“Those who celebrated the Facebook revolution and the Twitter revolution were celebrating the replacement of (relatively) calm reflection with the politics of reactivity and passion… The question that remains is whether democracies have both the will, and the means to bring considered thought back to politics, or, whether digital technology has made politics impossible.”
WAPO: China’s Watchful Eye
“Luxury fashion retailer Hugo Boss said it has found cases of forced labour, a form of modern slavery, in its supply chain. Young female workers have been held captive behind the walls of garment factories in southern India and prevented from leaving the premises at any time.”
… around Tirupur, Palladam and Dindigul in Tamil Nadu. Sulochana cotton mills and Sri Shanmugavel mills.
From The Hindu: HC direction to govt. on ‘Sumangali’ scheme “The Madras High Court has directed the State government to analyse the conclusions and recommendations given by District Monitoring Committees, which have suggested strong measures against the alleged practice of camp coolie system in the name of Sumangali system in textile mills across the State.”
Motherboard has an interesting article by Zoltan Istvan, “futurist, transhumanist, author of The Transhumanist Wager, and a Libertarian candidate for California Governor.”
“Privacy, broadly thought of as essential to a democratic society, might disappear.”
“While privacy has long been considered a fundamental right, it has never been an inherent right,” Jeremy Rifkin, an American economic and social theorist, wrote in The Zero Marginal Cost Society. “Indeed, for all of human history, until the modern era, life was lived more or less publicly, as befits most species on Earth.”
“For many, this constant state of being monitored is concerning. But consider that much of our technology can also look right back into the government’s world with our own spying devices and software.”
“But it’s not just government that’s a worry. It’s also important that people can track companies, like Google, Apple, and Facebook that create much of the software that tracks individuals and the public. This is easier said than done, but a vibrant start-up culture and open-source technology is the antidote.”
“If no one can hide, then no one can do anything wrong without someone else knowing. That may allow a better, more efficient society with more liberties than the protection privacy accomplishes.”
“Like the Heisenberg principle, observation, changes reality. So does a lack of walls between you and others. A radical future like this would bring an era of freedom and responsibility back to humanity and the individual. We are approaching an era where the benefits of a society that is far more open and less private will lead to a safer, diverse, more empathetic world. We should be cautious, but not afraid.”
from today’s stories
– The Trump administration is rolling back Obama era nutritional improvements to school meals, in order to benefit the food industry.
– A former Motherboard editor is being hounded by the Canadian gov’t in order to reveal his sources.
– Israel is trying to prevent tour operators from booking rooms in the West Bank, preventing entry from anybody who has expressed support for the boycott of goods from settlements, and sending thousands of travelers back from the airport for various other reasons.
Facebook helped advertisers target teens who feel “worthless” https://arstechnica.com/business/2017/05/facebook-helped-advertisers-target-teens-who-feel-worthless/
Facebook’s censorship and information sharing policies reveal a persistent pro-Israeli bias.
We need to exist in alternative support networks of our own, outside State structures: communities, sanghas, churches, tribes, clans, whatever we are comfortable with. Modern nations, whether so-called welfare states or otherwise, are too large, cold, insensitive to the needs of their populations. That this happens is just another sign of the way in which we are losing touch with reality and each other. Our societies are an expression of ourselves – egocentric and alienated. The real remedy is to break out of our separative consciousness that is gradually destroying everything. Smaller societal units project the same ego, but in the meantime people have to live and require empathy. It’s hard for people to feel empathy towards units that are too large and ungainly, therefore they require community. We just need to make sure that the communities that we create are not pawns in somebody else’s game, as often happens with the established religions.
Interview with Sumana Roy on her new book How I Became a Tree. Kindle edition available only in India. Hardcover available in UK.
Nations are crazy, when it comes to immigration rules, and the UK seems to be among the worst of them.