Branch Magazine: Issue 1

Branch is an online magazine written by and for people who dream of a sustainable and just internet for all. We believe that the internet must serve our collective liberation and ecological sustainability. We want the internet to dismantle the power structures that delay climate…

The Museum of the Fossilized Internet

Welcome to the Museum of the Fossilized Internet. This museum was founded in 2050 to commemorate two decades of a fossil-free internet and to invite museum visitors to experience what the coal and oil-powered internet of 2020 was like. Gasp at the horrors of surveillance…

Thomas Wright's An Original Theory or New Hypothesis of the Universe (1750)

Tech as a temporary force multiplier

Cross-posting from a recent Twitter thread: In 2016, I started talking about IoT as an amplifier and multiplier of harms. At the time, focusing on connected devices seemed wise. The capabilities and ubiquity of smart devices was growing. Amazon Echo, for example, was just rolling…

ThingsCon Stories

ThingsCon Stories: Greening the Web

ThingsCon is publishing its wonderful annual State of Responsible IoT (RIOT Report) shortly. As part of the publication, ThingsCon is sitting down with contributors from the report and talking about the issues they wrote about. Check out my episode about greening the web. More episodes…

Democratic Toys

The toy manufacturer Fisher Price released a play set for the home office. Kittens and puppies feature as your coworkers when you flip open your laptop or make a call on your smartphone. The telecommuter headset, to-go coffee cup and charts depicting hockey-stick growth complete…