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Ricardo

I don't think browsers should become operating systems for the web but something I would like to have integrated beyond an extension would be cookie rejection/acceptance policy management on the local browser valid for every website unless local rules can't be matched, this should be the only time people would have to choose to reject or accept cookies or whatever comes next.

I should be able to configure my browser to reject third party tracking or even stricter policies locally and have this applied across my entire web journey, without having to see once gigantic modal pop-ups on mobile or desktop asking me what to do without actually giving me the hand on the data collection.

Most websites split their collection in basic versus marketing or full data collection / tracking, often hiding the reject everything behind numerous clicks, this behavior by design should be forbidden, should be considered a privacy infringement by default and people should be allowed to define this globally, without having to specify for every links they click.

The web in 2021 is ugly but it can still be fixed.

Ricardo

Finally! I was waiting for something like this : Table 2 Net - CSV to GEXF

This is really neat, finally a simple tool to convert CSV data to GEXF ready to be ingested by Gephi!

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Ricardo

Viral Visualizations : How Coronavirus Skeptics Use Orthodox Data Practices to Promote Unorthodox Science Online

Controversial understandings of the coronavirus pandemic have turned data visualizations into a battleground. Defying public health officials, coronavirus skeptics on US social media spent much of 2020 creating data visualizations showing that the government's pandemic response was excessive and that the crisis was over. This paper investigates how pandemic visualizations circulated on social media, and shows that people who mistrust the scientific establishment often deploy the same rhetorics of data-driven decision-making used by experts, but to advocate for radical policy changes. Using a quantitative analysis of how visualizations spread on Twitter and an ethnographic approach to analyzing conversations about COVID data on Facebook, we document an epistemological gap that leads pro- and anti-mask groups to draw drastically different inferences from similar data. Ultimately, we argue that the deployment of COVID data visualizations reflect a deeper sociopolitical rift regarding the place of science in public life.
https://arxiv.org/abs/2101.07993

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Ricardo

My Neighbor Joined NXIVM Sex Cult; It Explains a Lot About Trump’s America

I was born and raised inside a cult (OKC for Ogyen Kunzang Choling) there is a one page explainer of how much things went wrong and the impact on countless children’s, teenagers, today adults like myself.

https://okcinfo.news

I have been thinking about this very subject since four years now and have sometime spoken publicly about the similarities that I lived, even if In a completely different context from OKC and the Trump cult, the gradual loss of discernment, the loyalty towards the cult even at the cost of one’s integrity, the damage it does towards families and friends, the need to cut ties and links with outsiders to cut the cognitive Dissonance alerts between what is experienced and how it should be correctly understood and what is being done, what is being made out of ordinary decent people.

I could go on for hours for each Trump speeches about how he uses gaslighting, manipulation, anger redirection, DARVO and other manipulation techniques to better dive, self harm and even collapse the entire fragile US democratic system.

There is a whole chapter that should be written about regarding algorithmic automated self radicalisation and the role YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Gab, Parler and others are being used to produce an entire generation of miseducated, bowing, serving idiots, abandoning the wheel of their own lives to a sociopath, literally throwing away discernment and critical thinking to advance a servile autocratic regime in the making before our very own eyes.

All of this is related and connected to the infodemic madness currently spreading and all of this is also connected to a deficient education system, illiteracy, lack of media literacy, ignorance about the very structure that power internet and the ad-tech Industry and of course shadow data profiles being used to target individuals at a micro level of precision, all these things won’t be solved by a tech startup or a new unicorn, this mess can only be solved through education, digital media literacy, understanding of the internet structure and what feeds the golem of our attention span.

Our Societies porosity to disinformation, fakenews, misinformation is only equal to the holes we allowed in the democratic structure, increasingly flawed, to the point of being permeable to foreign influence, to the point of self harming ourselves into a utopian nightmare under the sarcastic increasing influence of regimes that are well positioned to send our flawed democratic systems in the dustbin of history if we don’t urgently upgrade them and care about them, refounding them into what they should become to face the future and still serve future generations.

We’re loosing time.

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Coop Exchange | One of the world's most cited computer scientists wants cooperatives to be the future of how data is owned (Oct 2020)

Ricardo

People will always have the Right to read and write bullshit, satire, disinformation and plain junk news, that's here to stay, so the only manner for a society to be able to distinguish with discernment the difference between Knowledge, fact based, data driven information and the former is through free Education, free University, free media literacy embedded into everything we learn, as if the ability to discern information was the only guarantee for free and sane democracies.

The future will need citizens able to discern that a false argument, based on polarization and divisiveness with the potential to stir up hatred and racism pronounced by an AI deepfake is just that : a digital weapon designed to disrupt the information field

Meanwhile the US news cycle is being driven by a narcisistic ego maniac predator making decisions that have a global impact and we're supposed to watch this and go along with it from an European point of view.

While our very own copycats are already in action.

They say people prefer the original to fade copies but in the meantime, all across the planet, Trump has emboldened authoritarianism, defiance of the justice system and military response against civilian dissent in a way that will take decades to undo, if ever.

Information is important, its flow shouldn't either be regulated by the State or by for profit private corporations, like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or Netflix, information should be free they say but what if, it is drowned under torrents of bullshit junk news within societies that can't discern truths from lies?

What happens next?

Ricardo

The Coronavirus Unveiled: Microscopic Images of SARS-CoV-2

While the past few months have delivered a flood of data about the virus, some studies have made it clear that it will take years to make sense of SARS-CoV-2.

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The Privacy Collective are taking Oracle and Salesforce to court for the misuse of millions of people’s data. Please support their claim. Your https://theprivacycollective.eu/en/

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A Supercomputer Analyzed #Covid-19 — and an Interesting New Theory Has Emerged

As bradykinin builds up in the body, it dramatically increases vascular permeability. In short, it makes your blood vessels leaky. This aligns with recent clinical data, which increasingly views Covid-19 primarily as a vascular disease, rather than a respiratory one. But Covid-19 still has a massive effect on the lungs. As blood vessels start to leak due to a bradykinin storm, the researchers say, the lungs can fill with fluid. Immune cells also leak out into the lungs, Jacobson’s team found, causing inflammation.


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The recipe I'm using to publish as of now :

Updates on my blog can take several forms, a simple link I want to bookmark to read later, a status update with or without a link, a picture, audio, video, event, geo checkin etc.. It could also be a long post format about something specific I'm ranting about or passionately want to share with the world. The point is, I'm trying to create value and data on my blog first and thanks to the wonders of I can push what I create on my blog to different social media platforms : birdy site is still a place, even tho I find myself pushing to more often than I push to Twitter.

By using WithKnown & it's different plug-ins (Twitter, Mastodon, Facebook pages) I can publish on my blog, push copies to silo networks or the fediverse and cherry on top of the cake : get reactions to my posts on silo networks or on the fediverse to be pulled back to my website original post, as if these reactions (Comment, retoot/retweets/shares/favs/likes) were all different kinds of interactions, no matter where they come from on the web.

And of course if you own an compatible website / blog you can use my URL to comment directly on your website and it will stack up like any other reaction chronologically under my original post.

That's the web we should build while these pivot in behavior slowly dephase the silo networks out of our lives and we proclaim the Open Web to be "The Social Network" it should have been in the first place.

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