Confronting the social engineering of Zuckerberg and alike

Originally posted ad real democracy

Will Mark Zuckerberg run for President of the USA one day?

Will Mark Zuckerberg run for President of the USA one day? In a apologetic article in C|net about Dan Farber suggests: “Who knows, one day… Zuckerberg could try running a real country.” is the latest promotion campaign Facebook, Samsung, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, and Qualcomm to connect every person in the world to the Internet. The group wants to bring Internet access to the roughly two-thirds of the world’s population who aren’t connected.

They show a lot of ambition but have no Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, nor Time-bound plan of realisation. Though this is what you would expect from engineers. Is this mere a reaction on Google’s blue-sky scheme, Project Loon, a plan to deploy Wi-Fi-transmitting balloons over the world’s most remote areas, as some say?  Of course competition plays a part, but there is more. It is about social engineering and it is about time people start to realise that.

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Introduction to Contextual Information Search


Author: Daniël Verhoeven

cg2Googling has become a verb in our language. This shows the deep impact of Google on our culture and our lives. But Google is not primarily about searching. Google is an information shovel selling adds. In a previous article I intuitively described contextual search as finding information on the web not using Google. I was a little bit surprised about the interest for the story, because the idea of contextual search was still an embryonic idea. In this article I will develop this idea of contextual search further correlating to and in opposition to googling trying to find out what it is and what it is not. When looking for better information search strategies I want to compare our search behaviour using  CMC based systems like Google with natural communication. This is the starting point. This may sound odd and completely off the record, but in fact I’m only re-joining a tradition that has started in the sixties and seventies at the Biological Computer Lab in Urbana Campaing by Gordon Pask Continue reading

Histories you do not find in history Books: The Congo Free State genocide of Leopold II

Youth with amputated hands

Youth with amputated hands

Leopold II (1835 – 1909)) was King of the Belgians, and a first cousin of Queen Victoria of England.

Leopold II was reported to be a client of Mary Jeffries’s “Rose Cottage” flagellation house and brothel in Hampstead, London.

Leopold II was the founder and sole owner of the Congo Free State, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

One white officer described a raid to punish a Congolese village that had protested against Belgian actions. The white officer in command: “ordered us to cut off the heads of the men and hang them on the village palisades, also their sexual members, and to hang the women and the children on the palisade in the form of a cross.”

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Ce que parler veut dire by Pierre Bourdieu


Published on Le Magazine de l’Homme Moderne, for fair use only


 Author Pierre Bourdieu


Intervention au Congrès de l’AFEF, Limoges, 30 octobre 1977, parue dans Le français aujourd’hui, 41, mars 1978, pp. 4-20 et Supplément au n° 41, pp. 51-57. Repris dansQuestions de sociologie, Les éditions de Minuit, 1980, pp 95- 112.

Si le sociologue a un rôle, ce serait plutôt de donner des armes que de donner des leçons.
Je suis venu pour participer à une réflexion et essayer de fournir à ceux qui ont l’expérience pratique d’un certain nombre de problèmes pédagogiques, les instruments que la recherche propose pour les interpréter et pour les comprendre.

 Si donc mon discours est décevant, voire parfois déprimant, ce n’est pas que j’aie quelque plaisir à décourager, au contraire. C’est que la connaissance des réalités porte au réalisme. L’une des tentations du métier de sociologue est ce que les sociologues eux-mêmes ont appelé le sociologisme, c’est-à-dire la tentation de transformer des lois ou des régularités historiques en lois éternelles. D’où la difficulté qu’il y a à communiquer les produits de la recherche sociologique. Il faut se situer constamment entre deux rôles : d’une part celui de rabat-joie et, d’autre part, celui de complice de l’utopie. Continue reading

Web TV: LINK TV – February-April 2009

The nice people at Link TV give us a variety of programs to run.  These are typically international in nature, produced around the world, and looking at topics of interest around the world.  These get scheduled under 4 different categories on ACTV20.

LINK TV MUSIC runs every day, with a new episode premiering on Saturday, and then repeating through the following Friday.  They are about 30 minutes long, and feature a variety of world music.  In general, once we’re given an episode, we can run it without limit, so the cycle of Music shows grows slowly, and the cycle repeats.

LINK TV EXPLORE premieres on Sunday night, and then repeats 4 more times during the week.  Explore episodes are documentaries, usually 30 minutes long.  In general, once we’re given an episode, we can run it without limit, so the cycle of Explores grows slowly, and the cycle repeats.

LINK TV DOCUMENTARIES premiere on Saturday night, and repeat twice more during the week.  Documentaries vary wildly in length, but we allocate an hour in the schedule for them.  Documentaries come with a limited time window of availability, generally 3-4 months, then we have to stop showing them.  Some have adult themes, so we run them later in the evening.

LINK TV FILMS (Cinemondo) premiere on Sunday night, and repeat twice more during the week.  Films vary wildly in length, so we allocate two hours in the schedule for them.  Films also come with a limited time window of availability, generally 3-4 months, then we have to stop showing them.  Some have sophisticated themes, so we run them later in the evening.  We generally receive three films for each period, so we keep cycling them until they expire.

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Manif des enseignants et des étudiants en France (videos)


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‘Migratiebeweging is positieve zaak’ by Maya Cools

First Published on M.O. by Stampmedia for fair use only

22 januari 2009 (StampMedia) – In 2007 zijn er in België 75.350 vreemdelingen bijgekomen. Antwerpen is, naast het Brussels Gewest, de belangrijkste migratiestad en heeft de meeste verschillende nationaliteiten. In Antwerpen kwamen er in 2007 2,03 procent nieuwe vreemdelingen bij.

Migration Map

Migration Map

Het stelt België veilig voor de komende 10-20 jaar. Dat komt omdat er een jonge generatie naar ons land migreert. Gezien de algemene vergrijzing in België is dat niet slecht.

Dat meldt npdata (Non-Profit Data van socioloog Jan Hertogen), voortgaande op de listings van de Algemene Directie Statistiek en Economische Informatie. Voor elke gemeente in België ging Hertogen na hoeveel vreemdelingen er in 2007 bijgekomen zijn en welke nationaliteiten er aanwezig zijn.

Enkele cijfers: Antwerpen kreeg het meeste Oost-Europese nieuwkomers over de vloer, in totaal 2.561. Ook Nederlanders (1.504) en Aziaten (1.358) migreren het meest naar Antwerpen. Naast Brusselse gemeenten is Antwerpen met 1.217 de belangrijkste stad voor Marokkaanse nieuwe immigratie, vóór Mechelen, Verviers, Gent en Vilvoorde.

Ook Polen (1285) en Russen (170) kwamen in 2007 het liefst naar Antwerpen. De gemeente mocht verder als belangrijkste nieuwkomers ook Turken (479), Bulgaren (310) en Roemenen (234) welkom heten.

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