@ajroach42 Another handy service that The Internet Archive operates is purl.org, which is a free service for setting permanent URLs. If you like to host your own media, but you have to move hosts/domains sometimes, PURL is good for when you want to say, "I always want a page for my album to be available at http://purl.org/me/myalbum". Then you can move around its actual URL however much you need to.
"To retain this status quo, ISPs have spent decades writing and buying state laws that prohibit towns and cities from exploring community owned and operated broadband networks (...) which not only hamstring municipal broadband providers, but often ban towns and cities from striking public/private partnerships."
Community owned ISPs are offering better service and lower fees? Better squash them in the name of the Holy Free Market!
US Appalachia coal history Show more
It never occurred to me that the "resource curse" applied to the US. At least it seems to in the Appalachia region. I found this Quartz story wide ranging and eye opening.
The 100-year capitalist experiment that keeps Appalachia poor, sick, and stuck on coal: https://qz.com/1167671/the-100-year-capitalist-experiment-that-keeps-appalachia-poor-sick-and-stuck-on-coal/
For you coop folks, there's a bit in there about coal mining coop Himler Coal Company.
I don't think I'll ever hear "Sixteen Tons" in quite the same way again: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sixteen_Tons
“Website operators are in the dark about privacy violations by third-party scripts”
(Sorry for the overexposed picture. In situations like this one, I have to play a trick on my phone by blocking the sensor for a bit so it ramps up the exposure. I then remove my hand. As it drops the exposure, I try to snap the picture at a moment that lets you see his black fur.)
I think the primary conceit of our time that we won't recognise until later is that we think we can expose ourselves to constant barrages of partisan content, advertising, and messages insidiously designed to appeal to our strongest fears and desires, and somehow emerge with the core of our character unscathed. It's the smoking of the 21st century. It is a very real thing that we don't yet fully understand and are pretty sure is bad for us.
Not that #45 even deserves anyone's time, but this is a great thread from birdsite about #haiti and how it has been systematically disenfranchised by both the US and Europe - https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/951656979658870785.html a great history lesson and good promotion for Katz's new book, which is now on my TO READ list.
Hey Mastodon Hive Mind, I could do with some help!
I'm writing a blog post about how the project I'm leading for #Moodle (a new social network for educators based on open content and professional development) will be 'safe'.
If you've got resources for what it means for a site / network to be 'safe' I'd love to read them to inform my work.
Incidentally, I think that the ActivityPub protocol (on which Mastodon is based) looks like a great basis on which to build this project.
uspol: gerrymandering Show more
"Partisan gerrymandering: Republican map of North Carolina ruled illegal:
Federal judges ruled Tuesday that North Carolina’s congressional district map drawn by legislative Republicans is illegally gerrymandered because of excessive partisanship that gave the GOP a rock-solid advantage for most seats."
“The internet doesn’t suck”
Does anyone know of or written an article on how to use Mastodon? I've got at least two people who've made their way here from Twitter who could use some help.
I'm not talking about articles about Mastodon, but actual articles on how to use it. Tutorials, if you will.
Is your institution a W3C member? Do you like decentralised social networks? You probably do since you're reading this on Mastodon. Ask your AC rep to vote on ActivityPub today! (or, before the 16th of Jan). If your instance is up to date, you're probably using this standard right now. It would be a shame if it didn't become an official W3C Recommendation.
Link to vote (only visible to AC reps): https://www.w3.org/2002/09/wbs/33280/activitypub-pr
Homeless Patients Get Novel Treatment From Chicago Hospitals: Housing Show more
"The pilot’s overall results are in, and the hospital thinks the program is worth continuing. Health care costs per patient housed dropped 18 percent on average each month, according to the hospital. The University of Illinois Hospital will expand the program to house 25 additional homeless patients. And at least three other Chicago hospitals are launching or recently launched similar programs." https://www.wbez.org/shows/wbez-news/homeless-patients-get-novel-treatment-from-chicago-hospitals-housing/45aa031f-85b0-456f-b9fb-29b17f95e3e1
Fellow Portland OR folks, please note that there's a rally happening on 1/14 to push for municipal broadband in PDX. A municipal solution can help us protect net neutrality and put users first.
If this is an approach you support, the event details are over on FB (no account required to view): https://www.facebook.com/events/1775718709399941/
I'll be there :)
'Accessible infrastructure alone isn’t enough. For people to take advantage of affordable broadband, they also need a base level of technical literacy, as well as an understanding of what they can do with the Internet. Together, these are the building blocks of “digital equity,” a condition that the NDIA defines as one in which “all individuals and communities have the information technology capacity needed for full participation in our society, democracy and economy."'