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“Just install Linux on it” is the “just change the engine of your car” of tech.

Not everyone is a mechanic, not everyone wants to be a mechanic, and, if we want a world where freedom is the norm, we must stop expecting everyone to become a mechanic.

Note: this is not because these people are too dumb to be mechanics. It’s because they’re brain surgeons and space-shuttle pilots and they have three kids and they care for a loved one and they don’t have time to also be a mechanic.

I realize that when working as a freelancer in Poland I seriously miss a community to be a part of.

When the local hackerspace I used to be a part of decided to become an exclusive tech club instead of an open society I felt strongly opposed.

Only years after I realize that it's not only because I saw the hackerspace's mission as something else - but because suddenly there is no community for people like me in my area.

Tip to everyone using 2.7: you can go to Notifications > Options and choose "Display all categories" to be able to sort between All / Mentions / Favs / Boosts / Follows!

Remember the early internet years when websites had content and not just ads/cookie warnings/GDPR disclaimers? I miss that

“Physical abuse is normally preceded by verbal violence. When the language of the elites violates the limits imposed by decency, it causes more and more physical violence. Unfortunately this is not a theory but the reality, as the growing cases of racially and religiously based violence demonstrate"

Pawel Adamowicz - murdered on stage on Sunday in Gdansk

*IF* –> “Hero” -

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This is a tribute to hackers all around the world, without whom we would all have a microphone plugged in our butts by now...
Of course when you have to mention heroes, you think fire fighters, hospital workers, etc. But hackers are essentials to allow us "mortals" to resist huge corporations and governments alike that all want to spy on us.

#mastoart #art #illustration #IF #hero
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I know great social innovators from Singapore who work hard to keep their society well-informed. The youth with mobile-friendly webpages, and the seniors with flyers.

Sierra Leonean hackers keeping the country's infrastructure running during an epidemic.

Indian educators bringing the Internet to schools on TV EM band.

There's nothing exotic about it, and we'll be able to have a proper conversation only after understanding that.

Swedes! Poles! Germans! Luxembourgers! The world is depending on you to save the internet from the EU! (PLEASE RT!)

boingboing.net/2019/01/14/we-n

#Article13 #Article11 #CopyrightDirective #FixCopyright

I realized that core message of regarding non-western cultures should be to stop treating them as exotic.

We should totally ban the word "exotic" and the mindset of something being appealing only because the culture is different than ours.

Other cultures have their own problems and ways of dealing with them, but we're all people. Let's stop fetishizing this cultural distance, even in aesthetics.

or maybe in general:

Have you heard about Solutions Journalism? Its main idea is to step beyond the regular investigative journalism and show solutions to the problem which worked in other places.

It combats news fatigue and allows people to see that they _can_ do something. It gives hope where regular journalism just exhausts us with a constant stream of bad news.

storytracker.solutionsjournali

solutionsjournalism.org/

goodreads.com/book/show/341509? is pretty good, as well

A photographer takes a challenge not to talk to anybody for several weeks and always wearing headphones, only taking photos.

Do you know any well written characters who love and it's important to them? More artists-photographers than reporters.

I'm thinking en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_Is_ , what else?

Cyberpunk is a lot like Monopoly in the sense that something created to be a scathing satiee of capitalism was instead taken at face value to mean that capitalisim is cool and good

Since the whole blogpost would be unseemly long, I decided to publish the first chapter - on popculture:

alxd.org/how-elon-musk-takes-w

"For years, we've been accepting the capitalistic and individualistic narratives on technology, painting an invention as a work of a single, exceptional individual - not years of work of the whole scientific community or a group of engineers."

capitalism is super efficient because it means we hire 300 bullshit contractors to write the same critical infrastructure 6000 different ways in fucking garbage ass php or whatever instead of establishing an agency to write open source programs that local governments can share

@ckeen @strypey @alxd the smartphone talk was great as well. I met bücherratten the day before her talk and could inspect her great phone. She really wanted me to come and watch but we ended up waiting for our food for too long.

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