Fleeting notes that I probably want to make permanent in the wiki. Keeping them here to avoiding clogging up rest of org…


day 1

your undivided attention

the dictator's handbook

To expand/misc

"Governments around the world are heading for a massive gap between the demand for social services and the ability to pay for them."

AI for filtering comments

Google Perspective

Not so good at recognizing toxicity

Better at recognizing 'well written' comment

Voices for disabled people

Music tech without skills

Digital Archaeology

Hardware archaeology, also software archaeology


Keeping old gear going


Old technologies like Macromedia Flash

Obsolesence of old software?


Is there a difference between hardware and software archeology?

Is one more difficult than the other?

Were devices made back then designed to last longer? What was their lifespan like?

The exhibition

Enjoyed the BBC Micro

Coding Basic

Tim Berners Lee first website (vague but interesting)

TODO First website, 1991 (proposal 1989)

Speed of change

Acoustic coupler from 1982 - a phone handset converting signals!

Archie, first search engine, 1989

TODO Digital archeology is …

TODO digging up and restoring websites

TODO Involves both hardware and software

TODO Tbl made first web browser with first web site

Archaeology involves both software and hardware

TODO Lost code

The code for the coffee pot cam was lost and had to be recreated

TODO Macs stood the test of time a bit better

TODO Quite a lot of machines are Macs there

TODO Mosaic browser

TODO Does open source last longer than proprietary?

TODO Highlighting fragility of the early web

TODO Jodi, look beyond the obvious

ICT4D Meetup

TODO Ok foundation index

TODO Important to capacity build

TODO Bbc media action

TODO What people think in different countries

TODO Nice viz

TODO Good use of stories

TODO Usaid

TODO Behavior change

TODO Viz can help


TODO Spell check for data

TODO Tools are important

TODO Viz decoupled from hdx

Custom ROM on phone

phone notes



Rooting phone


Bootloader unlock not allowed?

Phone info number

Instructions here to get flashtool

I can't actually get latest most secure version of Android

Coop sys


Cyber essentials




Admon acounts

User accounts

Malware protection

Software licensing

Software patching

Auto nas backups onto aws

5000 of staff time a year on security compliance for a ~30 strong org

Cyber essentials may be a check for.goverent funding

Cisp government cyber security office -keeping track of threats.

Subscribe charity digital news

2/3 days for first audit, plus regular rechecks

Password managers ? Bit of a split

London digital security centre

Volunteers? Try and keep them in separate domain/system

Risk management

Risk based approach

Cyber hygiene - 80% of risks

4 eyes checking

Think about risks, what's valuable

Target were attacked through air con contractors

Monthly email with reminders

Encrypted disks can save a lot risks

Xonrimuois vulnerabilty scans? Not cheap

Iasme, if you're 10/15 million

Stop treating product owner as customer

Product owner / team split doesn't make sense in one org

Mind the product

Output / outcome / impact

Plant to measure outcomes

Minimise output, maximise outcome and impact

Get out into the field and watch how users are using software

Learning backlog

Timebox learning/discovery work


Refugee Crisis

No one puts their children in a dinghy unless the water is safer than the land :quote:

Energy Policy :green:

Onshore wind and solar will be as cheap as or cheaper than gas by 2020

Increased role for renewewables, particularly due to improvements in battery storage

Environment Plan

Don't want to lose environmental protections from EU law
UK used to be known as the dirty man of Europe

Inventing the future

Catalogue of sci-fi matching political ideas I'm interested in

Emancipatory politics

Emancipatory politics must always destroy the appearance of a 'natural order', must reveal what is presented as necessary and inevitable to be a mere contingency, just as it must make what was previously deemed to be impossible seem attainable :quote:

Information goods are increasingly used as a way of enforcing purchase of market goods

My politics

What are my values? And from there, what are my politics? I believe in the solidarity economy. I believe in dual power as a means of transition. I believe in communit organising and the avoidance of unnecessary hierarchy. I believe in cooperativism and worker self-direction. I would say that I am a social anarchist, but not sure of specific tendency. I like Bookchin's writings, so perhaps a communalist.


What is civics?

Civics is the study of the theoretical, political and practical aspects of citizenship, as well as its rights and duties; the duties of citizens to each other as members of a political body and to the government."

What is the solidarity economy?

A solidarity economy is based on efforts that seek to increase the quality of life of a region or community through local business and not-for-profit endeavors. It mainly consists of activities organized to address and transform exploitation under capitalist economics and the large-corporation, large-shareholder-dominated economy, and can include diverse activities

To investigate

Thomas Spence commons

Repowering london

Briar app

Population increases two people every second?

2050 Nigeria pop equal to China?


Examples of open source following site deaths

ordos, inner mongolia




Shipping container vs dock workers

Outrage on the internet

If you took out tv signal would it affect anyone negatively?

3 aspects = automation?, surveillance and control?, commoditization

Right look for converts, left look for traitors

Marcuse: An essay on liberation

First of all saying that simply just the alienation of the working class, the proletariat was not enough.

Right now, it's not enough to bring about revolution, plenty of ways in which still alienated. Cultural industry maybe. This is from the Frankfurt School, so probably something related to that.

One was any kind of response has to be rhizomatic, you have a narrative that speaks to a number of different elements within the working class.

So, a big part of that kind of revolution is not it's not enough kind of depression and grief. That's something along the lines of changing people's sensibilities has to do with.

Yes, some of the awareness raising was through arts and creativity. This changing the biology people to think differently.

Finally, solidarity.

Getting outside the social industry

What are some ways to get outside the social industry? To break the pattern of railing against the spectacle just being part of the spectacle. Like some of the stuff Adorno chats about as being outside the culture industry. Maybe the cyberflaneur stuff. That kind of stuff, draw on some of these movements and look for parallels.

Let's say that the connection is axiomatic. Everything else (likes, replies, etc) is spectacle unless proven otherwise. What new forms can we find that are completely outside of what has gone before? Avoid the formula of the social industry.

TODO Return to group chats

Interesting. Mentioned on Joanne interview twsu.


Juan podcast

TODO Global tech taxes

Juan podcast

TODO I don't want my free time to be labour for a big tech firm

TODO How do you define value of big tech firms?

TODO Social media addiction is attacking people's freedom of thought

Leader of Haitian revolution coopted for venture capitalism

TODO Solidarity across tech supply chains

Mentioned in grace blakely podcast

TODO Marx saw technology as emancipatory

TODO Attwntion econony and the sociert of the spectscle

TODO Cloud apps are a bit like supply chains

Global products, we have little agency.

TODO Solidarity without class consciousness

That article says it can be dangerous. Parallel to libre software and use by big tech firms?


Imagine if various States made interoperable platforms. With content from each.

TODO Doesn't decentralization just mean you can't track fascists etc?

They have somewhere to hide themselves? I got asked this question.

TODO You needed access to a networked computer, and the knowledge–neither of those have ever been evenly distributed–but the technical architecture was incredibly exciting.

When is kicks condor coming back?

Tools for support

Micropublishing from org-mode

While I have my odd hybrid system, I would like to be able to use micropub to publish notes from my wikilog to my blog. I'm using WP for that, for the dynamic bits that it gives me. But I'm copying and pasting from my wiki to my blog. I was doing it manual until it hurts, to see if it was worth it. I think it is. So now it would be good to automate it a little.

GPT-3 and me

How to set up little GPT-3 prompts using my wiki as a corpus?

Tags vs files/folders

Absolutely. As I’m using a tool like Roam, there are no real limits on “where” information should be. This means that I don’t really need to think in terms of files and folders, but rather can think of digital locations that map to my understanding of the world.

As a result, I can think in “The Gardens”, tinker in “The Lab”, and store books in “The Library”. This mapping is like the thinking equivalent of using a memory palace for remembering facts.

Its rooting in the physical world is what makes it a spatial village, as it occupies real “space” in my mind. ?s=20

The joy of wikoid systems is you can create/abandon clusters as you feel like it. And it doesn't require you to destroy an old cluster to make a new one.

Yes! This is in a way a critique of systems that force you to establish a hierarchy (place things in boxes). The more you invest in one hierarchy the harder it is to have it evolve. Or "grow" in a garden methaphor.

I believe the alternative is to focus on walking paths (here Lisa Hardy's map metaphor is very useful). Because, as you do in physical spaces, you can over time easily change the trajectory of your paths to support your life or project journey.

(Digital gardeners discussion)

TODO What's wrong with WhatsApp | WhatsApp | The Guardian

“Group chats are making the internet fun again”, the technology critic Max Read argued that groups have become “an outright replacement for the defining mode of social organization of the past decade: the platform-centric, feed-based social network.”

A bit like… but by s huge platform

TODO What's wrong with WhatsApp | WhatsApp | The Guardian

The age of the message board, be it physical or digital, where information can be posted once for anyone who needs it, is over.

TODO What's wrong with WhatsApp | WhatsApp | The Guardian

The problem, from the point of view of institutions, is that WhatsApp use seems fuelled by a preference for informal, private communication as such

TODO What's wrong with WhatsApp | WhatsApp | The Guardian

Trolling, flaming, doxing, cancelling and pile-ons are all risks that go with socialising within a vast open architecture.

TODO What's wrong with WhatsApp | WhatsApp | The Guardian

“Open” platforms such as Twitter are reminders that much social activity tends to be aimed at a small and select community, but can be rendered comical or shameful when exposed to a different community altogether.

TODO What's wrong with WhatsApp | WhatsApp | The Guardian

WhatsApp is a machine for generating feelings of faux pas, as comments linger in a group’s feed, waiting for a response.

TODO What's wrong with WhatsApp | WhatsApp | The Guardian

Since the 90s, the internet has held out a promise of connectivity, openness and inclusion, only to then confront inevitable threats to privacy, security and identity. By contrast, groups make people feel secure and anchored, but also help to fragment civil society into separate cliques, unknown to one another. This is the outcome of more than 20 years of ideological battles over what sort of social space the internet should be

TODO What's wrong with WhatsApp | WhatsApp | The Guardian

O’Reilly coined the term “web 2.0” to describe a new wave of websites that connected users with each other, rather than with existing offline institutions. Later that year, the domain name was purchased by a 21-year-old Harvard student, and the age of the giant social media platforms was born.

TODO What's wrong with WhatsApp | WhatsApp | The Guardian

The more idealistic tech gurus who attended ETech insisted that the internet should remain an open public space, albeit one in which select communities could cluster for their own particular purposes, such as creating open-source software projects or Wikipedia entries. The untapped potential of the internet, they believed, was for greater democracy. But for companies such as Facebook, the internet presented an opportunity to collect data about users en masse. The internet’s potential was for greater surveillance. The rise of the giant platforms from 2005 onwards suggested the latter view had won out. And yet, in a strange twist, we are now witnessing a revival of anarchic, self-organising digital groups – only now, in the hands of Facebook as well. The two competing visions have collided

TODO What's wrong with WhatsApp | WhatsApp | The Guardian

group dynamics” in the 40s. The central proposition of this school was that groups possess psychological properties that exist independently of their individual members. In groups, people find themselves behaving in ways that they never would if left to their own devices.

TODO What's wrong with WhatsApp | WhatsApp | The Guardian

Shirky highlighted one area of Bion’s work in particular: how groups can spontaneously sabotage their own stipulated purpose

TODO What's wrong with WhatsApp | WhatsApp | The Guardian

Bion’s concerns originated in fear of humanity’s darker impulses, but the vision Shirky was putting to his audience that day was a more optimistic one. If the designers of online spaces could preempt disruptive “group dynamics”, he argued, then it might be possible to support cohesive, productive online communities that remained open and useful at the same time. Like a well designed park or street, a well-designed online space might nurture healthy sociability without the need for policing, surveillance or closure to outsiders

TODO What's wrong with WhatsApp | WhatsApp | The Guardian

As late as 2005, the hope was that the social web would be built around democratic principles and bottom-up communities. Facebook abandoned all of that, by simply turning the internet into a multimedia telephone directory

TODO What's wrong with WhatsApp | WhatsApp | The Guardian

. Partly thanks to WhatsApp, the unmoderated, self-governing, amoral collective – larger than a conversation, smaller than a public – has become a dominant and disruptive political force in our society, much as figures such as Bion and Lewin feared.

TODO What's wrong with WhatsApp | WhatsApp | The Guardian

In the safety of the group, it becomes possible to have one’s cake and eat it, to be simultaneously radical and orthodox, hyper-sceptical and yet unreflective

TODO What's wrong with WhatsApp | WhatsApp | The Guardian

In the safety of the group, it becomes possible to have one’s cake and eat it, to be simultaneously radical and orthodox, hyper-sceptical and yet unreflective

TODO Whats wring with whatsapp

Onteretkng view. Seems more about problem of group behaviour than WhatsApp specifically. WhatsApp being a bit of a red herring in some ways.

Like the metadata gathering is partly whats wrong with WhatsApp. Closed group dynamics equally applies to telegram, signal, what have you. WhatsApp is just a convenient stand in for 'chat group'.

Would be jntredting to look at thst shjrky piece.

TODO economic policy in response to Big Tech must go beyond the fascination with data. If hardware is important too, then opening up data is an ineffective idea at best and a counter-productive idea at worst. It could simply mean that the tech giants get access to even more free data – while everyone else trains their open data on Amazon’s servers. If we want to take back control over Big Tech, we need to pay attention to more than just data.

TODO Existing arguments about how large tech companies freely use open-source software as a foundation to build their proprietary empires must also be supplemented with the ways in which free – and waged – labour are brought into the ambit of companies via things like open-source frameworks

TODO monopolisation of AI is not just – or even primarily – a data issue. Monopolisation is driven as much by the barriers to entry posed by fixed capital, and the ‘virtuous cycles’ that compute and labour are generating for the AI providers.

TODO phrase is both a promise and a deflection. It’s a plea for unearned trust — give us time, we are working toward progress. And it cuts off meaningful criticism — yes, we know this isn’t enough, but more is coming

TODO The architecture of the social network — its algorithmic mandate of engagement over all else, the advantage it gives to divisive and emotionally manipulative content — will always produce more objectionable content at a dizzying scale.

TODO “You see lots of people putting forth a hopeful idea of a new, humane social media platform to rescue us — one that respects privacy or is less algorithmically coercive,” Siva Vaidhyanathan, a professor of media studies at the University of Virginia, told me recently. “But if we’re being honest, what they’re really proposing at that point is not really social media anymore.” In other words, the architecture is the problem

TODO Stayin Alive on Twitter: "This week's book recommendation comes from @hrheingold. Learn the culture and consciousness behind the first PCs from one of the smartest #tech writers around. More book recommendations from our guests here via @goodreads: https:…



TODO To Tackle Obesity, Fight Inequality

Captains of the food industry would have you believe that this a result of poor personal choice alone. This is a libertarian falsehood. Obesity is a population health problem connected to social, economic and environmental factors. In higher-income countries, it is associated with lower socio-economic status, poverty and inequality. It does not exist in a vacuum.


TODO Tiera comun

TODO GitHub - gleitz/howdoi: instant coding answers via the command line

TODO Furness Line

One of the most scenic lines on the UK that I've been on…

TODO Superintelligence

If you think that a superintelligencee would mean total domination and subordination, that shows what you view to be intelligent behaviour.

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TODO Economic Networks —

TODO Freecycle is a nonmarket platform coop

TODO Frameworks

But once you are given a tool that operates effortlessly — but only in a certain way — every choice that deviates from the standard represents a major cost.

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TODO Netocracy

Interesting. Philologically inspired by d and g. Describing some of the current state of the world dominated by internet. Worth looking into more. Phil Jones left netocracy.



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TODO Schools in England told not to use material from anti-capitalist groups | Education | The Guardian

TODO Ethics and agency

Agency and subjection Four /3 software freedoms Change from kantian to agency based framework



TODO Tethered economy


TODO Connected thought

In short, increasing the rate of innovation can be achieved by fostering an environment with enough sociability (so we can collaborate and combine ideas), enough transmission fidelity (so we don’t keep on re-inventing the wheel), and enough transmission variance (so we can incrementally improve the wheel instead).

TODO Interconnected zettelkasten

And threaded twitter (or threaded mastodon?)

TODO Share via

Wells was also a prolific essayist and committed socialist who believed passionately that new information technologies would one day usher in an era of social equality and world peace.





TODO The law, sometimes heralded as “ the ‘Magna Carta’ of the internet,” was passed in 1996 to provide websites with incentive to delete pornography, but it has since evolved. It is now effectively a shield websites use to protect them from responsibility for all sorts of activity on their platforms, from illegal gun sales to discriminatory ads.

TODO Citron has worked for nearly two decades to find legal and social strategies to combat the cyber harassment and invasions of sexual privacy that women, sexual minorities, and people of color disproportionately experience online

TODO iSlavery” is “a planetary system of domination, exploitation, and alienation…epitomized by the material and immaterial structures of capital accumulation”

TODO Technology does not guarantee progress. It is, instead, often abused to cause regress

TODO IndieWeb seems like one of most active ways political in tech? Or at least an active way.. Right to repair too.

TODO I decided to hand-code everything in plain HTML and CSS, manually link all the pages and even hand-write the RSS feed. And to be honest, I haven’t had this much fun making a website since when I first started playing around with Microsoft Frontpage and Adobe Photoshop 4.0 in the late 90s and early 2000s.

TODO It was all terribly exciting. Unlike traditional media, you could now speak back and participate. It was the first interplanetary communication system where anyone, anywhere in the world, could make a page and share their thoughts and ideas with the world.

TODO But if you wanted your web page to be "on the web", where would you put it? You needed a web host of some sort to store the pages and share a public address so other people could visit. It would ideally also be free so you could try things for fun without having to think about it too much.

Beaker makes this.change?

TODO One way of doing so was by browsing directories, like the Geocities neighbourhoods: lists of websites often arranged by categories and sub-categories. In fact, most search engines were also directories, or portals as some were called back then.

Cyberflaneur ism?


TODO Gated community more than a walled garden

Emphasis on the gated, less on the community…

With the same hostility to the outsider. .

Interesting how architrctural metapjors come up so much. Jane Jacobs.

“The system had to have one other fundamental property: It had to be completely decentralized. That would be the only way a new person somewhere could start to use it without asking for access from anyone else.” (Berners-Lee and Fischetti 1999, p. 16).

Six experiments in social housing :wiki:writing: :wiki: :wiki:

Wikis as neurons :wiki:

When you 'copy' the idea from another wiki, and have it as a bi-link, that's like a connection between the two. A bridge where someone might jump from one to the other. I had this thought as I had copied antistatic gardens concept. Made me think of synaptic gaps. Wikis that fire together, wire together? Interwiki bidirectional links as the synaptic connections? Networks of wikis, like a neural network? Bit tenuous, but fun to think on.

Parallels a lot of what I thought previously about Wikis being neuronal.

I wonder if maybe just another avenue of approaching that is the Wikis being rhizomatic connections of Wikis we need connections of wiki sites, blogs, blikis, wiki logs whatever you want to call it, but to facilitate those connections between them is important, very important.

TODO One of the hardest things about recycling is that you are not sure how [the manufacturers] made it,” says Kirkman. :wiki:

TODO Starting from March 2021, manufacturers selling certain household appliances will have to ensure that spare parts are available for a number of years after their product has launched; that their items can be easily disassembled (and so use screws not glue); and that they provide access to technical information to repair professionals.  :wiki:

TODO Buyerarchy of needs :wiki:

TODO A movie should give us something :wiki:

Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism [00:57:24]

Chronological timelines and remembering the past, collapsing of time

Episode #116 … Structuralism and Mythology pt. 1 [00:10:34]

Barthes mythology mass media

Structuralism and Mythology pt. 2 [00:04:18]

Social media timelines we.make. for ourselves are a mythology?

Facebook ad boycott

When you look at the list of names of companies it is kind of depressing. And you partly think.- how can something instigated by these kinds of groups actually be good.

I guess if they rrpedent the demands of citizens, then good. But not convinced.

Four ways to change the world Lessig - "Search engines should be the business of libraries, not companies."

Unflattening — Nick Sousanis | Harvard University Press


TODO Share via

The age of low-tech: towards a technically sustainable civilisation


One of the weird things I do is curating the "Glitch Gallery", which collects accidental artworks, produced by broken or buggy programs! <3

I'm especially amazed by's submission today – she accidentally applied a text material to a tree!​



Tethered economy - Expressions of bad consumer choices. 🙄


Welcome to the future


TODO Emacs Chat: Conversations about an awesome text editor –




TODO Indie web is interconnected zettelkasten

TODO European Parliament Votes for Right to Repair - iFixit

TODO Death via ipad

TODO GIU designing freedom

TODO Tech workers have unique access to current means of production

TODO Less is more hickel

TODO LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media


TODO Refugees and coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic that threatens to overwhelm the camps will have “catastrophic consequences for the refugees, Greek inhabitants and the rest of European society,” says the petition, launched last week by Dutch medical professors and public health experts.

It is an illusion to think that a COVID-19 outbreak in these camps could be kept under control: 40,000 people are living on a few square kilometres, and there are only a handful of doctors present. Many children and adults are already ravaged by physical and mental traumas.

If Europe looks away now, this situation could escalate to become a medical disaster, which would represent a serious violation of the norms and values of European healthcare. It is our duty to prevent this from happening.

TODO Police and prison

Recent story where someone was promoting longer sentence lengths for murder of emergency workers?

TODO How Facebook changedd

“We do not and will not use cookies to collect private information from any user,” vowed an early privacy policy.

TODO Share via

Mandating interoperability, for example, would make it easier for new entrants to attract users. “We really want Facebook to have to compete based on the quality of their product,” she said.


TODO Reading involves knowing what to skip

TODO - Funkwhale and the Importance of Decentralized Podcasting

Really don't want a Facebook of podcasts. Listennotes is a bit like that.

TODO - Building Blocks of Decentralization



run android on linux

carbon divestment

microrebellion / micropraxis

social account posting micro acts of dissent, revolution and rebellion. Maybe a mastadon bot? Could use book of dissent for some quotes.

community technology - karl hess

Alan Kay - Quora

New breed of local food halls in UK towns offer grub and a hub | Commercial p…


command line note taking tool

org-babel indentation

org mode / syncthing encryption

Appropriation of nature (and terminology) by technology

TODO Munipal ownership Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd: 41. SMOOTH CO-OPERATORS: the power of co-ops to transform society [00:24:50]

TODO Benefits of coops Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd: 41. SMOOTH CO-OPERATORS: the power of co-ops to transform society [00:32:11]

TODO Transition to coop economy Reasons to be Cheerful with Ed Miliband and Geoff Lloyd: 41. SMOOTH CO-OPERATORS: the power of co-ops to transform society [00:36:16]

TODO Permanent job losses from Covid-19 are estimated to hit approximately a million by the end of 2022 and about 2m in the next decade

TODO the immediate shock of the Covid recession could be offset by employment in low-CO2 sectors

TODO Transparency International UK said its analysis indicated “apparent systemic biases in the award of PPE contracts that favoured those with political connections to the party of government in Westminster”, contrary to denials by civil servants and Conservative ministers

TODO Wales to launch pilot universal basic income scheme :wikify:

TODO The Guardian view on taking back the buses: a route to recovery :wikify:

The Technology and the Society, Raymond Williams

TODO Zak ove moko jumbie

TODO Ian Cheng emissiaries

TODO Betty davis :research:


Hackerfarm, Tokyo

Theory of change

Transition design

Beautiful trouble

St Paul principles

Autonomists like Negri

Mouffe, deliberative democracy or agonistic pluralism

Medium of exchange vs store of value

M15 indignados


TODO - engineers without borders

Yabo farmers :research:

Signlfm podcasts

Opportunity tree

Assumptions buffet

How does freegle image analysis work?

Progressive WordPress apps

African fractals

Second hand market smartphones

London renewable power

Chile solar power

Grenoble and sao Paulo ban advertising

Food citizenship