Humanity Over Tech

The news is full of the bad boys of the internet. Their lack of interest in ‘we the people’. Their apparent disregard for humanity. The need and importance for tech tech tech – no humanity needed.

But sometimes – just sometimes – the good news, the positive news, the uplifting news does get through.

Keith Block, vice chairman, president and COO of Salesforce, and his wife, Suzanne Kelley, VP of operations & PMO, global business units at Oracle Corporation, made the lead $15 million gift to establish the Block Center for Technology and Society at Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy.

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Cognitive Elites

“A ‘cognitive elite’ will rise to power and influence, as a class of sovereign individuals ‘commanding vastly greater resources’ who will no longer be subject to the power of nation-states and will redesign governments to suit their ends.”

Read More In The Guardian Here

Cognitive Elites … not the same as ‘Elites’ – and – be it a ‘discredited’ term or not – I have no doubt that those that seek to use technology to protect their interests – and not subjugate themselves to the Corporates will win out. They are thinking, acting, doing and rising above the media clutter. Who are those people? Well, maybe it is easier to point out who they are not …. they are not people;

  • who shake their heads and say ‘what can we do’
  • who continue to blindly use Facebook, despite all the proof of what they have done and continue to do
  • who have a single password across all of their accounts
  • who have a password like 1234password
  • … you get the picture

NO – it doesn’t include those people.

But it also is not about having superior intelligence. (Which is what the book was talking about.) No. That is not going to save you. And those people aren’t the cognitive elites that I think about.

To me – I think you are a cognitive elite if you think. At all. Your IQ can be below 100 – like half the population – but that doesn’t mean you can’t think … that is a choice.

Start to think. Start to act. Be Different.

The Second Innings Of The Internet

“Moral leadership means truly putting people first and making whatever sacrifices that entails,” said Seidman. “That means not always competing on shallow things and quantity — on how much time people spend on your platform — but on quality and depth. It means seeing and treating people not just as ‘users’ or ‘clicks,’ but as ‘citizens,’ who are worthy of being accurately informed to make their best choices. It means not just trying to shift people from one click to another, from one video to another, but instead trying to elevate them in ways that deepen our connections and enrich our conversations.”

Dov Seidman, CEO of LRN

via Thomas Friedman

… makes total sense to me. What we have today is the total domination of the online world by old school, old power, old values corporations – and people be damned. That is why we started People First – and interesting to see ourselves at the intersection of organizations and issues like The Indie Web and Internet Identity amongst others.

But if you think about issues like Ad Tracking, Profiling, Big Data, Walled Gardens, Data Warehouses, Self Sovereignty, Data Ownership, Net Neutrality, POSSE, longevity – you can complete the list as well as I can … the entire push and narrative today is to the benefit of the large corporation and the detriment of ‘we the people’.

By the way – if you want to see indie web in action – john.philpin.com is running on micro.blog – a nascent but emerging micro blog environment that is just part of this particular persons war chest of tools to take back the internet for people. More of this to come in future posts.

As I have said for many years – “I am my own system of record”.