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I'm based in the UK and into food, land, tech and people collaborating to manage them.
I'm involved in a few projects - 40 people using online tools to collaborate managing a field is a mobile hackspace/workshop set up to help environmental & community projects build & fix tools and infrastructure Soilhack is a peer 2 peer learning network

@redoak check out "crime pays but botany doesn't" on YouTube. Very close.

#Free, #Fair and #Alive,

The Insurgent Power of the #Commons.

"Any emancipation from the existing system must honor #freedom in the widest human sense, not just libertarian economic freedom of the isolated individual. It must put #fairness, mutually agreed upon, at the center of any system of provisioning and #governance. And it must recognize our existence as living beings on an Earth that is itself #alive".

About half of the land in England is owned by about 0.06% of the population.

'This period was, in effect, the birth of private property as we know it in England – and the consequences have been dramatic. Today, Fairlie explains, β€œnearly half the country is owned by 40,000 land millionaires, or 0.06% of the population”.'

The problem about the current state of hashtags in the fediverse is that users have a fragmented view on posts, depending on their instance. Some posts containing a hashtag never reach your own instance, so you won't see it. This is bad for decentralisation and coordination.

I plan to throw some additional P2P stuff at the fediverse: All instances are distributing the responsibility for relaying or storing posts (just their IDs) among themselves using a Distributed Hash Table. ->

Leak suggests #UN agency self-#censors on #ClimateCrisis after #US pressure

International Organization for Migration apparently amends programme documentation to #avoid #conflict with US β€˜political sensitivities’
Sensitivities include the #ClimateCrisis, #sustainable development goals, the global compact for #migration and β€œ#anything that seems at odds with the administration’s take on US domestic/foreign issues”, an official wrote in the email...

{Brave new world...}

Is hierarchy the enemy of co-operation?

"Suma operates equal wage rates for all workers
Co-operatives should be about co-operation not hierarchy, says Bob Cannell, formerly of Suma workers co-operative. How can co-ops create alternatives to hierarchical management structures?

Many people treat hierarchical authority as something as natural as breathing and deride those who dream and practise ways of living and doing business β€˜sans’ hierarchy."

If you want to seriously change inequality there is a small thing you can do. Support a small southern US black owned coop so they can pasteurize their awesome pecan milk to have a longer shelf life so they can ship it. This coop must survive but they are in a catch-22 where they do not make enough to qualify for a loan. Their product is so good that it will be a sustainable coop venture. Without us they have no real way out. Ideas are welcomed.

Traditional Sami storehouse in Sweden. The access into the cabin is via a trapdoor in the middle of the floor

My nomination for subtitle of the day award.

Substantial improvements to the security of Android over the past few years have brought it to a level where it is now being considered to provide security comparable to iPhones.
Todays release of #Android10 introduces more security improvements #^
Theres also many Privacy improvements
Its becoming increasingly clear that an #AOSP based operating system, without Google Play Services can offer great privacy and security. #GrapheneOS #CalyxOS #HashbangOS and #RattlesnakeOS all provide verified boot, which helps guard against persistent compromise. #LineageOS and #OmniROM dont maintain this security feature, but are long lived and well known AOSP based operating systems.
Another measure that can be taken is not using app stores where malware is present #fdroid is widely recognised by researchers as being free of malware.
The improvements to Android, which has long been considered to have inferior security,, are being demonstrated by companies paying more for exploit chains on #Android than those for #iOS

Our August Redecentralize re-digest is out!! 😍
#cccamp19, Data Transfer Project, EU's internet plans, interoperability, managing spam on the fediverse and unionising against YouTube:

Landworkers' Alliance *summer* news - campaigns, events, programmes and actions! πŸ‘©β€πŸŒΎπŸŒ±πŸ™Œ
Check out all that's been happening at the Landworkers' Alliance (LWA)!
Join us -
LWA is a grass roots Union for UK farmers, growers, foresters & others. Its a member of Via Campesina an international movement which coordinates peasant organizations of small and middle-scale producers, agricultural workers, rural women, and indigenous communities. 200 million people are in member orgs

Trojan Dropper Malware Found In CamScanner Android App With 100+ Million Downloads

If you had CamScanner installed lately in your #android device, better check.

And now guess one reason why @fdroidorg doesn't allow for such propriety (ad) modules in its apps.

#security #ausSicherheitsGründen keine proprietÀren Bibliotheken verwenden. Du weißt nie, welche Katze noch in dem Sack steckt.

When people narrow their relationships to hierarchical relations they risk to leave a large part of their brains inactive. They become blunt. The reason why hierarchical systems in history did lead to disasters is not only because of the stupidity of autocrats but also because of the brain laziness of their followers no longer practicing reverse dominance hierarchy. To step after a flag is that more easy than maintaining reciprocated relationships of trust and obligation.

Last retoots - interesting review of Michel Bauwens - Peer to Peer The Commons Manifesto - rather critical, well worth a read.

When comparing P2P relationships to the Fediverse -
'Ostrom’s polycentral governance is practised in the Fediverse.'

Talking about criticism of P2P Foundation / Bauwens, I've not been following so much recently and totally missed this worrying trend developing

TL;DR: the 'commons' is not a mayonnaise you can slather on top of everything capitalist in order to magically turn it into a delectable, equitable and just horizontalism

on the myth that peer-to-peer self-organizing can be conflict-free and inclusive because the people involved are reasonable, good and rational.
Dr Jedediah Walls, our activist collective and I write about designing community guidelines and Codes-of-Conduct here

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