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futuribile / curating futures - Issue #33 - All problems can be illuminated

futuribile / curating futures
futuribile / curating futures - Issue #33 - All problems can be illuminated
By Marta Arniani • Issue #33 • View online
Coinbase is a cryptocurrency exchange platform which mission statement is “to use cryptocurrency to bring economic freedom to people all over the world” (🤦🏻‍♀️#BlockchainTaMère). This week, its CEO Brian Armstrong pointed out in a statement that the company doesn’t care about politics and social causes because it is a mission-focused (read: profit) venture. The post got 6k likes and the endorsement of Silicon Valley gurus like Paul Graham, Y Combinator founder.
With this coming out, we now we have three role model types from Silicon Valley: the status-quoers wolves of Wall Street 🤑(Armstrong); the undaunted deniers 😬(Zuckerberg’s “Facebook is just a social network victim of its own success”); the spineless repentants who are marketing their way out as saviors 😇 (The Social Dilemma documentary protagonists). Gosh. They all look like the last flicker of life of a dying system. I found myself discussing how to give this model the final kick in a workshop at Untitled Festival about a new entrepreneurship curriculum, as well as indirectly, by moderating a panel about the data economy during the NGI Summit (here my notes). Both occasions were fantastic sources of inspiration.
In a profile of Ursula Franklin titled “All problems can be illuminated; not all problems can be solved” I have found these words by the research physicist and author of The Real World of Technology particularly illuminating:
“Whether it’s done by spying, by bribing children, by workplace monitoring, by confession in the confession box of the church—the collection is the issue. The means—the technology—is secondary. The problem is a problem of authoritarian power. And at the root of this problem is the issue of justice, and justice is political.”
So what is a power that considers social and environmental impact alongside profit? This is the real mission of Horizon Europe.
Marta Arniani

kelly p.
The Social Dilemma: talking heads outfit review thread

1) Charcoal lightweight-denim button down, AGGRESSIVE sleeve roll (ladies love a forearm amirite) -- normcore, but a bit more dressed up to differentiate from the engineer class
In your face
Smart glasses and the urge of ambient privacy . Don’t call them wearables, they are “research devices”. Why Facebook wearables project it’s a threat to privacy in public spaces.
The downsides of the zero-effort economy. Unlocking the smartphone with your face is not secure at all. Actually, it is dangerous and leads increasingly to police abuse.
Cop recognition. Artist Paolo Cirio created an online platform with a database of French police officers to crowdsource their identification by name. Cirio also printed the officers’ headshots as street art posters and posted them throughout Paris to expose them in the public space.
Parallel realities
Sayonara Facebook. Facebook menaced to leave Europe if it keeps being annoyed by regulators. Imagine. The drop of misinformation in Europe. At the following elections, climate and social equality concerned governments and decisions rise. Europe thrives. Soon, other countries ban it. The world is saved. Here, some experts had their say about what would happen if Zuckerberg deleted all of Facebook. 🔮
The quest for a transparent surveillance. Amsterdam and Helsinki are the first cities in the world to launch this week open AI registers that report how algorithms are being used in the municipalities. A couple of days later, Amnesty calls the Netherlands to end dangerous mass surveillance policing experiments. Always Amnesty, how annoying, reports that Europe is quite strong in unregulated surveillance export. May the registers become a good practice.
/// The first confirmed death resulting from a cyberttack on healthcare infrastructure.
/// Meet Blacklight, a tool to scans and reveal the specific user-tracking technologies on any website. By the Markup.
/// “Shall big tech close the American racial tech gap?” wonders Deutsche Bank’s Global Head of Technology Investment Strategy. No, thank you.
/// The wishtleblower story of the year.
/// The good algorithm news: a successful 2-year journey into HIV prevention for homeless youth.
Oh, dear!
Joanna Stern
Uhh, Ring just announced a security drone for INSIDE your home. Yes, it flies around your house recording things. IN. YOUR. HOME.
That’s all! Thanks for reading, hit reply for feedback and forward/share to support my work.
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