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Curating the Internet: Business and leadership micro-summaries for October 20, 2019

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When Harriet Tubman helped to lead a Civil War operation that freed 750 people; Larry Sanger's big idea: the encyclosphere; a Steem post Marking the 64th anniversary of The Return of the King; Google and Oracle's 10 year battle over java licensing; and Mark Zuckerberg argues for free speech while ducking its controversial facets


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  1. When Harriet Tubman Helped Lead a Civil War Raid That Freed 750 People - Harriet Tubman was born into slavery, but liberated herself in 1849 when she escaped from Maryland to Pennsylvania. Despite having a price on her head, she returned to Maryland time after time in order to help more people escape to freedom in the north. It is believed that she conducted about 70 people to freedom that way. Then, in 1861, the Governor of Massachusetts asked her to assist the war effort by guiding people who escaped from slavery into relative safety in the Union camps. She volunteered in Virginia, then served as a nurse in South Carolina, and in 1863, she and "a trustworthy group of black scouts" conducted the Combahee River Raid in an effort to destroy Confederate supply lines where the Combahee River passes through South Carolina. She traded promises for freedom for information with the enslaved people who she found in the area, and by the end of the raid, she had led 750 more to freedom. She stayed on in the south for another year supporting liberated slaves, and assisting in guerilla activities. Tubman died in 1913 and was buried with military honors. The article also notes that a movie about her, called Harriet, is planned for release on November 1.

  2. Introducing the Encyclosphere - In this transcript of a talk from Larry Sanger, the cofounder of wikipedia and former CEO of everipedia, draws an analogy to the blogosphere in order to discuss his new effort to build an encyclosphere - a set of protocols like RSS and ATOM that will let people create and rank a diverse and decentralized universe of encyclopedia entries. To accomplish this, he is launching a non-profit organization, learning to code, recruting volunteers, and continuing to work closely with the folks at everipedia. In order to preclude a conflict of interest, he also returned his compensation from his time as everipedia's CEO.

  3. STEEM The Return of the King's publication as the last part of The Lord of the Rings on 20 October 1955 - In this post, @wongbraling commerates the 64th anniversary of the publication of The Return of the King - which is the third book in the classic Lord of the Rings trilogy, by JRR Tokien. Personally, along with the Amber Chronicles by Roger Zelazny and the Game of Thrones TV Series, I have lost count of the number of times that I read the series and seen the movies. (A 10% beneficiary setting has been applied to this post for @wongbraling.)

  4. Google lashes out at DoJ, Oracle as it asks US Supremes to sniff Java suit one last time - Oracle and Google have been locked in a legal dispute over Google's use of Java in the Android operating system for almost 10 years. In the latest development, Google has asked the US Supreme Court to review a 2016 ruling that Google's use of java infringed on Oracle's intellectual property. The US government has argued that the Supreme Court should reject the request. If the request is rejected, Google must pay Oracle $8.8 billion for its unlicensed use of Java in Android.

  5. Zuckerberg doubles down on free speech—the Facebook way - In a speech to an audience at Georgetown University, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, argued that connecting people around the world and giving them a voice are activities that are "transformationally positive", and went on to say that people who oppose free speech are working on the side of censorship and elitism. He apparently dodged the thorny subjects of deplatforming people like Alex Jones and the platform's role in spreading fake narratives and other forms of disinformation. During a question and answer phase, Zuckerberg also noted that "Right now, we’re doing a very good job of making everyone angry at us," indicating that people across the political spectrum have complaints about the way facebook attempts to balance free speech and censorship.


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