Skip to main content

Welcome to my indieweb blog, this is a place where I stock Bookmarks, Articles I'm reading or on my list, short notes and longer articles about my different interests.


Looking for a new challenge | Info Aggregation, Monitoring Disinformation,Veille |
Twitter bots 4 Good | Interest in Politics, Technology
Follow me here

rmendes.net

rick@rmendes.net

rMdes_

pixel.rmendes.net

indieweb.social/@rmdes

mstdn.social/@rmdes

mendes

hyper://a4fb38e6d60f38eca1fabefa683049a0275cfafc99fb6391b08c2c378e4d5b37

Ricardo

Scuttlebutt, Hypercore, Solid, promising protocols that can change the internet as we know it..

Ricardo

Internet Safety for Kids – How to Keep Your Children Safe Online | Hacker Noon

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.

Link

Ricardo

How Memes, Lulz, and "Ironic" Bigotry Won the Internet

Ricardo

The internet of protest is being built on single-page websites | MIT Technology Review

Really cool this surge of websites on the openweb, quite a change from protest movements building resources on Facebook & other corporate platforms.
I like this!

Link

Ricardo

There is a place on the Internet with more cats and cool Humans than the other place filled with rants, fights, battles, info wars and coordinated stalking operations.
Oh and up to now, in that corner of the internet, there isn't much conspiracies theories, isn't even a thing, People wear masks and have higher goals in life than fighting against common sense measures to fight a pandemic. Also most of them are in the fight to get ride of Trump & restore some form of sanity on every possible issues.

You're welcome to that place!






Ricardo

Quite fun to explore the in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French, so many things going on in so many places, certainly the most interesting corner of the internet regarding the evolution of social networks & reclaiming our ability to own our data, web actions and online presence.

Ricardo

The TikTok War

I can’t emphasize this point enough: one of the gravest errors made by far too many people in the U.S. is taking an exceptionally self-centered view of U.S.-China relations, where everything is about what the U.S. says and does, while China is treated like an NPC. Indeed, it is quite insulting to China, a great nation with a history far longer than that of the United States.

To that end, this long history looms large in how China thinks about its relationship to the U.S. specifically, and the West generally. China is driven to reverse its “century of humiliation”, and to retake what it sees as its rightful place as a dominant force in the world. What few in the West seem to realize, though, is that the Chinese Communist Party very much believes that Marxism is the means by which that must be accomplished, and that Western liberal values are actively hostile to that goal. Tanner Greer wrote in Tablet:

Xi Jinping endorsed this explanation for the Soviet collapse in a 2013 address to party cadres. “Why did the Soviet Union disintegrate?” he asked his audience. “An important reason is that in the ideological domain, competition is fierce!” The party leadership is determined to avoid the Soviet mistake. A leaked internal party directive from 2013 describes “the very real threat of Western anti-China forces and their attempt at carrying out westernization” within China. The directive describes the party as being in the midst of an “intense, ideological struggle” for survival. According to the directive, the ideas that threaten China with “major disorder” include concepts such as “separation of powers,” “independent judiciaries,” “universal human rights,” “Western freedom,” “civil society,” “economic liberalism,” “total privatization,” “freedom of the press,” and “free flow of information on the internet.” To allow the Chinese people to contemplate these concepts would “dismantle [our] party’s social foundation” and jeopardize the party’s aim to build a modern, socialist future.

Westerners asked to think about competition with China — a minority until fairly recently, as many envisioned a China liberalized by economic integration — tend to see it through a geopolitical or military lens. But Chinese communists believe that the greatest threat to the security of their party, the stability of their country, and China’s return to its rightful place at the center of human civilization, is ideological. They are not fond of the military machines United States Pacific Command has arrayed against them, but what spooks them more than American weapons and soldiers are ideas—hostile ideas they believe America has embedded in the discourse and institutions of the existing global order. “International hostile forces [seek to] westernize and divide China” warned former CPC General Secretary Jiang Zemin more than a decade ago, and that means that, as Jiang argued in a second speech, the “old international political and economic order” created by these forces “has to be changed fundamentally” to safeguard China’s rejuvenation. Xi Jinping has endorsed this view, arguing that “since the end of the Cold War countries affected by Western values have been torn apart by war or afflicted with chaos. If we tailor our practices to Western values … The consequences will be devastating.”

 

Link

An IndieWeb Webring 🕸💍