Democracy is under attack and should be Redefined


Paul Mason, credit: Antonio Olmas

When representatives and elections (one of the cornerstones of Democracy -rule by the People-) can be bought and the electorate can be mass-manipulated person-by-person by big data marketing systems, the Civil Society is in trouble.

Our communities can and should counteract by enforcing a number of New Rules:

  1. Give every citizen the right to control his/her own “Digital Double”, collected by companies or public offices in order to ‘profile’ that citizen or sell that info to others who will.
  2. See for further ground rules, the excellent lecture given by Paul Mason:
  3. Further Ground Rules to be determined and enforced.

Sure, Crime Fighters and Secret Services will resent these Ground Rules. But how can they claim to work “to protect the community” if they “target and attack” their own citizens at the same time and virtually lock us all up?

jaap van till, TheConnectivist


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Who are Behind the 1% Stealth Takeover of the USA and UK


The Russians? Sure, they love to help spreading diversion now and then, but no. It is a well oiled (sic!) lobby of seriously wealthy billionaires and media moguls, who are paranoid to loose any of their wealth. I pity these paranoid and greedy sick old men behind fences. Owning billions and still unhappy and terrified of losing a dime to the poor, working and young. They fear online democracy.

Read about them in the book which will be published on June 5 : “Democracy in Chains” by historian Nancy MacLean.

If you want to read one article this year that is important, this is it.

Be careful, those guys are ruthless. They will not hesitate a second to kill thousands or even millions in order to protect their wealth. If we let them…..

jaap van till. TheConnectivist

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People in Power are getting Nervous


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mechanisms to rule , when politicians and the elites run out of ideas. No thanks, we can take care of ourselves…

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And furthermore: Command and Control stiffle Innovation and creativity that should feed value creation and wealth. Slaves do not renew and invent.

We the creative class do, and… it creates a Civil Society with #NewPower.

Hat tip to: @FutureICT on Twitter, who showed this first.

jaap van till, TheConnectivist

PS. For further reading : Machiavelli “The Prince” , about the application of ruthless power.

PS2. See my next blog about who are behind the Stealth Takeover of The USA and UK :

the 1% billionairs and media moguls. 

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#DeepMovements Ahead with New Power Synthecracy

Synthecracy Weavelet

(updated July 8 2018 : lecture at the Von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society – HIIG, in Berlin )

  1. Introduction

People all over the world have the feeling that things in society and the economy can not continue like they do now. Polution, hunger. illness, climate change, energy logistics and job loss are hurting people and their families personally and also whole communities are destroyed in the long time. Which should concern all of us.

Professor Dirk Helbing of the ETH in Zurich and TUDelft presented a number of these crises very clearly in his TED-Groningen talk in 2015, accessible on YouTube. He also showed several remedies and general direction of efforts which can help to repair the situation and can result in a transition to a new society. He called what is appearing “the Planetary Nervous System” (PNS).

2. My discovery: a NEW organizational paradigm. DEEP ORGANIZATION

I have discovered a pattern which can work which can be presented to start where Helbing in his TED talk stopped. I hope to achieve how the HOW question can be answered.  Here you can download the PDF of my Flashtalk in Berlin where I presented it briefly:Salon am FinkelplJvTapril20 2018 I      For Video of the pres. see below under 3.

And the second time in Berlin on June 30. 2018 at the “AI and us” workshop at the Alexander von Humboldt Institut fur Internet und Gesellschaft (HIIG): Flashtalk vanTill Berlin AIworkshop

The shortest introduction to my idea is that it applies the remarkable recent success of the “deep Neural Networks” in AI (derived from parallel pattern recognition in the brain) to an organizational structure to interconnect PEOPLE more successfully, than the ‘old power’ hierarchies. It is a well known way to innovate: use a recipe in one knowledge field in quite another field of practice or scientific discipline. That is what I did: throw a powertool over a fence into a field where it can be welcomed since there is a big need for it. 

3. Here is how you can see what I did present

I suggest you download the PDF from the above link, open it AND open the video of my Salon flashtalk in Berlin on another screen. {25 minutes} from Youtube

4. What next

The intention to write out the above presentation into a more lengty and more detailed paper or booklet, possible together with graduate students. It is my sincere hope that this discovery will lead to a number of scientific breakthroughs which will be applied in a constructive way.

May the Flow be with You !!!

Jaap van Till, TheConnectivist

PS.1 Today April 24, I was notified that somebody did come to the same conclusion, as expressed brilliantly at the chaos congress’ (#CCC) last keynote, in November last year. Charles Stross is talking about ‘slow AIs’ we used to call »corporations«. There are many
connections that could be drawn towards my ‘Weavelet’ presentation:

»I’m talking about the very old, very slow AIs we call corporations, of
course. What lessons from the history of the company can we draw that
tell us about the likely behaviour of the type of artificial
intelligence we are all interested in today?«

»It seems to me that our current political upheavals are best understood
as arising from the capture of post-1917 democratic institutions by
large-scale AIs. Everywhere I look I see voters protesting angrily
against an entrenched establishment that seems determined to ignore the
wants and needs of their human voters in favour of the machines.«

And now comes the twist: protesters are organizing themselves as a ‘fast
AI’ in order to deal with the ‘slow AI’.

I love it to be confirmed in my views by a brilliant man !

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PS.2 One of the key functions of a Weavelet organization is Orthogonalization = to sort a very complex set of observations into a number of orthogonal issues, issue sets which are agnostic to each other. This is in contract to simplifications that hierarchies do.

Definition (from Wikipedia) of Orthogonalization =  “In linear algebraorthogonalization is the process of finding a set of orthogonal vectors that span a particular subspace. Formally, starting with a linearly independent set of vectors {v1, … ,vk} in an inner product space (most commonly the Euclidean space Rn), orthogonalization results in a set of orthogonal vectors {u1, … ,uk} that generate the same subspace as the vectors v1, … ,vk. Every vector in the new set is orthogonal to every other vector in the new set; and the new set and the old set have the same linear span

PS.3 A friend told me that my idea of a tightly interconnected group sharing knowledge I called a Weavelet is by no means new. In 1975 the famous graphic novel artist Marten Toonder published the story called “DE WEETMUTS”, about wire interconnected mushrooms that result in all “knowing everything the others know” : (part of first page)


PS.4 . For an more visual impression of the proposed “Weavelet” organization structure take a look at the following snapshot [ Ahmed & Rao “Orthogonal Transforms for Digital Signal Processing” Springer Verlag Berlin, Heidelberg, New York 1975, p 83 ]


This is a structure which IMHO even sociologists, politicians and legal professionals can understand 🙂

PS.5 Today May 4 2018 I read the article from [ Mary Jo Kaplan “Complexity Demands New Approaches to Work” – Stanford  Social Innovation Review , May 3 2018] . see  This paper confirms my bold “weavelet” and Sythecracy conjectures !!

PS.6 The full text of “Renan’s Law” (All things want to be connected) is as follows:

“All Things want to be Connected. All things, from particles to planets. And are – in      one   way or another – equipped to do so. As to connect and become entangled with another ‘thing’ or things, as to create opportunity for itself” . ~ Sheldon Renan.

The positive circular reenforcement, and incentive  is that the connected shared common interest is in fact also in your self interest.


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Democracy, Is It Gone?

From Twitter: see message below. Democracy is under attack by mass surveillance, profiling & personal targeting and ….. #mindfucking to create isolated excluded bubble groups that no longer interact or cooperate with each other and fight.

Democracy is much much more than just providing choices and “ruling by majority”. It is in the long term not bad to recognize & INCLUDE minority views from a diversity of people  into the decisions. We should re-connect the diverse tribes.

Jaap van Till, TheConnectivist

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Graphene may Filter Salt Water for drinking of millions of people

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This is BIG news !! If this is true, it can have a huge impact on health and happiness of the world population. WATER without pollution or salt is a basic need for children growing up, life, cooking and washing.

If it can produce potable water from dirty rivers or sea water, for instance with the help of solar energy such purifiers can be implemented on a large scale. And if you realize that many conflicts and even wars & migration have “fights over water” at their core, this is really great news. I have reblogged an article from “The Fastcompany” below about this invention.

I hope that the successful Nazava project, which is now operational with porous stone filters can adopt these new “graphene filters” soon and spread the filters on a larger scale.

Jaap van Till,  TheConnectivist


This Graphene Filter Makes Dirty  Saltwater Drinkable

One simple filter might be able to deliver clean water for a fraction of the cost and energy of our current purification and desalinization methods.

The water in Sydney Harbor–which is salty and polluted by sewage, toxic chemicals, and microplastics–isn’t drinkable. But researchers in Australia recently tested a new type of water filter that purified and desalinated the water in a single step. The same process could potentially be used to help the 2 billion-plus people around the world who lack access to safe drinking water.

The filter uses Graphair, a type of graphene, a material made from a thin layer of pure carbon. A film made from the new version of the material, with microscopic nano-channels, has a “unique atomic structure where the channel only allows pure water molecules to pass through while rejecting all the bigger particles of contaminants,” says Dong Han Seo, a researcher at the Australian research organization CSIRO. Salt, oil, chemicals, and other pollutants are blocked by the filter, while water flows through.

Typical large desalination plants use reverse osmosis, an energy-hogging process that uses high-pressure pumps to force water through membranes. The graphene filter can be used with a different process called membrane distillation, which runs on a difference in temperature between the clean and dirty water.

[Photo: CSIRO]

That thermal process could run on renewable energy. “Ideally, where we would love to see this going is you’re using solar power to heat the salty, dirty water, and that drives the production of the cold, clean water,” says CSIRO researcher Adrian Murdock. “You also should be able to achieve a much greater efficiency of clean water.”

In a recent study, a Graphair-coated membrane, roughly one square inch, could produce half a liter of water a day. The researchers are working on scaling up the membrane to the size of an A5 sheet of paper; a larger size should be able to produce 50-100 liters of water a day, or possibly more. “For a household, if you had two or three of these in series, that’s a perfectly reasonable volume of water to be producing,” Murdock says.

While membrane distillation already had advantages over reverse osmosis, it also has a challenge–over time, as they’re coated with pollutants, membranes stop working. In the recent study in Australia, the researchers tested a commercially available membrane filter coated with a Graphair film. Without the film, the filtration rate dropped by half in 72 hours. A membrane with the graphene film, by contrast, keeps working even as it’s coated with oil, detergents, or other contaminants.

Graphene filters also work more quickly, because the properties of the material increase the flow of water, despite the nano-sized pores. “Because graphene has an affinity to water, the amount of water going through the membrane is much higher than the commercial state-of-the-art polymer membrane,” says Rahul Raveendran Nair, professor of materials physics at Manchester University in the U.K., where graphene was first invented. Nair is also working on a graphene filter that can desalinate and purify water. His team is partnering with Icon Lifesaver, a manufacturer, to develop bottles with filters that could remove pollutants, heavy metals, and viruses.

Though the research is in a relatively early stage, it could potentially be an affordable way to produce clean drinking water. The CSIRO researchers have focused on a lower-cost, faster technique for making graphene, with fewer steps than others have used in the past. Their product is also made from soybean oil, making it more sustainable than graphene made from fossil fuels. In the future, the researchers say, it could be made with waste oil.

“We are trying to build a unit so it can be easily accessible in third-world countries,” says Seo. “A membrane that can enable single-step filtration of any kind of contaminants is a first step in bringing clean water to poor countries. Our team is continually researching and pushing our technology forward, eventually building our own purification system which is perfectly suited for our membrane.”


Adele Peters is a staff writer at Fast Company who focuses on solutions to some of the world’s largest problems, from climate change to homelessness. Previously, she worked with GOOD, BioLite, and the Sustainable Products and Solutions program at UC Berkeley


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You are constantly Supervised and your Mind Manipulated


Surveillance Capitalism in Action

– We are constantly watched through internet (about 1 GigaByte per day) and the data resold and used to manipulate us for marketing (and for political manipilation: Cambridge Analytica and Palatir).   And… nobody notices.

Sales of our cookie data:  Criteo retargeting, Burda media

       You can track that with the Firefox Plugin ” Ghostery “.

There is interesting detailed info available about: Ubermetrics, Strör und Axon Active

 Besides Ubermetrics the following companies offer similar services:

–        Brandwatch

–        Digimind

–        Vico Analytics


My conclusion: Mass Surveillance (for commercial use or by government departments for law enforcement etc.) is the first step in a process which leads to mass personal Mental Manipulation (for boosting sales by consumers or influencing their choices at elections). This not only is an attack on our privacy (a Human Right, remember) but also on our Freedom and on Democracy, whatever that was. The Civil Society will fight back…… We are not powerless.

Jaap van Till, TheConnectivist

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