New York, New York

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(just a quick test to see if and how the Instagram URL works in WordPress.com).

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RSS is revamping

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Seems that people are waking up and re-descovering the true power of a free web, where you have to be an active part in making your information diet…

Here’s a quote from a recent Wired article:

Five years ago, when Ben Wolf took over The Old Reader, he offered a prescient insight: “How long will it be before your Facebook stream is so full of promoted content, bizarre algorithmic decisions, and tracking cookie based shopping cart reminders that you won’t be getting any valuable information,” Wolf wrote. “For as little as $60, a business can promote a page to Facebook users. It won’t be long before your news feed is worthless.”

Which, well, here we are. Not only that, but two-thirds of Americans get at least some of their news from social media, according to a recent Pew Research Center study, leaving traditional sources behind.

IT’S TIME FOR AN RSS REVIVAL

We’re just waking up to this Facebook hangover. The first impulse will be for quick fixes, and I’m sure some of those will be helpful. But the real work to getting sober means reimagining the entire privacy-exploiting advertisement industry. It’s your job to keep up the pressure so that actually happens. Don’t just swear off Facebook for a week, then go back to your bender ways.

David H. Hansson, on Medium

Facebook’s addiction wasn’t free

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Cambridge Analytica’s Ad Targeting Is the Reason Facebook Exists

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Thousands of third party apps were designed solely to obtain and sell your data. It’s no surprise that the data ended up being used again on Facebook, one of the biggest advertising platforms on Earth.
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Jason Koebler on the pages of Vice’s Motherboard is making one of the best analysis – in my opinion – of the Cambridge Analytica / Facebook scandal roaring up in these days.

Block a corporation

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If you’re getting worried by the tracking moves of giant corporations… well, seems you’re not alone!
Today I’ve discovered this repo on GitHub by Jonathan Dugan proving blocklists

A group project to catalog and list domain names that people may want to block.

Current focus on corporations, for which there are no other maintained lists.

Files in this project list the domain names of servers, one per line that can be added to your local hosts file to tell your computer to never talk to servers on that domain name.

Editing your hosts file with the infos provided in this directory you’ll stop any kind of tracking made by those Corporations with their services to your machine.

At the moment I don’t think I’ll try this on a production machine, but for sure I’ll try to see what the world seems like with this approach on a test machine. I’ll update this post when the experiment will be done. In the meantime, if you try, could you please share your experience? Thanks!

Google is up: Here’s why that’s good, and what to do about it

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“Google’s business depends on an open web that is searchable and contains as much of the world’s information as possible. The biggest threat to Google is a world in which essential information remains inside the walled gardens of platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat, where its crawlers cannot go”.

— via Chartbeat Blog

Following a strange path throught Gina Trapani’s posts on Medium and WordPress development I’ve stumbled upon some really good sites and reads. Here’s one of those.
Given Chartbeat researches seems that Google searches, while still with some AMP’d gimmick, is again on the rise for Editors and Publishers as the main venue of clicks … so the Open Web seems to be fighting back to walled gardens. And I couldn’t be happier reading this!