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"New content forms are also new opportunities to try new business models, free from user expectations." https://medium.com/matter-driven-narrative/new-realities-are-new-opportunities-97e2ed4ee223

 
 
 
 

The entire internet depends on open source software, but we have to do better. https://words.werd.io/why-open-source-software-isnt-as-ethical-as-you-think-it-is-2e34d85c3b16

 

Why do people leave tech? This is an important report. We need new kinds of companies with safer cultures. http://www.kaporcenter.org/tech-leavers/

 

What does psychological safety in a team or working environment mean to you? How do you think it intersects with inclusion?

 

If they're capturing social media handles on popular, large sites, there seems like an obvious workaround. https://gizmodo.com/us-homeland-security-will-start-collecting-social-media-1818777094

 
 

The tide is turning. Keybase is an exciting startup - I'm glad it's getting recognition. http://observer.com/2017/09/keybase-max-krohn-chris-coyne-okcupid/

 

Some thoughts on finding a technical cofounder (or evaluating a non-technical one). https://words.werd.io/searching-for-a-technical-cofounder-7ffd401c04b4

 
 

TBH is kind of a sweet idea: https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/22/tbh-app/

 

@francesbell Decentralized data is core to this! But again: what can we do better with decentralized data than centralized? Privacy for sure

 

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Core question: what can decentralized software do better than centralized, leaving aside ideology? My bet is on business use cases to start.

 

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The problem is pressing. In a world where authoritarianism is on the rise, ethical software shouldn't track users in an identifying way.

 

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Decentralization is not a value proposition, unfortunately. It's important to build great products that happen to be decentralized.

 

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While "let's not build products that could undermine democratic society" sounds like a human problem, most users don't see the need in time.

 

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It's not enough to build a product with a democratic ideology. You have to do the hard work of making sure you're solving a human problem.

 

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Where decentralization communities failed was on desirability of their offerings to ordinary people. Projects were too academic / nerdy.

 

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We now know that targeted advertising was used to attempt to swing a federal election, and that the administration wanted a mole inside Fb.

 

Decentralization communities were completely right about the danger of centralized services as the place where we get and share information.