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"Our collective objective should be, to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offence, or the disadvantage of anyone."
- Buckminster Fuller

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career activist and professional volunteer from Aotearoa (NZ). Co-founder of numerous community projects, including a community newspaper, space, station, , the Aotearoa sections of and , and the Aotearoa Permaculture Network. These days, I publish long-form blogs at . I'd love to hear from you about common interests, my contact info and more about my project history is here:

Has anyone else noticed the tendency certain people have to blame bugs and bad in software on the fact that it's "", but blame the same things in proprietary software on computers in general?

Not using the net is not a serious option anymore for most people. I'm writing a book on my attempt to do that for a year. The only way to defend our freedom in the age of the net is to democratize it. But how?

I remember having many conversations with other green activists back in the late 90s about the Orwellian potential of PCs and the net, and whether we ought to be resisting them rather than using them. The conclusion we inevitably came to was that the best way to mitigate those risks was to use digital tech to educate, agitate, and organize, and to do our best to bend its development in pro-freedom directions. It's a fine line to walk, requiring a level of vigilence that can be exhausting.

@librelounge in response to the 'living the life' stuff, thanks for sharing about your compromises. I presume you listened to the episodes where Karen and Bradley made their proprietary software usage confessions? I think this stuff is really important for folks to know. As Sean said when you interviewed him, we're all on a journey and at this point in history, it's difficult if not impossible to both live in full user freedom, *and* be part of society (see my post about WeChat)

@librelounge loving the meta episode. If you have time, I'd love to see a page based on it on your site. It could give more details on the sequence of creating an episode from conception to release, updated over time as your practices change.

One feature I really like, and haven't really seen anywhere else, is a voicemail chat. It works kind of like a walkie-talkie, I can record and send a voice message to a chat contact within a normal text chat box, and they can reply the same way. So it does pretty much the same thing for users as two-way voice chat, but without needing as much bandwidth or network stability, and I'm guessing it would be easier to engineer. Love to see a similar voicemail feature in chat apps.

A while back I knuckled under and got an Android that runs . Like in the anglophone world, it's used for almost everything in China, and it's very hard to even access basic services here without it, let alone have a social life.

I just realized there is a way to view my Direct Messages separately from the firehose of notifications in . Thanks @nolan, you rock!

"Our collective objective should be, to make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation, without ecological offence, or the disadvantage of anyone."
- Buckminster Fuller

"The [NZ] Government and its agencies buy about a sixth of all advertising - so they could be spending more than $100 million on social media [ie corporate-owned ]."

It's like watching them pay someone to punch the public in the face. Imagine the kind of privacy-respecting social web platform you could develop using , and host in the , with $NZ100 million a year.

Anyone got any thoughts on ways to structure the research watchlists for I want to make them as easy to understand and to update/ extend as possible:

What's the third option here? Federated democracies made up of formal but human-scale institutions, accountable to their members and to each other? At a global scale there is no equivalent of the majority-rules "nation-state", just corporations of various kinds (for-profit, not-for-profit, and regulatory) and fluid P2P networks ("the internet"). Can we create a global network of formal institutions that is similarly decentralized, but much more democratically accountable? (2/2)

Strypey boosted

I'm listening to 's interview with on and its occurs to me that we are presented with a false choice, when it comes to the future of democracy. One the one hand, we're being asked to resuscitate the old, centralized model of the "nation-station", and on the other hand to abandon it in favour of a completely fluid, distributed model of P2P consensus over social networks. A model that we've seen lend itself to massive tyrannies of structurelessness. (1/2)

Does anyone know if:
1) 's is run on 100% with no proprietary dependencies (goOgle captcha, third-party scripts etc)
2) the Codeberg team are aware of and participating in the working group?
3) How Codeberg stacks up against the Ethical Repository Criteria:

So we've got a terror attack blamed on Muslims (on the basis of tissue-thin evidence I might add) whose video footage goes viral, not on , but on the television stations of the corporate news media. Now we've got an anti-Muslim terror attack that was definitely carried about by a white supremacist (by his own admission), and the footage is being desperately suppressed, to the point of being formally censored by the . Now sure what to make of this, but it intrigues me.

The real perpetrators of 9/11 didn't need to videotape it and play it live, since they conveniently had a handful of the largest US news media corporations do it for them. Those perpetrators also didn't need underground collaborators to distribute the videos afterwards for them, since television news around the world played them constantly all that day and for day (and even years) afterwards. All the footage remains available on .org:

"We had days and days worth of media exposure, but at that time it was only television, and you almost couldn't avoid information about the 9/11 attacks ... What was most unique and most disturbing about the Christchurch massacre was the fact that the perpetrator videotaped it and played it live."
Professor Roxane Cohen Silver, interviewed on :

She's talking about her studies that show viewing images of terrorism ramps up people's fear of it.

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