Technology

Refugee Ed.

Photo by Oxfam International Mentao refugee camp in Burkina Faso Flickr/creativecommons

Having lived through the birth of the personal computer, the instant meme was that the world would soon be divided by those that are connected to the world wide web and those who were not. We didn't realize then how prescient that was, and we especially did not know that by 2016 we would be in the middle of world migration crisis of biblical portions driven by environmental catastrophes, religious wars, and socialization fails. Unless and until we sponsor the emergence of voluntary, and most important, humane, associations to permanently displace the coercive systems that enslave us, we will remain ...

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Take Heart, Evidence Pouring in Hourly (Part 1)

Photo by Håkan Dahlström Flickr/creative commons

The far right believes they have a chance to remake the world into the christian, capitalist theocracy they have always wanted.

Even liberal media says, “If they win this election cycle they will do things that would reverse history for 75 years!”

But none of that’s going to happen.

Just before the U.S. Election a week ago, I put forth the theory that non-Republicans should not fear, in fact we ought to take heart -- that the probable Republican takeover the Senate and their increased footprint in the House were going to be good things for progressives. This is the right time in history ...

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Net Neutrality on the front burner, at last

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Basically Every Big Internet Firm Signs Letter Against FCC's Net Neutrality Plan There has been a rush of public pressure on the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to put off the May 15 vote that would drastically change the Internet. The commission has proposed allowing big providers (Verizon and Comcast to name two) to create higher priced "fast lanes" for big media companies such as Netflix to move their content, costs that will be passed onto consumers. Instead of maintaining the free and democratic access to the utility of the Internet, there would be winners and losers, different ...

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Introducing our upcoming book, The Unseen Journey (working title)

Photo courtesy of Larry D. Moore Wikimedia Commons

This is a newly carved out space to periodically share excerpts from our new book prior to its publication later this year. We welcome (we crave) your comments, suggestions, and critiques.

Shortly before Dan Massey hung up his keyboard and departed for cosmic shores, he and I had more or less finished the manuscript of what we had only referred to during the previous 30 months as the book. But it is also something that has been in the making through our entire 40-year relationship. Technologists and teachers by trade, we two strode through decades, hand and hand as close as ...

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Arse Elektronika: Come for science!

Jack Diehl, Alison Gardner, and Dan Massey contributed to this article. VenusPlusX attended the Arse Elektronika conference in San Francisco (September 29 - October 2), hosted by the Austrian “art-technology-philosophy group” Monochrom. This energetic collective has run the European AE for many years, and this is the fifth year in a row they have brought its parallel to San Francisco. The call for entries last February gives some insight to what unfolded. This year's theme was Sex and Technology. It was hard to know what to expect from the schedule of four days of programming over three ...

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