Finding good things to do on the Internet – classic problems with ALL Internet efforts now
I noticed you were following me, so I looked to see what you are doing. Your activities on the Internet are scattered and use too many styles. Do you have something you want to do? I read some of your papers, projects and websites. They are kind of all over the place. Have you looked deep to see what has the most importance to you? What you are willing to spend the rest of your life doing something about?
If you study radicalization, and share that, it will give them better tools for terror. If you help where people are working for the global common good, you can have positive impact on the human species. I say “The Internet is for the survival of the human species” and “The Internet is for everyone – all 7.8 Billion right now.
A friend of mine helped me translate a book I wrote into Bengali. In August she married, and three weeks later he broke his neck in a traffic accident. He is now completely paralysed, but breathing on his own with difficulty. To help him, I have to change the hospital that treats him, the donor networks that can help the groups in Bangladesh who serve the paralysed. The country Bangladesh because they do not have the underlying technologies needed – to keep the costs down and improve efficiencies for the people they care for. ALL of the NGOs, agencies, corporations, groups that serve or connect to Bangladesh, because those are existing flows that affect anyone trying to change things.
“spinal cord injury” OR “paralysis” has 122 Million entry points (Google, 30 Oct 2021) and NONE of those groups are working together to common purpose. They “talk” to each other. They “share words on paper”, but they need to be sharing data, tools, algorithms, and be able to work together on a common base. I say things like “work on one game board”, “global community” or “global collaborative communities’.
The reason that “covid” was such a feast for groups taking advantage of the situation, is no one held them accountable for duplication, for all groups hoarding their information. That is a whole long project in its own right – “no index of everyone involved”, “massive duplication and variations”, “untraceable authors and content”, and “sharing only in paper formats that have to be read by humans” are the main reasons for the glacial pace on that global issue. And all others issues where hundreds of millions or billions are affected and trying to do something.
Richard Collins, Director, The Internet Foundation