Craig Newmark’s Drawbacks To Transparency
Newmark: When we’re talking about transparency and publishing stuff online, people want to see a lot of it online, but also the people involve have a lot of common sense. The best proponent to this is Jeff Jarvis, you know, at BuzzMachine and City University of New York who says, “Let’s put everything online except the stuff which is obviously sensitive.” For example, you probably don’t want to disclose a lot of details about nuclear weapons, you know, as a great example. So, again, lots of common sense about this, and, frankly, I do speak to people in the intelligence community about this. They love the idea. Okay, just addressing an implicit question you had, sometimes people talk about Craigslist or my every effort [says] something noble or special, and I’m telling everyone, you know, there is nothing altruistic or noble about what we’re doing at Craigslist. We’re just following through shared values like treat people like you want to be treated, like give people a break, like live and let live. And me, in particular, you know, I’m not an activist. I’m just basically a guy who’s decided it’s time to stand up. This is an important era in human history. For the first time, people are serious about grassroots democracy, not in the tens of thousands, but in potentially the tens of millions or hundreds of millions. This is a historic era, kind of like 1787 where the founders of this country created a new form of government, not too different from what they did in Britain hundred years earlier, and it was pretty flawed in some big ways, but they did do something new in the way that representative democracy was done. What was new was not only representative democracy, of course, they didn’t do a bad job with that in Roman Republic, but we have a lot of checks and balances. Now, we’re at a period now where this is being complemented by grassroots democracy and we’re restoring the checks and balances which were damaged over the last 8 years. So, in a way, we’re seeing a rebirth of American democracy which makes a difference, not only in this country but for the whole world.
Craig Newmark mentions Jeff Jarvis and talks about how much information should be publicly available online.
Many believe that the internet has made it easier for us to participate in political activism. But is that really true?
- Protesting in person is costly in terms of money and resources; some people have children to take care of, jobs that can't be away from, or may not have time to attend a planning event.
- The internet was supposed to be a way to sidestep this barrier to political activism. But this doesn't consider the other barriers preventing poor and working-class folks from participating in digital activism.
- In particular, these people lack ASETs: access to computers, the skills to use them, the empowerment necessary to feel that using Twitter or other social media is for them, and the time to make use of digital platforms in an effective way.
Some games are just for fun, others are for thought provoking statements on life, the universe, and everything.
- Video games are often dismissed as fun distractions, but some of them dive into deep issues.
- Through their interactive play elements, these games approach big issues intelligently and leave you both entertained and enlightened.
- These five games are certainly not the only games that cover these topics or do so well, but are a great starting point for somebody who wants to play something thought provoking.
The bid to buy Greenland is unlikely to become seriously considered.
- Greenland and Danish officials alike think the idea is ridiculous.
- The island is an autonomous state, and it's unlikely the Danish would sell it because of yearly subsidies costs.
- After hearing the Danish Prime Minister call the idea absurd, Trump cancelled their forthcoming meeting.