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Today: "What now?" How to resist Big Tech if Congress fails...
• Klobuchar admits tech antitrust vote will have to wait (Axios, Aug 1, 2022)
• See the notes on the June 20, 2022 episode - "Our last chance to defeat Big Tech (for awhile)" - for more about the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA) and the Open App Markets Act (OAMA).
• The Good Web (Ethan Zuckerman, UMass professor, June 30, 2022): "PubHub, a new network being created in the Netherlands by Dutch academics, envisions a system of networks based on important institutions in people’s lives. Your town’s local government might maintain a PubHub, or your local soccer club, or your children’s school. ... What is unclear about these small networks, is whether they will be able to attract substantial participation. Many small networks have arisen before, to challenge the dominance of global networks. They tend to thrive briefly and die."
• Mastodon.social, one decentralized network to try (my account: @email@example.com )
• Dec 2, 2019 show with Joe Hollier, co-founder, The Light Phone
• Good news: A most welcome decline (by me, July 29, 2022)
• Bad news: Amazon's Ring has provided doorbell footage to police without owners' consent 11 times so far this year (CNN, July 14, 2022): “Ring currently partners with 2,161 law enforcement agencies (and 455 fire departments) that can request surveillance data from Ring doorbells — a figure that Markey, in a release, said represented a five-fold increase from November 2019. [Amazon] declined to commit that Ring will never use voice recognition technology in its doorbells and rejected Markey’s request that Ring cameras stop automatically recording audio by default when they take video footage.
‘As my ongoing investigation into Amazon illustrates, it has become increasingly difficult for the public to move, assemble, and converse in public without being tracked and recorded,’ said Markey in a statement. ‘We cannot accept this as inevitable in our country. Increasing law enforcement reliance on private surveillance creates a crisis of accountability, and I am particularly concerned that biometric surveillance could become central to the growing web of surveillance systems that Amazon and other powerful tech companies are responsible for.’”
• More bad news: those contact lenses...
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|Artist||Track||Images||Approx. start time|
|With Congress unable to pass antitrust, facing the question: "What now?"|
|Tomaš Dvořák||Game Boy Tune|
|Steve Ballmer||Monkey Boy Dance||0:34:21 (MP3 | Pop-up)|
|Ted Stevens||Tubes||0:54:04 (MP3 | Pop-up)|