👓 My #2018Liberations | Ben Werdmuller – Medium

My #2018Liberations by Ben Werdmuller (Medium)

In lieu of resolutions this year, Cate Huston wrote a set of liberations, starting a movement. My friend Jean Hsu also wrote a liberating, personal list, which is where I discovered it, and Ellen K. Pao has a characteristically thoughtful entry.

I like the framing a lot: rather than creating a set of requirements for my new year, which is what a resolution does, I’m freeing myself from a set. So here’s my list of things I’m liberating myself from in 2018:

 

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👓 No one makes a living on Patreon | The Outline

No one makes a living on Patreon by Brent Knepper (The Outline)

Who is really benefiting from the crowdfunding site for artists?

This makes me want to find alternate and more direct means of donating money to people I want to support.

This could be a use case for people to have payment pages on their own websites to make the process more direct. This would also mean that they could post their update content on their own website and use either feeds and/or email to update their patrons.

I haven’t seen a “Patreon” concept on someone’s website in the wild yet, but I have seen examples like Tantek Çelik’s payment page, that do provide a start to the process. Many CMSs already have many of the other moving parts already built in for things like following/subscribing.

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👓 I’m on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality | LA Times

I'm on the FCC. Please stop us from killing net neutrality by Jessica Rosenworcel (Los Angeles Times)

The FCC's plan to gut net neutrality deserves a heated response from the millions of Americans who work and create online every day.

Other than the simple “it will spur investment”, what exactly is Ajit Pai’s argument for getting rid of net neutrality? Where is it? I suspect that the only reason there’s no coverage of it anywhere amidst all the turmoil is that it doesn’t exist.

Most communities, even in major cities, only have one provider at best, so there’s absolutely no competition to begin with. Why not start with fixing that first?! In fact, that necessarily needs to be dealt with first before a bone-headed idea like killing net-neutrality.

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👓 A GoFundMe Campaign Is Not Health Insurance | The Nib

A GoFundMe Campaign Is Not Health Insurance by Ted Closson (The Nib)

My friend died $50 short. It doesn’t have to be that way.

This is just a heartbreaking cartoon. I hope everyone will read it in full.

This is one of the most subtly poigniant panels:

“We eulogize [the fact that Americans help each other] in literature and art instead of political theory.”

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👓 Twitter Sidestepped Russian Account Warnings, Former Worker Says | Bloomberg

Twitter Sidestepped Russian Account Warnings, Former Worker Says by Selina Wang (Bloomberg.com)

In 2015, a manager discovered a trove of accounts with Russian and Ukrainian IP addresses

The Russian part and the election part completely aside, having product security subservient to growth is completely the wrong way to build any product.

 

👓 Twitter Sidestepped Russian Account Warnings, Former Worker Says | Bloomberg was originally published on Chris Aldrich