The Case for Playing Fortnite with Your Kids

gaming is a solid fixture of childhood. Of course, parents already know this. That’s what makes us uncomfortable. We’re not sure how to raise our children in a world that looks so unlike the one we grew up in.

The Case Against Voting

William Gillis argues that voting—technically, in most cases—doesn’t matter but what does matter is the kind of inaction that voting fosters. Today, as the republican

How to Internet

What I’m trying to describe is some kind of ur-human urge, outside of follower count or personal branding, to throw a “hello” out into the void and maybe hear one back. This is the promise of the internet that I remember as a ‘90s kid sitting in my parents’ computer room, peering into the portal that led to unexpected encounters with other people

Why We Need Web 3.0

Those who wish to protect the peaceful, liberal post-war world order need to realize: Our present digital architecture will magnify society’s maladies, not limit them.

Locking the Web Open: A Call for a Distributed Web

Over the last 25 years, millions of people have poured creativity and knowledge into the World Wide Web. New features have been added and dramatic flaws have emerged based on the original simple design. I would like to suggest we could now build a new Web on top of the existing Web that secures what we want most out of an expressive communication tool without giving up its inclusiveness. I believe we can do something quite counter-intuitive: We can lock the Web open.

Communizing Care in The Left Hand Of Darkness

Aren Aizura is an Assistant Professor in Gender, the following is from a reflection on Ursula Le Guin’s book The Left Hand of Darkness. The reflection around

From patriarchy to partnership

Lisa Gill writes about better organizations. Gallup’s latest poll tells us only 15% of employees worldwide are engaged at work; productivity is down; people are

The Ultimate Guide to Remote Work

The fully remote team behind Zapier share some knowledge. Great compliment to Richard’s book on decentralised organizations. These hangouts are also a good chance to

Patterns for Decentralised Organising

The following are excerpts from Richard D. Bartlett’s work in progress book. Eventually I came to understand “Occupy” as a short chapter in an ongoing

Let’s Get Better at Demanding Better from Tech

To hear Facebook tell it, staying in touch with your friends is impossible, unless you give in to continuous, covert surveillance of everything you do online. Ask Apple and they’ll tell you that having a functional phone is inseparable from allowing a distant, multibillion-dollar corporation decide who can repair it and whose software you’re allowed to use. Ask Google and they’ll tell you that providing a critical search-interface to the web can’t be done without (again) spying on everything you do.

Blockchain is not only crappy technology but a bad vision for the future

Projects based on the elimination of trust have failed to capture customers’ interest because trust is actually so damn valuable. A lawless and mistrustful world where self-interest is the only principle and paranoia is the only source of safety is a not a paradise but a crypto-medieval hellhole.

The Social Smart Contract

The following is from the Democracy Earth white paper which outlines a plan to give digital citizenship to the whole world of people. It’s a

The demise of the nation state

the waning of the nation state: its inability to withstand countervailing 21st-century forces, and its calamitous loss of influence over human circumstance.  nation states have

Can We Be Saved From Facebook?

We need to break up Facebook, the same way we broke up Standard Oil, AT&T and countless other less-terrifying overgrown corporate tyrants of the past. The moral if not legal reason is obvious: A functioning free press just can’t coexist with an unaccountable private regulator.

The Smallness of Mark Zuckerberg

There’s no credible evidence, none at all, to indicate that this jackal [Mark Zuckerberg] has changed his spots, stripes, whatever, since he wrote this private message to a friend at Harvard back in the early aughts: