Larry Sanger

Online knowledge organizer. Co-founder of Wikipedia, Ph.D. Philosophy.

Toward a social contract for social media

Last week, I led a "strike," or boycott, associated with the hashtag #SocialMediaStrike, directed at the giant, centralized social media services. Though throttled by Twitter and no doubt by others, the brief campaign led to massive use of the hashtag, many people carrying out the strike, as well…

Thanks for striking

Let me express my extreme gratitude to everyone who signed the Declaration of Digital Independence and went on social media strike July 4 and/or 5. I'd also like to thank the many reporters who picked up this story. I'm cognizant that this attention represented some trust of me, i.e., that I…

#SocialMediaStrike resources

Here I will try to maintain a complete page of links to the main #SocialMediaStrike resources. Includes media to share, below. Social Media Strike! (larrysanger.org)Basic info on the social media strike: On July 4 and 5 (at least one day), people with serious grievances…

Declaration of Digital Independence

Version 1.3 (June 29, 2019; version history) See also: Social Media Strike! -- FAQ about the project to decentralize social media -- Resources Humanity has been contemptuously used by vast digital empires. Thus it is now necessary to replace these empires with decentralized networks of…

Social Media Strike!

Short URL for this page: tiny.cc/july45 See also: Declaration of Digital Independence -- FAQ about the project to decentralize social media -- Resources On July 4 and 5 (at least one day), people with serious grievances against social media—including you?—will go on strike. You could, but…

FAQ about the project to decentralize social media

See also: Declaration of Digital Independence -- Social Media Strike! -- FAQ about the project to decentralize social media -- Resources General questions What is the Declaration of Digital Independence? Here it is. It is not meant to be a general bill of digital rights. Rather, it has the…

Version history for “Declaration of Digital Independence”

1.3 (2019-06-29) Added CC-by-sa license (thought I had done this earlier but apparently not). 1.2 (2019-06-29) Added a quote from Thomas Jefferson, author of the original Declaration, and a picture of his Monticello. 1.12 (2019-06-26) Bolded the words "We, therefore, the undersigned people of…

The Antivitist Trend in the West

Recent events have suggested that there is a trend afoot in the West: that life is overrated and that death is not so bad. Call it, for lack of a better term, antivitism (from Latin vita, life). People who are aware of their own commitment to this view call it, rather funnily, efilism, which…

Is letting a 17-year-old die morally equivalent to killing her?

A spate of news articles appeared yesterday, reporting that Dutch 17-year-old mental patient Noa Pothoven was euthanized. This formulation—she was euthanized—caused outrage in certain circles. This is factually incorrect, they say. She was not euthanized. She took her own life. What are the…

Some thoughts on the new Voice.com project

This evening we finally learned what the #B1June hype was all about: among other things, a new social media system called Voice.com, built by Block.one, the company behind the outrageously well-performing EOS token. (Full disclosure: Everipedia, where I am CIO, is built on EOS and is the recipient…