Silicon Valley's culture is hurting our economy.
2014/06/01: The vision of a free-floating digital cryptocurrency economy, divorced from the politics of colossal banks and aggressive governments, is under threat. Take, for example, the purists at Dark Wallet, accusing the Bitcoin Foundation of selling out to the regulators and the likes of the Winklevoss Twins.
Bitcoin sometimes appears akin to an illegal immigrant, trying to decide whether to seek out a rebellious existence in the black-market economy, or whether to don the slick clothes of the Silicon Valley establishment. The latter position – involving publicly accepting regulation and tax whilst privately lobbying against it – is obviously more acceptable and familiar to authorities.
The problem with Oracle v. Google is that everyone actually affected by the case knows what an API is, but the whole affair is being decided by people who don't.
New technologies spread instantly through the cloud, and take hold with almost no legal oversight.
Patrick Meier's book, Digital Humanitarians: How Big Data is Changing the Face of Humanitarian Response, begins with an impressive seven pages of joyfully laudatory blurbs from a motley crew of professors, think-tank directors, heads of humanitarian organizations, policy advisors and media experts. The book is predicated on the notion that digital, computerized engagement with
People are leaving on-demand work after finding out the promised advantages over traditional jobs don't hold up.
The Taming of Tech Criticism on The Baffler - BOOK REVIEWED The Glass Cage: Automation and Us, by Nicholas Carr, W. W. Norton, $26.95 What does it mean to be
People who recently moved here wonder why there's so much anger. Please take a moment and listen By Tim Redmond APRIL 2, 2015 - I am getting really sick of the San Francisco narrative that I keep hearing, mostly recently in something called UpOut. It's a radically na195175ve analysis of what's going on in the
Guest The Valley is no longer about startups; it's about scale-ups.
2015/12/01: The taxi giant is sharing data as part of a charm offensive. But cities can, and must, find a better way
Placing the notion of technology within a postgrowth setting is like introducing Conchita Wurst to a Vatican congregation. Not any congregation, but the Papal conclave. Not as a surprise guest to cheer everyone up, but as a serious proposal for the next Holy Father - or in this case: the Holy Trinity of the one, the other, and their unity. Technology? Are you sure? Technology is usually regarded as the dominant means to follow the futile dream of decoupling economic activity from ecological impact thus producing "green" growth - and thus cementing the capitalist, growth-oriented machine, responsible for environmental degradation, productivity increase and workers exploitation, acting as the materialist "perpetuum mobile" spewing out one gadget after the other in order to keep us fixed in our roles as mindless consumers, feeling ever more hollow down to our human core.
Silicon Valley is a place that is just as much about people reinventing themselves as it is about people reinventing industries. As a new year turns, it's time to go through that silly (but actually necessary) exercise of pausing to reflect. In a world of endless e-mail and distractions, it&#
Evgeny Morozov: Beijing and Moscow are rightly chastised for restricting their citizens' online access - but it's the US that is now even more aggressive in asserting its digital sovereignty
Archivio di documenti e articoli per la discussione politica nella sinistra
Increasingly, to oppose tech innovation is akin to defaulting on Enlightenment values. But there is a dark side to this gospel of digitalisation when it is closely aligned with financial motives
According to TechRepublic, Google produced two of the five worst tech products of 2009 - Android 1.0 and Google Wave. The fact that Google remains dominant suggests that, while not infallible, it's rich
Wearable Word CEO Redg Snodgrass says European startups are perfectly positioned to matter in the global wearable tech industry, though hurdles remain.
Are today's on-demand and local services really about catering to the lazy rich, as as claimed, or are they about a new way to book services from local providers by satisfying demand more efficiently through the use of geolocation and advanced software that can map out where customers are, wh