About Our Connected Future. 2: “Connecting People to Prosperity in the Exponential Age”

Amin Toufani

This a must-read re-blog from Singularity Hub http://ift.tt/2rvj6Vw

It was also reposted by the P2PFoundation blog and the Collective Intelligence blog.

I consider it as one of the most clear update on the way ahead we together face. It liks together a number of issues I blogged about on this page.

jaap van till, TheConnectivist


Connecting People to Prosperity in the Exponential Age

“Our assumptions about how economies function no longer seem to hold true entirely because of exponential technology.”

This claim came from entrepreneur and Singularity University faculty member, Amin Toufani, during his talk at Singularity University’s Exponential Finance Summit in New York last week.

In what he calls exponential economics or “exonomics”, Toufani breaks the tech-driven changes happening in the modern economy into seven pillars: people, property, production, price, power, policy, and prosperity.

Toufani pointed out that exonomics’ ultimate goal is to connect people and prosperity, and he shared his thoughts on how to do so.


“Technology is empowering all of us, and people seem to be doing what companies used to do and companies seem to be doing what governments used to do,” Toufani said.

The democratizing effect of information technology is enabling small teams to have an outsized impact. He showed a graph of collaboration app Slack’s user growth, and it’s practically a vertical line. A few years old, Slack reaches millions of users, many of whom pay for the service, and was recently valued upwards of $9 billion.

The kicker? Slack was created by a team of 12 software developers. And it’s far from the only such example.

But what about people who aren’t creating apps?

Toufani also noted how the internet is fueling what he calls nano-economics. This is the gig economy, where freelancers find work through platforms and take gigs for payment of $5 or less.

“The smallest unit of work has shrunk,” he said. “And this is great. It means more people can behave entrepreneurially and be exposed to the upside and also the downside of the market.”

But there’s a challenge. Net productivity has risen steadily over the last 40 years, while hourly compensations have stayed mostly flat. This gap is reflected by the Gini Coefficient, which measures inequality—the US figure went from 37.7 in 1986 to 41.1 in 2013.

“So, are we headed towards exponential inequality? Potentially. This is something we need to pay attention to,” Toufani said. “We need to think about how economies function, how businesses function, and what our individual strategies should be.”


Technology is changing the dynamics of ownership for everything from cars to homes to everyday goods by giving people more choice—and we’re mostly choosing not to own as many things. On-demand ride services like Lyft make it easier to not own a car. The sharing economy means you can rent someone else’s room, office, farm equipment, or supercomputer (among other things) for as long as you need it.

Toufani predicted that when driverless cars become widespread, they’ll have an impact on real estate prices too. “People won’t mind living five or ten minutes further away, because their time spent in the car will be productive. They can read. They can rest. They can watch that movie. Then the supply of viable real estate goes up. Demand is the same, and we could see downward pressure on price,” he said.

Or maybe they won’t opt to go into work at all, but instead attend meetings in virtual reality—virtual worlds themselves offer entirely new “digital” things to own.

“In summary: Ownership seems to be going down, virtualization is on the rise, decentralization is on the rise, asset value seems to be compressing, and production cost seems to be going down,” Toufani said.


Amazon is the world’s largest retailer, and they don’t have any inventory. Airbnb is the largest hospitality company, and they own zero hotels. And money no longer seems to be the core asset for banking—solid infrastructure for the flow of money is becoming more important.

When thinking about production, Toufani urges business owners to ask themselves, “What are the things we hold to be core to our business that, in light of exponential change, might no longer be as necessary or even relevant?”

Production costs are going down, and the common denominator across various platforms is that they’re enabling people and companies to share things, services and time they have in excess and that they’re not utilizing.


Pretty much since the beginning of business, the intersection of supply and demand have determined price. “Not anymore,” Toufani said. “The marginal cost of supply and the cost of creating one more unit of product or service has gone down, some would argue all the way to zero. You can price discriminate, and the entire area under the supply curve is beginning to be serviceable.”

This means companies should dynamically price their products or services. Direct auctions and reverse auctions (where you start at a high price point and tick the price down, or start at a low price point and tick the price up) are two common methods of dynamic pricing, and they help keep the market at the right price point for each purchase.


Toufani noted that many of the companies that have entered the S&P 500 since 2002 are platforms rather than traditional product or service businesses. To move from traditional business to a platform model, he said, “You need to think about the lives of your competitors and find ways to make their lives easier.”

While you may forego the profitability of your product or service by doing so, you establish yourself as a de facto standard on a given platform and enjoy more market power over the long-term as a result.

That’s why companies like Google and Tesla have taken intellectual property they spent millions of dollars developing and released it to the public—for free. No one can argue that either of these companies lack market power.


When a product that increases GDP (by creating more demand for itself) and a product that disrupts an entire supply chain (by replacing it with something more efficient) are in competition, which product will policymakers usually support?

The one that will increase GDP, of course, because it will help the economy grow.

Toufani calls this the growth fallacy. “Most of our policy makers are tunnel-visioned on GDP as the best measure of the economic well-being of a society,” he said. But destroying an entire supply chain isn’t a bad thing, because it will be replaced with a superior version of itself.

Disruptive technologies by definition do just that—disrupt. We need to find policy models that encourage disruption rather than treating it negatively.

“I met three prime ministers last year and I can tell you, none of them are ready for this world and the implications for our societies,” he said.


Toufani concluded by telling the audience that 10,000 years of economic history come down to one thing: adding certainty to an uncertain world. He said, “There’s no better measure of certainty in our lives than this: for the first time in human history, extreme poverty levels have fallen below 20 percent.”

People around the world are being lifted out of poverty, and though it’s happening “a little too slow for my taste,” he said, it’s an encouraging and directionally correct trend—and it’s accelerating.

The organizations that will continue to create prosperity and help this trend will have the following characteristics: they’ll manage fewer people but more information, opt to be platforms instead of ofering specific products and services, and will have less stability but still manage to generate more revenue and higher impact.

“The truth is,” Toufani said, “I’m very optimistic about this future. But there’s one area that I worry about, and that is a crisis of imagination. The biggest risk is not thinking big enough.”

Vanessa is associate editor of Singularity Hub. She’s interested in renewable energy, health, the developing world, and countless other topics. When she’s not reading or writing you can usually find her outdoors, in water, or on a plane.
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About Our Connected Future 1 : Cisco’s new positioning

US ICT companies

(European and Chinese ICT companies are not included)

Dear all, I have taken the liberty to repost an excellent article in The Economist. You know they live on an island slowly sliding away. But this is very impressive journalism 🙂 about the whole ICT industry and our DIGITAL FUTURE.

Here you can download the PDF of the Article ===>   Cisco adapts to the rise of cloud computing


WHEN John Chambers ran Cisco, the world’s biggest maker of networking gear, his hyperactivity nearly matched that of the high-speed switches and routers that made the firm’s fortune. He pushed Cisco into dozens of new businesses, from settop boxes to virtual health care. He travelled the world preaching the virtues of connectivity. In interviews it was hard to get a word in edgeways. Conversations invariably ended on a restless question: “What should we do differently?” Chuck Robbins, who succeeded Mr Chambers in July 2015, has two decades of experience selling Cisco gear and seems more comfortable talking about its core business than about diversifications. He avoids the limelight and comes across as almost shy. But he, too, is aware of the need to keep moving. “Networking is getting complex. We need intuitive networks that are secure and can learn and adapt.” Different times require different bosses. Mr Chambers led Cisco to the top during the dotcom boom; in the early 2000s it became the world’s most valuable firm (see chart).

Mr Robbins’s task is to keep it relevant as more and more computing moves into the cloud, which entails the provision of all kinds of services over the internet. On June 20th the firm announced a collection of new products which show how it is adapting: Cisco will focus on software and services, particularly the sort that automate the management of data networks. Cisco is best known for its switches and routers (the former are the central building blocks of networks, the latter connect them with each other).

Although it embraced the internet’s open standards, Cisco came to dominate data networking for telecoms firms and other enterprises. Its boxes work well with each other and they can be centrally managed. Most firms’ network engineers know how to use Cisco’s boxes.

Although its market share has declined in recent years, the firm still sells more than half of all new switches and routers, which together generate more than half of its annual revenue of about $50bn.

Owning the mightiest platform in networking, says Pierre Ferragu of Sanford C. Bernstein, a research firm, provides a defence against competitors, such as China’s Huawei and Arista Networks, based in California. It also makes Cisco less vulnerable to a problem bedevilling some makers of computing and storage gear, such as Dell, EMC or HPE: “commoditisation”, meaning they are losing pricing power.

But Cisco’s franchise is facing two threats. First, the more computing is done in thecloud, the less firms have to buy their own gear, including networking equipment.

Instead of paying for an “end-to-end network” from Cisco, big cloud operators such as Amazon and Microsoft prefer gear that precisely fits their requirements. This is why Cisco’s cloud sales have disappointed, while more specialised vendors such as Arista have made inroads. The second threat is that software is increasingly important to how networks are run: that makes it easier for rivals to sidestep or overtake Cisco’s products.

Under Mr Robbins, Cisco has responded in several ways. It is offering tailor-made products to the big cloud providers. It has beefed up its software and services business and, to ensure more stable revenues, is making more of its productsavailable as a subscription. Earlier this year the firm bought AppDynamics, which makes software to monitor the performance of corporate applications, and Viptela, whose programs manage networks, for $3.7bn and $610m respectively. Subscriptions and other recurring income now make up a tenth of Cisco’s revenues from products.

Cisco’s bet is that computing will never be fully centralised in vast data centres (ie clouds), but will live on many systems, big and small, says Rohit Mehra of IDC, a research firm. Cisco thinks that trends such as an explosion in the number of connected devices, also known as the “internet of things”, will almost certainly add to complexity, not reduce it.

The products introduced this week are designed for this kind of environment. They include software which lets engineers control hundreds of thousands of devices, programs to define who or what is allowed to access a network and services to detect malware in encrypted traffic. For the first time, Cisco will sell new switches that come with subscriptions which unlock these sorts of extra capabilities.

Developers will get more tools to write applications for Cisco’s platform. Being the firm that makes ever more complex networks safe and “intuitive”, to quote Mr Robbins’s new catchphrase, seems a sensible goal. It is already one of the biggest vendors of cyber-security products. It has enough money to pursue its ambitions: more than $70bn in cash.

But computing could yet become much more centralised, leaving less space for Cisco to knit things together. Big cloud providers will also try to get into the business of managing and automating networks. And Cisco has a mixed record of implementing its strategy. However well it does, Cisco is unlikely to achieve a goal set by Mr Chambers back in 2013: to become the world’s “number-one player” in corporate-information technology. The more realistic Mr Robbins is unlikely to articulate such an ambition—he would probably be happy if Cisco remained among the top five.

<<This article appeared in the Business section of the print edition of The Economist under the headline “Flicking the switch”; dated June 22, 2017>>


I recommend you subscribe to The Economist.

And watch Ciena,   OpenFog Computing and Juniper too.

jaap van till, TheConnectivist


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Innovative Nazava Waterfilters can Improve Lives of Millions


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Their website is on https://www.nazava.com/en/about?4

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Safedrinking water, for everyone, everywhere

PT Holland For Water provides the best affordable and safest household water filters in Indonesia under the brand name Nazava Water Filters. We enable lower income households to filter their well or tap water without the need to boil or using electricity, hence reducing human diseases, household costs and green house gas emissions.

Nazava Water Filters is a social enterprise based in Bandung, and Banda Aceh Indonesia. Since its start at the end of 2009 Nazava Water Filters has provided more than 160,000 people with access to safe drinking water through 60 resellers in over 53 cities in Indonesia.



Everyone everywhere should have access to safe and affordable drinking water.

It is our mission to be Indonesian’s premier water filter company of safe and affordable water filters. We focus on marketing the best available water filters for the lowest possible price, especially targeting the bottom of the pyramid.


Simple and appropriate technology

The core product of Nazava is the Tulip water filter. Using this filter, households can filter their own tap, well river or rain water. The Tulip filter is used in 11 different water filter housings. The replacement filter only costs $8,- US (Retail). The costs of the water filter housings vary from $10 US to 45 USD (including the filter). All products come with an Indonesian user manual with clear and simple pictures, an indicator to replace the water filter and a one year warrantee card.

Safe drinking water

The filtered water is safe to drink and fulfils the WHO standards. The Tulip Filter has been successfully used during the cholera outbreaks in Haiti and Zimbabwe. Test reports of more than 29 laboratories can be checked on our website, please click here 

 Cost,- and life saving

The costs of obtaining safe drinking water are high. Boiling water in rural areas and refilling gallons in urban areas remain the most popular options to get safe drinking water. The Nazava Water Filters are ten times cheaper than buying water and five times cheaper than boiling water. Besides, per year 6 out of every  1000 children in Indonesia below five die of water born diseases such as diareah. Boiling water on wood causes enormous amounts of carbon emissions. Nazava water filters help in fighting diarrhoea and, when used as an alternative to boiling water they are an effective tool against global warming. We have an agreement with Impact Carbon to obtain carbon credits for our water filter sales.

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

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Never a Dull Moment

Net Neutrality

Yes I admit it, I am a Twitter trans-bubble addict. If you are curious, unlikely & unexpected things flow by constantly.

After hours and hours of reading Tweets I start to look a bit like this:


PS. I love girls with FOCUS.

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

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What Makes Cities Bloom and Prosper?: Connected and Cooperating People

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This is the title of chapter 8 that I wrote in a book*) about “Smart Cities”, see picture.

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What Makes Cities Bloom and Prosper?: Connected & Cooperating People

Jaap van Till

Prof Emeritus Network Architecture and Digital Infrastructures, Tildro Research, Rhenen, The Netherlands


People are amazed at the complexity and size of anthills in Africa, but what they do not realize that these are built not by leadership or architectural instructions, but by emergent behaviour from hundreds of thousands of face-to-face interactions between ants and subsequent massive numbers of small actions, by groups of ants with different functions. From these they together build ventilation channels, humidity control, storage rooms, escape tunnels, carry food, etc etc. These face-to-face interactions are done by smelling each other with only eight different smell codes. In the present cities of the world most tasks are done by also face-to-face in real life (IRL) meetings of people, but our small and big human-hills are much influenced by tele- (on a distance) communication also. By watching TV broadcasts, by talking on the telephones together, by looking and interacting from their PC’s, smartphones or Laptops connected to fast Internet. These hundreds of millions of parallel messages and interactions daily have a massive effect on what cities look like and how they evolve.

In this chapter we present a number of ways these interactions influence and exert power on the cities. From e-mail and telephone to more complicated collaboration tools that are carrying information, knowledge and practical knowhow to get things done, to wisdom and conscious shared visions. It is not the ICT technology only, but what individuals and groups of people do together with those power tools that matter.

Keywords: Smart Cities, Social Networks, Connectivity, Collaboration, Network Effects, Synergy, Synthetic Apertures, Collective Intelligence, Corridoria, network effects, telescope metaphor, value creation, chains of city regions, global brain, weavelets, commons, synthecracy.

8.1 Introduction

An interesting example of a very successful, recently constructed, mega-city is Dubai, an important hub in international airline flights. In a promotional video about this city, Parag Khanna, famous map-maker of international infrastructures [1], tells what is so good about the resilience and strategy of Dubai’s architects [2]. But the question remains after you see this film: what is the MOTOR of that city? Therefore, one of the research questions of this book chapter is “How can we make small and big cities bloom? What drives prosperity there?

Many scholars have published answers to these questions. For instance Richard Florida derived guidelines for American cities who noticed that some cities where successful in attracting talented young people who started new businesses. He published the three T’s related to 3 magnets: Technology, Talent, and Tolerance; which do interact and mix to produce a kind of ‘chimney effect’ of growth. Cities that do not create these conditions can be shown in the statistics to decline fast. The movers and kickers leave those towns. Other more recent influential work is in the books and lectures of Jeremy Rifkin [3]. His main advice for prosperity and attractiveness of city area’s is to construct and improve the three vital infrastructures for (mega-poli) city-area’s: Energy distribution infrastructure, ICT& communication digital flows infrastructure, physical goods and persons & goods transport infrastructure for logistics. For these infrastructures in order to operate & maintain there must be in place: a Communications Internet, an Energy Internet and a Transportation Internet!!!

A smart energy grid cannot operate without a smart digital network. Same applies for logistics. That can only function without a vast grid of computer and human communications.

I will focus in this chapter not on the vital conditions, but on what people DO TOGETHER in cities based on those infrastructures and why that, as a motor, can create value and wealth.

8.2 Human Networking

It should be clear that the activity of “networking” is very much empowered, supported and speeded up in recent decades by Internet-Email and Social Media use. What are less visible are the informal networks of people who help each other or refer them to others who maybe can solve the stated problem.

There is always (1) a formal network of decision makers with authority and power who delegate tasks in hierarchies and to which you have to report and (2) a second network of specialists who have knowledge on a certain, usually very narrow but deep, subject and its solutions to problems.

Problem is that these much respected specialists do not refer to each other because they consider themselves as the centre of the universe and often do not think other people know anything relevant. Fortunately there is also (3) a third network present in every organization, otherwise the organization would not have existed anymore. It is the network of “carriers”/gatekeepers. They keep decision makers and specialists in balance by carrying issues forward, often by transferring questions to somebody somewhere that they think knows everything about a solution, and if not transfer it to somebody else, etcetera.

Scientists are very good at this, which can usually solve anything insides or outsides the organisation within six or seven steps. There are a number of rules & ethics, elucidated in my published lecture [4] for this very important social “networking” which can take place on eMail, in corridors, at lunch, in coffeehouses or pubs. These carriers/transfer agents test each other out to know if they can be trusted to solve problems. So there is a lot more behind this than shaking hands at parties and exchanging business cards. You must have done work together and shown your abilities to be included in one of the many “networks” in a city. Otherwise you will be bypassed.

Interestingly there is another level of social networking which is less well known but even more important not only for the functioning of cities but for the stability of society. In 1973 the sociologist M. Granovetter noticed that graduates from universities got more successful jobs from referrals & recommendations by distant acquaintances (weak links) than from their own family members (strong links). These ‘weak links’ are in fact very strong and effective, that is why I have given them another name “Btwieners”, see [4].

Key is that they are respected in more than one tribe, like the traveller Gandalf the Gray in Tolkien’s books, welcome wherever he arrived. This rare breed of super-networker I call Btwiener who is able to interconnect people in different tribes/families to work together in teams based on their respective shown different abilities/skills/crafts allowing to contributing whatever their background is. The super-networker activates their ability to learn very fast from their colleagues. Such open teams learn from their clients and from the environment they work in and improve and innovate so fast that others can copy but not overtake them. I call that ‘trans tribal collaboration’.

Prof. Peter Csermely studied [5] these interconnecting people and found that a vast variety of networks, varying from proteins, people, brain repair cells to eco-systems also use weak interactions to function and solve damages. These mobile units stabilize the whole system. And only a few of them are around. You will not find them on any formal organization chart though.

Social networks on Internet support & speed up very much the activities of ‘networking’ as well as the ‘Btwiening’. I recommend that cities identify and support these Btwieners because although they most often do their work voluntary, the effect of what they do is most often underestimated. They are a make or break asset

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The full text of my chapter can be downloaded here ==>  08_Chapter_08

The basic message of my chapter is that Human networks of unique/different cooperating people connected will drive prosperity in the new societies worldwide.

  • Therefore I launched my new slogan: : “CONNECTING DiFFERENCES Multiplies DHARMA”

*) The book was recently (June 10, 2017) published by River Publishers  and is called ” Breakthroughs in Smart City Implementation” and it can be purchased from them or ordered from Amazon.com or amazon.co.uk  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Breakthroughs-Smart-City-Implementation-Ligthart/dp/8799923726/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1497347670&sr=1-1

PS. During the recent Conasense Workshop in Amsterdam I briefly presented my chapter + some general observations, to the other authors and EurAsian scholars with the following powerpoint sheets ===>  Human Networks JvT CONASENSE

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

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Remember Jo Cox MP

Jo Cox

Last year UK Labour MP Jo Cox was stabbed to death by a fascist extremist while she was campaigning for ‘Remain in the EU’.

Wish she could have been alive today to see brave young people fighting at the GE2017 to get people to vote. To have a future to be connected and part of worldwide synthecracy.

She gave her life for that. Remember

This weekend in the UK:  #thegreatGetTogether (look on Twitter)


We can add my slogan to that:  CONNECTING DiFFERENCES Multiplies DHARMA

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

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The Massive Brainwashing on Internet: how, why, who ordered it.

the-split-11. Now we know what the ‘mass surveillance’ is used for: central power to control on a massive scale individual mindsets/mental maps (M) of people. In other words ‘Massive Micro Targeting’.

2. Calls for the ‘impeachment’ of the POTUS Donald Trump or his resignation, are redundant and will, if implemented, be ineffective. Based on the investigations & reports listed on this blogpage the election of said POTUS should be declared invalid and the WH actions since that should be rolled back. Destructive Bannonism should be stopped.


3. Other elections and referenda should be carefully re-examined in the light of the reported tools for manipulation of the electorates and safeguards should be put in place by the highest possible authorities to prevent further criminal acts of damaging “DEMOCRACY”, or what is left of that in the country involved, Using [micro targeting for political purposes] on any scale should be declared against the law and punishable as treason. We should publish a red line should that can not be crossed without punishment. 


What has become visible are the following papers and books about “Propaganda”, “PsyOps”, “Psychographics”, “micro-targeting “, “mass manipulation to influence elections”, “Mass Mental Manipulation“:    ((I will add my own analysis and recommendations to this blogpage, in updates ))

A. The first warning that Mass Mental Manipulation (MMM) was going on was published (in German) by a group of Swiss, German & Dutch scholars. published by Spektrum der Wissenschaft:

[A] Helbing, D., Frey, B. S., Gigerenzer, G., Hafen, E., Hagner, M., Hofstetter, Y., van den Hoven, J., Zicari, R. V., & Zwitter, A  (december 2015). “Digitale Demokratie statt Datendiktatur,”  http://www.spektrum.de/news/wie-algorithmen-und-big-data-unsere-zukunft-bestimmen/1375933

B. A more extended version of that paper was published (in English) two years later in Scientific Americanhttps://www.scientificamerican.com/article/will-democracy-survive-big-data-and-artificial-intelligence/
[B] Helbing, D., Frey, B. S., Gigerenzer, G., Hafen, E., Hagner, M., Hofstetter, Y., van den Hoven, J., Zicari, R. V., & Zwitter, A.: Will democracy survive Big Data and Artificial Intelligence? Scientific American, February 25, 2017)
Full text ((very much recommended read))

C. Several articles about the capabilities of Cambridge Analytica (UK) (former Director: Bannon), the business promotion presentations of Aleksander Nix, CEO explaining how effective their tools and algorithms work. And articles downplaying their effectiveness and denying that these tools where used on any scale during the referenda in for instance the UK leading up to #Brexit  and the nomination process of Democratic and Republican candidates for POTUS. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/mar/04/cambridge-analytics-data-brexit-trump The curious thing is that the legal company who represents #CambridgeAnalytics was proud to show a world map depicting all the countries that did make use of their algorithms.

The following article was posted on Facebook by Michel Bauwens and Christian Wahl in P2P.

” the story of Cambridge Analytica is one of the most profoundly unsettling of our time. Sophie Schmidt now works for another Silicon Valley megafirm: Uber. And what’s clear is that the power and dominance of the Silicon Valley – Google and Facebook and a small handful of others – are at the centre of the global tectonic shift we are currently witnessing.
The money man: Robert Mercer, Trump supporter and owner of Cambridge Analytica.
It also reveals a critical and gaping hole in the political debate in Britain. Because what is happening in America and what is happening in Britain are entwined. Brexit and Trump are entwined. The Trump administration’s links to Russia and Britain are entwined. And Cambridge Analytica is one point of focus through which we can see all these relationships in play; it also reveals the elephant in the room as we hurtle into a general election: Britain tying its future to an America that is being remade – in a radical and alarming way – by Trump.
There are three strands to this story. How the foundations of an authoritarian surveillance state are being laid in the US. How British democracy was subverted through a covert, far-reaching plan of coordination enabled by a US billionaire. And how we are in the midst of a massive land grab for power by billionaires via our data. Data which is being silently amassed, harvested and stored. Whoever owns this data owns the future.”https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/may/07/the-great-british-brexit-robbery-hijacked-democracy?

Another article describing what was/is done is:  https://medium.com/@profcarroll/confronting-a-nightmare-for-democracy-5333181ca675

((update June 3 :)) Article in the New York Review of Books describing the scientists that started research in the 1970’s on what later became the Cambridge Analytica algorithms, Tversky and Kahneman : http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2017/04/20/kahneman-tversky-invisible-mind-manipulators/

D. Recent book (March 2017) by prof. Cass R. Sunstein of Harvard Law School

[D]   ” #Republic: Divided Democracy in the Age of Social Media ” Princeton University Press.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Nudge and The World According to Star Wars, a revealing account of how today’s Internet threatens democracy–and what can be done about it. As the Internet grows more sophisticated, it is creating new threats to democracy. Social media companies such as Facebook can sort us ever more efficiently into groups of the like-minded, creating echo chambers that amplify our views. It’s no accident that on some occasions, people of different political views cannot even understand each other.((See image above)). It’s also no surprise that terrorist groups have been able to exploit social media to deadly effect. Welcome to the age of #Republic. In this revealing book, Cass Sunstein, the New York Times bestselling author of Nudge and The World According to Star Wars, shows how today’s Internet is driving political fragmentation, polarization, and even extremism–and what can be done about it. Thoroughly rethinking the critical relationship between democracy and the Internet, Sunstein describes how the online world creates “cybercascades,” exploits “confirmation bias,” and assists “polarization entrepreneurs.” And he explains why online fragmentation endangers the shared conversations, experiences, and understandings that are the lifeblood of democracy. In response, Sunstein proposes practical and legal changes to make the Internet friendlier to democratic deliberation. These changes would get us out of our information cocoons by increasing the frequency of unchosen, unplanned encounters and exposing us to people, places, things, and ideas that we would never have picked for our Twitter feed. #Republic need not be an ironic term. As Sunstein shows, it can be a rallying cry for the kind of democracy that citizens of diverse societies most need.

E. The Government and Parliament of Sweden raised the alarm and has started steps to safeguard Democracy and their elections in 2018. They have been and are under constant fire (bitfire) from Russia so they know what they are talking about.

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 F. The La Generalista site provides a well documented (see their PDF) seven step approach to “build your own” social media propaganda machine for your political cause. “This series explores how propaganda is changing in a Digital Age, outlining an emerging hybrid model that is participatory, actively engaging target audiences in the spread of persuasive messaging. “! This is the link: https://lageneralista.com/participatory-propaganda-a-model/  You can learn from these instructions how it is done. Is it democratic? No.

G. (UK)  Indepth May 18th article in The Economist about mass targeting

“Nudge comes to shovePolicymakers around the world are embracing behavioural science

An experimental, iterative, data-driven approach is gaining ground”


H. (USA) This IMHO the best analysis so far about what is going on, and which shows the SEQUENCE of steps through various systems and various countries (!) to do political mass mindset moulding https://www.justsecurity.org/41199/connecting-dots-political-microtargeting-russia-investigation-cambridge-analytica/

” Connecting the Dots: Political Microtargeting and the Russia Investigation” By
Friday, May 19, 2017 at 1:02 PM

Very very much recommended read, since it shows how all the above mentioned players worked (work?) together to influence elections and REFERENDA. And it shows what the Russians did. This explains also why Trump has enlisted 1.3 million Russian bots for some event in the near future.

I. Here is a political podcast (May 18th): George Monbiot interviewed by Russell Brand:


Fascism Or Democracy – Is This Our Last Chance To Choose?

George Monbiot and Brand discuss the dark money capturing our politics for the billionaires and corporations; the terrifying power of Big Data; and the opportunity for a new democracy.   They do tell who is behind the mass mindfucking and why.  Monbiot’s gives the core idea’s to counter the alt-right propaganda. Monbiot’s upcoming book can be preordered at Amazon.


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I hope you could “Connect The Dots” YOURSELF from the above publications.

The crux of this blogpage is IMHO the fact that Mass Surveillance (breaking down privacy) and Mass Micro Targeting to influence voter mindsets (manipulating elections) are processes that are sequential steps in a much larger effort to gain and keep control of the populus. If we allow that Demos (population) is not ruling anymore and Democracy evaporated.

Years ago Thomas Drake told me that he resigned at the NSA when the generals there refused to destroy the gathered snooping information after the Patterns relevant for national security (like for fighting terrorism) had been extracted. The generals wanted to keep the info from all people and companies everywhere stored. Now we know why they wanted that. For the power to control.

On my question to Thomas Drake why he whistleblowed at a historical moment he replied: “I was an eyewitness to the continuing history of the human condition where power often turns pathological, used to abuse others & for gain.”

There are initiatives started to counter destructive threats to Civil Society, described above. One of them is  The Prague Appeal for Democratic Renewal (Adopted in Prague on May 26, 2017 )

===== actions to defend DEMOCRACY =====

“Liberal democracy is under threat, and all who cherish it must come to its defense.”  Read the Appeal here –> http://www.forum2000.cz/en/coalition-for-democratic-renewal


I hope you will make the right choices for yourself and for the long term general interest:

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And for your local ecology and Nature we all are part of on this planet.


jaap van till, TheConnectivist

((Version of this blogpage: June 3, 2017 ))

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