Author Archives: David K.

Congress, in a Five-Hour Hearing, Demands Tech CEOs Censor the Internet Even More Aggressively – Glenn Greenwald

By | March 29, 2021

We are taught from childhood that a defining hallmark of repressive regimes is that political officials wield power to silence ideas and people they dislike, and that, conversely, what makes the U.S. a “free” society is the guarantee that American leaders are barred from doing so. It is impossible to reconcile that claim with what… Read More »

*The* Suicide Squad

By | March 29, 2021

So DC has finally figured out how to get some of that famous Marvel movie success: hire a (possibly disillusioned) Marvel director to make a movie for you. Oh, and poach 2 of the most-popular franchise character actors while you’re at it. Oh, and, uh… also keep featuring one of the two most-compelling characters ever created… Read More »

Imgur. Again.

By | March 26, 2021

I think Imgur is currently running 40% on the liberal programming right now. I know I’ve talked about it before, but I’m convinced it’s a sociological experiment, no different than the Cambridge Analytica scandal that drove the liberals out of their minds in the 2016 election. Months ago, I stopped looking at the site, because… Read More »

I Like That The Boat Is Stuck

By | March 26, 2021

I know it’s bad that the boat is stuck, but I like that the boat is stuck. … Unsticking the boat will require making the boat not be stuck. It won’t take a year or more of isolation, or new heights of handwashing, or phone calls to legislators. It won’t require the courage to face… Read More »

Amazon Denies Workers Pee in Bottles. Here Are the Pee Bottles.

By | March 25, 2021

“You don’t really believe the peeing in bottles thing, do you?” Amazon tweeted. Drivers say they’re being gaslit. Source: Amazon Denies Workers Pee in Bottles. Here Are the Pee Bottles. This is America, where the biggest, richest companies on the planet can’t even pay workers enough to let them take proper bathroom breaks. It would… Read More »

Google and “Privacy”

By | March 16, 2021

After months of stalling, Google finally revealed how much personal data they collect in Chrome and the Google app. No wonder they wanted to hide it.⁰Spying on users has nothing to do with building a great web browser or search engine. We would know (our app is both in one). pic.twitter.com/lJBbLTjMuu — DuckDuckGo (@DuckDuckGo) March… Read More »

Liberals and Conservatives Are Both Totally Wrong about Platform Immunity | by Tim Wu | Medium

By | March 14, 2021

Everyone is, in short, currently asking for the wrong thing. Which makes it worth asking: Why? One reason is that this area is confusing, and the idea of making tech “responsible” does sound good. There are, as I discuss below, ways in which they should be. Also, as described below, the mere threat of 230… Read More »

Institutions | No Mercy / No Malice

By | March 13, 2021

I grew up on stories of the second world war. During the aerial bombardment of London known as the Blitz, my mother, aged seven, had to sleep in tube stations for protection. She was given a mask against poison gas. It was difficult to put on, and frightening to wear, so a thoughtful designer had… Read More »