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.
Introduction to Worker-owner cooperatives -- Saturday 7/11
I like this new feature on @GitHub! (https://v2.jacky.wtf/post/177d6d55-5303-45ba-931d-acc8ac184697)
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.
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.
Check out the website:
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. https://itsgoingdown.org/autonomous-groups-are-mobilizing-mutual-aid-initiatives-to-combat-the-coronavirus/
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.
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.
Super exciting to see the #Coops movement growing!