- 18 months, 2 blogs, Six Figures
- A Little History of Philosophy
- Anything You Want
- Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?
- Augmented Humanity
- Being Happy
- Body of Work
- Busy Doing Nothing
- Capitalist Realism
- Choose Yourself!
- Chris Brogan Personal Branding Guide
- Crush It!
- Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World
- Data & Goliath
- Deep Work
- Driven to Distraction at Work: How to Focus and Be More Productive
- Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
- Ego Is the Enemy
- Escape from Cubicle Nation
- Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
- Everyone is an Expert
- Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination
- Fahrenheit 451
- Find Your First Profitable Idea
- Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team
- Freedom, Money, Time – and the Key to Creative Success
- Getting Real
- Getting Started with Open Source Development
- Getting Things Done
- Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution by Steven Levy
- Hackers & Painters
- Ham on Rye
- How to Be an Anticapitalist in the 21st Century
- How to be Yourself
- How to Do What You Love & Earn What You’re Worth as a Programmer
- How to Keep Your Cool: An Ancient Guide to Anger Management
- Ignore Everybody
- Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life
- In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
- I Will Teach You to Be Rich
- Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
- Letters from a Stoic
- Like a Thief in Broad Daylight
- Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?
- Little Brother
- Living and Working in Switzerland
- Making Ideas Happen
- Manage Your Day-to-Day: 99U
- Me 2.0
- Mindfulness in Plain English
- Minimalist Business
- Minimalist Guide
- MNT Reform Operator Handbook
- Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
- On Anarchism
- On the Shortness of Life
- Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide
- Poke the Box
- Practices of an Agile Developer
- Programming the Universe: A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos
- Read This Before Our Next Meeting
- Remote: Office Not Required
- Steve Jobs
- Stop Talking & Start Doing
- StrengthsFinder 2.0
- Thank you Economy
- The 4 Hour Body
- The 4-Hour Work Week
- The Agile Samurai: How Agile Masters Deliver Great Software
- The Best Damn Sales Book Ever
- The Bleeding Edge
- The Blockchain Revolution
- The Brain Audit: Why Customers Buy
- The Concept of Anxiety
- The Courage To Be Disliked
- The Cucumber Book
- The Five Elements of Effective Thinking
- The Four Horsemen
- The Good Life Handbook: Epictetus' Stoic Classic Enchiridion
- The Hidden Link Between Adrenalin and Stress
- The Macintosh Way
- The Magic of reality
- The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph
- The Passionate Programmer
- The Power of Eye Contact
- The Power of Full Engagement
- The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development
- The Slavery of Our Times
- The Software Craftsman
- This is not a Drill
- Thrilled to Death
- Tiempos recios
- Who: The A Method for Hiring
- _why poignant guide to ruby
- Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It: No Schedules, No Meetings, No Joke–the Simple Change That Can Make Your Job Terrific
- Zero to One
- Žižek’s Jokes: Did You Hear the One about Hegel and Negation?
by Maureen Webb
Code, more than law, will soon determine what kind of societies we live in and whether they end up resembling democracies at all. Yet code is incomprehensible to most people. Computer users, for the most part, are at the mercy of the code makers
Hackers are savants in this world. But their identity is protean.
Code sets the terms on which life in cyberspace is experienced
Privacy of the Weak, Transparency for the Powerful
If data is going to be really valuable, then companies that are collecting it are engaging in cybercolonialism
Democracy is the opposite of libertarianism. It is certainly the opposite of authoritarianism. It shares some ideals with anarchism.
Technology usually follows the path of least resistance. It makes the powerful more powerful and the un powerful even less powerful, unless you pay attention.
- Harry Halpin
The authoritarian philosophy and methods of the Russian regime have migrated to the West and are being employed by Western politicians and their supporters
This is exactly what we see in Guatemalan "netcenters" which are run by the state.
We are all vulnerable to believing the things we hear or read when they are repeated over and over again. The problem is not the plurality of information sources or even the trustworthiness of some of them. It is that we rely too heavily on computers for information, discourse, and connection. Limit your exposure to the internet, read books and long articles.
In the digital era, if you expect to decide freely what you listen to and watch, receive, send, publish, create, and even think as a citizen, net neutrality is essential.
Corporations are relying on this rentier economy based on leasing software the way earlier ruling classes relied on leasing land. If you and your democratically elected government cannot own and control the software you use, you will be at the mercy of the corporations that do.
Platforms like TaskRabbit allow workers to make a pittance fetching and delivering things, not unlike lackeys in earlier periods of historic inequality.
Digital capitalism, as it is currently practiced, does not serve the commonwealth. It is likely not even sustainable. Left unchecked, it will continue to generate monopolies, gross inequality, and economies that do not work for the majority of people.
We need a far more sophisticated argument about ownership that does not just fall into the caricature of either pure privatisation, or pure state control.
It's important that we build the tools now so that the next generation will live with alternatives and start using them.
The distribution of work and wealth will be the defining challenge of the twenty-first century, and legislators will not be up to solving the problem. The owners of the robots will be like the slave owners of the cotton fields: all the wealth will go into their hands.
The hacker ethic is a question of politics, not programming
My personal view is that digital tech should not be used for everything. I think we should go back to simpler ways of running electrical grids and elections, for example. Systems are more resilient when they are not wholly digital and when they are smaller, more local, and modular. Consumers should have analogue options for things like fridges and cars, and design priorities for household goods should be durability and clean energy use, not interconnectedness.
Questioning authority and thinking for yourself is an essential component of science, of civil rights, of society.
- Joi Ito
What if digital systems enabled people to band together into quasi-autonomous governance units for mutual protection and provisioning without resorting to government while reaping superior forms of services and protection?