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Future Fibre: The Commotion Wireless Project

May 29, 2020

The Commotion Wireless Project, once dubbed as an “Internet in a suitcase”, is one of the original tools designed to deploy decentralized mesh networks.
Today’s issue of Future Fibre could also double as a Future Tools issue as the focus is not so much on a community initiative, but rather on a tool that can be used by communities to help address connectivity issues

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Are we witnessing an ideological collapse?

May 29, 2020

This crisis keeps hitting us in waves. While each wave advances rapidly, there is a sense that we’re witnessing a disaster in slow motion. Our perception is skewed because we focus on one failing system while many more falter out of sight or are not noticed until we look.

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Can AI prevent future pandemics?

May 28, 2020

I’m physically of the belief that the previous frame by which we understood our world is gone, and we’re currently in the process of constructing new frames. Plural in the sense that what this crisis may mark a split where we no longer think of society, but rather societies.

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Future Tools: DECODE

May 27, 2020

Over the last decade, data literacy has grown substantially, and along with it the growing awareness that data is a valuable commodity. This has not only fostered an unhealthy obsession with data in this current crisis, but it has also changed the relationship most people have with data in general.

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How much are your travel points worth now?

May 21, 2020

A cornerstone of our surveillance society is the use of loyalty marketing programs to obtain people’s consent for sophisticated profiling, data collection, and sharing. Although that consent is arguably meaningless, as the vast majority of consumers who collect “points” have no understanding of why those points are being given to them.

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Future Fibre: A social movement for broadband?

May 20, 2020

We’ve been publishing our Future Fibre series for over six months. During that time we’ve learned a lot about rural and remote connectivity, as well as what kinds of policies and community action is necessary to improve it.

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Contributors

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Mark E. Jeftovic

Mark is the co-founder of easyDNS and the editor-in-chief of #AxisOfEasy. He is the author of Managing Mission Critical Domains & DNS (Packt UK, 2018) and Unassailable: Protect Yourself from Deplatform Attacks & Cancel Culture. 

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Jesse Hirsh

Futurist, researcher and public speaker, Jesse Hirsh has been active in technology and commenting on it across the media for 25 years. His premium newsletter service operates from Metaviews.ca.

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Charles Hugh Smith

Charles Hugh Smith is the author of numerous books and writes from OfTwoMinds.com.