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

@eldang Based on a recent look through the offerings, there isn't a good open source one. My personal experience has been good on a Kindle with books managed on my desktop machine in Calibre. My usual flow: buy a book, download the DRM-free version of it, store it in Calibre, then send to Kindle via email (gateway provided by Amazon). Also: borrowing books from the Washington Anytime Library is super easy with Kindle, just four clicks.

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:
joinpeertube.org/roadmap

"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.

#PeerTube

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.

mailchi.mp/55c0ab30d002/coming

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?

Right?

We're here for each other.

#covid19help

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

@levity once you get east of Vantage there are more opportunities for dispersed camping on BLM land and along the river are some opportunities for dispersed camping on Army Corps of Engineers recreation areas. A lot of them allow 14 day stays. Have a blast and be safe!

_Finally_ got around to putting the operating agreement publicly online: zinc.coop/operating-agreement/

It's not perfect, but it's reasonably fair. We're planning to apply a number of patches throughout 2020; including one which more broadly opens up consumer membership.

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Re-toot from @VillanuevaEdgar@twitter.com:

"I’ll going live at 3pm EST today to talk about the virus - the ! Join me and ⁦
@Zebras_Unite
⁩ - info at link! "

crowdcast.io/e/zebras-unite-li

@strypey the user buy-out option recently came up as "Exit to Community" and is being actively worked on at the MEDLab colorado.edu/lab/medlab/2020/0

Building accountability into startups and avoiding user-serving companies becoming zombies to investors. Strategies:
* user buyout: a trust or co-ops buys all shares on behalf of users. User representation and/or shared profits. #NIO gave shares to user trust.
* federation: #VISA as cooperative of user businesses. Voluntary (#ActivityPub etc.) or through AntiTrust action.
* tokenization: ownership is traded as crypto-tokens, under company control, or permisionless.
#ZebrasUnite.com

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One of the bootstrapped founders community I'm in () is converting to a !

Super exciting to see the movement growing!

medium.com/@sexandstartups/new

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