A reflection and homage to The Billion User Table by @jonstokes of 1729.

The COVID pandemic has forced us all indoors and online. We work, learn, live and play in virtual spaces and digital communities. We spend time with friends via screens and explore fictional worlds on dynamic new meta-worlds…

Q1 2021 (In Two Acts)

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Act I

If you (like me) are wondering WTF is going on right now, and have been asking yourself why things feel so deeply strange with regards to information and communication, here’s an extended quarterly riff (along with a few musings on Clubhouse; the latest social rage to go as viral as…

I do not celebrate or feel pride in our having to ban @realDonaldTrump from Twitter, or how we got here. After a clear warning we’d take this action, we made a decision with the best information we had based on threats to physical safety both on and off Twitter. …

A Steward’s Guide & 2020 Postmortem

Well then…what a year! As we collectively pump the breaks and bring 2020 to a close (or perhaps say good riddance), it’s safe to say this past year was in one sense predictable and in another utterly unfathomable. Since being announced at the World Economic Forum in January, the Internet…

A Troubling Tribute to the Punks & Poets of Academia

I imagine most will see a man in a red dress with blue hair and immediately bypass the above video, but for those willing to invest 20 minutes of their time, this performance is an important backdrop for what follows. See lyrics here.

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Build or Brace

It was just a few years…

Stage 4: Slope of Sanity & Stability

Well here we are nearing the end of 2020 and I think it’s fair to say a few ears have perked up to the idea that distributed systems might just offer something useful to society. The American Council on Education (ACE) and the Department of Education Office of Educational Technology

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What follows is a quarterly email that typically only goes to my small but rowdy subscriber list (feel free to join here), but I thought it an important enough message to pipe it out through the infinite intertubes. Enjoy!

Hope everyone is doing well during this back, but not…

A Short Story About Agency & the Future of Data

June 1, 2020 | Taylor Kendal

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The average person checks their phone 150 times per day…in the US alone, that’s about 45 billion data points being provided, BY YOU, FOR FREE, to a small handful of companies (and by extension, advertisers) every day. …

How Digital Trust will Change the World

We Have Liftoff

May 5, 2020 marked the official launch of the Trust Over IP Foundation, a new Linux Foundation project aimed at:

defining a complete architecture for Internet-scale digital trust that combines both cryptographic trust at the machine layer and human trust at the business, legal, and social layers.

And while this…

A Community & Collective Call to Action

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What will we choose to build? Who will we choose to become? As we all do our best to find comfort amid endless uncertainty, many of us are left with existential questions of purpose and what could have been. …

Taylor Kendal

Edu • Web3 • Culture • Travel • Identity → #BUIDL a rational mental map one neural node at a time. // Systems thinker; work in progress; thoughts derivative.

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