Replied to Digitally Literate #197 by an author

This transparency is good, but we need to question how transparent all of these companies are with our data. The takeaway is that they’re still collecting your data. They’re still using it to teach machine learning engines. Some will sell (or hand off) your data to others. Data breaches and hacks will happen. Business will continue as they seek to redefine privacy in an attempt to pacify user concern and angst on the topic.

Ian, I love your response to calls for privacy from Zuckerberg and Pichai. For me this feels like both a distraction and a way of avoiding liability. It is interesting to this about this while reading Ruined by Design:

Cooperation and regret is noted, but it doesn’t excuse the conduct. At some point in their lives, the people who helped Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, and Travis Kalanick execute their schemes may regret what they’ve done, they may even cooperate in undoing it. But, like the judge said—it won’t excuse the conduct.

RSVPed Attending IndieWeb Book Club: Ruined By Design

Some of us have thought about doing it before, but perhaps just jumping into the water and trying it out may be the best way to begin designing, testing, and building a true online IndieWeb Book Club. Ruined By Design Earlier this week I saw a notice about an upcoming local event for Mike Monteiro’s new book Ruined by Design: How Designers Destroyed the World, and What We Can Do to Fix It (Mule Books, March 2019, ISBN: 978-1090532084). Given the IndieWeb’s focus on design which is built into several of their principles, I thought this looked like a good choice for kicking off such an IndieWeb Book Club. Here’s the description of the book from the publisher: The world is working exactly as designed. The combustion engine which is destroying our planet’s atmosphere and rapidly making it inhospitable is working exactly as we designed it. Guns, which lead to so much death, work exactly as they’re designed to work. And every time we “improve” their design, they get better at killing.

As there is no structured proceedings, I will say yes. I have started reading the book and find it interesting to compare with James Bridle’s New Dark Age.