Things we said today (aka about teenage intemperance and GAFA arrogance)

Today I participated in a breakfast meeting of the Bruno Leoni Institute on the subject of taxation of digital income . (Unfortunately, I arrived late). But the speaker was my friend Massimiliano Trovato; we know each other’s theses very well (we know very well what is the microdetail that divides us and from which our different points of view derive) and I could make my own argument (as a contribution from the public) without leaving the theme. IMHO, as you know, we are facing a new type of income and as such should be treated (explanation). Then a man intervened from the public; …
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A dinner synthesis of my book “Immaterial Capitalism” (About datalords and cryptography, aka how privacy has helped infoplutocrats so far)

by adding information to the classic economic categories work, production, capital, clearly the equation changes and capitalism as we know tends to disappear. if information “eats the world” and it is not a private good, capitalism will be over. if the only way to ensure excludability (like privacy needs imply) is through data/services access control, feudalism follows (like we have today, thanks to datalords who are info-plutocrats). in a positive feedback loop, data concentration by datalords (who are gatekeepers to markets) erodes willingness to compete by new entrants (who don’t have access to the same information and thus can’t have effective competition in …
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Have your say on Open Source Software in the EU (and help the European Commission)

The European Commission has just launched a survey targeted at developers of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) to understand their needs and how the EU can contribute to a safer open source ecosystem. Survey questions are primarily about the Security of free and open source software, and what the European Commission can do to help developers make more secure software. The FOSS developer survey is part of the EU-FOSSA 2 project, an initiative from the EU to improve the security and integrity of the most critical open source software in use. Besides the survey, other project activities include bug bounties, hackathons, …
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Digital and Democracy – some notes for a discussion

some notes; contributions to the discussion are welcome. With the advent of the Internet, the political parties have seen gradually liquefying the intermediate structures that were justified by the friction determined by geographic constraints. these intermediate structures were essential for organising consensus, obtaining feedback and to select managing members. they allowed the number of people involved in the complexity of political decisions to be extended by skipping geography and communicating directly, these functions have disappeared, ways and times of building consensus and mediation have vaporised leading to fragmentation; the political message has become trivialized becoming even more polarized and appealing to emotions; the …
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About AI applications for law enforcers

I read of artificial intelligence startups who propose themselves to law enforcers offering systems to detect the hidden emotions of people. And law enforcers are listening to them. The fitness of the horse is a metaphor of their income statement
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Circa la mitigazione degli effetti di fake news e troll nei social (mitigating effects of fake news and trolls)

(english at the bottom) — c’e’ uno studio, di cui scriverò separatamente, che dimostra senza alcun dubbio che non si può pensare ad una autoregolamentazione o solo all’educazione. dimostra che l’obiettivo della società e l’obiettivo delle aziende diverge strutturalmente. quindi servirà una regolamentazione serve una regolamentazione semplice, rispettosa della libertà di espressione e che non alteri i modelli di business e non butti il bambino delle nuove possibilità con l’acqua sporca del loro uso distorto (*). secondo  me, il nocciolo del problema sono le diverse proprieta’ tra la dimensione materiale e quella immateriale (autocit. di “Capitalismo Immateriale – Bollati e Boringhieri”): quando la comunicazione  si …
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Cosa (non) sappiamo su come pensiamo

Anni fa qualcuno diceva che entro quest’anno avrebbe costruito un modello funzionante del cervello che ci avrebbe consentito di capire sostanzialmente tutto. Beh, non c’è. Anzi, ogni passettino avanti che si fa si capisce che si è lontanissimi  dall’obiettivo, ed è sempre meno chiaro che sia possibile raggiungerlo. Una sorta di effetto Dunning-Kruger. Meno sai e più pensi di sapere. Più sai e più capisci di non sapere. Già nel 2014 centinaia di scienziati avevano scritto una lettera aperta alla commissione europea per criticare la destinazione di fondi (1 Bn) a un progetto per simulare la mente con un approccio bottom-up, che poi …
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