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The UK Government Digital Strategy is out, and it's rubbish - WebDevLaw
That would be the UK which is hellbent on ending freedom of movement, withdrawing from the Digital Single Market system, treating tech talent as bargaining chips, and surveilling all data in a way that even left Edward Snowden gobsmacked.

That is not a place any digital business in their right mind would want to internationalise.
UK  government  Internet  digitalStrategy  EU  Brexit  GDPR  dataProtection  ICO  DigitalEconomyBill  identity  surveillance  personalData  solutionism  accountability  transparency 
march 2017 by petej
An open letter to university Vice-Chancellors
"To operate in today’s digital world universities need to think like a Silicon Valley giant."

Like a "libertarian", sexist, elitist, technology-obsessed cult so blinded by its own mythology it can't see outside it any more?

Umm, no thanks.
education  higherEducation  universities  digital  SiliconValley  solutionism  dctagged  dc:creator=BoagPaul 
october 2015 by petej
How yuppies hacked the hacker ethos – Brett Scott – Aeon
"I’m going to stake a claim on the word though, and state that the true hacker spirit does not reside at Google, guided by profit targets. The hacker impulse should not just be about redesigning products, or creating ‘solutions’. A hack stripped of anti-conventional intent is not a hack at all. It’s just a piece of business innovation.

The un-gentrified spirit of hacking should be a commons accessible to all. This spirit can be seen in the marginal cracks all around us. It’s in the emergent forms of peer production and DIY culture, in maker-spaces and urban farms. We see it in the expansion of ‘open’ scenes, from open hardware to open biotech, and in the intrigue around 3D printers as a way to extend open-source designs into the realm of manufacture. In a world with increasingly large and unaccountable economic institutions, we need these everyday forms of resistance. Hacking, in my world, is a route to escaping the shackles of the profit-fetish, not a route to profit."
culture  hacking  hackers  technology  SiliconValley  entrepreneurs  solutionism  gentrification 
august 2015 by petej
The truth about smart cities: ‘In the end, they will destroy democracy' | Cities | The Guardian
One sceptical observer of many presentations at the Future Cities Summit, Jonathan Rez of the University of New South Wales, suggests that “a smarter way” to build cities “might be for architects and urban planners to have psychologists and ethnographers on the team.” That would certainly be one way to acquire a better understanding of what technologists call the “end user” – in this case, the citizen. After all, as one of the tribunes asks the crowd in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus: “What is the city but the people?”
cities  technology  smartCities  design  planning  surveillance  tracking  automation  bigData  openData  democracy  technoUtopianism  solutionism 
december 2014 by petej
Cyberlibertarians’ Digital Deletion of the Left | Jacobin
"At bottom, cyberlibertarianism holds that society’s problems can be solved by simply construing them as engineering and software problems. Not only is this false, but in many ways, it can make the problems worse. Since much of the thought grounding it emerges from the Right, encouraging mass computerization as a political project typically encourages the spread of rightist principles, even if they are cloaked in leftist rhetoric.

When we assume that the goals of the Left are promoted just by digital innovation, we too easily forget to think carefully and deeply about how to articulate those goals, and to work with others who share them. We put faith in a technocratic progressivism that does not clearly emerge from leftist foundations and that, without close and careful work, is unlikely to support those foundations. Most worryingly, we put aside active efforts to solve social problems and advance leftist perspectives by giving in to a technological form of magical thinking that is the opposite of engaged political action."
TheLeft  Internet  libertarianism  technoUtopianism  populism  openSource  EFF  BarlowJohnPerry  openData  business  solutionism  politics 
may 2014 by petej
Douglas Rushkoff - Blog - CNN: Google Sees No Evil
"When we develop technology in a vacuum, disconnected from the reality in which people really live, we are too likely to spend our energy designing some abstract vision of a future life rather than addressing the pains and injustices around us right now. Technology becomes a way of escaping the world's problems, whether through virtual reality or massive Silicon Valley stock options packages, rather than engaging with them.

But the don't-do-evil mandate doesn't even ask Google's programmers to evaluate the purpose of a technology -- only to perform a basic "checksum," or error correction, for evil itself. How pathetically binary. This is not enough for a company that appears dedicated to uploading human consciousness to the cloud, no matter how many robot warriors we have protecting our virtual reality servers from the people we leave behind.

I'm not arguing against technology or that we do less with it. Quite the contrary. I'm arguing we do more. It's not enough to computerize and digitize the society we have, and exacerbate its problems by new means. We must transcend the mere avoidance of the patently evil and instead seek to do good. That may involve actually overturning and remaking some institutions and processes from the ground up.

That's the real potential of digital technology. To retrieve the values and ideas that may have seemed impossible before and see whether we can realize them today in this very new world."
Google  technology  automation  robots  ethics  solutionism  dctagged  dc:creator=RushkoffDouglas 
december 2013 by petej
The Trouble With White Hats – The New Inquiry
"The Silicon Valley model of public good enacted by hackathons provides technical solutions to social problems. This cultivates a mode of entrepreneurial citizenship that is increasingly welcomed by governments in times of austerity. Even so, the consequences of the hackathon’s terms of engagement — which recognize problems only insofar as technology can operationalize and solve them — mean that the work practices of the engineer become the preferred technique for civics. The existing social world is taken as given, requiring only tweaks and tinkering around the edges. By narrowing focus to problems that can be solved, questions of power and equity are avoided. There is no time to consider the structural or political causes that make some problems priorities over others. Instead, hackathons ransack the social for issues that can be fixed under accelerated conditions."
hacking  hackathons  SiliconValley  culture  technoUtopianism  solutionism  politics 
november 2013 by petej
5 Things About Ubiquitous Computing That Make Me Nervous | Design Culture Lab
"I found myself putting together a few slides under the title 5 Things About Ubiquitous Computing That Make Me Nervous. This was my list:

1. Technological determinism & defeatism

Or, the cultural belief that technological development and progress is inevitable, and we have to adapt.

2. Technological solutionism

Or, the cultural belief that technology is the best solution to life’s problems.

3. Quantification imperatives

Or, the cultural belief that everything can and should be measured in numbers, and that everyday life would be better if all our decisions were based on these data.

4. Connection & sharing imperatives

Or, the cultural belief that everyday life would be better if more information was transmissible and accessible to people.

5. Convenience & efficiency imperatives

Or, the cultural belief that people would be better off if there were more technologies to make daily life more convenient, and common tasks more efficient."
design  critique  technology  technoUtopianism  technologicalDeterminism  solutionism  defeatism  MorozovEvgeny  ubiquitousComputing  ubicomp 
october 2013 by petej
Solutionism a new phenomenon? » Cyborgology
Imperfection is a price many women pay on a daily basis (physically, emotionally and economically); by modifying our bodies, by being modified in order to create an illusion in the media of a perfect idealized body, or selling our bodies as a product to solve someone else’s problem – women’s lives are being intruded upon from the moment we emerge into the world. Morozov mentions that “with Silicon Valley at the helm, our life will become one long California highway”, however, using the future tense, Morozov forgets that a large amount of Western population has already been driving this highway for quite a while, while wearing very different set of glasses.
women  biopolitics  solutionism 
april 2013 by petej
To Save Everything Click Here: What Farhad Manjoo gets wrong about my book. - Slate Magazine
What I hate about such “Technology talk” is that it sustains the technophobe-technophile poles of the current debate, making it much harder to engage in substantial critiques of individual technologies—if only for the fear of being labeled a Luddite. I find those poles suffocating, for, as I know too well from my own case, any deviation from blind worship to each and every technology automatically usually confines me to the “technophobe” pole. “Technology” as a thought category suppresses complex feelings toward individual technologies; in this sense, I do hate it—but I hate the ambiguous label, not every single artifact that it refers to.
technology  solutionism  tsech  SiliconValley  dctagged  dc:creator=MorozovEvgeny 
april 2013 by petej
Evgeny Morozov: 'We are abandoning all the checks and balances' | Technology | The Observer
"All solutions come with cost. Shifting a lot of the responsibility to the individual is a very conservative approach that seeks to preserve the current system instead of reforming it. With self-tracking we end up optimising our behaviour within the existing constraints rather than changing the constraints to begin with. It places us as consumers rather than citizens."
technology  culture  solutionism  ideology  dctagged  dc:creator=MorozovEvgeny 
march 2013 by petej

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