Sharing The Words Of @DSearls

I was only a year old when Gandhi was shot, so I don’t remember that one; but I was involved in both the civil rights and antiwar movements in North Carolina when Martin Luther King was gunned down in June 1968, and Bobby Kennedy a few days later.

I cannot overstate the senses of grief, despair and hopelessness that followed those two assassinations. (And of Malcolm X three years earlier. And again when Nixon got elected a few months later in ’68.)

Two things were clear to me at the time: that violence won, and that the civil rights and antiwar movements were set back decades by those events.

Doc Searls

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Edge Cases Are Real

I just had to switch servers, one that has a lot of parked domains. That meant going to three different registrars (I know I have to consolidate) and entering the new IP address in place of the old one. Why haven’t we created another level to DNS that lets this just be a matter of changing a constant in one place.

Dave Winer

I feel his pain … and I know where the solution lies … it’s called #CustomerTech – some might know it as #VRM – it’s an initiative that Dave’s good buddy Doc Searls has been driving for the past ten years.
Companies like Digi.me and JLinc are at the vanguard of this thinking … apps for people to manage vendors.

I mean if we can have a single financial app to manage our banks, brokers and bonds – surely it is way easier to have a single app that manages our DNS servers? I guess the problem is that people that need to manage DNS servers are edge cases to begin with … but multiple registrars to manage their multiple DNS servers … that sounds like it’s the ‘edge of the edge’.

It’s An Epidemic


I wrote about my recent experiences with Comcast last week. Turns out, that as I was engaging with Comcast, Doc Searls was engaging with Dish Network. And just as I was writing  …

Comcast could make this happen in an instance. It is called process. They know when their services are down, they just try to deny it with delay tactics.

I mostly feel sorry for the people that have to deal with me and the like – they know the truth. Keep up the good work folks – we know it is not you.

Doc was writing …

My experience with the agent was fine. She did a good job.

…and once again – we are down to corporations processes …
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Both topics dear to my heart


My thanks to my friend Louis for sharing this link … which is called ‘Why Tesla Is Worth More Than GM’. It mentions Tesla 12 times and the word platform 3. The whole article centers on how platforms will / are going to rule the world .. no argument there … yet … though I do have my preferred approaches to how platforms should work – that I have started to write about here – and also this was an interesting read from Doc Searls just yesterday.

Here’s what’s going to happen when the whole cryptocurrency / ICO / token / blockchain / distributed ledger / distributed-everything finishes going down: We will each have far more command of what and how we pay for everything, how we remember what we paid, how we run our personal and social lives online, and how we control our relationships in an open marketplace no longer dominated by giant corporate silos and fiat currencies.
That’s my bet, anyway. Because I see the pendulum swinging away from platforms, and up the stack to new protocols. Union Square Ventures illustrates it this way:

Alas – I can’t provide a link to this post because it now seems to have gone away
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Spotted this in my feeds today …

You can find the original here – along with the associated article by ‘Chief Martech’ Scott Brinker. Anyone spot the problem?

Before reading on - Scott's excellent piece about Amazon's acquisiton of Wholefoods is not what this article is about. Though I will probably extend that on another occasion. No, rather it is the thinking behind the model that he uses to support his case.

Answer … every level in the stack has software associated with the role except ‘we the people’ – or ‘consumer’ as the chart would have it.
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More reasons to be excited by iOS9 …

iOS 9 comes with a new feature called ‘content blockers’ which allow developers to build apps for blocking advertisements.

[ Source : The Next Web via Doc Searls ]

More important, for our purposes, is that it’s VRM technology. It gives us a tool for personal agency. We can say no to stuff we don’t want.

[ Source : Doc Searls ]

And a more complete post from Doc Searls on this topic.

Doc Searl’s long – but well worth reading – take on the state of online advertising. Absolutely mind boggling how many trackers are sitting on sites – watching us – to mine us for an extra couple of cents. To give you a taste, and in case you are wondering why should I care … check out TRUSTe’s 2015 Privacy Index that Doc highlights in his article.

42% are more worried about their privacy than one year ago.
91% “avoid doing business with companies who I do not believe protect my privacy online.”
86% “have taken steps to protect their privacy in the last twelve months.”
63% “deleted cookies
44% “changed privacy settings”
25% “have turned off location tracking”

… wait … 63% have deleted cookies ? It wasn’t that long ago that the general public didn’t even know what a cookie was – much less how to delete it !


[ Source : Doc Searl’s Weblog ]