Partnership on AI

Partnership on AI
Uses Responsive Web Design (RWD) so it only “works” on a handset form factor is “mobile first” [scrape-scroll down, which is non-obvious in the officework environment]

Statement of Purpose

<quote>Established to study and formulate best practices on AI technologies, to advance the public’s understanding of AI, and to serve as an open platform for discussion and engagement about AI and its influences on people and society.</quote>


Tier 1
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • DeepMind, of Google
  • Google, of Alphabet (GOOG)
  • Facebook
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
Tier 2
Generalizing, they comprise NGOs, Centers, Centres and industry booster clubs.


As, tenets, creed, doctrine, belief, theses; enumerated as eight fourteen (Item Six has seven sub-parts)…

  • Goals to be attained. the <bizpeak>BHAG</bizspeak>.
    as indicated by a directional sense. of the effort-to-be-expended. (EtbE).
  • Values to be held, preferring privileging one value over another.
    as measured in effort-to-be-expended (EtbE).
  • Belief to be held.
  1. [Goal] The greatest good for the greatest number.
    [EtbE] ensure an outcome, like a guarantee.
  2. [Goal] Educate the seekers of the knowledge..
    [EtbE] a state of being; being bound over to, tasked unto, being committed to.
  3. [Goal] Outreach as dialog and participation.
    [EtbE] a state of being; being bound over to, tasked unto, being committed to.
  4. [Belief] Something about a broad range of stakeholders.
    [EtbE] a state of being, that such belief is so held.
  5. [Goal] Something about representation in the business community.
    [EtbE] something about “engage with” and a participation metric.
  6. [Concern] Privacy of individuals
    [EtbE] work towards.
  7. [Concern] Security of individuals
    [EtbE] work towards.
  8. [Concern] understanding and respect; a.k.a. “to serve and protect”
    [EtbE] strive.
  9. [Goal] Responsibility to [the data controllers].
    [EtbE] work towards.
  10. [Goal] Control these dangerous and powerful [and important and really really cool] technologies.
    [EtbE]: ensure an outcome, similar to a guarantee.
  11. [Goal] Violate no international laws (“conventions”); violate no human rights.
    [EtbE] oppose, wherein such an opinion is so held.
  12. [Goal[ Do no harm.
    [EtbE] promote, wherein such an opinion is so held.
  13. [Goal] Provenance tracing for system supervision.
    [EtbE] a state of being, that the belief is so held.
    <ahem>This is a system architecture requirement; it does not require a belief system or an attestation to any specific belief.</ahem>
  14. [Goal] Cooperation within the Professions so enumerated as: Scientist, Engineer.
    [EtbE]: Strive.


Dimensions of concern are metaphorically themed as pillars, evoking an image of a Greek temple, whence knowledge came

  1. Safety
  2. Supervision
    enumerated as Fairness, Transparency, Accountability
  3. HCI (Human-Computer Interface))
  4. Labor (the anti-Luddism)
  5. Society (LE, Policy, Regulation, etc.)
  6. Charity
  7. Other


  • Blog cadence as press releases is “about every four months.”
  • They don’t seem to have a position paper [yet].

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Defending Internet Freedom through Decentralization: Back to the Future? | Barabas, Narula, Zuckerman

Chelsea Barabas, Neha Narula, Ethan Zuckerman; Defending Internet Freedom through Decentralization: Back to the Future?;a book?; The Center for Civic Media & The Digital Currency Initiative; MIT Media Lab; 2017; 113 pages.

tl;dr → theoretical; witnessing.  You tell it, you tell the story!  Mentions Bitcoin on page 2; uses the word “hegemon” on page 14.  Offers a cook’s tour of the boosterist community and their projects: Freedom Box, Diaspora, Mastodon, Blockstack, Interplanetary File System (IPFS), Solid, Appcoins, Steemit.

Table of Contents

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
    • The Rise of the Centralized Web
    • Risks Posed by the Centralized Web
    • Structural Interventions as a Possible Solution
  • Section II: Federation
    • Freedom Box
    • Diaspora
    • Mastodon
  • Section III: Open Protocols
    • Authentication
    • Blockstack
    • Interoperability
    • IPFS
    • Solid
  • Section IV: Appcoins
    • Steemit
  • Conclusion


  • Wait and see, only time will tell.
    <quote>A precondition for the success of these distributed
    platforms is a shift towards user-controlled data,</quote>
  • Fund the projects (the best-of-breed exemplars, below, and more)
    e.g. Let’s Encrypt.
  • The fascination, gee whiz!; it’s simply phenomenal!
    Use Appcoins

    • circumvent Venture Capital funding.
    • business model: unspecified, but definitely “not advertising”
  • A fool and his money are soon parted:
    • <quote>However, this space also has a lot of potential for scams, and it might be unreasonable to expect users to manage a financial stake in many different networks.</quote>


  • Bitcoin
  • Facebook
  • Reddit
  • Let’s Encrypt
  • Appcoins
  • Digitial Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
  • Gopher
  • Archie
  • Wide Area Information Server (WAIS)
  • John Perry Barlow
    A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace
  • Fred Turner
    ambiguous reference

  • World Wide Web (WWW)
  • Domain Name System (DNS)
  • “lock the web open”, attributed to Brewster Kayle.
  • Peer-to-Peer
  • cypherpunk worldview
  • Diffie-Hellman key exchange
  • Bitcoin
  • ledger
  • accounts
  • Hyper-Text Transport Protocol (HTTP)
  • Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)
  • <quote>Distributed, peer-to-peer protocols like HTTP and SMTP</quote>
    um, what?
  • Millennials
  • Baby Boomers
  • Google competitors
    • Baidu,
    • Yahoo,
    • Microsoft,
    • Yandex.
    • hey … what about DuckDuckGo?
  • Twitter
  • Arab Spring
  • Tunisia
  • Baltimore
  • BitTorrent
  • YouTube
  • WhatsApp
  • software stack
  • surveillance
  • decryption keys
  • Thailand
  • Thai Royal Family
  • “lock



  • Freedom Box
  • Diaspora
  • Mastodon
  • Blockstack
  • Interplanetary File System (IPFS)
  • Solid
  • Appcoins
  • Steemit


  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Reddit
  • Twitter
  • WhatsApp
  • YouTube


  • User and developer adoption
  • Security
  • Monetization and incentives


Elaborated in the Introduction

  1. Top-down, Direct Censorship
  2. Something. Couldn’t identify what it was. His second point, and surely they had one…



  • decentralized
  • good old days of unmediated publishing
  • critical safeguard for user privacy
  • mainstream
  • “disrupt” this new class of power elites


  • mega-platform
  • centralized
  • third-party intermediaries
  • marginalized voices
  • for-profit
  • today’s online hegemons.


  • John Perry Barlow, theorist.
  • Philando Castile, executed by police, on live TV.
  • David Chaum, polymath.
  • Fred Turner, Harry and Norman Chandler Professor of Communication
    Department Chair, Stanford University.
  • Frederick Jackson Turner, Wisconsin, Harvard, 1861→1932.
  • Mark Zuckerbirg, CEO, Facebook


There are 201 references, presented inline, as footnotes, in the style of a legal tract.

They are <omitted/> herein.

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Out of Action: Do protests work? | The New Yorker

Out of Action: Do protests work?; Nathan Heller; In The New Yorker; 2017-08-14.
Teaser: Skeptics suggest that “folk politics”—marches, protests, and the like—are a distraction from the challenges of real change.

tl;dr → No.  Betteridge’s Law. folk politics as “leaderless” slactivism does not work; “leader”-based, top-down circa 1955-1965 did work; see Zeynep Tufekci.


<quote>Tufekci’s conclusions about the civil-rights movement are unsettling because of what they imply. People such as Kauffman portray direct democracy as a scrappy, passionate enterprise: the underrepresented, the oppressed, and the dissatisfied get together and, strengthened by numbers, force change. Tufekci suggests that the movements that succeed are actually proto-institutional: highly organized; strategically flexible, due to sinewy management structures; and chummy with the sorts of people we now call élites.</quote>


  • “folk politics”
    • Attributed to Nick Srnicek, Alex Williams in Inventing the Future
    • Constitutes
      • authenticity-mongering
      • <quote>reasoning through individual stories [is] also a journalistic tic</quote>
      • <quote>a general inability to think systemically about change&lt/;quote>
    • “This is politics transmitted into pastime—politics-as-drug-experience, perhaps—rather than anything capable of transforming society”
    • <quote>Their objection to protest and direct action defies generations of radical zeal. “The people, united, will never be defeated!” the old street chant goes. These lefties say that, actually, they will.</quote>
    • <quote><snip/>the left, despite its pride in being progressive, is mired in nostalgia.
      “Petitions, occupations, strikes, vanguard parties, affinity groups, trade unions: all arose out of particular historical conditions,” they say. They think that modernizing these things for an internationalized, digitized world will free us from what they vividly call our “endless treadmill of misery.” Protest is fine for digging in your heels. But work for change needs to be pragmatic and up-to-date. </quote>
    • <quote>Inventing the Future may be the shrewdest, sanest pipe dream of a book published since the recession.</quote>
  • “the multitude”
    • Attributed to Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri; Assembly (Heretical Thought);
    • Constitutes
    • …some things…


  • <quote><snip/>the killings of “more than” forty unarmed black people by law-enforcement officers. A majority of these officers were not indicted, however; of those that were, three were found guilty. To date, only one of the convicted has received a prison sentence.</quote>
  • …more…



In The New Yorker



  • New York
  • London
  • 2003
  • Occupy Wall Street
  • misdeeds of the finance industry
  • stranglehold of corporate power
  • predations of inequality.
  • Autumn 2011
  • Zuccotti Park
  • lower Manhattan.
  • 2014.
  • Black Lives Matter (B.L.M.)
  • demonstrators
  • Missouri
  • Women’s March
  • female empowerment
  • just-inaugurated President
  • boulevards in cities
  • New York
  • Washington
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • First Amendment
  • “the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”
  • Stamp Act boycotts of the seventeen-sixties
  • 1913 suffrage parade and the March on Washington
  • 1963
  • Tom Lehrer
  • Arab Spring
  • Macau
  • the feminism-and-rationalism-flaunting event known as Boobquake.
  • strident
  • Boobquake
  • Brainquake.
  • smartphones
  • social media
  • made organizing easier
  • social theatre
  • folk politics
  • authenticity-mongering
  • reasoning through individual stories [is] also a journalistic tic
  • channelling the righteous sentiments of those involved over the mechanisms of real progress.
  • pastime—politics-as-drug-experience
  • [not] wing nuts of the right
  • [not] stodgy suits
  • [not] quailing centrists.
  • Marx-infused leftists
  • “post-work,” open-bordered world.
  • “postcapitalist”
  • shorten the work week
  • a generous and global basic income
  • when robots take our jobs.

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The conference ‘Platform Cooperativism: The Internet, Ownership, Democracy’ convened techno-skeptics whose objections are growing louder | The Washington Post

Techno-skeptics’ objection growing louder; Joel Achenbach; In The Washington Post; 2015-12-26.

tl;dr → A conference report.  The dissidents met, ate, drank, talked (in the argot of the times: they shared, networked, bonded). A good time was had by all, yet they all are against it in one way or another; they are unhappy; they want it to be different.  Each and every one of them has a dream and a vision; yet none of them has a viable plan.

Original Sources

Platform Cooperativism: The Internet, Ownership, Democracy; a conference; The New School; 2015-11-13 & 2015-11-14.


  • Hooks in above the fold with a picture & description of Astra Taylor; her presence & concepts.
  • “A conference”
    The conference is never actually named or citedin the WaPo article

    • Platform Cooperativism
    • The New School, New York City
    • attendees: circa 1,000
    • Concept
      <quote>reinventing the Internet. They dream of a co-op model: people dealing directly with one another without having to go through a data-sucking corporate hub.</quote>
  • Edward Snowden
    • <quote>The Edward Snowden revelations</quote>
    • The rise of Terrorism as a tactic; contra The War on Terror
      (yes yes, you can’t declare war against a tactic, you can only declare war against an entity [citation needed]).

      • Paris
      • San Bernardino
  • Facebook
    • is bad
    • <quote>A frequent gibe is that on Facebook, we’re not the customers, we’re the merchandise. Or to put it another way: If the service is free, you’re the product.</quote>
    • Mark Zuckerberg
      • age 31
  • Google
    • is bad
  • Something about Plato
    On the invention of writing.
  • History (the narrative)
    • 1994 → browser
    • 1998 → Google
    • …time passes…
    • 2006 → Twitter
    • 2007 → iPhone
    • …time passes…
    • today!
  • South Korea
    • gaming is addictive, must be regulated
  • European Union
    • Right To Be Forgotten
    • Affects
      • Google
      • Yahoo
  • The Machine Age
    • Shadowhawk
    • Asimo, of Honda
  • Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
    • a think tank, of lobbyists
    • Washington DC
    • Robert Atkinson, president
    • <quote>two-thirds of its funding from tech companies</quote>.
    • soft Luddites (e.g. Astra Taylor)


In the arbitrary order of mention

The Activists (6 count)
  • Astra Taylor
  • Douglas Rushkoff
  • Jaron Lanier
  • Andrew Keen
  • James Barrat
  • Pope Francis
The Establishment (1 count)
  • Robert Atkinson, president, Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF)

In alphabetical order

Robert Atkinson

  • president; Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF)
  • opines about regulation
  • worries about (soft) Luddites; e.g. Astra Taylor.

Jaron Lanier

  • <quote>Lanier’s humanistic take on technology may trace back to his tragic childhood: He was 9 when his mother was killed in a car accident in El Paso. He later learned that the accident may have been caused by an engineering flaw in the car.</quote>
  • Proposal
    • consumers be compensated for their data in the form of micropayments.
  • <quote>In our society there are two paths to success: One is to be good at computers and the other is to be a sociopath.</quote>, attributed to Jaron Lanier.

Douglas Rushkoff

  • Team Human

Nathan Schneider

  • co-organizer of the recent New School conference on cooperative platforms.
  • journalist (sic)
    his bio attests as <quote>a writer, editor, and professor of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder. </quote>

Astra Taylor

  • age 36
  • vocation
    free spirit

    • activist
    • filmmaker
      of documentaries
    • musician
  • not paranoid
  • <quote>21st century digital dissenter</quote>
  • comments about
    • her appearancepresence
    • her education → unschooled (not schooled, home schooled).
  • Proposal
    • government-supported media platforms — think: yet more public radio (public web sites)
    • more regulation of media platforms — contra monopoly formation.
  • Opines
    • information [often] wants someone to pay for it
      contra information wants to be free.


  • digital social networks
  • digital establishment
  • humanists
  • human-machine interactions
  • Luddite
    • neo-Luddite (Ted Ludd)
    • soft Luddites (e.g. Astra Taylor)
  • machine age
  • machine intelligence
  • shadow narrative
  • stemwinder
    <quote>a stemwinder of a talk</quote>
  • techno-skeptics
  • unschooled
    contra homeschooled



  • Gary Shteyngart; Super Sad True Love Story; Random House; first edition; 2011-05-03; 334 pages; kindle: $10, paper: $0.01+SHT.
    tl;dr →the protagonists want to find love in an uncaring world.
  • Dave Eggers, The Circle; Vintage; first edition; 2014-04-22; 497 pages; kindle: $12, paper: $2+SHT.
    tl;dr→the protagonist is a Hi-Po at a Google-like company who is a lifestreamer; trouble ensues.

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What you don’t know about Internet algorithms is hurting you | Washington Post

What you don’t know about Internet algorithms is hurting you. (And you probably don’t know very much!); Caitlin Dewey; In The Washington Post; 2015-03-23.

tl;dr => entertainment uses algorithms, algorithms are bad



In archaeological order, newer more derivative works on top, older original matieral down below


The branded concepts of the activism


Pantheon of the activists, cited
  • Eli Pariser
    attributed as an activist
  • Christian Sandvik
    attributed as a communications researcher
  • Zeynep Tufekci
    attributed as a sociologist



This is just a silly & transparent ploy to make a connection to a non-technical audience.  Everyone can relate to Important Art.

Progression: Triptych

OkCupid Compatibility CalculationHello WorldVia: backfill

Liberellas versus Konservatives: Social Status, Ideology, and Birth Names in the United States | J. Eric Oliver, Tomas Wood, Alexandra Bass

J. Eric Oliver, Tomas Wood, Alexandra Bass (U. Chicago); Liberellas versus Konservatives: Social Status, Ideology, and Birth Names in the United States; Paper presented at the 2013 Midwestern Political Science Association Annual Meeting; 2013-04-01; 47 pages.


Despite much public speculation, there is little scholarly research on whether or how ideology shapes American consumer behavior. Borrowing from previous studies, we theorize that ideology is associated with different forms of taste and conspicuous consumption: liberals are more drawn to indicators of “cultural capital” and more feminine symbols while conservatives favor more explicit signs of “economic capital” and masculine cues. These ideas are tested using birth certificate, U.S. Census, and voting records from California in 2004. We find strong differences in birth naming practices related to race, economic status, and ideology. Although higher status mothers of all races favor more popular birth names, high status liberal mothers more often choose uncommon, culturally obscure birth names. Liberals also favor birth names with “softer, feminine” sounds while conservatives favor names with “harder, masculine” phonemes. These findings have signficant implications for both studies of consumption and debates about ideology and political fragmentation in the United States.



  • (was
  • <quote>With the approval of the California Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects, the data were drawn including the first names of all children, mothers, and fathers (where available), and the mother’s education, race, ethnicity, and addresses. By cross-referencing the listed address with Google maps, the longitude and latitude of for each respondent with an identiĕable address record was calculated. With arcGIS, this geographic information was used to identify the census tract of each birth mother, which was then matched with demographic data from 2000 U.S. Census. In addition, the geocodes were used to identify the voting precinct of each mother and, using precinct shape files, the voting records from the general election of 2004, which are stored in the Statewide Database for the State of California archived at the University of California. Together, these files provide a profile of both the individual characteristics of each mother and the demographic and political characteristics of their neighborhoods.</quote>

The Case for User Agent Extremism | Anil Dash

Anil Dash; The Case for User Agent Extremism; In His Blog; 2013-03-19.


  • Call to Action: create a list of capabilities in web browsers and user agents that we consider inviolate. (who is “we” here?)
  • Deconstruct the term as “agent of the user”, “agency of the user” “agency for the user”
  • There are biztech trends evolfing towards undermining said agency
  • Distinguishes
    • plugins (“which began to wane in importance a decade ago”); e.g. Flash
    • extensions & addons (e.g. Gecko)
    • bookmarklets & scriptlets
  • User control over user agents is “rapidly ending” (i.e. is dead).
    • Security
    • Performance
    • Cloud => Core functionality is done server-side
      • Cross-Agent & Cross-Device Sync of bookmarks, tabs, etc.
      • Single Sign-On
    • Mobile => no popular mobile browser supports plugins
    • Webkit => single code base with 90% market share; expect stagnation
    • Distribution => software delivered via curated & controlled “stores”
      (c.f. AdBlock Plus removed from Google Store)
  • Rise of ubiquitous content controls
    • Derive with “contract” and “copyright”
    • Cases: DVD, HDCP, HTML EME
  • The “canary” tests
    • View Source command in the browser
      • Only legacy officework desktop browsers support it
      • No mobile browser supports it
    • Print Page button
      • Same
  • The doublespeaking Language
    • Case 1
      • Obvious => “our browser shuts off the print button”
      • Misdirecting => “we offer a pay gate feature with deep integration into the browser for subscribers”
    • Case 2
      • Obvious => “We neuter competing social networks by disabling their sharing buttons”
      • Misdirecting => “We’ve launched a preferred partner program to enable deep browser integration from a set of verified social networks that offer the features our users want”
    • Case 3
      • Obvious => “We block content from displaying if you haven’t signed in with our cloud service and had your extensions approved by us”
      • Misdirecting => “Customers who sign in with their account get access to exclusive content from our partner sites.”
  • Quotes
    • <quote>There should be no constraint about what user agents can do on our behalf to present, transform, remix, combine, format, reformat and display the content we view on the web. If we want to make a browser or browser add-on that strips away ads from a page, that’s our right. If I want to have a browser show everything in black and white? Let me as the user have that agency. Print everything upside down and in blinking text? Absolutely. Transform every mention of “the cloud” into the phrase “my butt“? You bet your… well, you know.</quote>
    • <quote>Here’s where the Pollyannas in the tech industry, or those too young to have seen how the patterns repeat, say with faith and certainty, “That won’t happen! My favorite browser is open source!</quote>
    • <quote>So, I’m a user agent extremist. We should work constructively together within the tech community (perhaps led by the EFF) to create a list of capabilities in web browsers and user agents that we consider inviolate.</quote>

On Point

  • Mozilla abandons Thunderbird, an open source browser
  • Opera adopts WebKit
  • Google abandons RSS Reader
  • Facebook & Google+ ID & Social Signon


  • “The browser”, like the magazine, is the publisher’s agent to deliver value to the advertiser by wrapping that value in & with experiential design to attact the consumer. It was ever thus in the publishing trade.
  • Publisher’s nuclear option is Quid Pro Quo

#WETHEDATA (We The Data)


Seems to be a blog and artproject promotion site.  Lots of HTML5 animation in the name of “Big Data”


Call to Action

  • “TED Fellow” types are cool
  • “Davos” vsibility
  • Conferences and boosterism speeches; activism and “day of action” activities
  • Catalyze change  (whatever that means)

more … structured

Core Challenges for Democratizing Data

  • Digital Trust
  • Data Literacy
  • Platform Openness and Digital Infrastructure