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Social Credit: Identity and Authority

June 10, 2020

It’s been over a month since the last issue in our social credit series, and yet it’s a topic I think about often. In particular I’m still of the belief that social credit systems will be a lasting response to this crisis, especially given increasing concern about identity.

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The normalization of dystopia

June 10, 2020

Some days are better than most, but others can be genuinely difficult. Today was one of the latter. There’s just so much out there to be pissed off about, and eventually you run out of piss (and are left with just the vinegar).

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The news you shouldn’t use

June 3, 2020

The ongoing revolt of the past week seems to be taking a breather, but I don’t think it’s going away. The same way the pandemic is not going away anytime soon, nor is systemic racism, nor police violence, nor economic inequality and injustice.

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Defund the police?!

June 2, 2020

I’ve spent the better part of the last decade arguing that institutional authority has been replaced by cognitive authority. While not mutually exclusive, the argument focuses on how people build trust, and why they choose to trust who they do (or why they don’t). Specifically that institutions are no longer the basis of trust, but how people communicate (and what they do) is far more important.

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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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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.