Notes From An Emergency


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The good part about naming a talk in 2017 ‘Notes from an Emergency’ is that there are so many directions to take it. The emergency I want to talk about is the…
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21 days ago by mjays
Serious, thoughtful critique outlinging the current regulatory capture of the US government by the tech industry, and how it affects Europe, and what we might do.
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29 days ago by alasdairw
The globalization of the internet and how the lack of regulation in the technology sector needs to be addressed for the benefit of everyone.
There are five Internet companies—Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook. Together they have a market capitalization just under 3 trillion dollars.

Bruce Schneier has called this arrangement the feudal Internet. Part of this concentration is due to network effects, but a lot of it is driven by the problem of security. If you want to work online with any measure of convenience and safety, you must choose a feudal lord who is big enough to protect you.

That is the state of the feudal Internet, leaving aside the court jester, Twitter, who plays an important but ancillary role as a kind of worldwide chat room.
feudal  internet  security  social  networks  microsoft  google  facebook  globalization 
5 weeks ago by dohalloran
Each of the big five companies, with the important exception of Apple, has made aggressive user surveillance central to its business model. This is a dilemma of the feudal internet. We seek protection from these companies because they can offer us security. But their business model is to make us more vulnerable, by getting us to surrender more of the details of our lives to their servers, and to put more faith in the algorithms they train on our observed behavior.

These algorithms work well, and despite attempts to convince us otherwise, it’s clear they work just as well in politics as in commerce. So in our eagerness to find safety online, we've given this feudal Internet the power to change our offline world in unanticipated and scary ways.
[This whole article/talk is very good.]
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5 weeks ago by xianoforange
Notes From An Emergency http://ift.tt/2qsSYst
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5 weeks ago by ldodds
Given this scary state of the world, with ecological collapse just over the horizon, and a population sharpening its pitchforks, an important question is how this globalized, unaccountable tech industry sees its goals. What does it want? What will all the profits be invested in?

What is the plan?

The honest answer is: rocket ships and immortality.

I wish I was kidding.

The best minds in Silicon Valley are preoccupied with a science fiction future they consider it their manifest destiny to build. Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk are racing each other to Mars. Musk gets most of the press, but Bezos now sells $1B in Amazon stock a year to fund Blue Origin. Investors have put over $8 billion into space companies over the past five years, as part of a push to export our problems here on Earth into the rest of the Solar System.
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5 weeks ago by ayjay
“The circumstances that have given the tech industry all this power will not last long. There is a limited time in which our small caste of tech nerds will have the power to make decisions that shape the world. By wasting the talents and the energies of our brightest people on fantasy role play, we are ceding the future to a more practical group of successors, some truly scary people who will take our tools and use them to advance a very different agenda.”
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6 weeks ago by mattb
Tech companies are run by a feckless leadership accountable to no one, creating a toolkit for authoritarianism while hypnotized by science-fiction fantasy.
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6 weeks ago by soobrosa
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6 weeks ago by Talbenisty
There are two things we have to do immediately. The first is to stop the accelerating process of tracking and surveillance before it can do any more harm to our institutions.

The danger facing us is not Orwell, but Huxley. The combo of data collection and machine learning is too good at catering to human nature, seducing us and appealing to our worst instincts. We have to put controls on it. The algorithms are amoral; to make them behave morally will require active intervention.

The second thing we need is accountability. I don’t mean that I want Mark Zuckerberg’s head on a pike, though I certainly wouldn't throw it out of my hotel room if I found it there. I mean some mechanism for people whose lives are being brought online to have a say in that process, and an honest debate about its tradeoffs.

I’m here today because I believe the best chance to do this is in Europe. The American government is not functional right now, and the process of regulatory capture is too far gone to expect any regulations limiting the tech giants from either party. American tech workers have the power to change things, but not the desire.
facebook  google  feudal_internet  surveillance_capitalism  maciej_ceglowski 
6 weeks ago by perich
An absolute must-read for absolutely everyone. Wow.
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6 weeks ago by linearsynergy
But however tenuously elected, Trump is in the White House, and our crisis has become your crisis. Not just because America is a superpower, or because the forces that brought Trump to power are gaining ground in Europe, but because the Internet is an American Internet.
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6 weeks ago by outfight
This is the text version of a talk I gave on May 10, 2017, at the re:publica conference in Berlin.
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7 weeks ago by SimonHurtz
After years of feeling so dismayed at the work we do in Silicon Valley, I 💖👀 this and 👂 this
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7 weeks ago by dunstan
A good, thought provoking presentation by Maciej Ceglowski (who runs ) that every tech worker should read:
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7 weeks ago by bartt
This isn't the way the internet was supposed to be. Damned capitalists.
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7 weeks ago by digdoug
"But their software and algorithms affect the lives of billions of people. Decisions about how this software works are not under any kind of democratic control. In the best case, they are being made by idealistic young people in California with imperfect knowledge of life in a faraway place like Germany. In the worst case, they are simply being read out of a black-box algorithm trained on God knows what data.

This is a very colonial mentality! In fact, it’s what we fought our American War of Independence over, a sense of grievance that decisions that affected us were being made by strangers across the ocean.

Today we're returning the favor to all of Europe."
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7 weeks ago by grahams
Notes From An Emergency 's great republica talk.
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7 weeks ago by codepo8
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7 weeks ago by flobosg
The good part about naming a talk in 2017 ‘Notes from an Emergency’ is that there are so many directions to take it. The emergency I want to talk about is the…
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7 weeks ago by bferg
Another banger by @Pinboard... Europe is our last, best hope to regulate the tech industry: https://t.co/1TvDfLZSe2
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7 weeks ago by bhays
Please read this talk by (aka )

The feudal Internet is real.
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7 weeks ago by pberry
The good part about naming a talk in 2017 ‘Notes from an Emergency’ is that there are so many directions to take it. The emergency I want to talk about is the…
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7 weeks ago by danielhill
But real problems are messy. Tech culture prefers to solve harder, more abstract problems that haven't been sullied by contact with reality.
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7 weeks ago by mayonissen
The good part about naming a talk in 2017 ‘Notes from an Emergency’ is that there are so many directions to take it. The emergency I want to talk about is the…
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7 weeks ago by mauty
Notes from an Emergency: Maciej Ceglowski on five American tech companies built a toolkit for… https://t.co/jPDhPN6Lov
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7 weeks ago by tonyandrewmeyer
“And so Trump is in charge in America, and America has all [Europeans'] data. This leaves you in a very exposed position... This is an astonishing state of affairs. I can’t imagine a world where Europe would let itself become reliant on American cheese, or where Germans could only drink Coors Light.” 👏👏👏👏 Maciej Ceglowski on internet infrastructure being bad. So goddamn smart.
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7 weeks ago by tdubose
The good part about naming a talk in 2017 ‘Notes from an Emergency’ is that there are so many directions to take it. The emergency I want to talk about is the…
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7 weeks ago by theory
The good part about naming a talk in 2017 ‘Notes from an Emergency’ is that there are so many directions to take it. The emergency I want to talk about is the…
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7 weeks ago by breau
The good part about naming a talk in 2017 ‘Notes from an Emergency’ is that there are so many directions to take it. The emergency I want to talk about is the…
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7 weeks ago by ericaheinz
The good part about naming a talk in 2017 ‘Notes from an Emergency’ is that there are so many directions to take it. The emergency I want to talk about is the…
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7 weeks ago by damaddok
Google runs its own physical network, builds phone handsets, develops a laptop and phone operating system, makes the world’s most widely-used browser, runs a private DNS system, PKI certificate authority, has photographed nearly all the public spaces in the world, and stores much of the world’s email.
7 weeks ago by cmg
Notes from an Emergency: Maciej Ceglowski on five American tech companies built a toolkit for…
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7 weeks ago by waxpancake
Das feudale Internet (a.k.a. die fulminante -Rede von ).
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7 weeks ago by joha04
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7 weeks ago by darkobodnaruk
To recap: the Internet has centralized into a very few hands. We have an extremely lucrative apparatus of social control, and it's being run by chuckleheads.

The American government is also being run by chuckleheads.

The question everybody worries about is, what happens when these two groups of chuckleheads join forces?
PrivacyKitStream  privacy  politics  ethics  surveillance  Facebook  Microsoft  Amazon  Apple  Google  PrivacyKit 
7 weeks ago by loughlin
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7 weeks ago by mrtomwebster
Here is the text of a talk I gave last week at re:publica in Berlin called “Notes From An Emergency”
7 weeks ago by bjtitus
i'll play nice this round: i think this one is actually decent.
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7 weeks ago by DocDre
At re:code, Maliejk Cengowski discusses the feudal internet, and argues that having ceded the internet to five huge US companies (GAMFA), Europe should take it back.
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7 weeks ago by net.wars
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7 weeks ago by argonaut
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7 weeks ago by alpinegizmo
But their software and algorithms affect the lives of billions of people. Decisions about how this software works are not under any kind of democratic control. In the best case, they are being made by idealistic young people in California with imperfect knowledge of life in a faraway place like Germany. In the worst case, they are simply being read out of a black-box algorithm trained on God knows what data.

This is a very colonial mentality! In fact, it’s what we fought our American War of Independence over, a sense of grievance that decisions that affected us were being made by strangers across the ocean.

Today we're returning the favor to all of Europe.

But at the same time, I’m not convinced that a civilization that is struggling to cure male-pattern baldness is ready to take on the Grim Reaper. If we’re going to worry about existential risk, I would rather we start by addressing the two existential risks that are indisputably real—nuclear war and global climate change—and working our way up from there.

But real problems are messy. Tech culture prefers to solve harder, more abstract problems that haven't been sullied by contact with reality. So they worry about how to give Mars an earth-like climate, rather than how to give Earth an earth-like climate. They debate how to make a morally benevolent God-like AI, rather than figuring out how to put ethical guard rails around the more pedestrian AI they are introducing into every area of people's lives.


Only Europe has the clout and the independence to regulate these companies. You can already point to regulatory successes, like forcing Facebook to implement hard delete on user accounts. That feature was added with a lot of grumbling, but because of the way Facebook organizes its data, they had to make it work the same for all users. So a European regulation led to a victory for privacy worldwide.

We can do this again.

Here are some specific regulations I would like to see the EU impose:

A strict 30 day time limit on storing behavioral data.
The right to opt out of data collection while continuing to use services.
A ban on the sale or transfer of behavioral data, including to third-party ad networks.
A requirement that advertising be targeted strictly to content, not users.
politics  surveillance  technology  monopoly 
7 weeks ago by madamim
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7 weeks ago by kohlmannj
Notes From An Emergency Another essential piece, and a reminder (read to the end) what the EU is good for.
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7 weeks ago by fourstar
Maciej Cieglowski, in a transcript of a speech given in Berlin on May 10:
<p>Facebook is the dominant social network in Europe, with 349 million monthly active users. Google has something like 94% of market share for search in Germany. The servers of Europe are littered with the bodies of dead and dying social media sites. The few holdouts that still exist, like Xing, are being crushed by their American rivals.

In their online life, Europeans have become completely dependent on companies headquartered in the United States.

And so Trump is in charge in America, and America has all your data. This leaves you in a very exposed position. US residents enjoy some measure of legal protection against the American government. Even if you think our intelligence agencies are evil, they're a lawful evil. They have to follow laws and procedures, and the people in those agencies take them seriously.

But there are no such protections for non-Americans outside the United States. The NSA would have to go to court to spy on me; they can spy on you anytime they feel like it.

This is an astonishing state of affairs. I can’t imagine a world where Europe would let itself become reliant on American cheese, or where Germans could only drink Coors Light.

In the past, Europe has shown that it's capable of identifying a vital interest and moving to protect it. When American aerospace companies were on the point of driving foreign rivals out of business, European governments formed the Airbus consortium, which now successfully competes with Boeing.

A giant part of the EU budget goes to subsidize farming, not because farming is the best use of resources in a first-world economy, but because farms are important to national security, to the landscape, to national identity, social stability, and a shared sense of who we are.

But when it comes to the Internet, Europe doesn't put up a fight. It has ceded the ground entirely to American corporations. And now those corporations have to deal with Trump. How hard do you think they'll work to defend European interests?</p>


As ever with his talks, you should read it. He says things you hadn't realised, crystallises them until you can almost hold them in your hand.
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7 weeks ago by charlesarthur
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