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futuribile / curating futures - Issue #7

Aloha, I am back from a 10-day "geoflexibility" exercise with a bouquet of news harvested for you. F
June 14 · Issue #7 · View online
futuribile / curating futures
I am back from a 10-day “geoflexibility” exercise with a bouquet of news harvested for you. For the newcomers: the whole point is to highlight the limits of technocentrism - to me one of the biggest cultural disasters of our times - and provide more constructive and contextualized perspectives.
Priority n°1 of the week: on the 20th June the Legal Affairs (JURI) Committee of the European Parliament will vote on a proposal for a new Copyright Directive. Article 13 is particularly dangerous. A sample of things that will last like a penguin in the Sahara in case it is approved:  sharing blog posts on social media; sharing snippets of news articles on your blogs and websites without a license from the publisher (even if the article is 20 years old and the publisher does no longer exist); reusing open software; developing collaborative software. Sharing/remixing practices at the very heart of the Internet as we know (and love!) it, will no longer be possible. It is a silent tragedy. The World Cup is on, migrants are held hostage in the Mediterranean (which is by the way full of plastic), the G7 is sinking, Summer is coming. Regardless of what matters to you, getting informed and enjoying it will be way more complicated if the Directive stays as it is. Concretely, you can  1. Call a Member of the Parliament (they are paid to represent you) (you can find guidance and arguments here and here) 2. Sign this petition 3. Spread awareness in your entourage and campaign on social media with #SavetheLink #FixCopyright #CensorshipMachine.
Enjoy the ride,
Marta Arniani

(Plan B, in case I didn’t convince you with the intro above)
Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, the inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, co-founder of the Mozilla Project Mitchell Baker, Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle, cryptography expert Bruce Schneier, and net neutrality expert Tim Wu… They all signed a joint letter addressing the EP President Antonio Tajani:
We support the consideration of measures that would improve the ability for creators to receive fair remuneration for the use of their works online. But we cannot support Article 13, which would mandate Internet platforms to embed an automated infrastructure for monitoring and censorship deep into their networks. For the sake of the Internet’s future, we urge you to vote for the deletion of this proposal.
An image worth a thousand words: example of Internet culture at risk of extinction
An image worth a thousand words: example of Internet culture at risk of extinction
The other great victim: open software
Today most software is built using existing components, developed and distributed on open platforms for collaborative development. As Linux, which is at the heart of 80% of mobile phones, there are millions of software programs built by authors who chose to make them open source. This means anyone can read, study, modify, or have others modify, and redistribute the source code, without any restriction or specific permission.
It is estimated that 80% to 90% of modern computer software comes from such reuse, and suppressing any of those components would have unpredictable consequences. In 2016, the deletion of 11 lines of source code broke millions of websites.
In March a report by the European Commission highlighted its importance for the EU competitiveness and innovation: “Open Source Software will radically change the way we produce and use software. Almost any industry sector will be influenced by this shift”. 🤷🏻‍♀️
Blockchain ta mère
Polls are a common exercise of citizenship in Switzerland. At the end of June Zug will be experimenting with the Country’s first vote based on blockchain. uPort is behind the digital ID allowing people to vote.
Estonia had plans to issue a cryptocurrency, but then a few months ago Mario Draghi from the European Central Bank highlighted that ehm… The Eurozone Member States are not free to invent new currencies like startups are. The plan has now been downplayed: the token will be given as an incentive to e-residents, foreigners who use Estonia’s electronic identification to remotely sign documents and set up companies.
Reading list
Dear conference organisers, you are doing chairs wrong: or in other words, why professional setting design matters for inclusiveness and diversity.
Diversity fatigue (read this article with a VPN, the LA Times does no longer work in the EU since the GDPR enforcement…):
Rather than adopting platitudes such as “empower women,” companies should instead consider implementing rules such as “no interruptions during meetings,” which she said would not only benefit women and minorities, who are more likely to be interrupted in meetings, but would also benefit people who don’t fall into either category. “Our language is getting in the way and creating an us-versus-them dichotomy. We need to talk more about belonging and less about diversity.”
This week marks the 25th anniversary of a very important technology revolution. In Jurassic Park, for the first time, computer-generated characters interacted with human actors on screen. Alongside this groundbreaking tech innovation, the movie brought us also the cultural revolution of Lara Dern’s (Dr. Ellie) iconic shorts:
Steven Spielberg could have dressed Ellie in just about anything. Ellie’s shorts tell us that Ellie is not in the story for romantic reasons. (Which makes Dr. Ian Malcolm’s bold attempts to flirt with her all the more foolhardy.) She’s here to partake in the thrilling adventure as an equal, and she does. Ellie is the one who has to restore power to the park and she’s the one who holds Hammond to the fire for what he’s done. She runs, fights, and shrugs off misogyny like it’s something she does on the regular basis (because it is!).
See, details are important.
Meet Norman (Yes, like the character in Hitchcock’s Psycho), a disturbed Artificial Intelligence. It was created at the MIT to demonstrate the impact of biased data.
The European High-Level Group on Artificial Intelligence is born. Its objective is to support the implementation of the European strategy on AI. Learn who are the members.

Internet trends 2018: the annual census is out! Highlights: half of the world’s population will be online by the end of the year; we have never invested so much in tech; freelancing is booming; subscription services are the new norm. You probably already know all this, but it is fully documented in the report, which helps. 
GDPR is the most prominent but not the only strategy to stimulate the European data economy.  Indeed, the EC also proposes to change the PSI Directive which governs the re-use of public sector information, commonly known as Open Government Data. You can find an analysis of the current proposal on the Open Knowledge Foundation blog.
Need a rapidly deployable data centre? Taac, Microsoft just installed the first self-sufficient, waterproof data center on the bottom of the ocean floor near the Orkney Islands in Scotland. The potential for cloud computing is huge if you consider that over half of the world’s population lives within 200 km of the coast. Perspectives on the impact of this source of heat in the water + in zones that unlikely Orkney Island do not rely on green energy… not found.
I invited Alexa into our living room to make it easier to listen to Pandora and occasionally check the weather, not to keep a log of intimate family details or record my kid saying “Mommy, we going car” and forward it to Amazon’s cloud storage.
The University of Cambridge has developed a tool to help you learn how you are profiled online and build an alternative. It’s called Apply Magic Sauce.
Thanks for your attention, spread the word about this newsletter!
PS: next week I will be at Digital4Her, then at Futur.e.s and the week after at Digital Assembly, drop me a line if you are attending these events.
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