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Building Global Community
Today we are close to taking our next step. Our greatest opportunities are now global -- like spreading prosperity and freedom, promoting peace and understanding, lifting people out of poverty, and accelerating science. Our greatest challenges also need global responses -- like ending terrorism, fighting climate change, and preventing pandemics. Progress now requires humanity coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.
This is especially important right now. Facebook stands for bringing us closer together and building a global community. When we began, this idea was not controversial. Every year, the world got more connected and this was seen as a positive trend. Yet now, across the world there are people left behind by globalization, and movements for withdrawing from global connection. There are questions about whether we can make a global community that works for everyone, and whether the path ahead is to connect more or reverse course.
community  facebook  history  zuckerberg  society 
3 days ago by DirkSonguer
Digital Strangelove (or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The I…
This is a collection of thoughts around where we are right now in the history of the Internet. I believe we're getting ahead of ourselves, confusing the growth of the Internet with it growing up, but I also believe we're doing some amazing things, and can draw a few lines in the sand, making some solid guesses on where we are going.
culture  future  technology  social  society 
3 days ago by DirkSonguer
Tim Cook: 'I'm Proud to Be Gay' - Bloomberg
I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy.&rdquo;\n<p>Etwas aus der Reihe, aber sehr lesenswert.
apple  culture  social  society 
3 days ago by DirkSonguer
Indian states are testing a new way of setting development priorities - Infant nutrition v debt relief
Policy proposals are selected based on cost-benefit analyses, not the whims of politicians
india  society  development 
3 days ago by soobrosa
Does inequality cause suicide, drug abuse and mental illness? - The crack-up
In “The Inner Level”, the authors of “The Spirit Level” argue that it does
equality  book  society  mental  illness 
3 days ago by soobrosa
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The world is changing, my friends. Faster and harder than we think. The old order — a league of rich, prosperous nations, all allies — is splitting up, in a grand divorce. In its place is rising…something else. But what?
politics  society  usa 
3 days ago by jeffhammond
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Here’s a tiny observation. American collapse wasn’t destiny, fate, or circumstance: It was a choice. A fatal, terrible, and foolish one. But a choice nonetheless. Yet in understanding that it was a choice, perhaps we can learn something. You be the judge of that.
politics  society  usa 
3 days ago by jeffhammond
What Do Men Think It Means To Be A Man? | FiveThirtyEight
We asked more than 1,600 men whether #MeToo changed their thinking on masculinity.
Headlines this year have been rife with allegations of sexual harassment against many high-profile men. At the same time, an ongoing national reckoning over gender disparities in the workplace, the patriarchal social system and the role of masculinity in society are calling into question long-standing gender norms.
Along with WNYC Studios’ “Death Sex & Money” podcast, we wanted to know: What does it all mean for how men feel about being men?
FiveThirtyEight and WNYC partnered with SurveyMonkey for a nationwide survey of 1,615 adults who identify as men.1 We asked respondents to reflect on their ideas of masculinity, workplace culture and intimacy, among other things. The results: A majority of men in the workplace say they haven’t rethought their on-the-job behavior in the wake of #MeToo; a little more than half of men feel it’s at least somewhat important that others see them as masculine; and nearly half of all men say they sometimes or often feel lonely or isolated.
society  men  survey  538 
4 days ago by rgl7194
Charter of the Social Contract
We, the people of the Democratic Autonomous Regions of Afrin, Jazira and Kobane, a confederation of Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians, Chaldeans, Arameans, Turkmen, Armenians and Chechens, freely and solemnly declare and establish this Charter, which has been drafted according to the principles of Democratic Autonomy.
democratic  confederalism  rojava  politics  society  articles  principles  organisation 
4 days ago by markhgn
The Messy Fourth Estate
At the end of the day, if journalistic ethics means anything, newsrooms cannot justify creating spectacle out of their reporting on suicide or other topics just because they feel pressure to create clicks. They have the privilege of choosing what to amplify, and they should focus on what is beneficial. If they can’t operate by those values, they don’t deserve our trust. While I strongly believe that technology companies have a lot of important work to do to be socially beneficial, I hold news organizations to a higher standard because of their own articulated commitments and expectations that they serve as the fourth estate. And if they can’t operationalize ethical practices, I fear the society that must be knitted together to self-govern is bound to fragment even further.
by:danahboyd  from:Medium  politics  journalism  geo:UnitedStates  society 
4 days ago by owenblacker
How My Father’s Ideas Helped the Kurds Create a New Democracy
My father saw ecological problems as inherently social problems—of hierarchy and domination—that had to be solved in order to address the environmental crisis. “Perhaps the most compelling real fact that radicals in our era have not adequately faced,” he wrote, “is the fact that capitalism today has become a society, not only an economy.”
bookchin  kurds  rojava  politics  society  democratic  confederalism  syria  öcalan 
4 days ago by markhgn

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