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The Free Thought Project was one of 810 accounts that got booted off FaceBook and Twitter for ‘inauthentic activity’, in what seemed more like a co-ordinated act of political censorship. gasset y ortega biografia While the full list hadn’t been released, the main targets appeared to have been groups reporting on corruption within politics and law enforcement – you know, things we have a civic duty to discuss on the Web.

What’s particularly worrying is that the Silicon Valley corporations aren’t simply private entities excercising their own rights, as is commonly argued in their defence. mafia 2 gas meter They represent a giant oligopoli that has a disproportionate amount of control over the means of communication on the Web, an oligopoli that’s engaged in a co-ordinated suppression of political opinion, an oligopoli with more influence on the democratic system and access to politicians than the Russian state could ever hope to gain.

The first point is an interesting one. electricity grounding works In Ottman’s opinion, a solution released as proprietary software cannot be a viable alternative, because of transparency or somesuch. gas vs diesel rv I think he might have conflated administrative integrity with software integrity – that open source projects have been pressured into adopting a uniform ‘Code of Conduct’ demonstrates the problem with that reasoning. gas refrigerator not cooling Personally I don’t think the open/proprietary thing has much bearing on a platform’s viability as an alternative to FaceBook, unless there’s a need to verify claims about certain features, such as whether true end-to-end encryption is being provided.

No, what’s more important is that Minds isn’t a half-baked proof-of-concept, but is a completed iteration comparable in quality and appearance to any mainstream social media site. 76 gas card login This is the deciding factor that determines whether a solution would gain traction. Anyone could clone the software, deploy it on their own server and run their own version of Minds.com.

The option to register accounts anonymously/pseudonymously with Minds.com is probably the most important feature, because I strongly believe we should be setting boundaries between our online and offline lives, and between family, social circle, work colleagues and strangers. Such a thing isn’t really possible on a social network in which everyone’s posting under their real names. e85 gas stations in houston Also, I don’t think it’s possible, in our current political climate, to have any meaningful debate without pseudonymity, since it seems fashionable to ensure anyone expressing a dissenting opinion suffers disproportionate ‘social consequences’.

An undersold feature of Minds.com is the ease with which a citizen journalist, blogger, whistleblower, etc. can create and publish content. For the individual user, who wants to protect his/her identity, a Minds.com channel (with publicly-viewable blog posts) is cheaper and easier to maintain than a Web site, and it still provides the same benefits in terms of posting content and getting views. Problems with the Design and Architecture

Now, for the things I’m not entirely sure about: My main criticism is that Minds.com is not (yet!) actually ‘engineered for freedom of speech, transparency and privacy’ in any tangible sense, as it’s still a centralised service hosted on AWS in the United States. Whether Minds.com defends its principles actually depends on the people running it – people who could sell Minds.com to a corporation, people who might face legal, financial and political pressures, and people who would eventually be hiring others.