“Don’t think of movement work as protest, think of it as imagination. What is the world you want to see?” - Alfredo Lopez, May First Movement Technology

Solidarity with the people of #Portland standing up to the combined forces of far-Right goons running defense for the regime, Donald Trump calling for blood, and Ted Wheeler and his police spilling it on their behalf.

mapthepaths.org.uk/ is a project to add all the rights of way and permissive paths in England and Wales to OpenStreetMap, fully tagged.

It contains council data of paths that can be cross-referenced with current OSM data. Parts that are missing are then added to OSM by volunteers.

It's important to add these routes to the database! If you can contribute time drawing lines, it would be appreciated. I'm happy to help advise or get you started if you're new, and there's also the wider OSM community who are always happy to assist.

#OSM #OpenStreetMap #Map #Maps #Mapping #Cartography #Walking #Walks

#TIL about malleable systems, which is about making software that's easier for end users to fully control, without sacrificing user-friendlyness:

What Silicon Valley builds has been controlled mainly by capitalists looking for profitable ventures, and "a habit-forming outrage machine that spies on us" was the profitable thing to build. The funders of Silicon Valley were never serious about the ideal of the net as a global public square. For them it was just marketing spin, stolen from the hackers who were serious about that ideal, and still are.

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Zoom acquired Keybase today.

Keybase helped me to identify a trend in the software industry: using a pretty UI to cover up the disruption of an open ecosystem with a closed, centralized replacement. Keybase seemed cool on the face of it - making encryption easier is a laudible goal, and PGP certainly could use the improvement. But, thanks to Keybase, now I ask different questions upfront.

Beware the Keybase formula:

1. Integrates with an existing, open ecosystem
2. May have open-source clients, but server is closed source and does not federate
3. Pretty UI and good marketing
4. VC funded

Imma make this clear: I'm not building software for developers.

I'm working to building tools for people.

You shouldn't have to know to maintain and secure a server to have your own independent identity online. You shouldn't need to know what libsodium or similar library to be secure online.

That's my objective.

"We live in capitalism. Its power seems inescapable. So did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings."
- Ursula K. Le Guin

PeerTube is crowdfunding for version 3.0:

"At a time when no one knows what the future will bring, it didn't seem decent for us to do a crowdfunding campaign threatening to not do our best on PeerTube if we didn't raise the necessary funds ... We still hope that by sharing this roadmap as widely as possible, some of you will support us in our approach with a donation that will allow us to fund this work."

If you can afford to contribute, please consider it.


I'd love to form more of a community with other designers, especially those focused on and who share slash values.

If you do too, respond to this thread and we can see where it goes from there.

(boost appreciated!)

Hide your true nature!... Wear it long enough and YOU will believe it's you.

The GEO weekly newsletter is out. This week we've got an Italian Social and a how-to for creating apothecaries, along with a bunch of other cooperative goodness.


Denizens of the Fediverse:

Those of you who're worried about contracting #covid19... if you need help, you are going to reach out to the Fediverse and ask if you can, right?


We're here for each other.


Millions are threatened by both the #coronavirus as well as eviction, job loss + lack of access to basic resources. While the State fails to respond, autonomous groups across the US are mobilizing to provide #mutualaid to those most impacted by the crisis. itsgoingdown.org/autonomous-gr

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