Ian Forrester

@cubicgarden

Senior Firestarter at @BBCRD, ex @bbcbackstage, emergent tech expert, social geek, community wrangler & interested in the future of storytelling in new mediums

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Public Service Internet monthly newsletter (July 2019)

Good day to you all!

We live in incredible times with such possibilities that is clear. Although its easily dismissed by looking down at our feet or at the new Prime Minster.

To quote Buckminster Fuller "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

You are seeing aspects of this happening with young people getting out and protesting - https://www.theguardian.com/media/2019/jun/19/march-of-the-under-10s-generation-growing-up-as-protesters


Beyond Black mirror's Nosedive, what is China's Social Credit "System?"
https://19.re-publica.com/session/beyond-black-mirror-chinas-social-credit-system
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm8TKf0eTEs
Ian thinks: The Chinese social credit "system" is discussed everywhere especially when talking about the other end of the scale from surveillance capitalism. Republica's panel discussion about its actual implementation today, debunking some myths and brought everything in sharper focus from a western view.

Into The Fediverse, with Sean Tilley (Steal this show s4e20)
https://stealthisshow.com/s04e20/
Ian thinks: Jamie King's podcast with episode with Sean Tilley of We Distribute (and formerly the Diaspora project) about the early days of Diaspora, a open source Facebook alternative which was even talked about by myself. The interview picks up a gear when talking about the Fedverse which is all the rage as a viable alternative for the next generation internet

How to "Defeat" Facebook
https://ovid.github.io/articles/how-to-defeat-facebook.html
Ian thinks: Nice follow on from the interview with Sean Tilley, there is a very detailed document from Chris Hughes one of the founders of Facebook. About the advantages and disadvantages of Facebook as a social network. The document proposes how to "Defeat" Facebook with trust, transparency, controlling broadcasting, eliminating horrors, killing the real names policy, etc.

Privacy is dead?
https://www.ft.com/content/c4288d72-a7d0-11e9-984chow fac83Aspirin25aaa04
Ian thinks: You hear it all the time, but this is a nice summary of a lot of the different aspects which leads to the conclusion that our traditional notion of privacy is dead or dying? The important part is the linked datasets and the consistent need to surveil for those companies business model rely on surveillance capitalism.

The hidden costs of automated thinking
https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/the-hidden-costs-of-automated-thinking
Ian thinks: Jonathan Zittrain introduces the term "intellectual debt" to the table while thinking about the accountable of AI. Screams algorithmic literacy supported by more transparency, governance and accountability. Jonathan makes some good comparisons how we didn't understand how Aspirin worked till 1995 but was commonly prescribed and used.

The far right is forking Mastodon and joining the fediverse
https://wedistribute.org/2019/05/gab-is-forking-mastodon-and-joining-the-fediverse/
Ian thinks: When you open source anything, there is always the chance someone will do something with it you don't like, want or could even be illegal.This is the latest example of how the spirit & diversity of open source is being tested. Mastodon's federated model has ways to deal with this but its not foolproof and still not palatable for its creator and supporters.

A contract to guide the web
https://contractfortheweb.org/draft-07-2019/
https://forms.gle/Bwy7XAdtoExcy2pB9
Ian thinks: Sir Tim Berners-Lee's working draft document for the future web is open for review till September 8th. Is the aim is to have one shared contract for governments, companies and citizens realistic? I encourage all to complete the form to feed into the process

The Great Hack
https://www.wired.com/story/the-great-hack-documentary/
https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/566222-the-great-hack
Ian thinks: This well worth watching, as it nicely ties together all the disparate parts of the puzzle and asks critical questions of the big data rush.


Ian Forrester
Find the original here - https://cubicgarden.com/2019/07/31/public-service-internet-monthly-newsletter-july-2019/

Gratitude diary 15/8/19

Greatful to see a collague go on to new and better things

Gratitude diary 14/8/19

Greatful for the vast resource of online videos from conferences I missed

Gratitude diary 12/8/19

Greatful to offer advice to a friend who needed it

Gratitude diary 11/8/19

Greatful for a wonderful partner who understands me

Gratitude diary 10/8/19

Greatful for a night of rest

Gratitude diary 8/8/19

Greatful to spend time with old Manchester friends who have moved onto new places

Gratitude diary 7/8/19

Greatful I am trusted with very important secrets by friends

Gratitude diary 6/8/19

Greatful for the support of my line manager

Gratitude diary 5/8/19

Greatful to have a lovely impromptu dinner wtih my partner in sunny Brussels

Gratitude diary 4/8/19

Greatful to visit Ghent with my partner

Gratitude diary 3/8/19

Greatful to visit and be suprised by Antwerp with my partner

Gratitude diary 3/8/19

Greatful to visit and be suprised by Antwerp with my partner

Gratitude diary 1/8/19

Greatful for good news on multiple fronts today

Gratitude diary 31/7/19

Greatful to get to know some of the newer colleagues for a short while

Gratitude diary 30/7/19

Greatful for the support of manager and meeting new people doing great research today

Gratitude diary 29/7/19

Greatful for the sunshine in the middle of a very wet week

Gratitude diary 28/7/19

Greatful for my partner driving back and forth to the midlands in terrible rain

Gratitude diary 27/7/19

Greatful to visit a friend on his 40th birthday party in the middle of nowhere

Gratitude diary 26/7/19

Greatful to spend time with friends and my partner sorting out a meetup