Jeremy Keith

Jeremy Keith

Making websites. Writing books. Speaking at conferences. Living in Brighton. Working at Clearleft. Playing music. Taking photos. Answering email.

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Monday, September 26th, 2016

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

The new album from @TheOrchid is the perfect soundtrack for hacking through day two of Indie Web Camp Brighton.

Ready for day two of Indie Web Camp Brighton.

If you fancy working on your own website today, swing on by @68MiddleSt.

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

That’s a wrap for day one of Indie Web Camp Brighton.

Excited for day two!

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Met up with @rem for a coffee and now my brain is buzzing with ideas about the web.

How do I learn? -

I can very much relate to Jonathan’s learning process (except for the bit about reading Hacker News—spit):

  1. Reading
  2. Building
  3. Writing

I think I read about 20-30 times more than I write, but the writing part is still crucial for helping me get stuff straight in my own head.

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The Internet Should Be a Public Good | Jacobin

A gripping history lesson of the internet and the ARPANET before it, emphasising the role of government funding.

Silicon Valley often likes to pretend that innovation is the result of entrepreneurs tinkering in garages. But most of the innovation on which Silicon Valley depends comes from government research, for the simple reason that the public sector can afford to take risks that the private sector can’t.

It’s precisely the insulation from market forces that enables government to finance the long-term scientific labor that ends up producing many of the most profitable inventions.

Today we have an internet effectively controlled by a small number of private companies.

Instead of trying to escape the bigness of the Internet, we should embrace it — and bring it under democratic control. This means replacing private providers with public alternatives where it’s feasible, and regulating them where it’s not.

There is nothing in the pipes or protocols of the Internet that obliges it to produce immense concentrations of corporate power. This is a political choice, and we can choose differently.