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Today, Wired ran my op-ed about Facebook's war on Ad Observatory, an NYU project that enlists users to gather the ads FB serves so researchers and accountability journalists can measure how FB is living up to its promises on paid disinfo.

wired.com/story/facebook-is-go

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The quest to bring antitrust law to bear against tech companies is finally paying off, but it's been a long, hard slog. At the vanguard have been two legal scholars: Columbia law's Lina M Khan linamkhan and Yale's Dina Srinivasan.

The first watershed moment was Khan's Jan 2017 Yale Law Review paper "Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox," which laid the groundwork for understanding the inadequacies of Ronald-Reagan-style antitrust for tackling platform capitalism.

yalelawjournal.org/note/amazon

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@jwildeboer great song, and from a great album! Sadly I'm not musical enough to make an alternative version...

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I woke up after a dream where a glitch in YouTube replaced the background on all #Trump videos with #fourseasonstotallandscaping. A good dream, indeed.

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My latest novel is Attack Surface, a sequel to my bestselling Little Brother books. @washingtonpost called it "a political cyberthriller, vigorous, bold and savvy about the limits of revolution and resistance."

Get signed books from @darkdel: darkdel.com/store/p1840/Availa

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Whatever the results of the ongoing U.S. election, we’re ready to keep fighting alongside our members to steer those changes toward a better, freer future. eff.org/deeplinks/2020/11/unce

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Call for proposals for the Library Publishing Forum, an annual conference bringing together representatives from libraries engaged in (or considering) publishing initiatives.
librarypublishing.org/program/
reddit.com/r/Open_Science/comm

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But this is HP we're talking about, so words have no meaning. Last month, HP notified its "free ink for life" customers that their life had ended, and they were being moved to a new afterlife where they had to pay $0.99/month, forever, or else.

This Darth Vader "Pray I don't alter it further" shit is the most on-brand HP thing ever

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The West End Phoenix is home-delivered Toronto print newspaper published by Canadian music legend Dave Bidini (cofounder of The Rheostatics). The current issue is called "The Americans" and it tells the story of Americans who emigrated to Canada.

westendphoenix.com/the-america

It's a series of beautifully told stories about people whose love of the land of their birth was overshadowed by the terror and precarity of US racial and economic and gender warfare against its own people.

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@jwildeboer I still have an account because i have ex-colleagues from quite a few countries that I'd like to stay in touch with. Facebook seems to be the only platform we all have in common... But I hardly ever log in, so I've been asking myself the same question!

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“The official reason given by Google for the removal of #Fediverse apps is that these apps can be used to access […] content which are dedicated to hate speech.”

privateinternetaccess.com/blog (hat tip to @Rigby_Koyaanisqatsi)

Somehow this doesn't motivate removal of other apps from Google's app store. What could explain this difference?

A better explanation, from @pluralistic: locusmag.com/2020/09/cory-doct

“The more freedom you have to leave Google, the bigger a risk you pres­ent to Google.”

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I Painted over tiny sketches made by @cwebber for the Spritely mascot. What's your favorite number(s)?

(more info about Spritely on this thread: octodon.social/@cwebber/104814 )
#krita #goblins #fediverse #mastoart

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* Cybersecurity (researchers who discover defects in widely used devices risk prison for publishing their findings)

* Competition (DRM lets dominant companies block interoperability)

This week, I launched my first-ever Kickstarter, and while it's exciting to watch the numbers tick up (if you've backed it, THANK YOU!), the only reason I had to do this was because Amazon won't sell my audiobooks, because they don't have DRM.

kickstarter.com/projects/docto

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You could not ask for a better example of the meritocratic fallacy than the treatment of CEOs of bankrupt companies. This FT article documents the multimillion-dollar "retention bonuses" paid to execs who drove their companies into bankruptcy.

ft.com/content/ca84483c-220c-4

And even more pointedly, Naked Capitalism's Yves Smith marks up the article to point out just how ludicrous and indefensible these payouts are.

nakedcapitalism.com/2020/08/lo

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The latest Made-in-Britain Tory political scandal is the "fuck the algorithm" A-level grades omnishambles, in which the Conservative party deployed a black-box algorithm to give rich students higher grades and poor students lower ones.

pluralistic.net/2020/08/18/fif

This has resulted in many students who'd been offered places in universities having those offers rescinded based on their "disappointing" final grades.

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