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A glaring hole in the digital charter

November 20, 2020

This week the Canadian government introduced legislation titled the “Digital Charter Implementation Act” which proposes to upgrade the country’s privacy laws while also creating a new regulator, to govern both data and AI.

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Future Tools: ZoneMinder

November 20, 2020

Given our recent discussions about surveillance, especially in the context of a pandemic, it makes sense to take a moment to examine open source surveillance systems. After all, surveillance is seductive. As it increases in accessibility and ease of use, more people will be tempted to use or play with such systems.

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Assessing the spread of covid surveillance

November 18, 2020

If we are to accept that all data, is health data, then we also ought to entertain the possibility that data transforms us, at the very least in the form of feedback.
The more data we have about or body, and our health, the greater the likelihood our behaviour will change, hopefully as a means of improving our health, but that’s not always the case.

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Future Fibre: Broadband’s political moment

November 11, 2020

The pandemic psychology is shifting as most people wrap their heads around how long it will last, and what the world might be like, if and when it ends.

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Can an AI registry open the black box society?

November 5, 2020

One of the primary reasons that a black box society is anti-democratic is the inability to scrutinize or understand the decisions algorithms make about us.

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Future Fibre: Telecomunicaciones Indígenas Comunitarias

October 29, 2020

As part of our ongoing Future Fibre series we’ve profiled communities in Europe and North America, however we’ve neglected our companeros in Mexico, largely due to my Spanish not being as strong as my English or even French. So today let’s take a look at a fantastic project in Southern Mexico that seeks to help indigenous communities take control of the Internet and by extension their economic and political futures.

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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.