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The problem for people isn’t advertising, and the problem for advertising isn’t blocking. The problem for both is tracking.

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” Here’s a message from humanity to Google and all the other spy organizations in the surveillance economy : Tracking is no less an invasion of privacy in apps and browsers than it is in homes, cars, purses, pants and wallets.

On cryptocurrencies, blockchain and all that

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Decentralized Autonomous Organization. This is “an organization that is run through rules encoded as computer programs called smart contracts. Take a look at this chart : CryptoCurrency Market Capitalizations. As Neo said , Whoa.

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Beyond ad blocking — the biggest boycott in human history

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Look at the definitions: Merriam-Webster : “ to engage in a concerted refusal to have dealings with (as a person, store, or organization) usually to express disapproval or to force acceptance of certain conditions.” ” Wikipedia : “an act of voluntarily abstaining from using, buying, or dealing with a person, organization, or country as an expression of protest, usually for social or political reasons.

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After Facebook fails

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manage your own relationships with all the vendors and other organizations you deal with. Making the rounds is The Facebook Fallacy , a killer essay by Michael Wolff in MIT Technology Review.

How adtech, not ad blocking, breaks the social contract

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Navy Commander and organized in the way she interacts with what we generally call “content.” Let’s reset our thinking to what a user’s expectations are, when operating a browser and interacting with pages and sites. In my browser, when I visit a page, I am requesting that page. I am not requesting stuff other than that page itself. This was, and remains, what the hypertext protocol (http) provides. Protocols are ritualized manners, like handshakes, bows and smiles.

How Apple will turn the Net’s top into TV’s bottom

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Which they won’t, if they come up with a better way to organize things, and make selections easy to make and pay for. Apple TV (whatever it ends up being called) will kill cable. It will also give TV new life in a new form.

A New Data Deal, starting today

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Form-filling from organized personal data. Respect Network is has gathered together a bunch of Cloud Service Providers, along with other companies, development projects, organizations and individuals, for a world-circling launch tour that begins today in London. There was a time when personal computer was an oxymoron: a contradiction in terms. That ended when personal computing got real in the ’80s.

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PR’s problems, 20 years later

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2: Public relations is a strategic communication process that develops and maintains mutually beneficial relationships between organizations and their key publics. 3: Public relations is the engagement between organizations and individuals to achieve mutual understanding and realize strategic goals. The magazine Upside has been erased. Some bits of it still persist on the Internet Archive , but nothing before 1996.

Facebook’s shark-jump advertising moves

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His gist: Roughly five months into my job as TheStreet’s director of social media, I can tell you — firsthand — that Facebook advertising works incredibly well for a brand/multimedia organization such as TheStreet.

Reframing the news

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And in a post at Nieman Journalism Lab he explains Why every news organization should have a river. There he unpacks a series of observations and recommendations: News organizations are shrinking, but readers’ demand for news is exploding. News organizations have to redefine themselves. So are comments on a news organization’s own stories. So are think tanks, industry experts and investigative organizations such as the Center for Public Integrity.

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A sense of bewronging

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If you’re on that list and want to contact me, find another way, since I avoid Facebook for all but the unavoidable (such as, say, a reunion that’s being organized by relatives). It’s interesting that non-advertising search results are now called “organic.&#

Time for digital emancipation

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Organizations — companies, associations, governments — have +names and things have *names.). Civilization is a draft. Provisional. Scaffolded. Under construction. For example: That’s Thomas Jefferson ‘s rough draft of the Declaration of Independence.

What’s Neutral about the Net

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It is clear to me that there is a whole to the Net that is not reducible to any of its parts, any more than a human being is reducible to the body’s organic systems.

For personal data, use value beats sale value

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Mostly they exist to give individuals more control over their lives and their relationships with organizations, with each other, and with themselves. Should you manage your personal data just so you can sell it to marketers? And just because somebody’s already buying it anyway, why not?) Those are the barely-challenged assumptions in Start-Ups Seek to Help Users Put a Price on Their Personal Data , by Joshua Brustein in The New York Times.

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Fred Wilson’s talk at LeWeb

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The former is the way the world has been organized for the last two hundred years. Transaction and communication costs were so high in the industrial era that these pyramids were the best way to organize work and run systems. I’m bummed that I missed LeWeb , but I’m glad I got to see and hear Fred Wilson’s talk there , given on Tuesday. I can’t recommend it more highly. Go listen. It might be the most leveraged prophesy you’re ever going to hear.

No 2 SOPA

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Organize to resist SOPA in DC xaprb.com ). Today I’m in solidarity with Web publishers everywhere joining the fight against new laws that are bad for business — and everything else — on the Internet. I made my case in If you hate big government, fight SOPA.

Checking in, 16.5 years later

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Because polyopoly does not reward the dark tricks that used to work for industry, government and organized crime. Organization. I fired up Searls.com in early 1995, and began publishing on it immediately. A lot of that writing is at a subdomain called Reality 2.0.

Android as a life management platform

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Everything that I just described can be made possible only by the full empowerment of individuals—that is, by making them both independent of controlling organizations and better able to engage with them. Nearly all smartphones today are optimized to do three things for you: Run apps. Speak to other people. Make you dependent on a phone company. The first two are features. The third is a bug. In time that bug will be exterminated.

Why not link to sources?

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A few minutes ago I saw Stephen Hawking trending on Twitter , clicked on the link, and found myself on the Twitter Search page, where the two top tweets from news organizations were these: HuffPo’s link goes to a brief story with no links to any sources.

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Bring on The Live Web

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Many Web sites are now organized by “content management systems”. Of all the ways there are to organize things—chronologically, alphabetically, categorically, spatially, geographically, numerically—none prevails in the static Web.

Journalism is outlining

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I say approximately because the damage being done at the time was widespread, huge, and impossible for any one news organization to cover. Also that cover , as both noun and verb, is something no single news organization can create, or do. I wanted media organizations or technology platforms to enable the people who knew the facts — my fellow townspeople — to share what they knew.

Al Jazeera in Egypt is cable’s ‘Sputnik moment’

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That kind of thing happens when your news organization is actually involved in a mess like this. CNN used to be that kind of organization, but has been in decline for years, along with other U.S. network news organizations.

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Curing the commercial Web blues

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The only non-commercial item on the map is the Arciconfraternita Di San Cristoforo E Della Misericordia , which is an organization more than a place. (My

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Cast locally, stream globally

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Events Beach — One of the key local niches still left for the taking is the organizing of all events into an application that helps people find and participate. Here’s a great idea for local TV news departments: start streaming, 24/7/265, on the Net.

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Outlining vs. Formatting

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The choices the designers made make it a relatively strong formatter and a weak organizer. Fargo is an organizing tool, good for lists, project plans, narrating your work, presentations, team communication. You could organize a conference with an outliner. It showed respect for the need to organize, and not just to format and produce. Dave makes a profound distinction in his post this morning titled Outliners and Word Processors.

Maybe the kids are alright

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The Administration may think that Organizing for America gives them a voice, but it hasn’t, because it is too one-way. I’ve been fairly quiet on the developments in Egypt, preferring to let others do the blogging, especially when they know far more than I do.

Leveraging Hal

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… In a recent German study that established a “social justice” index (poverty levels, education, health care, income equality) for countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development , the United States ranked 27th among 31 nations, outstripping only Greece, Turkey, Chile and Mexico. Hal Crowther remains my favorite essayist, regardless of whether or not I agree with him. And on some things I don’t.) Like Hunter S.

World Wide Catacombs

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What started as plain old Web search has now been marginalized as “organic&#. That’s because the plain old Web — the one Tim Berners-Lee created as a way to hyperlink documents — has become commercialized to such an extent that the about the only “organic&# result reliably rising to first-page status is Wikipedia. Google’s mission of “organizing all the world’s information&# is still satisfied.

Earth to Microsoft: Don’t sell Bing.

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Hell, I’ll pay for organic searches (that is, ones where results aren’t buried under Himilayas of SEO).

Will the carriers body-snatch the Net with HTML5?

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in which the Telco’s network, contextual, informational and commercial assets are exposed as APIs to organizations such as enterprises, ISVs, content providers and application developers.

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On @Cluetrain, @advertising @social and #NewClues

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” It’s also no secret that Facebook’s organic reach is on life support, at best. The main purpose of VRM Day is prep toward discussions and coding that will follow over the next three days at the XXth Internet Identity Workshop, better known as IIW , organized by @Windley , @IdentityWoman and myself.

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News: Watching Cable Die

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the only two streaming global news organizations available on computers and mobile devices are France24 and RT. It is registered as an autonomous non-profit organization [2] [3] funded by the federal budget of Russia through the Federal Agency on Press and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation. [4] Now that Al Jazeera English ‘s stream has been killed in the U.S.,

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Re-birthing Radio

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I’ll be there in spirit while my butt is at IIW in Silicon Valley (which I co-organize). Radio’s 1.x era is coming to an end. Signs and portents abound. The rise and decline of AM radio just ran in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette , hometown paper for KDKA , the granddaddy of AM radio in the U.S.

Be careful about what you call dead

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Colony distinguished between the Web, which he said is a software architecture, and the Internet, which is a larger organizing framework. ” Marketwatch : Colony distinguished between the Web, which he said is a software architecture, and the Internet, which is a larger organizing framework. In The Web is on life support: Forrester Research , Marketwatch reports on a speech titled “Three Social Thunderstorms,” by Forrester CEO George Colony at LeWeb.

What are the lessons people most often learn too late in life?

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Helium, one of the most abundant elements in the universe, is produced on Earth only as a byproduct of rotting organic matter. That’s the question asked by Quora here. I’ve camped on our planet for awhile now, so I wrote a few answers.

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The most important event, ever

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Allied organizations, such as PDEC and Customer Commons. IIW XX, the 20th Internet Identity Workshop, comes at a critical inflection point in the history of VRM: Vendor Relationship Management , the only business movement working toward giving you both. independence from the silos and walled gardens of the world; and. better means for engaging with every business in the world — your way, rather than theirs.

2025 in 2012

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It creates a bridge between any organization and you. Marcel Bullinga is a Dutch futurist and author of Welcome to the Future Cloud. Today I got pointed on Twitter to a Q&A with Bullinga by Aaron Saenz at SingularityHub. Interesting stuff. An excerpt: SH: Welcome to the Future Cloud seems to be very supportive of intellectual property (IP) rights and digital rights managements (DRM). Are IP and DRM necessary to the development of a healthy future? MB: Yes and no. The trend is twofold.

What’s right with QR codes

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I’ve always thought the Internet ought to allow us to do better — to really change how merchants, companies and service organizations interact and relate to people. I first heard QR codes called “robot barf” yesterday, when JP said it. Got a good laugh out of it too, because: yeah, if a robot could barf, that’s what it would look like.

Accidental Lessons: Reflections on the Challenger Tragedy

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Its advocates include a recently-created organization of space veterans whose non-political goal is to share their singular view of our planet. [This piece was written for Triangle Business (in Raleigh, North Carolina ) and published twenty-five years ago, on February 10, 1986.

Want influence? Make yourself useful.

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Ecopragmatism and the ‘Good Anthropocene’ | Climate, People & Organizations. “Influence” is hot s**t these days. Linkedin has been making a big deal about it; and it seems to be working , according to Dharmesh Shaw , a Linkedin Influencer: First of all, there’s the sheer power and reach of the platform. When I write on my personal blog (which is reasonably popular) an article will get roughly 5,000-10,000 views.