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Blockchain: decentralisation centralised on my coin.

Hint: the core of decentralisation isn’t about having a billion copies of the same database. It’s about a billion people each having their own, unique database.

PS. In a truly decentralised system, no one makes a billion dollars. *watches all the right libertarians make for the door*

PPS. A venture capitalist would never invest in a truly decentralised system. Why? See PS, above.

#blockchain #VentureCapital #bullshit

I spotted this while I was out this morning and I demand to know which one of y'all's responsible

In mei vindt de eerste IndieWebCamp in Nederland plaats en wel in Utrecht. Maar wat ís een IndieWebCamp? Ik heb wat zaken op een rij gezet:

Bits of Freedom zoekt een nieuwe directeur! Ben jij de juiste persoon, of ken je haar? Zorg dan dat BoF zijn goede werk vanaf januari 2020 ook kan doen!

Privacy is not a science, it is a human right

My response to a dangerous turd of an article by Bart van der Sloot (co-founder of Amsterdam Privacy Week – sponsored by Palantir and Google – and docent teaching “Privacy and Big Data” at Tilburg University)

Mr. Sloot attempts to reframe privacy as a “science” and shame those who work to protect it for having a “pro-privacy agenda” & not being “neutral”. He also calls for “new rules” to disallow such biased behaviour.

On using exploring ethical issues of your corp's AI/ML future, to avoid dealing with those issues concerning your own current work with data and governance.

De eerste Nederlandse in Utrecht komt er aan. @frank en ik zetten in op 18 en 19 mei. We zoeken nog een locatie, en zodra we die hebben volgt de aankondiging en uitnodiging.

This morning @frank and I set a date for the first Dutch in Utrecht. Now need to find a space, and announce it to get participants.

YouTube vergroot impact en bereik van radicaliserende standpunten, mooi journalistiek onderzoek (en zorgwekkend):

Achtergrond aanpak studie:

Over de samenwerking Volkskrant & Correspondent:

Starting a discussion about a podcast episode from a couple months ago 

@ton @SHD_Berlin @jgmac1106 @chendricks @katebowles @dadegroot @lauraritchie @Tdorey @sleslie Hoping many of you might attend @IndieWebCamp Online 3/9-3/10 we can all hack on tools for learning with blogs (on an IndieWeb version of untappd...might do that instead)


Die chinesischen und die amerikanischen Plattformen sehen den Menschen nicht als souveränes Subjekt, sondern als Objekt, das mit Hilfe von Technik vorhergesagt und optimiert wird. Das war in dieser Woche Top-Thema bei der FAZ. Hat mich sehr gefreut!


"There is no trust in a world where anyone can invent their own definition for #OpenSource, and without trust there is no community, no collaboration, and no innovation." So true, way to many companies tries to trick you today by pretending, that Open Source just mean that you can see the source code. That's neither Open Source, nor #FreeSoftware, don't get fooled!

Bernard Lietaer, 1942-2019

Via Michel Bauwens’ FB profile I heard that Bernard Lietaer has died today. The former Belgian central banker, Euro-architect, hedge fund manager, and very active alternate currencies champion. I have learned a lot from his writings. I’m taking his passing as a trigger to (re)read his books. His arguments on how to create abundance and […]

I'm giving a talk on #OAuth at #OReillySACon tomorrow! 3:50pm in Sutton North. I'll have books and cat stickers to give out afterwards too!
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