Code is Speech?

A point to remember when next your private moments are leveraged to improve a marketing algorithm. The unintended consequence of code is speech.

Language Defect: Privacy

Advertisement for the automatic (dial) telephone service of the Illinois Telephone and Telegraph Company (successor to the en:Illinois Tunnel Company).

The issue is not can they keep my data safe from an unauthorised third party, but can they keep my data safe from their algorithms.

Centralising the Decentralised

A sketch of the French author and traveler Alexis de Tocqueville. Undated, by an unknown artist. Courtesy of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Yale University.

The only prevention is to discourage the banning of alternative views and instead engagement in rational discourse.

How I Publish

Printer working an early Gutenberg letterpress from the 15th century. (1877 engraving)

My quest for a publishing platform which was both elegant, unencumbered by endless plug-ins and left me alone with my text, brought me to write.as.

The Pied Piper of Zoom

The Pied Piper leads the children out of Hamelin. Illustration by Kate Greenaway for Robert Browning's "The Pied Piper of Hamelin"

In a sense, our online privacy is much like a child, vulnerable to the world and easily spirited away by a platform which offers ease of connection.