Eugene Debs was the first major Democratic Socialist in American history, running for president five times in the early 1900s. NPR goes on a tour of his home in Terre Haute, Ind., ahead of that state’s primary with Benjamin Kite, an avid Bernie Sanders supporter. Kite, one of the home’s caretakers, says Debs laid the groundwork for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal, and likewise Bernie Sanders may be laying the groundwork for a major shift left in American politics.
As Kevin Kelly tells it, the hippie revolution and the computer revolution are nearly one and the same.
As you approach whatever it is you’re doing, you have to think “do I want to be like a traditional corporation, a shareholder owned corporation, where the object of the game is to earn and extract enough money from this business, so my grandchildren can inherit enough cash to live their lives? Or do I want to create a business that’s healthy and sustainable enough that it can generate revenue and opportunities for my grandchildren who hopefully will want to join that business?”
The latter is the sort of approach that creates a business that wants to befriend communities. It’s your name on the thing. You don’t want people to hate you the way they hate Uber because that’s you, that’s your kids, that’s your family name, that’s your legacy. You have such a different relationship to it that you start to think of your neighborhood as a legacy and the planet as a legacy and your grandchildren as a legacy and your workers as a legacy. That is who you are. It’s so much more integral than this fractious and abstracted business landscape that we’re seeing die today.
The landscape of what’s possible in web page layout is changing. Jen has a theory that this change will be a big one — perhaps the biggest change to graphic design on the web in over 15 years. Rachel, Jeffrey, and Eric join her to debate if that’s true or not, and to surmise what the future might bring. This special episode was recorded live at An Event Apart Nashville.
The O’Reilly Hardware Podcast: Digital rights management goes deeper into the Web.
In this episode of the Hardware podcast, we talk with writer and digital rights activist Cory Doctorow. He’s recently rejoined the Electronic Frontier Foundation to fight a World Wide Web Consortium proposal that would add DRM to the core specification for HTML.
When we recorded this episode with Cory, the W3C had just overruled the EFF’s objection. The result, he says, is that “we are locking innovation out of the Web.” “It is illegal to report security vulnerabilities in a DRM,” Doctorow says. “[DRM] is making it illegal to tell people when the devices they depend upon for their very lives are unsuited for that purpose.”
In our “Tools” segment, Doctorow tells us about tools that can be used for privacy and encryption, including the EFF surveillance self-defense kit, and Wickr, an encrypted messaging service that allows for an expiration date on shared messages and photos. “We need a tool that’s so easy your boss can use it,” he says.
Other links: - In 2014, Nest bought Revolv, maker of a smart home hub. Now Nest is shutting down Revolv’s cloud service, and in the process it’s bricking every Revolv hub that’s already been sold. Consumers may own their hardware, but if it depends on cloud software to run, it operates at someone else’s whim. - Mark Klein, an AT&T technician who filed a whistleblower suit against AT
Speaker(s): Professor José van Dijck, Professor Sonia Livingstone Chair: Professor Andrew Murray
Recorded on 7 March 2016 at Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building
Online platforms are penetrating the organisation of societies, disrupting private and public sectors. What is their impact on the governance of public life and social order?
José van Dijck is Professor of Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam and President of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Sonia Livingstone (@Livingstone_S) is Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Media and Communications at LSE.
Andrew Murray (@AndrewDMurray) is Professor of Law with particular reference to New Media and Technology Law at LSE.
LSE Law (@lselaw) is an integral part of the School’s mission, plays a major role in policy debates & in the education of lawyers and law teachers from around the world.
The Department of Media and Communications (@MediaLSE) undertakes outstanding and innovative research and provides excellent research-based graduate programmes for the study of media and communications. The Department was established in 2003 and in 2014 our research was ranked number 1 in the most recent UK research evaluation, with 91% of research outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.
Drawing a line in the sand: The Sykes-Picot Agreement - Rear Vision - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A hundred years ago, at the height of WWI, Britain and France signed a secret deal carving up the Middle East. The agreement ignored the aspirations of Arabs and created the Middle East we are still living with today.
The agreement was named after the two men who crafted it—Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot. Sykes was a British Conservative MP, and assistant to the secretary of state for war, Lord Kitchener.
Georges-Picot had ambitions to become a lawyer, but in 1898 joined the French foreign office, the Quai d’Orsay, as a junior diplomat.
Rashid Khalidi, Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies at Columbia University in America.
James Barr, Visiting Fellow Kings College London
The human side of computing - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
On how people can improve their decision-making skills by thinking a little bit more like computers; how young children can learn computer programming with wooden toy blocks; and how visually-impaired people can make better use of digital technology.
Cognitive Scientist, Tom Griffiths, talks about computer algorithms and his theory that human beings could improve their decision-making skills, and the quality of their lives, by thinking a little bit more like a machine.
Toy-developer, Filippo Yacob, tells us about the wooden play-set cum game he’s developed to teach very young children the basics of computer programming.
And Vision Australia’s Senior Adaptive Technology Consultant, David Woodbridge, shares his experiences as a visually-impaired user of technology.
Three thinkers join us to share their thoughts on modern life and our relationship with technology – a futurist, a neuroscientist and an historian…
Richard Watson, author of the newly-released book Digital vs. Human argues that the relationship between people and technology will define the history of the next 50 years.
Neuroscientist Manfred Spitzer argues that digital technology is not only ineffective as an educational tool for the very young, but hinders their cognitive development.
And historian Gary Cross questions whether our understanding of nostalgia has changed from being one of shared communal memory to one of ego-centricity – defined largely around the consumer technology of our youth.
Neil deGrasse Tyson and Douglas Coupland - Current Affairs Specials - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
In this episode Mark Colvin speaks with eminent American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who sheds some light on the universe and talks about the need to invest in science.
In this program Mark also speaks with Canadian novelist and visual artist Douglas Coupland about his thoughts on the future.
He says some of the future is already here and discusses what happens when it hits us.
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