Under marked otherwise, all posts from this account are #CC #BYSA 4.0. Unless I send a DM, I want all my posts publicly visible, to any web browser, and any other user app or archival/ research system that speaks #ActivityPub (and ideally #Diaspora and #Zot too). I'm happy for them to be indexed by any search system and included in any relevant search. That's why I publish them on the web with Mastodon. When I want to have private discussion, I use DMs. One day the AP-verse will do this better.
I wonder if there are academic or institutional research groups out there intentionally pushing harmless but viral misinformation through various styles of network media? If we had a body of empirical evidence on which styles amplify misinfo and which succeed in reducing its spread, maybe we could design self-education systems with some confidence we know what works and what doesn't, rather than relying on heuristics and ideology.
Making FarceBook and Goggle share revenue with the news media companies who employ journalists is like making paedophiles pay to hang around outside childcare centres. It's a finger-in-the-dyke response, which completely ignores the larger issues at play. Namely, the fact that a handful of giant corporations can control and direct the lion's share of most people's attention:
According to what I've read on the Goggle help pages, the new storage limit enforcement policy formally kicks in June 2021. But the quota system has been in place for a while, and according to an article on #ZDnet it was the cause of the big outage last year:
I doubt I'm the first person to mention this here, but it's finally happened; Goggle has imposed a storage quota of 15GB on gratis accounts. So one of the biggest advantages of using their services without paying - eternal, unlimited storage - is now toast. Could FarceBook be next? I wonder if this might be an opportunity for platform cooperatives to pitch modestly-priced services as a replacement for both?
Anyone out there interested in taoist philosophy? I've been meaning to read Tao Te Ching ever since I read The Tao of Pooh more than 20 years ago. I intend to continue learning Chinese and one day I will read it in the original Chinese, maybe even Chinese characters. In the meantime, can anyone recommend an English translation?
Me, I'm feeling quite hopeful about 2021. On a personal level, I'm looking forward to making the most of the relentless pruning 2020 gave my life, with a burst of vigorous, healthy personal growth.
On a community level, there are many of us who see how badly capitalists and their toadies are running the world, even if we don't use the same language to describe the problems. 2021 can be a year of reconnecting outside the corporate social media silos and doing better ourselves.
The message from a panicking neoliberal capitalist establishment seems to be along the lines of 'if you enjoyed 2020, you're going to love 2021!':
So matrix now joins XMPP (Movim, Salut-á-Toi) as a (currently) non-compatible alternative to the fediverse protocols (mainly ActivityPub but also Diaspora and Zot). How can bridges be built across all these networks, to fully unite the federated read/ write web? Is this even a goal worth pursuing?
The matrix devs at Element have been experimenting with getting into the federated social media game:
#ShowerThoughts: Think for a moment about all the energy used by making metal and plastic cutlery, and all the carbon emissions involved. Imagine all that being replaced with reusable cutlery
made from fast-growing plant materials, like bamboo, hemp stalks, reeds, or harakeke (a hardy swamp grass native to Aotearoa, commonly called "flax"). Ideally made near the point of use and locking up more carbon in the material than is emitted in production and distribution.
"Following UNESCO 38th General Conference Resolution 'CONNECTing the Dots: Options for Future Action' , the Organization therefore stands for the approach of Internet Universality, which is based on the R.O.A.M principles of human-Rights, Openness, Accessibility and Multistakeholder participation. These principles are essential to ensure an open, transparent and inclusive Internet worldwide."
For anyone interested in the history of RiseUp.net, one of the oldest community-hosting collectives using and recommending exclusively free code software, here's a 2020 interview with some of the collective members:
Note the comments on the role of Indymedia in their genesis and growth.
"Of course in any state there will be a continuum between those that wish to access all material and make their own decisions and those that wish to be shielded from certain content. The logical outcome of this would be to make the Internet completely free and have consumers set their own individual parameters of censorship, however as shall be expounded, this is not a realistic proposition and generally leads to a level of censorship that will vary from region to region, state to state."
"The US and UK being so publicly supportive of Internet Freedom in rhetoric, yet so thoroughly undermining it in action represents a key impediment to global Internet Freedom. If the leading global states are unwilling to forward Internet Freedom in any more than word, how can others be expected to in deed?"
The recent attempts to force backdoors into encryption software is a typically braindead example of states' appproach to internet governance.
"Recently declared a human right under the 2012 United Nations Human Rights Council resolution ‘The Promotion, Protection and Enjoyment of Human Rights on the Internet' (HRC 2012, Resolution A/HRC/20/L.13), online interactions are now afforded protection equal to offline, real world interaction."
- #VaughanAHolding, 2016, Interstate - Journal of International Affairs
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