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Notes From An Emergency
How is it that some dopey kid in Palo Alto gets to decide the political future of the European Union based on what they learned at big data boot camp? Did we lose a war?


Silicon Valley brings us the worst of two economic systems: the inefficiency of a command economy coupled with the remorselessness of laissez-faire liberalism.
nationalism  TrumpDonald  Europe  USA  SiliconValley  Facebook  Google  Amazon  Microsoft  Apple  monopolies  surveillance  personalData  security  authoritarianism  regulation  globalisation  tradeUnions  resistance  accountability 
may 2017 by petej
The need for urgent collective action to keep people safe online: Lessons from last week’s cyberattack - Microsoft on the Issues
Finally, this attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem. This is an emerging pattern in 2017. We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has affected customers around the world. Repeatedly, exploits in the hands of governments have leaked into the public domain and caused widespread damage. An equivalent scenario with conventional weapons would be the U.S. military having some of its Tomahawk missiles stolen. And this most recent attack represents a completely unintended but disconcerting link between the two most serious forms of cybersecurity threats in the world today – nation-state action and organized criminal action.

The governments of the world should treat this attack as a wake-up call. They need to take a different approach and adhere in cyberspace to the same rules applied to weapons in the physical world. We need governments to consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits. This is one reason we called in February for a new “Digital Geneva Convention” to govern these issues, including a new requirement for governments to report vulnerabilities to vendors, rather than stockpile, sell, or exploit them.
WannaCry  malware  ransomware  security  Microsoft  vulnerability  NSA  CIA  state  government  intelligence  responsibility 
may 2017 by petej
TensorFlow and Monetizing Intellectual Property - Stratechery by Ben Thompson
"The fundamental nature of the Internet makes monetizing infinitely reproducible intellectual property akin to selling ice to an Eskimo: it can be done, but it better be some really darn incredible ice, and even then the market is limited. A far more attainable and sustainable strategy is to instead focus on monetizing complements to said intellectual property, resulting in an outcome where everyone wins: intellectual property consumers, intellectual property copiers, and above all intellectual property creators."
intellectualProperty  Microsoft  OpenSource  TensorFlow  Google  Apple  verticality  integration  Amazon  logistics  Facebook  networks  Android 
november 2015 by petej
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella: women, don't ask for a raise | Technology | theguardian.com
“It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along,” he answered. Not asking for raise, he added, was “good karma” that would help a boss realise the employee could be trusted and should have more responsibility.
NadellaSatya  Microsoft  pay  wages  women  technology  business  faith  trust  karma  bullshit 
october 2014 by petej
danah boyd | apophenia » why I’m quitting Mendeley (and why my employer has nothing to do with it)
"I’m not arguing that Elsevier will ruin the product. I’m stating that I will not use Elsevier products, provide free labor to Elsevier, or provide data that Elsevier can monetize. Until Elsevier changes its ways, I will boycott Elsevier and publicly condemn their practices. This is not a personal critique of anyone at Mendeley. This is a political statement in an era in which research is being undermined by organizations like Elsevier."

Well said. In so many of these situations, so many people focus on the "is it/isn't it a walled garden?" questions while ignoring the fact that in using the "service" you are providing unpaid labour to monopolist corporations.
Elsevier  Mendeley  business  acquisition  Microsoft  dctagged  dc:creator=boyddanah 
april 2013 by petej
Is Google Drive worse for privacy than iCloud, Skydrive, and Dropbox? | The Verge
"The real questions is what type of company would you trust with keeping your data in the cloud?
Microsoft is a software company, which sells it’s products and services to customers for money. You are the customer.
Apple is a hardware company, which sells it’s products and services to customers for money. You are the customer. You are the customer.
Dropbox is a web-service company , which sells it’s services to customers for money. You are the customer.
Google is an advertising company, which sells it’s services to customers for money. You are not the customer — advertisers are customers. You are Google’s product."
GoogleDrive  tos  storage  Dropbox  Apple  iCloud  Microsoft  Skydrive  advertising  businessModels 
april 2012 by petej
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