Nikos Roussos

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Nikos Roussos

206 days ago

the Luddites’ cause wasn’t the destruction of technology – no more than the Boston Tea Party’s cause was the elimination of tea

Cory Doctorow: Science Fiction is a Luddite Literature

Nikos Roussos

255 days ago

Facebook’s “Metaverse” Must Be Stopped

Nikos Roussos

266 days ago

“Our distant ancestors seem, by contrast, to have moved regularly back and forth between them. If something did go terribly wrong in human history—and given the current state of the world, it’s hard to deny something did—then perhaps it began to go wrong precisely when people started losing that freedom to imagine and enact other forms of social existence.”

Early Civilizations Had It All Figured Out

Nikos Roussos

304 days ago

What if our power grids could only achieve two out of these three goals?

- an uninterrupted and limitless supply of power
- affordability of electricity prices
- environmental sustainability

Maybe it’s time to Redefine “Energy Security”

Keeping Some of the Lights On: Redefining Energy Security

Nikos Roussos

391 days ago

"In some ways this is a story about how I began to learn that law enforcement is there to protect some specific people (and companies), and not the general public as I imagined."

People Staring at Computers

Nikos Roussos

458 days ago

In their native Greece, the Laskaridis brothers have nurtured an image of environmentally-friendly philanthropists. But what about the threat posed to the protected waters of Antarctica by their refrigerated cargo ships?

Troubled Waters: Alarm over Threat to Antarctic Waters from Faulty Reefers

Nikos Roussos

463 days ago

How Tech Loses Out over at Companies, Countries and Continents

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507 days ago

The Venn circles of Silicon Valley tech folks, libertarians, finance bros and oil and gas bros all seem to meet centrally at whatever the hell Bitcoin is.

Bitcoin is a mouth hungry for fossil fuels

Nikos Roussos

591 days ago

Reverse Engineering the source code of the BioNTech/Pfizer SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine

Nikos Roussos

620 days ago

The new intelligence reports obtained by Motherboard reveal in detail how Amazon uses social media to track environmental activism and social movements in Europe—including Greenpeace and Fridays For Future, environmental activist Greta Thunberg's global climate strike movement—and perceives such groups as a threat to its operations.

Secret Amazon Reports Expose the Company’s Surveillance of Labor and Environmental Groups

Nikos Roussos

654 days ago

In the real world the natural disasters are almost all man-made. The Zombies are us. The AI was copied from stackoverflow by the lowest cost bidder.

Beyond Cyberpunk: Towards A Solarpunk Future

Nikos Roussos

663 days ago

“Pedestrian infrastructure” is an oxymoron.  In a place that’s hospitable to people and walking pedestrians don’t need separate “infrastructure”—they can use the streets as a place to walk, just as humans have done for the several thousand years in which there were cities but no cars.

City Observatory - The myth of pedestrian infrastructure in a world of cars

Nikos Roussos

668 days ago

Digital Piecework

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684 days ago

No, Social Media Isn’t Destroying Civilization

Nikos Roussos

689 days ago

Inequality doesn't just make pandemics worse – it could cause them

Nikos Roussos

746 days ago

Design Practices: “Nothing about Us without Us”

Nikos Roussos

810 days ago

I listened to hundreds of recordings every day, from various Apple devices (eg. iPhones, Apple Watches, or iPads). These recordings were often taken outside of any activation of Siri, eg in the context of an actual intention from the user to activate it for a request. These processings were made without users being aware of it, and were gathered into datasets to correct the transcription of the recording made by the device,” he said.

Apple whistleblower goes public over 'lack of action'

Nikos Roussos

825 days ago

We’re accelerating into a future in which a digitally connected privileged class performs virtual labor in isolation while a massive police state protects them from an expendable underclass that takes most of the risks.

Surviving the Virus: An Anarchist Guide

Nikos Roussos

826 days ago

If the best defense we have for working at these companies is the Nuremberg defense, that doesn’t reflect well on us.

We are complicit in our employer's deeds

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851 days ago

10 requirements for the evaluation of "Contact Tracing" apps

Nikos Roussos

855 days ago

"This will be the quietest entry that humpback whales have had in southeastern Alaska in decades" ? ?

"Nature is taking a breath when the rest of us are holding ours." ?

The Pandemic Is Turning the Natural World Upside Down

Nikos Roussos

870 days ago

Asking people to choose between privacy and health is, in fact, the very root of the problem. Because this is a false choice. We can and should enjoy both privacy and health. We can choose to protect our health and stop the coronavirus epidemic not by instituting totalitarian surveillance regimes, but rather by empowering citizens

Yuval Noah Harari: the world after coronavirus | Free to read

Nikos Roussos

940 days ago

We owe the entire success of the Internet (let alone the Web) to openness, interoperability and decentralisation. To declare that openness, interoperability and decentralisation is ‘too hard’ and not worth the effort when building a messaging solution is to throw away all the potential of the vibrancy, creativity and innovation that comes from an open network.

On Privacy versus Freedom

Nikos Roussos

982 days ago

The latest estimate is that the world’s five largest publicly-owned oil and gas companies spend about US$200 million a year on lobbying to control, delay or block binding climate policy.

The five corrupt pillars of climate change denial

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1091 days ago

Ronald Fisher, a Bad Cup of Tea, and the Birth of Modern Statistics

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1192 days ago

The Women Who Contributed to Science but Were Buried in Footnotes

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1284 days ago


The social ideology of the motorcar – Uneven Earth

Nikos Roussos

1318 days ago

How Apps on Android Share Data with Facebook - Report

Nikos Roussos

1347 days ago

We contemplate a future in which digital systems will meet our every need, as long as we ask only for the present order delivered instantly. Tracing the trajectory of our digital imaginary, we will soon be always voting, always working, always shopping, always in jail. Even fantasies that separate the soul from the body to travel inside the computer leave the liberal subject intact: every post-humanism we have been offered has been a neoliberalism, every one.

Deserting the Digital Utopia

Nikos Roussos

1357 days ago

NASA researchers say the accelerated destruction of Borneo’s forests contributed to the largest single-year global increase in carbon emissions in two millenniums, an explosion that transformed Indonesia into the world’s fourth-largest source of such emissions.

Palm Oil Was Supposed to Help Save the Planet. Instead It Unleashed a Catastrophe.

Nikos Roussos

1361 days ago

Πνευματικά δικαιώματα και λογοκρισία

Nikos Roussos

1438 days ago

“The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.”

“What If It’s Already Too Late?”: Being an Activist in the Anthropocene

Nikos Roussos

1452 days ago

Debt is the reason the economy has to grow in the first place. Because debt always comes with interest, it grows exponentially – so if a person, a business, or a country wants to pay down debt over the long term, they have to grow enough to at least match the growth of their debt.

To deal with climate change we need a new financial system

Nikos Roussos

1470 days ago

we don’t get to be apolitical anymore. Because If you’re doing security work, if you’re doing development work and you are apolitical, then you are aiding the existing centralizing structure.

Ethics and Power in the Long War – Eleanor Saitta (Dymaxion)

Nikos Roussos

1491 days ago

10 great long-distance cycle routes in Europe: readers’ tips

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1496 days ago

Making, adapting, sharing: fabricating open-source agricultural tools

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1575 days ago

The old generation of innovators believed that tech would allow us to subdue nature and bend it to our will. Our generation is waking up to a more hopeful truth: that our survival depends not on domination, but on harmony.

Better Technology Isn’t The Solution To Ecological Collapse

Nikos Roussos

1581 days ago

a city can truly be called a city only when its streets belong to the people

Nikos Roussos

1584 days ago

This isn’t a community; this is a regime of one-sided, highly profitable surveillance, carried out on a scale that has made Facebook one of the largest companies in the world by market capitalization.

Why Zuckerberg’s 14-Year Apology Tour Hasn’t Fixed Facebook

Nikos Roussos

1647 days ago

I used to find it odd that these hypothetical AIs were supposed to be smart enough to solve problems that no human could, yet they were incapable of doing something most every adult has done: taking a step back and asking whether their current course of action is really a good idea. Then I realized that we are already surrounded by machines that demonstrate a complete lack of insight, we just call them corporations.

Silicon Valley Is Turning Into Its Own Worst Fear

Nikos Roussos

1647 days ago

But here’s the thing. You can’t help Uber build Greyball during the day, or help Palantir design databases to round up immigrants as your main gig, and then buy ethics offsets by doing a non-profit side hustle.

Ethics can’t be a side hustle

Nikos Roussos

1655 days ago

Or, since sex is the subject here, what about how our society's scientific community has treated female dyspareunia — the severe physical pain some women experience during sex — vs. erectile dysfunction (which, while lamentable, is not painful)? PubMed has 393 clinical trials studying dyspareunia. Vaginismus? 10. Vulvodynia? 43.

Erectile dysfunction? 1,954.

That's right: PubMed has almost five times as many clinical trials on male sexual pleasure as it has on female sexual pain. And why? Because we live in a culture that sees female pain as normal and male pleasure as a right.

The female price of male pleasure

Nikos Roussos

1679 days ago

Another reason to get rid of gender roles, they are toxic for the planet.

Toxic masculinity is probably destroying the planet.

Nikos Roussos

1683 days ago

Χώρος και έμφυλοι ρόλοι: η ελάχιστη κατοικία και «ορθολογική» κουζίνα της Margarete Lihotzky

Nikos Roussos

1691 days ago

Interesting read on #CardsAgainstHumanity
"encourages you to make jokes about minorities, people of colour, people with disabilities"

Review: Cards Against Humanity

Nikos Roussos

1695 days ago

Rogue One is actually about internet freedom

Nikos Roussos

1704 days ago

The Texas Gerrymandering Trial Could Change All of America

Nikos Roussos

1714 days ago

These businesses started as pirates and became admirals, and treat their origin stories as legends of plucky, disruptive entrepreneurs taking on a dinosauric and ossified establishment. But they treat any disruption aimed at them as an affront to the natural order of things.

DRM's Dead Canary: How We Just Lost the Web, What We Learned from It, and What We Need to Do Next

Nikos Roussos

1714 days ago

Internet providers seized a tool built at public expense, privatized it, and sold it back to us for profit.

Time to release the internet from the free market – and make it a basic right

Nikos Roussos

1722 days ago

each Bitcoin transfer represents enough energy to run a comfortable house

Bitcoin Is a Bad Way to Do Something Necessary

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