friday’s neutral finds

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds.

US Net Neutrality Debacle will Impact People in Canada

“It’s time to clearly and directly call for Canada’s big telecoms to be split apart so that our telecom networks can be open to a range of independent providers and community-based solutions, operating in a decentralized market. The U.K. and others have adopted this “structural separation” approach to telecom markets, where the old telecom operates parts of the network the network but a range of providers service users.

Let’s be clear – the centralization of wealth and power is increasing in many facets of our society, not just telecommunications. We can’t tweak our way out of this or hope a few enlightened bureaucrats and politicians will stand up to entrenched interests.

Let’s acknowledge the centralization of power that is under way and the deepening democratic deficit that is inherent to that kind of structure. Secondly let’s align towards a common goal of a decentralized economy based on collaboration (not competition), equal opportunity, open participation and shared prosperity.”

@farnamstreet: Empathy & Decision Making

“We will always have emotional reactions, but on average our decision making will be better served by improving our ability to reason rather than by leveraging our ability to empathize. One way to increase our ability to reason is to focus on improving our self-control”:

‘Self-control can be seen as the purest embodiment of rationality in that it reflects the working of a brain system (embedded in the frontal lobe, the part of the brain that lies behind the forehead) that restrains our impulsive, irrational, or emotive desires.’ —Paul Bloom

Readings about tribes and tribalism [TIMN: Tribes, Institutions, Markets, Networks]

“Remember, my purpose is first to try to foster recognition of the systematic nature of the tribal form, and second to advance recognition of its evolutionary significance. From a TIMN standpoint, the tribe is the first and forever form: Societies have to get it more-or-less right in order to lay a foundation for getting the next forms more-or-less right — the institutional, market, and new network forms. Conversely, if developed societies decay and start getting those later forms wrong, then people lose faith in those later forms and revert to the tribal form.”

@johnrobb: The Online War of the Future

Social networking radically increases the…

  • pace (in aggregate, it radically lowers the latency of communication)
  • bandwidth (the amount of information conveyed per minute), and
  • scale (number of simultaneous conversations + one to many broadcasting)

of communication beyond all historical measurements … So far, I’ve identified three authoritarian movements (significant departures from the forms we’ve seen in the past), each dangerous in their own way:

  • An open source insurgency,
  • a socially networked orthodoxy, and
  • an algorithmic lockdown.

Learning at Work

Interview in Helsinki last month. English starts after one minute.

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