Virtual Governance Institute — Just Technology

This site is absolutely not connected with the Virtual Governance Institute. Nevertheless, it’s worth reading about what they provide: technological solutions for virtual governance. They seem to be less concerned with the social aspects — the rights, the norms, the ethics — but just in providing tools that can implement […]

More tests with Facebook

This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it’s incredibly easy to connect to Twitter from within WordPress, but Facebook is a completely different story: it’s hard to submit messages without revealing too much information. For instance, I have just realised that Facebook tracks down your IP address and tries to […]

How much privacy do we have in Facebook?

This is definitely a test to see how the Facebook privacy tests are working. A link to this post should appear on Facebook and Twitter without revealing too much information, beyond what I allow: namely, that this comes from the Virtual Governance website. Is this possible at all? Or will […]

Testing posting to Facebook and Twitter

This is just a test to see if we’re correctly updating both the Facebook page and the Twitter account for Virtual Governance. Note that since my own Facebook account was cancelled (because I refuse to give Facebook my ID card and change my former account to my real name), I […]

Big Brother are corporations

When we were warned about the pitfalls of the lack of privacy by writers like George Orwell in 1984, we made sure that our governments protected our privacy and the right to freedom of expression. We felt that the horror of totalitarian regimes was just a step away, and could […]


For years Facebook has kicked out anyone with a “fake name” — this was simply defined as “a name that isn’t typed on an ID card”. Removal of pseudonymous users was simple: it did just take one person to report the profile as “fake” and Facebook immediately removes it; you […]

Feature voting is not democracy!

In many online communities, pretty much the only thing that users are allowed to is to vote on “features” — and almost all are technical features, not social ones. Community managers tend to downplay the importance of allowing their members to participate in the decision processes regarding social issues. In […]