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dgplug Newsletter #3

The Social Media Dilemma

Social media is a big part of most of our lives now. It combines almost
every good thing the internet could possibly provide us with;
information, social interaction, entertainment. However, the costs are
high, as we transform ourselves into consumers without any privacy. We
not only share our innermost feelings and opinions with close friends,
but with a company that sells these secrets to the highest bidder.

We create profiles of ourselves that are far more detailed than what is
visible, profiles that leave third parties with enormous amounts of
information to find and exploit our vulnerabilities.

People are shocked when personal data from social media ends up in hands
of dubious companies, but everyone should be aware that this is nothing
more than the actual business model of social media companies.

Now, is it possible to use social media in a responsible way? Or is
cutting all bonds and abandoning all of its advantages the more
reasonable approach? An open source crowd-funded ad-free social network
would be an attractive alternative. This is why we almost want this
story to become reality.

Recent activities of \#dgplug members

- [Shashank Kumar - Recovering commit after git reset
Git is a life saver, no doubt. But no one whose ever used a versioning
system like git, never messed up some commits. Often the easiest way is
to do a hard reset to untangle the mess. But what if you notice you've
lost some important work when it is already too late?
- [Himanshu Awasthi - Experience of  Pandas Documentation
Pandas is a powerful and convenient python package built on numpy, that
makes data wrangling in Python fun. Himanshu started working on this
great library, beginning with a Pandas documentation sprint.
- [Kushal Das - Using Python to access Onion network over SOCKS
Did you know you can use the power of Tor in your Python code? Kushal
demonstrates how to use Tor as a proxy doing arbitrary web requests with
Python and SOCKS.
- [Kushal Das - How to delete your Facebook
There is an absolutely foolproof way to ensure Facebook is not abusing
your personal data; just delete your account. Many people are afraid of
this, but it's not dangerous and will definitely not kill you. You might
however experience a tangible feeling of space and freedom afterwards.

Further reading

- [jasonbraganza -](
Sometimes it's hard to learn how to master a discipline by reading about
it, or listening to explanations. Sometimes the most informative
experience is to just watch masters at work.
- [kushaldas -](
Michael Lynch has quit a job that many people dream of. This post
describes, how in a gigantic company like Google, commitment and good
work is not recognized or appreciated, while a dog-eat-dog mindset is
- [kushaldas -](
A presidency usually lasts for a few years; new politicians come, others
go. However, there are institutions that surpass all heirarchy, that are
powerful enough to exert an influence on politics and presidents. Is a
president even capable to oppose the Deep State?
- [jasonbraganza -](
Rolf Dobelli's *The Art of Thinking Clearly* addresses errors in our
thinking and decision making. This is a brief summary of the topics this
book contains.
- [jasonbraganza -](
Consume social media more consciously, don't turn yourself into the
gadget or a plaything of the data guzzling, privacy invading giants.
This is an introduction to the Slow Social Media philosophy by Cal Newport.

Did we miss something?

Since this project is still in its infancy, we may have overlooked
content that you would like to have included. We will work on constantly
improving this letter and review external sources. If you think there is
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