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I have been a member of @mayfirst Movement Tech for years. I learned so much from this interview. If you're in the US or Mexico and want to build solidarity into how you use tech, join us.

Real Co-op Stories: Alfredo Lopez on May First Movement Technology realcoopstories.org/alfredo-lo

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Awesome interview with @ntnsndr


So much great stuff in Nathan's work. Some of my takeaways: Resistance movements need alternative building. Coops can be a means towards economic justice and social justice. Coops can go awry without a culture of commoning. Incubators and exit to community for growing coops.

Distinct lack of principles when it comes to the governance of most software commons. The culture and the tools suck. Feminist economics can help a lot.

Jan inkdroid.org/2021/05/09/jan/ On this Mother’s Day I was thinking about Kesa and Kathy and my Mom, who I’m so grateful are all still here. When I think about the mothers in my life, I think of how they give life, with the understanding that lives can, will and must go in all kinds of directions, that surpass them. The mothers I’ve known well recognize and appreciate life in the moment, and also embody a hope and trust in an unknown future–that love can sustain and connect us, even wh

I like MailSpring quite a lot so far. Ironically enough, now that the mail synchronization is open like the client I might actually pay for it.

It did peg two of my CPUs when I told it where my three mailboxes were, but I think it was indexing my archive of emails, so it settled down after an hour.

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Since he was there during the discussion I was kinda hoping Stewart Brand's How Buildings Learn would come up:




But it didn't, alas.

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Here's a kind of amusing thread about digitization, archives, citation and linkrot involving people involved in the creation of the Internet:


Probably not amusing to a large audience 🙂

Note: use the "Next message (by thread)" link to navigate the convo. This interface seems so antiquated, but at least it works eh?

I've been seeing automated comments pop up on GitHub lately. Maybe I'm just noticing them and they have been going on for a while. I wonder what they are being used for, what is being gamed?

Here's an example: github.com/berkmancenter/lumen

What I've been listening to this week: Clifford Brown (53), Bud Powell (37), Japanese Breakfast (24)


I missed the memo back in Feb that the MailSpring email client is now open source, and they've now removed the need to register a MailSpring ID.


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Today's threads (a thread).

Inside: The PRO Act and worker misclassification; $50k fellowships for critical technologists; The FTC's (kick-ass) Right to Repair report; and more!

Archived at: pluralistic.net/2021/05/07/pro



This isn't new but Nadia Eghbal gave a super talk at the LongNow Foundation about her book Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software.


She argues that open source software is not simply a public good but also operates as a commons. This might sound obvious, but it was interesting to hear how she arrives there and her point that Steward might be a better name than Maintainer.

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hopin.com/events/mendercon-202 You can now register for free for MenderCon mendercon.com/ , where I'll be speaking on the idea of starting an open source "repair shop" for legacy software.

#MenderCon2021: Thursday, May 13th, virtual

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@ntnsndr do you have any recommendations of resources to help navigate starting up a co-op with a non-profit fiscal sponsor? I understand that is how social.coop was set up, but I wasn't a member when that happened. Any pointers you might have would be appreciated.

twarc2 demo on TwitterDev inkdroid.org/2021/05/06/twarc2 I wrote recently about twarc2 and the support for Twitter’s v2 API, but I also just wanted to share this session that I did on April 22, 2021 with Suhem Parack on the TwitterDev Twitch about installing twarc2 and using it to collect data from the Twitter v2 API. We focused our discussion primarily on researchers who have access to the Academic Product Track, which allows searching of the full archive of tweets.

This video i

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I would like it if you watched something I made about how the web and I grew up together (only if you have 15 uninterrupted minutes to spare). ashleyblewer.com/throttled.htm

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@pants @balrogboogie "free" is a trap word to obscure the flows of power. if you say "water should be free for Nestlé to come and fence it", you are empowering Nestlé to the detriment of people (BSD license). If you say "the rivers in our city should be freely accessible by fascist warships", you are giving resources to fascists (GPL Freedom 0).

The refusal of the free software movement to take a stance against capitalists has empowered capitalists, because Amazon can get a lot more power out of all the "freely" available code than individual workers can, in the same way that Nestlé can get a lot more power out of a spring than you can.

Moreover the very unspoken premise that this is a problem solvable by licenses in a legalist framework pressuposes that laws and courts are good and work for the people, preventing reforms of the real cause of software injustice: private ownership of the means of production. The freedom to see the source code means nothing if the server farms, networks, computer factories etc. are all controlled by a handful of capitalists.

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Friend Camp has about 50 active users and I just noticed we have more than half a million posts here since August 2018! I mean that's 11 a day per person on average but still. That seems wild to me.

Last I checked something like 75% of our posts are unfederated. That's still 125 thousand posts sent to the fediverse. I think local-only posting increases the vitality of community, increasing the volume of overall activity, and contributing more to the fediverse than a less vital instance would.

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