Technovia Notebook

A collection of interviews, links, photos, videos and brainstorms which feed into Technovia, Ian Betteridge's technology-focused blog.

Oct 10
“What gives Gamergate power and momentum is its extremist conservative obstinacy; it is a reactionary movement against progressive voices that hoodwinks typically apolitical game players by convincing them of some harm that doesn’t actually exist, like they are losing their right to free speech, or their hobby is being killed by an anti-gamer conspiracy.” Stop supporting Gamergate

Oct 8
“That’s right, in the world we’ve created, once you’ve become a Koolaid-point target they always win. Your life will never be the same, and the harassers will drain your scarce cognitive resources. You and your family will never be the same.” Trouble at the Koolaid Point

“I came back because I believe this sent a terrible, devastating message about what was acceptable. Because nobody in a position of power and influence in the tech world ever, NOT ONCE, brought up the explicit threats in that document, except for The Verge. (Tim Carmody, Greg Sandoval, you are my heroes).” Trouble at the Koolaid Point

“unfair government case against him and just like that, he becomes tech’s “hacktivist hero.” He now had A Platform not just in the hacker/troll world but in the broader tech community I was part of. And we’re not just talking stories and interviews in Tech Crunch and HuffPo (and everywhere else), but his own essays in those publications. A tech industry award. His status was elevated, his reach was broadened. And for reasons I will never understand, he suddenly had gained not just status and Important Friends, but also “credibility”.” Trouble at the Koolaid Point

“But you all know what happened next. Something something something horrifically” Trouble at the Koolaid Point

“But what disturbed me even more than the epilepsy forum attack itself were the comments about it afterwards (I won’t link to it, but you can search for it on Wired). “I lol’d”  “That’s awful, but you gotta admit… hilarious!”  Once again, high-fives all around. This is the world we have created.” Trouble at the Koolaid Point

Oct 7
“One man’s “troll” is another man’s prophet of truth. One woman’s systematic campaign of abuse is another woman’s brave battle to be heard.” The case of Brenda Leyland and the McCanns is a thoroughly modern tale of internet lawlessness

“At the root of the rage on the right is a rejection of the honourable belief in equality before the law.” Tory wreckers out to destroy their own human rights

“There are true Muslim reformists who are willing to call a spade a spade while working for the true betterment of their peoples — but their voices are drowned out by the noise of apologists who are all-too-often aided by the Western left.” Reza Aslan is Wrong About Islam and This is Why

Oct 5
“The trouble is that treating other human beings like faceless opponents doesn’t work in the real world.” Social Justice Warriors and the New Culture War