economic growth and deliver better outcomes for local residents and communities.
by Justin Reynolds // Like his former teacher Ursula Le Guin, Robinson has never lost faith in our capacity to use our collective intelligence and technological prowess to transcend limiting orthodoxies.
Communalism is the all encompassing term given to a comprehensive theory and practice that seeks to reconstruct society along ecological lines.
I have a strong like for Microformats. Designed for humans first and machines second, microformats are a set of simple, open data formats built upon existing and widely adopted standards. http://microformats.org Which means you write for humans just like you always do, and as well as wrapping HTML a...
From the USA to Spain and beyond, the last decade has seen a surge in municipalist and local democracy citizens’ movements. Many have been influenced by the ideas of American writer and thinker Murray Bookchin (1921-2006), which envisaged a new left politics based on popular assemblies and grassro...
A year of staggering revelations is a reminder of how much Facebook has corrupted life online, with the effect of making the internet seem a little less bearable and a little less human
A reflection on my month without Apple, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Amazon, plus a how-to guide if you want to quit the biggest companies in tech.
by R.K. Upadhya // Strategies for class struggle must include organizing at the sites of techno-scientific research and development.
What’s the role of the tech world in preventing climate chaos?
DECODE is a fourteen-partner project which aims to understand new types of social value that are generated when people are given the ability to control and share personal data on their terms. It aims to create tools that allow people to flexibly decide who is able to access personal data, and for what purposes
by Raymond Williams // Only a particular sort of socialism can make the necessary junction between the satisfaction of needs and ecology
When I wrote about the dinner with Marc Canter here some 2 months ago I also mentioned thinking about social software as being composed of different triangles. The notion stems from how I use Flickr and delicious. I track individuals and their bookmarks and through those two pieces of info I get to ...
Can you create a better world if you don’t first imagine it?
Holochain is a new technology project with huge potential for the cooperative economy. Members of The Open Co-op have been promoting the idea that new software could, potentially, revolutionise both our failing democracies and our predatory capitalist economies, since 2004. Back then we weren’t quite so clear on exactly how the required information architecture should …
by Mike Quille // Alongside economic and political struggle, socialism will involve overcoming elitist gatekeeping to apply shared ownership and democratic control to everyday cultural activities.
Or: What To Do in the Last Decade of the Anthropocene
by Wendy Liu // To truly challenge the power of the tech giants, we need more than better regulation. We need class struggle.
Simple Food, Simply Delicious
If there is one single question this text struggles to answer, it is „How to develop a technological component of a free society, to support prefiguration of confederated and freedom-oriented commu…