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The Catalan Integral Cooperative: an organizational study of a post-capitalist cooperative

<b>In this Commons Transition Special Report</b>, <b>George Dafermos</b> <b>documents the organizational model of one of the most interesting cooperative projects to</b> …

Blockchain

Farm regrets opening fields after social-media butterflies trample flowers

The hope was to earn a little extra income during the two weeks that the family farm’s crop was in bloom.<p>But Ontario’s largest sunflower grower soon found itself backtracking on the idea, after it was swarmed by selfie-seeking visitors who trampled all over their crops and clogged up the nearby …

Social Media

Wikipedia, the Last Bastion of Shared Reality

The culture wars are coming for the best utopian project of the early internet. Can it survive the informational anarchy that’s disrupted the rest of media?<p>The ever-widening maelstrom surrounding tweets by Sarah Jeong, the latest hire by the <i>New York Times</i> editorial board, may consume all the atoms …

Journalism

"New god, source of love, consumptive gut & Apple is sex"... Prof Galloway https://t.co/JUJccrfb3f

The Network Effects Manual: 13 Different Network Effects (and counting)

<i>by James Currier, NFX</i><p>PayPal. Microsoft. Facebook. Uber. Twitter. Salesforce. These are some of the most impactful and significant companies in the …

This powerful new “face search” engine could be a privacy nightmare

Trustwave says its tool to search social networks by name and face can aid security penetration tests, but it might lead to privacy violations.<p>Cybersecurity firm Trustwave has released an open source tool to find accounts of large volumes of people across social media platforms by automatically …

Social Media

Plastic Straws Aren’t the Problem

New York's top cocktail bars are facing something of a crisis. A fashionable global protest movement has nightlife venues scrambling to replace their plastic straws with more sustainable alternatives, such as paper ones, on the theory that doing so will reduce plastic waste in the oceans. It all …

Pollution

Quarter of Brits worried about losing jobs to automation

Nicole Kobie 6 Aug, 2018 A quarter of Brits are worried about robots taking their jobs – and no wonder, given the constant predictions that …

Unions

Facebook denies report that it’s coming for your financial data

Facebook has been getting cozy with your banks, but that might not be as alarming as it sounds.<p>On Monday, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reported that …

Customer Service

Apple removes podcasts by Infowars' Alex Jones

All but one of the major content platforms have banned the American conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as the companies raced to act in the wake of Apple’s decision to remove five podcasts by Jones and his Infowars website.<p>Facebook unpublished four pages run by Jones for “repeated violations of …

Internet

Google Says It Will Stop Android Phones From Suggesting "My Face" When Users Type "Sit On"

Some people are reporting that when they type "sit on" while texting on their Android phones, the devices suggest "my face and" may be the next thing …

Machine Learning

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018 - MIT Technology Review

Every year since 2001 we’ve picked what we call the 10 Breakthrough Technologies. People often ask, what exactly do you mean by “breakthrough”? It’s …

Artificial Intelligence

How to fix what has gone wrong with the internet - The ins and outs

Special report<p>The ins and outsHow to fix what has gone wrong with the internet<p>HAS THE INTERNET failed? Sitting in his office at Christ Church, an …

Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach

Whistleblower describes how firm linked to former Trump adviser Steve Bannon compiled user data to target American voters<p>The data analytics firm that worked with Donald Trump’s election team and the winning Brexit campaign harvested millions of Facebook profiles of US voters, in one of the tech …

Donald Trump

Google workers resign in protest as AI experts call for end to autonomous weapons project

Artificial intelligence researchers have called on Google to abandon a project developing AI technology for the military, warning that autonomous …

Meet Dorsen, 8, who mines cobalt to make your smartphone work

By Alex Crawford, Sky News Special Correspondent<p>A Sky News investigation has found children as young as four working in Congolese mines where cobalt …

Deliveroo wins right not to give riders minimum wage or holiday pay

Union accuses food delivery firm of ‘gaming the system’ as couriers are ruled to be self-employed rather than workers<p>Deliveroo won the right not to give its couriers the minimum wage or holiday pay on Tuesday, dealing a blow to campaigners for workers’ rights in the gig economy.<p>In a key legal …

Employment

Rushed Amazon warehouse staff pee into bottles as they're afraid of 'time-wasting'

AMAZON warehouse staff are peeing in bottles because loos are hundreds of yards away.<p>One ex-worker said staff fear getting into trouble for taking …

Do Avatars Make the Perfect Influencers?

A deep dive into the worlds of post-scandal Lil Miquela and newcomer Shudu.<p>Nineteen-year-old Miquela, with her blunt-cut bangs, light freckles, and penchant for messy double buns, has all the hallmarks of an Instagram influencer. There’s her cool factor (see the Brazilian-American Angeleno …

Social Media

Reimagining capitalism to better serve society

Capitalism has not kept pace with evolving societal needs, leaving more and more of the world’s population behind with respect to wealth creation and …

Innovation

Bernard Stiegler - culture as the heart of a new economical and industrial development

The Fourth Group

The Face(book) of Big Brother

The only way to end the abuses of Facebook and others is to flatly prohibit the commercial packaging and sale of our private data.<p>Imagine that Jimmy …

Smartphones Are Killing The Planet Faster Than Anyone Expected

Researchers are sounding the alarm after an analysis showed that buying a new smartphone consumes as much energy as using an existing phone for an entire decade.<p>Before you upgrade your next iPhone, you may want to consider a $29 battery instead. Not only will the choice save you money, it could …

How Facebook Helps Shady Advertisers Pollute the Internet

It was a Davos for digital hucksters. One day last June, scammers from around the world gathered for a conference at a renovated 19th century train …

The Third Industrial Revolution: A Radical New Sharing Economy

Sharing Economy

The End of Theory: The Data Deluge Makes the Scientific Method Obsolete

<i>Illustration: Marian Bantjes</i> <b>"All models are wrong</b>, but some are useful."<p>So proclaimed statistician George Box 30 years ago, and he was right. But …

'You are being programmed,' former Facebook executive warns

<b>A former Facebook executive has criticised the social network for ripping society apart during a question and answer session.</b><p>Chamath Palihapitiya, who worked as Facebook's vice president for user growth, was speaking at an event run by the Stanford Graduate School of Business on 10 November in …

Social Media

Protect your privacy online with these data-guarding browser extensions

How to fight web trackers.<p>We all know that Facebook and other companies collect data about us. But that's the tip of the iceberg. Web trackers, on everything from shopping sites to social networks, follow your online activities every time you dip a digital toe into the internet. These advertisers …

Privacy