I’ve been immersed in the James Baldwin work for awhile, so, he’s at the forefront of my mind. He deserves flowers every day.

—Meshell Ndegeocello

I was immersed in Baldwin and Ndegeocello together in the 1990s. Plantation Lullabies and The Fire Next Time. This Tiny Desk is sparkling soul sustenance.

Together, we must send a universal humanistic response to those who claim a right to users’ private information about what should not and will not be tolerated.

If a business is built on misleading users on data exploitation, on choices that are no choices at all, then it does not deserve our praise. It deserves reform.

At a moment of rampant disinformation and conspiracy theories juiced by algorithms, we can no longer turn a blind eye to a theory of technology that says all engagement is good engagement — the longer the better — and all with the goal of collecting as much data as possible. It is long past time to stop pretending that this approach doesn’t come with a cost — of polarization, of lost trust and, yes, of violence.

Too many are still asking the question “how much can we get away with” when they need to be asking “what are the consequences”.

A social dilemma cannot be allowed to become a social catastrophe.

Source: Tim Cook on Privacy – YouTube

These are necessary words that Facebook deserves.

I updated “Created Serendipity: Chance Favors the Connected Mind” with a selection from “Improving our Ability to Improve – 2002 – (AUGMENT,133320,) – Doug Engelbart Institute”.

We need to become better at being humans. Learning to use symbols and knowledge in new ways, across groups, across cultures, is a powerful, valuable, and very human goal. And it is also one that is obtainable, if we only begin to open our minds to full, complete use of computers to augment our most human of capabilities.

— Douglas C. Engelbart

Source: Improving our Ability to Improve – 2002 – (AUGMENT,133320,) – Doug Engelbart Institute

Via: Future Text Publishing

First, as a part of this administration’s accessibility and inclusion efforts, starting today, we will have an ASL — an American Sign Language — interpreter for our daily press briefings. Today’s interpreter, Heather, is joining us virtually. The President is committed to building an America that is more inclusive, more just, and more accessible for every American, including Americans with disabilities and their families.

Source: Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jen Psaki, January 25, 2021 | The White House

Hearing the words and getting a shout out sure is nice, especially after the open ableism and eugenics of the previous administration.

whitehouse.gov is modeling transparency and open government with a legible, accessible, and informative site that runs the open source software I contributed to for years, WordPress. Wanna help? Check the Easter egg in the source.

I am comforted by Jen Psaki’s hyper-competent professionalism. She’s just what we need. Her preparation and literacy across so many subjects impresses.

So refreshing to have competent, professional, good faith White House press briefings again. I’ve watched every one of them and look forward to the next.

The press present need to ask better questions, though. So many questions are preoccupied with the feels of seditionists. Center America.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki demonstrates candorous professionalism in the first White House press briefing. So refreshing to see a pro at work. Psaki ably handles some really dull questions.