Although it’s been decades since I last played, it’s still flashbacks to Super Mario Kart and pangs of irrational fear every time I see a banana peel in the road.

My student Charlie Kiene spent 6mo with 2 groups of World of Warcraft raid guilds undergoing mergers. One merger led to a thriving community while the other led to complete collapse. Our new paper (with Aaron Shaw) tries to explain why. mako.cc/copyrighteous/why-orga

In my keynote (mako.cc/copyrighteous/librepla) I argued that online collaborative production is shifting from social to market-based arrangements. This paper explores the implications. (As is clear in the talk, part of this paper's results motivated the whole argument!)

The paper was a team effort by Max Klein, Jinhao Zhao, Jianjun Ni, Isaac Johnson, myself, and Haiyi Zhu.

My new paper tries to identify some of what is lost as market-based "sharing economy" platforms increasing replace socially-oriented systems based on actual sharing: mako.cc/copyrighteous/what-we- (The paper was led by @notconfusing who will present it at @CSCW next month!)

Claude Shannon created the "ultimate machine" and kept one on his desk. While I'm in his old office at CASBS, I'm doing the same! It can prompt useful thinking/conversation about AI, agency, cybernetics, homeostatis, etc. And it's super fun! mako.cc/copyrighteous/shannons

I continue to be blown away by the fact that I get to spend this year at CASBSS working in Claude Shannon's old study.🤩 I've written some reflections about Shannon's relationship to communication (the discipline/field) and to my own work. mako.cc/copyrighteous/shannons

I'll be moving to Palo Alto next week for a year-long fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford: mako.cc/copyrighteous/heading-

Let me know if you're around an want to connect!

Typing in different currencies. I was briefly frustrated trying to find the right compose-key sequence to type "$". Then I remembered that... Shift+4 produces "$", I type it all the time, and it's physically printed on my keyboard. 😊

Although it's never fun to hear your main professional association (ICA) tell you that "you have no friends or colleagues," being able to make one's very first submission to screenshots of despair softens the blow a little. mako.cc/copyrighteous/i-have-n social.coop/media/zHZl7z50XfzQ

@joeyh It was self hosted. Evan sold the domain. (Without asking it even telling the rest of us!)

There is a copy here: wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Frankli

We should put one on freedomdefined.org

This is a great talk by @mako if you're interested in peer-production and open source.

boingboing.net/2018/06/21/digi

@mike_hales @mako

Free Software needs many things, such as a focus on diversity, a more deliberate way to fund itself without depending on corporatism, and increased interest in other human factors like accessibility.

I believe that coops can be helpful to deliver improvements on those fronts.

@h @mike_hales Agreed! I boosted @mike_hales's toot because I thought the conversations we had in response to it was a good example of such work! I certainly learned!

Puzzled . . @mako makes a clear pitch on "Free software production needs free tools" youtube.com/watch?v=U_nK6nP_RC
And is very clear on and (though says most code comes from solo not collaboration!). Yet not a hint of coop ownership of to keep tools honest & open (GitHub!). Surely tools today become platforms? And platforms require collaboration even if code doesn't? So why doesn't follow automatically, as we talk tools? How does libre not equal coop in FLOSS world?

@mike_hales More to the point, I also think it's better than if we all had use some cooperatively run GMail alternative.

Being able to choose between many federated coop-GMails feels much more flexible & resilient to me.

@mike_hales In terms of managing protocols, you're right that's turtles all the way down.

But I also think there's real autonomy to be gained from pushing things onto a lower turtle. ;)

Creating, changing, adding to the SMTP (email) protocol standard involves politics. And it has been coopted in clear ways. But the fact that it's a federated protocol by design means that we're MUCH better than alternative where everybody had to use GMail to send messages to each other.

@mike_hales We should remember that although the consequences rarely involve being sold to Microsoft cooperative organizations also become oligarchic—e.g. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_law.

Peer production & Internet-based cooperativism is hardly immune: mako.cc/academic/shaw_hill-lab

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social.coop

social.coop is a a coop-run corner of the fediverse, a cooperative and transparent approach to operating a social platform. We are currently closed to new memberships while we improve our internal processes and policies, and plan to re-open to new folks when that work is complete. [9/2/2018]