The Internet’s Own Boy : Aaron Swartz

August 2014 eplumeblog

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Ce film raconte l’histoire de Aaron Swartz, programmeur de génie et activiste de l’information. Depuis l’aide qu’il a apportée au développement de RSS, l’un des protocoles à la base d’Internet, à la co-fondation de Reddit, son empreinte est partout sur Internet.
Mais c’est le travail révolutionnaire de Swartz autour des questions de justice sociale et d’organisation politique, combiné à son approche sans concession de l’accès à l’information pour tous, qui l’a pris au piège dans un cauchemar juridique de deux années. Cette bataille s’est terminée par son suicide à 26 ans.
L’histoire d’Aaron touche une corde sensible chez des personnes même éloignées des communautés online parmi lesquelles il était une célébrité. Ce film est une histoire personnelle à propos de ce que nous perdons lorsque nous restons sourds à la technologie et à ses relations à nos libertés civiles.

Un film de Brian Knappenberger – Luminant Media……

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0


Sous-titrage français par @dbourrion, @symac, @btreguier, @loopiloop
à partir de la plateforme Amara…

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Muslim Startups in Asia Are Transforming the Way People Holiday, Bank and Travel

3 April, 2017  | |   Newsweek

Muslim Startups in Asia Are Transforming the Way People Holiday, Bank and Travel

The restaurant is rated five stars on Tripadvisor, but is the food halal? Ubud has a cute shopping district, but are there boutiques with on-trend hijabs? What about that gorgeous, lake-side hotel—does it have a prayer room? A growing consumer group, Muslims, and their growing spending power, have long been neglected in the online world, but that is rapidly changing.

The Islamic market, or Muslims who wield disposable income, is worth over $2 trillion, and by 2019, will account for $3.735 trillion, according to the State of the Global Islamic Finance Report. Malaysia, home to 20 million Muslims, even has its own Silicon Valley, a ‘multimedia super corridor’ called Cyberjaya, where startup businesses can set up at discounted rates. Malaysia is so keen to give these enterprises a kickstart that Cyberjaya is offering startups around the world the opportunity to live tax-free with free accommodation for a year as part of its accelerator program.

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Death of a Dystopian

10 April, 2017  | Alec Wilkinson|   The New Yorker

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Alt-right conspiracy theorists think that the government killed the aspiring Libertarian filmmaker David Crowley. The truth is far stranger.

avid Crowley began keeping a journal in April of 2014. He was twenty-eight years old, and he lived in Apple Valley, Minnesota, with his wife, Komel, and their four-year-old daughter, Raniya. The journal was “a life report, since I suspect my feelings right now in nostalgia or reflection might be of value,” Crowley wrote. By the time he stopped making entries, seven months later, he had inadvertently created a psychological document of which very few examples are known.

Crowley had been a soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan. Afterward, he had gone to film school, and in 2010 he began writing a script that he called “Gray State,” in which a totalitarian foreign regime conquers the U.S. government and a band of patriots form a resistance. On LinkedIn, Crowley described “Gray State” as “a film about a near future collapse of society under martial law.” Lire la suite

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The scientists who make apps addictive

October/November 2016 | IAN LESLIE |   The Economist 1843 Magazine

In 1930, a psychologist at Harvard University called B.F. Skinner made a box and placed a hungry rat inside it. The box had a lever on one side. As the rat moved about it would accidentally knock the lever and, when it did so, a food pellet would drop into the box. After a rat had been put in the box a few times, it learned to go straight to the lever and press it: the reward reinforced the behaviour. Skinner proposed that the same principle applied to any “operant”, rat or man. He called his device the “operant conditioning chamber”. It became known as the Skinner box.

Skinner was the most prominent exponent of a school of psychology called behaviourism, the premise of which was that human behaviour is best understood as a function of incentives and rewards. Let’s not get distracted by the nebulous and impossible to observe stuff of thoughts and feelings, said the behaviourists, but focus simply on how the operant’s environment shapes what it does. Understand the box and you understand the behaviour. Design the right box and you can control behaviour.

Skinner turned out to be the last of the pure behaviourists. From the late 1950s onwards, a new generation of scholars redirected the field of psychology back towards internal mental processes, like memory and emotion. But behaviourism never went away completely, and in recent years it has re-emerged in a new form, as an applied discipline deployed by businesses and governments to influence the choices you make every day: what you buy, who you talk to, what you do at work. Its practitioners are particularly interested in how the digital interface – the box in which we spend most of our time today – can shape human decisions. The name of this young discipline is “behaviour design”. Its founding father is B.J. Fogg.

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Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari Book review

September, 11   2016 |  |   The Guardian 


‘An ethicist’s sense of rough justice’:Yuval Noah Hariri. Photograph:Antonio Olmos


Yuval Noah Harari began his academic career as a researcher of medieval warfare. His early publications had titles like “Inter-frontal Cooperation in the Fourteenth Century and Edward III’s 1346 Campaign” or “The Military Role of the Frankish Turcopoles”. Then, the story goes, having won tenure at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, he embarked on a crusade of his own. He was invited to teach a course that no one else in the faculty fancied – a broad-brush introduction to the whole of human activity on the planet. That course became a widely celebrated book, Sapiens, championed by Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Barack Obama, and translated into 40 languages. It satisfied perfectly an urgent desire for grand narrative in our fragmenting Buzz-fed world. The rest is macro-history.

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Documentary « Beyond : Varanasi, India »

December 9, 2012 |  Vimeo  |

Almost every major religion breeds ascetics; wandering monks who have renounced all earthly possessions, dedicating their lives to the pursuit of spiritual liberation.Their reality is dictated only by the mind, not material objects. Even death is not a fearsome concept, but a passing from the world of illusion.

“BEYOND” is an exclusive documentary featuring photographer Joey L. Set in Varanasi, India. The documentary by filmmaker Cale Glendening follows Joey and his assistant Ryan as they complete their latest photo series- “Holy Men.”


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Sapiens, a brief history of humankind,Yuval Noah Harari.

July. 24, 2015  | TED Talks  |

Seventy thousand years ago, our human ancestors were insignificant animals, just minding their own business in a corner of Africa with all the other animals. But now, few would disagree that humans dominate planet Earth; we’ve spread to every continent, and our actions determine the fate of other animals (and possibly Earth itself). How did we get from there to here? Historian Yuval Noah Harari suggests a surprising reason for the rise of humanity.


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1. English ( Sapiens, A brief history of humankind) :
2. Version française ( Sapiens, une brève histoire de l’humanité):
3. You can buy it as well on Amzaon: 
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