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#delete campaigns: social solidarity vs privacy

Uber: Travel ban

January 2017, we witnessed #deleteuber social media campaign. The movement erupted after Trump’s ban on travel ban from Muslim-majority countries, when NYC taxi drivers went on strike. At the very same moment Uber announced “surged pricing on JFK airport” being turned off.

February 2017 benchmarks shown 200,000 accounts being deleted as an act of solidarity against US President decision.

Cambridge Analytica: Elections

March 2018, Christopher Wylie, whistleblower from Cambridge Analytica (has nothing to do with famous university), gives an interview to Guardian on how the company was collecting Facebook user profiles and presumably helped targeting elections campaign for Republican Party to win the elections.

The whole social media just went nuts on the subject. A chance of your social profile being harvested for micro-targeting to form your opinion on any sociopolitical matter, launched yet another delete campaign – #deletefacebook. Today, it’s been reported on 87m profiles may’ve been leaked to Cambridge Analytica, which is said to be a part of SCL Group.

Some details on who these folks are:

SCL’s involvement in the political world has been primarily in the developing world where it has been used by the military and politicians to study and manipulate public opinion and political will. It uses what have been called “psy ops” to provide insight into the thinking of the target audience. According to its website, SCL has influenced elections in Italy, Latvia, Ukraine, Albania, Romania, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Mauritius, India, Indonesia, The Philippines…(c) Wikipedia

What’s quiet interesting about this whole story, that it’s emphasised the privacy leak at first place. Next week it twisted into yet-another-Trump fault, and all the hell broke loose in social networks.

Frankly speaking, this Trump for/against campaign is not my thing, I’m not  a US citizen. I didn’t vote. Thus, I don’t care. American elections is solely the matter of US people.

Technically speaking, as a person who reads and does some IT things, it breaks down to the subject of privacy, and the medium that we use in day-to-day routines.

If you’re not paying for the product, you are the product

Whenever you use any social medium, you share your private information. Those crazy useless quizzes, asking for your locations, ads rotation, bounce rates. It was just the matter of time, when some company will appear on the horizon and start crunching your data for its own purposes. Marketing tools in combination with psychology and IT, might give you a proper railgun in social science and opinion forming.

It’s your decision to support or ignore #deletefacebook movement. Edward Snowden gave an interview on the matter, that has some insights on your data privacy and the state control. He might be right, that it’s us – our generation – that will impose the control of our personal data, or it’s too late.

What’s after senior developer by Christian Heilmann

It is painful to see how clumsy companies are in trying to keep their techies happy.

We do team building exercises, we offer share options.

Also, we pay free lunches and try to do everything to keep people in the office.

We print team T-shirts and stickers and pretend that the company is a big, happy family.

We pay our technical staff a lot and wonder why people are grumpy and leave.

What gets us going is a feeling of recognition and respect. And only peers who’ve been in the same place can give that. There is no way to give a sincere compliment when you can’t even understand what the person does.

Christian Heilmann

Great article from Christian Heilmann about the career ladders and what comes after senior developer.

WordPress Gutenberg: it’s not about Text Editor

To be honest, I wasn’t paying much attention after the announcement of Gutenberg back in 2010.

I never had any dramatic impacts by CKEditor embedded in the WordPress admin panel. I still think it’s one of the best examples of UI/UX text editors on the Web.

The whole development process caught my attention due to React licensing issue that got the Internet buzzing about for couple of months. Eventually, Facebook changed it.

And then I saw this video on the future of WYSIWYG editor. Gutenberg’s impact on the WordPress ecosystem will be a game-changer.

This is huge! The whole ecosystem will change its standards of writing plugins/themes. The concept of expanding viewports going beyond the classical monitor resolution, including wearables and other portable devices.

Block architecture. Enough with spoilers, just watch the video.

Fairwell 2017. New Year – new challenges

The end of this crazy year is almost around the corner, and I guess it’s the time to summarise it.

Traveling

We finally got some time to travel abroad. Scotland was the destination. Nadia and I think on planning one more trip there; this time checking the West Coast of the country. Edinburgh, is definitely the city to consider moving, in case I’ll ever get tired of Cyprus.

Working

2017 passed by the aegis of “Hold my beer!” Number of really challenging projects that were successfully launched in 2017. Couple of zombie-projects that had to be resurrected from the nearly dead condition so they could survive Black Friday and Christmas sales. And they did!

Surprisingly found myself coding lots of JavaScript at work and free time. Never thought of becoming a frontend developer, and still not planning to, but JS appears on my way more frequently then I expected (huh!).

Free Time

Is there any, duh?.. 2017 was full of different pivoting moments. Health wise, 3-month gym challenge proved that I can’t stand without it for long. It seems that this hobby is here to stay.

Hiking. I’d like to keep it on weekly basis, but apparently monthly period is more realistic (plus Cyprus is running out of hiking routes quiet fast with such pace!).

Back to normality. Apart of reading tech books, finally found some place for non-technical literature. Definite challenge of 2018 would be to finalise Hugo Awards list, which makes another 8-10 books remaining from 2017.

2018 Resolutions

Everyone likes lists. Lists are easier to memorise. It might help me remember, what I was planning for 2018. At least for a week.

  • Travel more!
  • More sports (Gym is fun, but with goal setting, is more challenging)
  • Figure out what kind of monster is(are): Python, Swift.
  • Pump my JavaScript/PHP madskillz.
  • Read more. A lot more.
  • Survive after quitting cigarettes.

Well, this looks like a list that I can accomplish, or at least try to 🙂

Happy New Year y’all! Now lots of food, festive mood, and wishes health, happiness, and whatever crazy comes in mind…

Over & out.

JavaScript issues in one picture

javascript problems graph

The picture looks a bit outdated as it misses gazillion of trendy frameworks and transpilers but still relevant to the subject