If money is the end, anything is game for the means. “Don’t be evil” evidently not compatible with “unending pursuit of profit”. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/19/google-facebook-anti-refugee-campaign-secure-america-nowAlso on:
Pretty stomach churning, Thatcher’s close relationship to Pinochet.
Book of Dissent
Enjoyed the Accidental Anarchist documentary. Interesting to see second recent mention of Abdullah Ocalan, Bookchin and democratic confederalism (other recent one being Adam Greenfield ‘s talk at Virtual Futures.)
‘Artificial artificial intelligence’ – using cheap, manual labour to make it seem like you have some fancy machine learning.
“The “counterculture” that celebrated the early Internet and stamped it with utopian fantasies is not synonymous with the “counterculture” of student protests, civil rights, women’s rights, or the anti-war movement.”
the ‘increasing role of financial motives, financial markets, financial actors and financial institutions in the operation of the domestic and international economies’
“One of the most worrying long-term consequences of financialisation is the reduction in the capacity of democratic states to meet the demands of their citizens over the demands imposed on them by financial and corporate institutions, institutions which are increasingly free from the responsibilities that were imposed upon them by confident social democracies in the middle of the last century.”
Money from nothing. Paperless money. Became a core tenet of neo liberalism. (Source: postcapitalism)
Progressive alliance seems like the best hope of averting another 5 years of the Conservatives on June 8th. Is it feasible?
The Green Party election broadcast for the upcoming local government elections flags the refugee crisis, NHS, inequality, climate change, lack of investment in renewables, as key issues. Important issues, but not really issues that local government has much say over? I also would like the video to focus a little more on the very positive and progressive policies that the Greens have, rather than just saying what is currently wrong. But maybe that doesn’t fit so well into a short election broadcast.
Good review of Inventing the Future.
From a designer’s perspective, some tips on using open data in a project.
Design that respects human rights, human effort, and human experience – prioritised in that order.