Chris Aldrich is reading “Personal Statistics from 3 Months of Internet Reading”

Personal Statistics from 3 Months of Internet Reading by Aram Zucker-Scharff (Medium)
In the interests of cool data, I’ve collected information about every single piece of content I read on the internet (and some of the…
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👓 Twitter tests design that ditches retweet icon for “sharing” | TechCrunch

Twitter tests design that ditches retweet icon for “sharing” by Ingrid Lunden and Jon Russell (TechCrunch)
Twitter last year ditched its iconic star button in favor of hearts for favorites, and now it is considering a revamp for its famous retweet button.

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Tom Wheeler Resigns From the FCC—So Long, Net Neutrality | WIRED

Tom Wheeler Resigns From the FCC—So Long, Net Neutrality by Klint Finley (WIRED)
The man who saved net neutrality is stepping aside.

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Chris Aldrich is reading “Self-Portraiture as Self-Care”

Self-Portraiture as Self-Care by Ellie Mackin (elliemackin.net)
I’ve recently started taking self-portraits as a method of self-care. It’s a way to keep hold of my corporeality – although that sounds very dramatic, it’s an important thing to do for a person who spends most of their time living in their own head. A lot has been written about selfie culture: see the tag Selfie Culture on HuffPo, and (particularly) Laura Bates's (of Everyday Sexism) Guardian article about selfie-taking as (teenage) feminism and image reclamation. I don’t agree that selfies and self-portraits are different things – they are both about holding onto one’s own image and cementing it in a place and time. Sometimes that place and time is frivolous, sometimes it’s serious. Both are okay and both should be encouraged.
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👓 Chris Aldrich is reading “How to Succeed in the Networked World”

How to Succeed in the Networked World by Anne-Marie Slaughter (Foreign Affairs)(2016 years 9 months 30 days 14 hours 42 minutes 6 seconds)
The world’s connections have become more important than its divisions. To reap the rewards and avoid the pitfalls of this new order, the United States needs to adopt a grand strategy based on three pillars: open societies, open governments, and an open international system.

This may be one of the most interesting things I’ve read in the past six months. I like the overarching philosophy of the policy direction the writer presents. It feels to me like a policy built from the basic principles from César Hidalgo‘s book Why Information Grows: The Evolution of Order, from Atoms to Economies, which describes some of the underpinning science and physics for such an approach without getting too deep into the weeds of the underlying mathematics.

This article also definitely seems to take a broader historical approach to the general topics and is nearly close enough in philosophy that I might even begin considering it as a policy case with a Big History point of view.

Highly recommend.

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Think of a standard map of the world, showing the borders and capitals of the world’s 190-odd countries. That is the chessboard view.Now think of a map of the world at night, with the lit-up bursts of cities and the dark swaths of wilderness. Those corridors of light mark roads, cars, houses, and offices; they mark the networks of human relationships, where families and workers and travelers come together. That is the web view. It is a map not of separation, marking off boundaries of sovereign power, but of connection.

…the Westphalian world order mandated the sovereign equality of states not as an end in itself but as a means to protect the subjects of those states—the people.

The people must come first. Where they do not, sooner or later, they will overthrow their governments.

Open societies, open governments, and an open international system are risky propositions. But they are humankind’s best hope for harnessing the power not only of states but also of businesses, universities, civic organizations, and citizens to address the planetary problems that now touch us all.

…when a state abrogated its responsibility to protect the basic rights of its people, other states had a responsibility to protect those citizens, if necessary through military intervention.

But human rights themselves became politically polarized during the Cold War, with the West championing civil and political rights; the East championing economic, social, and cultural rights; and both sides tending to ignore violations in their client states.

The institutions built after World War II remain important repositories of legitimacy and authority. But they need to become the hubs of a flatter, faster, more flexible system, one that operates at the level of citizens as well as states.

U.S. policymakers should think in terms of translating chessboard alliances into hubs of connectedness and capability.

According to systems theory, the level of organization in a closed system can only stay the same or decrease. In open systems, by contrast, the level of organization can increase in response to new inputs and disruptions. That means that such a system should be able to ride out the volatility caused by changing power relationships and incorporate new kinds of global networks.

Writing about “connexity” 20 years ago, the British author and political adviser Geoff Mulgan argued that in adapting to permanent interdependence, governments and societies would have to rethink their policies, organizational structures, and conceptions of morality. Constant connectedness, he wrote, would place a premium on “reciprocity, the idea of give and take,” and a spirit of openness, trust, and transparency would underpin a “different way of governing.” Governments would “provide a framework of predictability, but leave space for people to organise themselves in flatter, more reciprocal structures.”

Instead of governing themselves through those who represent them, citizens can partner directly with the government to solve public problems.

…an open international order of the twenty-first century should be anchored in secure and self-reliant societies, in which citizens can participate actively in their own protection and prosperity. The first building block is open societies; the second is open governments.

The self-reliance necessary for open security depends on the ability to self-organize and take action.

The government’s role is to “invest in creating a more resilient nation,” which includes briefing and empowering the public, but more as a partner than a protector.

…much of the civil rights work of this century will entail championing digital rights.

Hard gatekeeping is a strategy of connection, but it calls for division, replacing the physical barriers of the twentieth century with digital ones of the twenty-first.

In this order, states must be waves and particles at the same time.

Great and and appropriate physics analogy.

The legal order of the twenty-first century must be a double order, acknowledging the existence of domestic and international spheres of action and law but seeing the boundary between them as permeable.

Emphasis on “the boundary between them as permeable”!

In many countries, legislatures and government agencies have begun publishing draft legislation on open-source platforms such as GitHub, enabling their publics to contribute to the revision process.

The declaration’s three major principles are transparency, civic participation, and accountability.

As I read this, it makes me think in some sense that groups like IndieWeb.org are the modern-day equivalent of the Lions Club or Kiwinis, just internet based and with civic goals that go beyond a city’s borders.
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👓 Chris Aldrich is reading “A Refreshed Reader for 2017 — The WordPress.com Blog”

A Refreshed Reader for 2017 by Derek Powazek (The WordPress.com Blog)(2016 years 11 months 14 days 13 hours 35 minutes 38 seconds)
Reader now sports a simplified design, new post layouts, spiffed-up tag pages, and recommended posts.

Some nice visual changes in this iteration. Makes it one of the most visually pretty feed readers out there now while still maintaining a relatively light weight.

I still wish there were more functionality pieces built into it like the indie-reader Woodwind.xyz or even Feedly. While WordPress in some sense is more creator oriented than consumption oriented, I still think that not having a more closely integrated reader built into it is still a drawback to the overall WordPress platform.

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👓 Chris Aldrich is reading “What to expect when you’re publishing on Amazon Kindle Store”

What to expect when you’re publishing on Amazon Kindle Store by AC de Fombelle (theindependentpublishingmagazine.com)

Nothing new or interesting here.

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👓 Chris Aldrich is reading “How to Declutter Your WordPress Administrator Interface”

How to Declutter Your WordPress Administrator Interface by Arnaud Broes (WordPress Plugins)(2016 years 10 months 14 days 4 hours 19 minutes 16 seconds)
The WordPress admin interface is complex and jam-packed with exciting options, which is great for experienced users. But what if you're just starting out?

Meh… not as interesting or detailed as I would have expected from the title.

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👓 Chris Aldrich is reading “A Blowhard At Large” on Deciphering Glyph

A Blowhard At Large (glyph.twistedmatrix.com)
I don’t like Tweetstorms™, or, to turn to a neologism, “manthreading”. They actively annoy me. Stop it. People who do this are almost always blowhards. Blogs are free. Put your ideas on your blog.

A brilliant and short essay on why Tweetstorms are positively dreadful.

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👓 Chris Aldrich is reading “How Donald Trump’s business ties are already jeopardizing U.S. interests”

How Donald Trump's Business Ties are Already Jeopardizing U.S. Interests by Kurt Eichenwald (newsweek.com)
The president-elect is issuing statements to world leaders that radically depart from U.S. foreign policy, and benefit his family’s corporate empire.

Already, there is a situation in which the president of the United States could be blackmailed by a foreign power through pressure related to his family’s business entanglements.

And this from the candidate whose only real campaign message was to call his opponent “crooked” and insinuate with no clear lines or proof of any sort that she used her position of power to line the pocket of her non-profit and thus herself. Though he came far from beating her in the popular vote, he’s completely and soundly beat her in the appearance of corruption.

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👓 Chris Aldrich is reading “There’s a secret trick to getting more Instagram likes — and every internet star knows it”

There's a secret trick to getting more Instagram likes — and every internet star knows it (Mic)(2016 years 11 months 12 days 5 hours 39 minutes 15 seconds)
Genius. Did it work for you?
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👓 Chris Aldrich is reading “Why Wix’s response to WordPress re GPL license is weak | WP Garage”

Why Wix's response to WordPress re GPL license is weak by Miriam Schwab (WP Garage)(2016 years 9 months 29 days 3 hours 30 minutes 59 seconds)
After being accused of ripping off GPL material by WordPress co-creator Matt Mullenweg, Wix CEO Avishai Abrahami responded...inadequately. Here's why.
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👓 Chris Aldrich is reading “The Wix Mobile App, a WordPress Joint | Matt Mullenweg”

The Wix Mobile App, a WordPress Joint by Matt Mullenweg (Matt Mullenweg)(2016 years 9 months 30 days 11 hours 30 minutes 53 seconds)
Anyone who knows me knows that I like to try new things — phones, gadgets, apps. Last week I downloaded the new Wix (closed, proprietary, non-open-sourced, non-GPL) mobile app. I’m always int…
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