The world is a terrible place right now, and that’s largely because it is what we make it.

Wil Wheaton (ja, die van TV): I see this in the online space all the time now: mobs of people, acting in bad faith, can make people they don’t know and will likely never meet miserable, or even try to ruin their lives and careers (look at what they did to James Gunn). And those mobs’ […]

Good riddance, Twitter

Thomas Fuchs: Fuck you Jack Dorsey. Fuck you, all you douchebros and douchesisters running Twitter. You’re abusers. You ceaselessly optimize Twitter for the most possible abuse of its users to drive “engagement” and keep those eyes on the timelines with a never ending barrage of abusive crap. I feel this more and more every day. […]

Scientists Warn the UN of Capitalism’s Imminent Demise

Motherboard: Rather, these crises are part of the same fundamental transition to a new era characterized by inefficient fossil fuel production and the escalating costs of climate change. Conventional capitalist economic thinking can no longer explain, predict, or solve the workings of the global economy in this new age, the paper says.

Plastic straw ban? Cigarette butts are the single greatest source of ocean trash

NBC News: The vast majority of the 5.6 trillion cigarettes manufactured worldwide each year come with filters made of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic that can take a decade or more to decompose. As many as two-thirds of those filters are dumped irresponsibly each year, according to Novotny, who founded the Cigarette Butt Pollution […]

Tech Industry Pursues a Federal Privacy Law, on Its Own Terms

The New York Times: “The idea that the companies that violated our privacy for more than a decade will suddenly have a self-regulatory blueprint is ridiculous,” said Jim Steyer, president of Common Sense Media, a privacy and children’s advocacy group that supported the California law. Exactly.

Who needs democracy when you have data?

Christina Larson voor Technology Review: How do you effectively govern a country that’s home to one in five people on the planet, with an increasingly complex economy and society, if you don’t allow public debate, civil activism, and electoral feedback? How do you gather enough information to actually make decisions? And how does a government […]