What Roberto saw this week – 14 August 2017

Frederick Douglass taught that literacy is the path from slavery to freedom. There are many kinds of slavery and many kinds of freedom, but reading is still the path.
Carl Sagan

This week I want to talk to you about good people co-operating to achieve the internet’s potential for good, and the bad people taking advantage of those who risk being left behind.

Could co-ops replace ridesharing companies like Uber?
Uber and Lyft have revolutionised transportation, but maybe it’s time for another revolution as well: platform co-operativism.

Glitch is the friendly community where you’ll build the app of your dreams
One of the most interesting efforts I’ve seen recently in building App Development literacy. Dive in and break things by bringing back the fun and creativity of anybody being able to make the internet.

Manchester firm shut down for pretending to be Google
A company based in my new home city was taking advantage of businesses’ ignorance of the net, extracting money for services Google provides freely to all.
Lots of companies make great sums from adding value on top of Google services, but these rogues were a different kind altogether. The best defence in any game starts with knowing the field, the rules and the players.

We went to Wilderness Festival
We spent 4 days dressing up, dining, immersing in hot tubs by the lake, listening to a bit of live music, loving open-air theatre, learning new skills and crafts, taking in the spectacle and sat on the front row for the recording of Episode 177 of our favourite podcast: No Such Thing as a Fish. Rumour has it David Cameron was there too.