Larry Sanger

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

Gay activists and Hollywood liberals vs. traditional Muslims vs. free speech liberals

Here's a richly ironic slice of our strange, sad old world in 2019. Ellen Degeneres is (quite rightly) protesting the Sultan of Brunei for introducing the death penalty (stoning to death) for gay sex. He's also executing people for adultery, but Ellen doesn't mention that:…

Zuckerberg Is Wrong: Don’t Regulate Our Content

Last Sunday, Mark Zuckerberg made another Facebook strategy post. (This is his second major policy post in as many months. I responded to his March 6 missive as well.) Unsurprisingly, it was a disaster. I want to shake him by his lapels and say, "Mark! Mark! Wrong way! Stop going that way! We…

Is Western civilization collapsing?

A perennial topic for me (and many of us) is the notion that there is a deep malaise in Western civilization. There are, it seems to me, three main camps on the question, "Is Western civilization collapsing?" 1. The conservative position. "Yes. And it's a horrible thing. For one thing, elites…

How I replaced Dropbox

Updated April 2 at bottom. My main beef with Dropbox is that it's not secure, not adequately encrypted, and there's been a little too much indication that Dropbox is spying on user data. Ever since I decided to lock down my cyber-life, I had Dropbox in my sights. It was going to be a pain to…

How and why I got a VPN

As part of my ongoing efforts to lock down my cyber-life, I finally decided to investigate VPNs (virtual private networks) and subscribe to one, if it seemed to be a good idea. Well, it is a good idea. So I got one, and it was pretty cheap. What is a VPN, anyway? A virtual private network,…

A reply to Mark Zuckerberg’s “Privacy-Focused Vision for Social Networking”

Yesterday (March 6), Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outlined Facebook's new "vision and principles around building a privacy-focused messaging and social networking platform." The essential problem isn't that they need a new app; rather, they need to reform their existing one. Rather than…

Should we be satisfied with mediocre schools?

Michael J. Petrilli is president of the conservative educational thinktank, the Thomas J. Fordham Institute--whose tagline is "Advancing Educational Excellence." Petrilli argues that it's totally okay if his children study at a school that is "often mediocre." This a breath of fresh air in regards…

Further on my Linux journey: Ubuntu on a laptop

First, I decided to switch to Linux. I have to tell you: I'm so glad I did. It's not just the sheer relief from the knowledge that I'm not being monitored by Microsoft or carefully controlled by Apple. I'll admit, that's probably the biggest advantage to Linux for me. But I really, truly find…

The meeting of the Larrys

Today I was on Larry King Now (his Hulu/YouTube/RT program, similar to the old CNN "Larry King Live"). I was on a half-hour panel about blockchain with XYO's Markus Levin and Eric Tippetts of NASGO. It's due out March 1. Here are some pictures: Larry and the panelists The two Larrys…

How to decentralize social media—a brief sketch

The problem about social media is that it is centralized. Centralization empowers massive corporations and governments to steal our privacy and restrict our speech and autonomy. What should exist are neutral, technical standards and protocols, like the standards and protocols for blogs, email,…