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How Much Are Your Volunteer Hours Worth? Social Capital Scrip & the Financial-Tech Experiments with New Forms of Precarious Employment

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Original Title: “Social capital” scrip? Fin-tech experiments with new forms of precarious “employment If you consider most activities are awarded 200 points, the per-hour rate of compensation is at most $2 (presuming the … Continue reading How Much Are Your Volunteer Hours Worth? Social Capital Scrip & the Financial-Tech Experiments with New Forms of Precarious Employment

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Blockchain, Self-Sovereign Identity, and Selling Off Humanity

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. Digital currency payments validated with biometric information like iris scans have been prototyped using refugee populations over the past few years (see the featured image). While the technology that undergirds it is complex, programmers are … Continue reading Blockchain, Self-Sovereign Identity, and Selling Off Humanity

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Minding Our Health: The Nudge, Part Two

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. The topic of the hearing was reducing healthcare expenditures on chronic illness, which they claimed would amount of hundreds of billions of dollars in “savings.” Given the amount of money on the table, … Continue reading Minding Our Health: The Nudge, Part Two

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Digital Nudging: Data, Devices & Social Control

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. …“Choice architects” create these systems and weave them into public policy. Through strategic application of “nudges,” citizens,  otherwise “irrational actors” in the market, can be guided to conform to economists’ expectations. Through nudges, … Continue reading Digital Nudging: Data, Devices & Social Control

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Making Childhood Pay: Arthur Rolnick, Steven Rothschild, and ReadyNation

Reposted with permission from Wrench in the Gears. The push for early childhood education access is NOT being driven by a desire to meet the basic human needs of children. Rather financial interests that view children as cogs in a national … Continue reading Making Childhood Pay: Arthur Rolnick, Steven Rothschild, and ReadyNation

How exactly did the Department of Defense end up in my child’s classroom?

  You cannot fully understand what is happening with Future Ready school redesign, 1:1 device programs, embedded assessments, gamification, classroom management apps, and the push for students in neighborhood schools to supplement instruction with online courses until you grasp the … Continue reading How exactly did the Department of Defense end up in my child’s classroom?