The taxi representative described the sharing economy as a “locust”, which was harmful to “the state, society and employees alike”.

The taxi representative described the sharing economy as a “locust”, which was harmful to “the state, society and employees alike”.

(Source: blog.uber.com)

Dieter Schlenker, chairman of Taxi Deutschland, a co-operative founded by taxi companies to provide services to the industry, said in a statement: “The Passenger Transport Act regulates the protection of drivers and consumers. That can’t easily be overturned no matter how neo-liberal the company.”

Mr Schlenker added: “Uber operates with billions in cash from Goldman Sachs and Google, wraps itself in a startup-look and sells itself as a new economy saviour.”

He described the sharing economy as a “locust”, which was harmful to “the state, society and employees alike”.

Uber hit with nationwide ban in Germany

“Upworthy liberalism is liberal politics stripped of any awareness of systemic barriers or perverted incentive structures. It’s what happens when liberalism is treated as merely a set of lifestyle preferences”

Upworthy’s unworthy politics | Al Jazeera America

(via lessthannil)

(via mat3i)

“The average story about the Ice Bucket Challenge was much more heavily promoted by Facebook’s algorithms (a factor of 8x) than the average story about Ferguson.”

Self segregation on social-networks and the implications for the ferguson MO story - Ethan Zuckerman.  (via algopop)

“Whilst determining whether or not you are a human the reCaptcha software quietly hijacks your biological brain, translating the task it has been allotted to protect your data into a moment of distributed, invisible labour.”

“Synthetic Assistants”, Daniel Rourke (2014)

(Source: grafik.net, via p-dpa)

“The digitisation of everyday life and the rapaciousness of financialisation risk turning everything — genome to bedroom — into a productive asset.”

What you whistle in the shower by Evgeny Morozov

whatthezeitgeistwants:

God is a drone.

DFW preacher Ed Young sermonizes the omniscient eye, with a Predator on stage and a quadcopter watching over the congregation with live video crosshairs.

I’ve been wondering how long it will be before organized religion picks up on the power of advanced surveillance.  Or politicians of a certain bent preach the social cohesion that comes with the God eye of the state keeping an eye on all.  America as one giant small town, where everyone knows your name—and everything else about you.

A perfect all-American cargo cult for the after-GWOT.

(Note the quip about the drones keeping an eye on who is too stingy when the collection plate comes around.)

Via War is Boring—Texas Megachruch Preaches the Power of Drones.

Shapeways

Shapeways

(Source: 0961-3)

“He is three hours from factories making every imaginable electronic component, and three days by FedEx from 90% of the world’s population.”

Inside Shenzhen: China’s Silicon Valley (via iamdanw)

“Amazon could use the data it has about buying behavior to help make these ads much more effective”

Amazon Prepares Online Advertising Program in a Challenge to Google and Microsoft

“we can recognise more logos than plants”

Some things I wrote down at Laptops and Looms (via iamdanw)

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