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.

N.B.:
*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...

robert.winter.ink/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

plausible.io/blog/server-log-a

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

robert.winter.ink/time-capsule

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

townhall.com/columnists/walter

Congratulations to Boston, which just banned facial surveillance technology. This is another step toward protecting civil liberties everywhere. wbur.org/news/2020/06/23/bosto Learn about face surveillance and why we supported legislation to defend privacy rights: protonmail.com/blog/face-surve

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!

robert.winter.ink/the-base-cam

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