Build bridges, not walls. Palestinian and Israeli teens strike together for the climate. #FridaysForFuture https://twitter.com/ClimateHome/status/1131884715252879362
"[Python creator Guido] Van Rossum thinks that these exchanges [contributing to open source projects] can be difficult for women because of unconscious bias and male-driven cultural norms within open-source communities...
In his experience, van Rossum sees incompetent men’s ideas gaining acceptance more often than merited because they are more forceful in how they present them."
From my office I hear the police shouting through a megaphone, clearing out the homeless encampment in the alley behind my building.
Meanwhile, the storefront across the street from my office has been empty for months, because the landlord raised the rent to a level nobody can afford. They'd rather keep it empty as a tax break.
Somebody tell me one reason landlords should get tax incentives for keeping rent ABOVE market rates, in a city full of people who need homes.
Batman, but instead of buying military grade armaments too beat up mentally unstable and desperate people, he uses his considerable wealth to lobby for good policy that ends poverty and works to reduce the city’s exploitation of the poor in sectors they don’t have access too.
So I guess not Batman.
It feels good to have this post on the digital commons out there in the world. It's a lot of thoughts that have been pinging around in my brain for some time.
Our latest blog post from @clayton ,
How Stewarding the Digital Commons Keeps Your Software Secure, Stable and Innovative
an especially good read for groups who use #freesoftware but need help seeing the value of it and contributing back.
There's a lot of customer culture attitude in Mastodon-the-community, where people treat Gargron and other devs, the instance admins, moderators, etc. like service workers. It's a spoiled, entitled attitude, where "the customer is always right" and it's okay to be abusive or demeaning to people providing a service when they don't give you what you want.
The fediverse isn't a corporate model. When you're rude or demeaning to someone here, you're being abusive to volunteers building a playground
Don't miss the Fair Ecosystem Hackathon from May 31st to June 9th in Switzerland. We'll agree on a common roadmap for the next 2-3 years across many fair economy projects. https://fair.coop/de/blog/come-to-the-fairhackathon #faircoop #faircoin #hackathon #stimier
'A Revolution In Your Pocket':
- Ross Schulman
This is a brilliant summary of the vision for #EthicalDesign (to borrow a phrase from ind.ie's manifesto) and what could to be done to help it succeed.
That's the bad news. The #GoodNews in federated networking land is that there are way more federated social web projects than there were a year ago, covering a much wider range of use cases (video, events etc). Also, we have a much greater understanding of the issues that are blocking universal inter-operation (portable identity, privacy and encryption, lack of standardized extensions, lack of implementation docs), and projects like #Spritely actively working on demonstrating ways to solve them.
Free Software Foundation just posted the videos from LibrePlanet 2019 - I would love some feedback on my Keynote. One of the things I am struggling with is how to prepare students from depressed areas of Boston to learn coding when they have been taught that asking questions means you are stupid... https://media.libreplanet.org/u/libreplanet/m/how-can-we-prevent-the-orwellian-1984-digital-world/
What might a future without the big #platforms look like? How can we combine cheap computing like @Raspberry_Pi with new protocols like @dat_project, @IPFSbot, ActivityPub, and Secure Scuttlebutt to build #decentralized portable servers?
Check out my thoughts: https://rbs.io/2019/05/a-revolution-in-your-pocket/
We've got big news.
After months of work, Tor Browser is now stable on Android.
Tor Browser 8.5 brings the highest degree of privacy and censorship-circumvention available to Android users. https://blog.torproject.org/new-release-tor-browser-85
Day 2 of IWC Utrecht was hack day. Some great stuff - an indieweb search engine, an OPML to Microsub importer, a look at Yarns, lots of geo data stuff, actual blog post writing and book reading tracking.
I installed Matthias' WordPress ActivityPub plugin and initial tests suggest that it works great - to the extent that I think I'm going to set it up on my main site when I get chance.
I'll write some full blog posts about Utrecht and my hack day project when I get some downtime.
Re-read @Matt_Noyes ‘ chapter 4 translation of Luiz Razeto’s Solidarity Economy Roads. It really did help in reminding me of the underlying emotion that I feel about cooperatives/ism & solidarity based organization and the energy that exists when I talk to members of successful ones.
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