I'm going to be writing an article on social network co-op movements for my Grassroots Magazine (you can checkout an example of it here: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/54bf27a0e4b01f6b0cb3d81c/t/59399dffebbd1a5fd4b4b5b1/1496948244689/Grassroots_Summer17.pdf). If you have thoughts or experiences with this topic I'd love to talk to you about it.
There might not be a global revolution but there be pockets of revolution.
A common thread between the existing examples of autonomous spaces is yeah they grew following a collapse, but also they grew based on knowledge built pre-collapse. Rojava was Ocalan was Bookchin. Jackson was Malcolm X, Mondragon.
Documenting and sharing knowledge is vital. Networks are vital. Samizdat in hell.
A database about people can be misused in four ways. First, the organization that collects the data can misuse the data. Second, rogue employees can misuse the data. Third, unrelated parties can steal the data and misuse it. That happens frequently, too. And fourth, the state can collect the data and do really horrible things with it, like put people in prison camps. Which is what happened famously in World War II in the United States.
All news sites should have RSS feeds. In fact, they really should only be RSS feeds.
The internet is kind of stupid.
Hubzilla seems to do so many things, I wonder why social.coop don't use it? It has forums, blogs, wikis, calendars, events, chatrooms... and it federates.
@t54r4n1 Since this is all on one network, you can go to a different place and use the same app.
The alternative would be to go to some place where cabs are available or find old-school online cab services that operate in that area, both of which won't work if you're stranded in an unknown location or have some urgency to leave.
We can argue a lot against Uber but the convenience it brings cannot be ignored. Any alternative should be designed to be just as convenient.
I'm wondering if there can be a federated version of Uber with instances owned by groups of local taxi drivers.
The customer's app can be connected to any instance but it can list one or more local instances depending on GPS location and cab availability. The customer proceeds to choose an instance and book a cab.
The drivers can decide on the rates for their instance and thus their area which they were doing informally before Uber pushed them all on the same platform and started exploiting.
Anyone know if #gitlab has a feature like this:
Use-case: Automatically generate "report this bug!" URLs for users when a program crashes! Github has a feature that would support this, but I could not in good conscience develop something that only supported a proprietary platform.
Regarding Facebook tracking non-users Mark Zuckerberg said "This kind of data collection is fundamental to how the internet works."
I'm not a networking expert but I know enough to be able to confidently say that nothing at all about this data collection is fundamental to how the Internet works. I guess he was using Silicon Valley speak where "the internet" means "huge corporations who make most of their money by selling ads and illegally collecting as much data as possible".
If you want to enable a new kind of Internet I suggest you get yourself to the 2018 #DWebSummit at the @internetarchive
The 2016 event was a watershed moment. Both @matrixdotorg and @ipfsbot launched there amidst a rich tapestry of technology, philosophy, ethics, and activism.
I'm going to work with my IA friends to make sure that more #platformcoop will be on offer. In 2016 Maira Sutton from Shareable was there, hoping for a lot more.
Sign up at https://decentralizedweb.net/
Love that my favorite Android Masto app, #Tusky, is open source. Love the fact that #Pinafore and #Halcyon exist as alternative web UIs. Love that #Pleroma is coming along well as an alternative #ActivityPub server. Love that the sex worker community on #Switter is actively working on building open source tech that works for their use case. Love to see instances like #OpenSocialAfrica and vis.social.
Y'all inspire me that this open source/free software thing may actually work out in the end. :)
Citations are as important to #science as hyperlinks are to the web. What if the entire citation graph was available as open data? We're getting closer to this being a reality. Dario Taraborelli, who leads Wikimedia's research team, writes on Boing Boing about the Initiative for Open Citations (https://i4oc.org/):
"The sleep researcher from Northwestern University in Chicago, said: "Night owls trying to live in a morning lark world may have health consequences for their bodies."
Night owls occur naturally, capitalism does not. Fuck schedules, fuck 9-5, fuck the "one size fits all" mentality of this sociopathic system!
The co-operative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity could easily have been used to write the #introduction to the future many envisioned when the World Wide Web went live. Although today we are far removed from this vision, projects like #SocialCoop and the #IndieWeb offer us a way back to an open, people-focused web. I am pleased to be involved.
The problems with data extraction & user manipulation platform monopolies is fundamental to their business models, not incidental or unexpected. These problems won't go away without a change to the basic rules of the digital game. https://www.opendemocracy.net/neweconomics/oldest-sins-newest-ways/
Happy one year anniversary to #socialcoop! Big thanks to all those who made the original Medium article happen (https://medium.com/open-collective/social-coop-a-cooperative-decentralized-social-network-c10980c9ed91) that brought a lot of people to this instance. Proud of what we're building together. :)
Where user-friendly stands for self-managed with no Zuck-like mogul and not even a well-meaning admin who gets to decides the rules of the game.