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To be sure, I don't want to make it sound like Google or others are any better, but I just want to emphasize that we keep on being sold the same product, the same culture. It's just the packaging that changes, that's all. It also does not mean that what these companies are producing are systematically crap or should be dismissed. But it's unfortunate to realise that the good stuff is impossible to decouple from the crap, specially in an age where surveillance capitalism has been shaping the offering for the worse.

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In practice, even though they are often pitched one against the other, I see little difference between the marketing strategies used by
and Mozilla. And why should they be? They both come from the same context, they are part of the same dominant tech infrastructure, and they have used the same tricks to appeal to wide audience, build upon participatory and unpaid labour, and are constantly trying new, sometimes short lived, products to try to expand their market. It does not matter that Mozilla was presenting itself as defender of the open web when free culture was peaking, or was saying its was organic in the early days of food industry critique, or presented itself as a privacy safe harbour in post-Snowden times, or positioned its
community as inclusive and diverse more recently. It still remains a black box that needs to survive following the same logic and principles as any other tech company, specially if it is one that is not necessarily in the most powerful position and depends on the wealth of its competitors to provide most of its earning (basically whoever is paying Mozilla to be the default search engine).

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I think that with the whole fiasco, we're just witnessing once more the limit of the green/open/fair/inclusive discourse when it is essentially used as a smoke screen for commercial activities. For many years now Mozilla has used the model of running a non-profit org in front of their for-profit company. It's quite well documented and as such is not a surprising model, it is used by corporations to interface with different audiences, contexts, etc. There is however always a risk of cognitive dissonance with these models, and this is clear with Mozilla's PR right now, stuck between financial priorities and the need to maintain their image of social justice endorsers they have been working hard to promote until now.

Reconsidering Networks 路 Former artistic director Kristoffer Gansing, reflects on the 2020 edition of transmediale intimes of social distancing & cultural shutdown ..

馃憠馃徎 https://transmediale.de/content/reconsidering-networks

A Simple Method fr Sending Pictures by Wire or Radio 路 Eckhardt, George H, Chicago 1936, p.48, "Electronic television" ..

馃憠馃徎 https://archive.org/details/electronictelevi00eckhrich/page/48/mode/2up

Did you miss something from #AMRO20? The session of Art Meets Radical Openness 2020 - Of Whirlpools and Tornadoes are available at dorftv.at:
https://dorftv.at/users/servus/playlists/40847

Zine launch announcement 

Delighted to announce that Magiun #1 is finally out, in digital form, and can be seen, read and commented upon at magiun.online

Magiun is a magazine about everyday food. This first edition deals with eating in isolation - the struggles, the joys, the unexpected discoveries, the newly added anxieties.

Print version out soon!

OnionShare

onionshare.org/

"Securely and anonymously share files of any size. A web server is started, making OnionShare accessible as a Tor Onion Service, potentially temporarily or in a stealthy manner, over the Internet. An unguessable address is generated and is shared for the recipient to open in the Tor Browser to download the files. No separate server or third party file-sharing service required. You host the files on your own computer."

There's a GUI, but the CLI is so good, just `onionshare somestuff.bin` and you get a temporary onion service serving a static password protected website with the file made available. By default once the file has been downloaded, everything shuts down.

@palomakop and friends set up a new #PeerTube instance at https://videos.scanlines.xyz thats devoted to experimental video art. They have already been using it for a few weeks now and there is interesting weird content already posted.

Since its part of the fediverse you can go ahead and follow @bobbypharaoh, @cyberboy666, @respirator, and @robtoner from here and get any new weird video art that they post!

the Electric Zine Maker update is now live!!
a new template is here!
~ the adorable tiny square accordion zine ~
鉂わ笍 18 pages to draw on
馃挄 instructions included
鉁 with updates to printing, support for double face prints, and more...
馃グ i can't wait to see what you make with it!
download: https://alienmelon.itch.io/electric-zine-maker
devlog: https://alienmelon.itch.io/electric-zine-maker/devlog/166588/breaking-news-new-template-the-square-accordion-fold

Someone compiled BasiliskII into JS鈥

https://github.com/felixrieseberg/macintosh.js

Not sure if I should 馃槷 or 馃槺 鈥 #m68k #apple #Macintosh

What new skills did I acquire during lockdown? Mostly, I learnt how to drift in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. On Obieg I talk about excitement for the future, unboxing, open worlds and frenzy vs. idleness. obieg.u-jazdowski.pl/en/numery

chlorophylla is alive on:
chlorophylla.live/

it's a platform meant to stream sound recordings* and environmental sensor data from around Anca Bucur's installations at the Botanical Gardens in Bucharest. The interventions will be on until August, 15, so check them out if you're around Bucharest during this time
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*right now we're just streaming some soundscapes from our last vacation 馃槂

馃搫 Hector Postigo, Emerging Sources of Labor on the Internet: The Case of America Online Volunteers, 2003 https://www.cambridge.org/core/services/aop-cambridge-core/content/view/56D287B6007BCF167FC254EF4ED166CF/S0020859003001329a.pdf/emerging_sources_of_labor_on_the_internet_the_case_of_america_online_volunteers.pdf

鈥淲hile there is little doubt that many did volunteer for the altruistic rewards, many came to AOL with other expectations. Some thought that volunteering would be a springboard to employment in a lucrative Internet company; others wanted to gain experience with computers; and still others simply wanted a price break on the hourly rates that were driving their service bill beyond their budgets. As their expectations failed them, the reorganization process positioned some of the volunteers to begin reassessing the meaning of volunteering and community at AOL.鈥

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