Yesterday at Show and Tell we talked about some of the ways that we can overcome de-platforming. We discussed p2p platforms, ethical cooperative web hosts, and more.

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What's the best umbrella term for tech that aims at a lower environmental impact (hardware, software and network traffic) and respects privacy?

@calcifer posted about this in December, resulting in an interesting thread. Now I'm writing about it and could use some help deciding on a single term :)

We volunteer at LifeCycles, a project in Victoria that harvests fruit trees from people's yards and donate them to the various local food banks.

If you have fruit trees and are willing to have people pick them, add your trees to the project.

"been following your journey and life on Pino, inspired me to buy a narrow boat of my own to create an indpependant pirate studio on it"

This is their boat:


I lent £150 to the New Leaf Food #Coop when it began in early 2012. Not loads, but a significant sum for me then and now.

It was a workers coop, where all employees equally own the business. Their aim was to supply local and/or ecological foods with as little packaging as possible: they were ahead of the curve back then

Today, ~9 years later, the coop is doing fine and paid me back the £150!

Worth visiting if in #Edinburgh

“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. 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:

@strypey That's a well-coined term for something I was also thinking about. The "easy mode" with sensible defaults and the "power-user mode" for people who want to re-use the core functions in their own ways. For me, the small, compose-able *nix style apps have checked this box but the GUI world hasn't particularly embraced this. I don't think a GUI is, necessarily, antithetical to the idea but it's not common practice.

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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@iangilman Long running news topics get fairly good treatment on the Wikipedia Current Events portal

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

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