Pinned toot

Site etiquette indicates my first toot should be by way of an introduction. Seldom comfortable tooting my own horn (pun intended)* I'll keep this brief(ish).

I am a philosopher and historian based in Sydney and currently a doctoral candidate at the Business School; researching Edmund and his implications for executive leadership.

I chose to undertake my study in a business school, grubby though commercial ends may seem to elevated minds, because Burke was an intensely practical thinker. As he noted:

'‘The End of learning is not knowledge but virtue; as the End of all speculation should be practice of one sort or another… [for] Knowledge is the Culture** of the mind; and he who rested there, would be just as wise as he who should plough his field without any intention of sowing or reaping.'***

In this context, it seems fitting to attempt to apply Burkean research to practical ends.

I am also a passionate advocate for technology reform, which drew me to Mastodon, as I do not think unrestricted access to an individual's data is necessary for the provision of services. , , , , and co. are all demonstrating that FAANG methods are not the only viable way of providing digital connections.

*Thinking intended puns, I am always reminded of the joke about a man who entered a local newspaper's pun contest. He sent in ten different puns, in the hope that at least one of the puns would win. Unfortunately, no pun in ten did.

**Culture in the original sense of ploughing for sowing later.

***Burke, A Note-Book of Edmund Burke, 82-83.

Day #060 of and my online presence is evolving. Time for Version 3.0...

New post:

Client side vs server side analytics: What's the gap in data?

In which I compare my website stats from Plausible Analytics with the stats from AWStats

Day #058 of and I dig up Time Capsule I and contemplate some of its messages.

An Underappreciated American Scholar

Dr. Thomas Sowell has been both a friend and a colleague of mine for over a half-century. On June 30, he will have completed his 90th year of life, and

Congratulations to Boston, which just banned facial surveillance technology. This is another step toward protecting civil liberties everywhere. Learn about face surveillance and why we supported legislation to defend privacy rights:

If you must use website analytics, give yourself a set of core values to operate under and continually ask:

Are we using the metrics to empower our disenfranchised and underserved users?

Are we using tools that maintain the right to #privacy?

Is our analytics engine in an #opensource ecosystem?

Are we exploiting users based upon their perceived age, religion, race, gender or relationship status?

#ethics #webmasters #internet #marketing #google #matomo #analytics #tracking

Day #053 of and I am at the base camp of Everest. A steep digital ascent awaits!

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