social finds

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

@BenRiseman: “W.E.B. Du Bois, in his last speech in 1957 said, ‘Believe in life! Always human beings will live and progress to greater, broader, and fuller life. The only possible death is to lose belief in this truth simply because the great end comes slowly, because time is long.’”

@White_Owly: “The fact that many who attended elite schools include it in their profiles decades later says more about social than intellectual capital.”

Facebook & the Complete Social Graph

What Does Facebook do with a Complete Social Graph?
The simple and straightforward answer is to build a very profitable advertising platform. However, the success of that advertising platform will be based on the ability of Facebook to avoid intrusive government regulation. To accomplish that, Facebook will develop services it can provide governments to better secure, control, and manage their citizens in a volatile global environment. In exchange for these services, Facebook will avoid regulations that will limit their ability to make money.”

7 simple steps to control your privacy:
—Quit Facebook
—Install an ad/tracker blocker
—Destroy your smartphone
—Paint your face before going outside
—Write opt-out letters to each of the 4,000 data brokers
—Avoid other humans (FB gets your data from them)
—Move to a remote forest”

“’Smart City’ is a Silicon Valley brand. It is a vision of the future where our cities are panopticons where our governments and a handful of corporations get smarter about us. Smart Citizen is a rejection of this Silicon Valley imperialism. It is the opposite of a Smart City. A Smart Citizen platform is:

• Funded from the commons for the common good
• Free and open
• Decentralised/federated
• Interoperable (no lock in)

It is a platform that is owned & controlled by the people. It is a platform that enables people to get smarter about themselves.” —@aral

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