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We're kicking off the commons.hour - a monthly open gathering to learn, share and co-design a governance model and handbook for - tech infra initiatives like

📆 Monday 27th at 18h UTC

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Decidim Fest announces its dates and opens its call for entries 💥

🗓️ October 20-22 #SaveTheDate
📍 Canodrom (Barcelona) & the internet
Open Call running until 15/9
🗣️Face-to-face and 🔭 remote participation welcome
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#decidimfest21 #metadecidim

@0 About 5% of computer users have "advanced" literacy, defined as "Some navigation across pages and applications is required to solve the problem. The use of tools (e.g. a sort function) is required to make progress towards the solution. The task may involve multiple steps and operators. The goal of the problem may have to be defined by the respondent, and the criteria to be met may or may not be explicit"

Scheduling a meeting room, or determining "what percentage of the emails sent by John Smith last month were about sustainability" are examples of level-3 tasks.

A quarter of the adult population cannot use computers at all, 14% are at "below level-1" skills, and 30% can only perform very basic level-1 tasks, for a total of 70% of the population which has only very basic skills ... or less.

It's easy to over-estimate the general literacy and numeracy of the population, especially if you yourself are college-educated and work in and/or with information technology.

The United States performs one of the most comprehensive assessments of adult literacy. The key lesson for me is just how limited it is.


The findings correspond highly to a study of adult computer literacy amongst 20 countries by the OECD:

"Skills Matter: Further Results from the Survey of Adult Skills"

Computer usability expert Jacob Nielsen has a discussion of this as well: nngroup.com/articles/computer-

I've discussed this as "The Tyranny of the Minimum Viable User", which both notes that much of the population has very basic skills, and that this also hampers the very small minority who do.


@ajroach42 @alrs @mdhughes

#TyrannyOfTheMinimumViableUser #literacy #AdultLiteracy #ComputerLiteracy #JacobNielsen #UseIT #usability

Hommage à Philippe Aigrain

Philippe Aigrain, penseur, chercheur, informaticien, poète, romancier et éditeur, est mort ce dimanche 11 juillet 2021. Nous lui rendons hommage.

Philippe Aigrain, spécialiste de la propriété intellectuelle et de l'internet, avait cofondé la Quadrature du Net, "combattu les dispositions liberticides de l'état d'urgence et la surveillance de masse, défendu le logic


#PhilippeAigrain #communs

Oliver Sylvester-Bradley, colleague at meet.coop, just published this:

"The self-reinforcing nature of cooperation and ethical business"


>> Recently OpenCollective reciprocated Meet.coop’s use of their services and became a member of Meet.coop

Proud to use a @Fairphone w/ the @efoundation google-free ánd comfortable operating system icm w/ a cooperative sim from @somconnexio

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I think B4RN seem to have done a decent job of fibre-based community internet, what do you make of it?


@kravietz @Wtebbens

Discovered via FairTEC – "a collective group of actors committed to digital sobriety".

They are offering rental of Fairphones with /e/ preinstalled, with a phone.coop SIM.


Game Dev, Co-ops, The Commons 

I've been thinking recently about game development. Specifically, I've been wondering about how to make a collaborative environment where people can either start new projects or jump in to existing ones.

I've been giving this a lot of thought, and I'm curious about the prospect of creating an anarchic, anticapitalist game studio that functions like a startup incubator, but specifically for open source / creative commons indie games.

Instead of startups, capital, or even traditional publishing, people instead join or start teams and projects. The overarching organization acts like a publisher, in the sense that it helps teams package up games for storefronts and maybe funnel money from sales directly to projects.

Maybe this would be good to attempt a cooperative model?

@kravietz @Wtebbens

ironically for all the claims of social decay, British suburban town areas do have a reasonable sense of community, but also far less need for mesh networks to access the Internet, there are now 3 companies willing to provide fixed broadband infrastructure to buildings in most areas and mobile LTE internet works well everywhere. (Hobby mesh networks for IOT/weather monitoring projects are still of interest to some...)

@kravietz @Wtebbens

"community" broadband networks do exist in rural areas here but as small commercial businesses that resell a fibre link from British Telecom, Virgin or Cityfibre by sharing it over long range wifi, and they register with Ofcom etc just like any other ISP.

I suspect the wider British problem is we need a /community/ first (rather than adjacent households who barely tolerate one another, its far /worse/ in rural areas) before we could hope to build community networks!

@Wtebbens That's very nice, actually! I'd love to see something like that in the UK. Unfortunately here all mesh & community networks seem to have been ultimately killed by chilling effect of RIPA surveillance regulation. I don't think it would actually apply to community networks but there were rumours being spread - basically that it's enough to route someone else's ping to go to jail for 100 years. And people in UK are rather risk averse ;)


Precisely so. Although in the UK the uptake of public LoRaWAN gateways is... limited. In my town there's literally a few, with very limited range, run by hobbyists. But a decent LoRaWAN gateway *and* antenna *and* high location cost money.

Anyone tried Helium (HNT)? This seems to be basically a private LoRaWAN network where providing running a gateway mines you crypto-currency tokens. Proof of work is replaced by proof of connectivity, power usage by a miner is 5W, especially relevant in the context of #bitcoin debate


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