The Nexus Today is a network of sites featuring interesting recent links from around the web.
- links.thenexus.today is the best starting point, with headlines about technology and politics, including topics like , AI, privacy, digital rights, blockchain,reproductive justice, voting rights, Black Lives Matter, surveillance, and the 2020 US Presidential primary.
- cannabis.thenexus.today is a single-topic site on … well, you can probably guess.
- voting-rights.news illustrates how the results from The Nexus Today can be embedded in a web site.
The software’s still in beta, so apologies in advance for any bugs. If you run into a problem, or have any feedback or suggestions, please get in touch via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), Twitter, or our Dreamwidth community.
How it works
The Nexus Today uses an approach that historian Jo Guldi calls critical search: combining algorithmic analysis with human judgement. Unlike most other “link aggregation” software, it’s designed with an explicit focus on accessibility, diversity and justice — and using techniques like social threat modeling to minimize the effect of disinformation and spammers. Of course, it’s far from perfect; suggestions for improvement are very welcome! Still, even at this early stage, hopefully the links are useful!
Who’s behind The Nexus Today?
Me! I’m Jon Pincus, a software engineer / entrepreneur / strategist and activist who focuses on justice, equity, diversity, inclusion, and intersectionality. I started working on this software out of frustration with current link aggregators. Sites like Google News, Reddit, Axios, Hacker News, Quartz, and Techmeme primarily amplify and center cis, white, able-bodied, and male perspectives. Meanwhile, my Twitter feed has tons of great content by and about people of color, trans and queer people, disabled people, and women — content that isn’t showing up on reddit et al. Is there a way to amplify these voices?
This early version of The Nexus Today is just a starting point, on the path to a “minimum viable product” with enough functionality to be useful and lots of room for improvement. Feedback is more than welcome! For now, email, Dreamwidth, and Twitter are the best options.