The poster’s guide to the internet of the future - An easy to understand dive into the POSSE concept (Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Everywhere), great ideas regarding why this could be the future of social media (and why it needs to be) + an interview of micro.blog’s creator!

Adtech Surveillance and Government Surveillance are Often the Same Surveillance - Or why it is important to understand how our data are handled and what is at stake beyond custom advertising.

“The boundaries between corporate surveillance and government surveillance are eroding. Unless your data is fully encrypted or stored locally by you, the government often can get it from a communications or computing company. Traditionally, that required a court order. But increasingly, the government just buys it from data brokers who bought it from the adtech industry […]. With the click of a mouse, police can use such surveillance tools to see the devices of people who attended a protest, follow them home to where they sleep, and target them for more surveillance, harassment, and retribution.”

Just came across this lovely quote from Paramahansa Yogananda while listening to an audiobook of some of her selected works:

“Most of the world is like a mental hospital: some people are sick with jealousy, others with anger, hatred, passion. They are victims of their habits and emotions. But you can make your home a place of peace. By the practice of meditation, you’ll find that you carry within your home a portable paradise. Do not take life’s experiences too seriously, for in reality, they are nothing but dream experiences. Play your part in life, but never forget that it is only a role. Untrained warriors are soon killed on the battlefield, so also persons untrained in the art of preserving their inner peace are quickly riddled by the bullets of worry and restlessness in active life."

McMindfulness “the new capitalist spirituality.” - Interesting ideas regarding how we managed to misuse and at times ruin the best tool that we dispose of to improve our quality of life.

“In his account, mainstreaming mindfulness hasn’t just missed the point and given rise to another $300+ million industry. By harnessing mindfulness to mitigate the stress of exploitative corporate practices or steady the aim and focus of military operatives, it has become counter-productive to the original ethical frameworks from which meditation derives.”

Currently reading: Ethics by Benedict de Spinoza 📚

Reading this classic once again, love the approach used to tackle Cartesian mind / body dualism:

To be able not to exist is to lack power, and conversely, to be able to exist is to have power (as is known through itself). So, if what now necessarily exists are only finite beings, then finite beings are more powerful than an absolutely infinite Being. But this, as is known through itself is absurd. So either nothing exists or an absolutely infinite Being also exists. But we exist, either in ourselves, or in something else, which necessarily exists. Therefore an absolutely infinite Being - that is, God - necessarily exists.

Undermining democracy: The EU commission’s controversial push for Digital Surveillance

More troubling facts about the CSAM regulation, which has been unanimously condemned by academics, privacy regulators, and even internal legal experts at the Council of the European Union itself for its gross violation of privacy rights.

Danny Mekić has been silenced by Twitter / X for exposing the alarming microtargeting strategy chosen by the European commission in this campaign.

Finished reading: Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger 📚

One of my all-time favorites! “I’m sick of not having the courage to be an absolute nobody.”

ICE, CBP, Secret Service All Illegally Used Smartphone Location Data

The report makes it clear that DHS agencies have been playing it fast and loose with their acquisition of Americans’ location data. Congress needs to explicitly bar law enforcement and intelligence agencies from purchasing data from private companies that they would have otherwise needed a warrant to acquire.

Orthodox Judaism has its first openly gay congregational rabbi. - A heartwarming story, and a big congrats to judaism for taking this step.

Finished reading: Souls on fire by Elie Wiesel 📚

This book, which starts as an introduction to hasidism, ends up teaching lessons that far transcend the dividing lines of religion.

“Love’s mystery resides in oneness, and so does God’s. “Whatever is above is also down below.” Between the present concrete world and the other, the one to come, there is a link as between source and reflection. God does not oppose humanity, and man, though vulnerable and ephemeral, can attain immortality in the passing moment. In man’s universe, everything is connected because nothing is without meaning.