A Game Designer’s Analysis Of QAnon.
QAnon grows on the wild misinterpretation of random data, presented in a suggestive fashion in a milieu designed to help the users come to the intended misunderstanding. Maybe “guided apophenia” is a better phrase. Guided because the puppet masters are directly involved in hinting about the desired conclusions. They have pre-seeded the conclusions. They are constantly getting the player lost by pointing out unrelated random events and creating a meaning for them that fits the propaganda message Q is delivering.
Digital nationalism: Understanding the role of digital media in the rise of ‘new’ nationalism.
While digital technologies were initially seen as harbingers of globalisation and cosmopolitanism, scholars increasingly acknowledge their role in the rise of nationalism and right‐wing populism. Yet this surge of interest leaves at least two important questions unanswered. Where was nationalism before its apparent resurgence? Are contemporary forms of nationalism different from their predecessors, and can these changes be linked to digital technologies?
(…) see by the numbers which projects got traction in 2020, by comparing the numbers of stars added on Github, over the last 12 months.
Relevant: State Of JS 2020.
Das Wikipedia Versprechen – 20 Jahre Wissen für alle?
Im Jahr 2001 erstellte Jimmy Wales den ersten Eintrag auf Wikipedia. 20 Jahre später hat die Website alle Bereiche unseres Alltags durchdrungen. Sie umfasst über 50 Millionen Artikel. Wikipedia beginnt mit einem Versprechen: Die Wissensproduktion, die über Jahrtausende in den Händen von Eliten lag, wird radikal demokratisiert. Doch ist das Onlineprojekt die wahrgewordene Utopie?
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Connecting Papua New Guinea, one tower at a time.
How a Jamaica-based telecom staked their business on bringing some of the world’s most remote regions into their network — and how that strategy actually worked out.
Facebook Is a Doomsday Machine.
There’s a notion that the social web was once useful, or at least that it could have been good, if only we had pulled a few levers: some moderation and fact-checking here, a bit of regulation there, perhaps a federal antitrust lawsuit. But that’s far too sunny and shortsighted a view. Today’s social networks, Facebook chief among them, were built to encourage the things that make them so harmful. It is in their very architecture.
if the Dunbar number for running a company or maintaining a cohesive social life is 150 people; the magic number for a functional social platform is maybe 20,000 people. Facebook now has 2.7 billion monthly users.
I still believe the internet is good for humanity, but that’s despite the social web, not because of it. We must also find ways to repair the aspects of our society and culture that the social web has badly damaged. This will require intellectual independence, respectful debate, and the same rebellious streak that helped establish Enlightenment values centuries ago.
Building a hexagonal grid using CSS grid.
Cyberangriff auf die USA eskaliert immer weiter.
Das einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit kaum bekannte Unternehmen JetBrains aus der tschechischen Republik, dessen Software-Distributionssystem TeamCity von 80 Prozent der Top 100 US-Fіrmen verwendet wird, soll ebenfalls kompromittiert worden sein.
The Western A.P. operated in tight affiliation—some would say collusion—with Western Union, which exercised a near-monopoly over the nation’s telegraph lines.