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Campaign to get marketing companies to refuse work for tobacco and vaping companies #sxsw

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US Pol, Net Neutrality stuff 

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The eminently electable Bernie Sanders enjoys strong support from African-Americans and young people

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We blamed the jews, the mexican immigrants, the middle east "terrorists", the gays, the blacks, and just about every other minority group there is. How bout we blame the billionaires and politicians who are screwing over our economy, our society and our planet. Maybe then we can actually get something done.

Our online space is already woefully insecure and broken. The last thing we need is backdoors in encryption. Furthermore, switching to "responsible encryption" won't actually stop criminals. Strong encryption already exists. The tools exist, the algorithms and protocols exist. Crippling our encryption wont weaken theirs. It just makes it easier for them to attack us.

This is basically our future. Companies having complete control of our every day lives, using closed sourced proprietary black boxes, staffed by people who only care about profit and couldnt care less about the unforseen consequences their technology creates. And aparently, these pervasive, all powerful companies have no accountability or responsibility whatsoever. Even if it kills people.

I want money. But to get money, I need a Job, But to get a job, I need education. But to get education, I need money. How is fair again?

Protip: if your advice starts with "Just...." (Eg just eat less, just cheer up, just do your best ect), it is probably vague, unhelpful, already tried and dismissive

With this new client i should be posting far more often now, so yay me!

Just found a sweet new client called . It lets you pin hashtags. Im already in love

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Wait when did the NYT start running’s old posts from 2003. He’s literally been writing this warning for that long. Woulda been good if they’d listened.


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the state and equality 

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People who think that there would be no scientists or "innovation" without capitalism seem to be living in some imaginary world where scientists get paid a lot. People become scientists *despite* capitalism. Capitalism tries to sabotage science at every turn.

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Even without capitalism people have always been inventive. When modern humans appeared about 200-300,000 years ago you see a step change in the variety of stone tools which they produced. It's likely an indicator that early people were a marginal species who needed to often change their tools as they moved into differing kinds of ecosystems. Tools for fishing are quite different from tools for ambushing bison.

Huge innovations like the transition to settled agriculture and selective breeding of plants and animals took place long before capitalism and as far as we know without the use of anything resembling money.
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> "We don’t just have to avoid building harmful technology, we have to actively work to build something positive. And it’s hard. It’s uncomfortable. It’s a constant state of trying to do better in a world that is pushing you to do exactly what everybody else is doing."

-- Laura Kalbag

Maybe its best I do a new since i switched accounts.

I'm BeatLink, a 20 year old guy from Jamaica. I'm interested in , , , , , and

I'm currently working on a new social movement/tech community whose main goal is to use tech to replace our current system of government and capitalism, with an egalitarian, communal anarchist, automation driven society.


Founded on #4opens, motivated by the #PGA hallmarks and moderated by an ethical code of conduct. Its an unfettered space for Activists and groups to communicate via #openweb projects.

"We can't engage as communities, unless we have money. I can't even express how angry this makes me."
- an activist group using Facebook. People and organisations who feel this way are our initial targets.

We are launching two new Mastodon instances for activists and campaigners to aid communication of grassroot groups; putting social media back in our hands by providing a free, unfettered home for campaigners, NGO’s and activists to communicate among their peers and beyond.

This project is a way out of the restricted, algorithmic, for-profit mediation and commercialisation of communication we increasingly experience. If you do not pay to "boost" each post, a Facebook page will only reach 3-6% of members. This soon becomes an expensive drain on limited NGO and activist budgets.
Activists and campaigners alike are ready to shift their outreach away from the corporate social networks paid-per-view “walled gardens”.

Mastodon is the worlds largest free open source decentralised microblogging network; it’s thousands of unique, interconnected communities, filled with different people, interests, languages, and needs.
You’re free to join any community you like, or better yet, host your own, on your own terms. It remains possible for members of each to instance to interact with others.
There is no monopoly by a single commercial company, no ads, and no tracking.

We aim to help activism/campaigning groups to make this step now.

A note on Security and Privacy - these take a somewhat different shape within the #openweb. Have a read about our thoughts on the matter.

How are OMN projects run?