'The analytics mindset' of silicon valley oligarchs, alt-right and security services surely is a problem. But complex systems with emergent form are real, and seems to me it will be good if 'we' can be tooled up to observe the emergent pattern of our own activity in the large. Their activity too! Just like statistics have been double edged for several generations (lies, damn lies etc) analytics are double edged.
@liaizon @Matt_Noyes I started in fed wiki about 6 months ago - thanks Silke Helfrich. Here are some resources.
A personal wiki
Navigating in wiki
How federatation works in wiki
Fed wiki folks are keen on graphs. A few links here
There's been discussion in Loomio open app ecosystem group, including how to create your own wiki
I've had an awareness for a couple of years, of Zuckerberg's intention to steal banking from the bankers, and pull the world's poorest smartphone users into a sticky platform-banking web. On cue, here comes #libracoin!
See @matslats of the #OpenCreditNetwork, on Libracoin
And more here on class war among the old and new bankers
Slugging it out soon with China?
Puzzled . . @mako makes a clear pitch on "Free software production needs free tools" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_nK6nP_RCY&feature=youtu.be
And is very clear on #commons and #P2P (though says most code comes from solo not collaboration!). Yet not a hint of coop ownership of #platforms to keep tools honest & open (GitHub!). Surely tools today become platforms? And platforms require collaboration even if code doesn't? So why doesn't #coop follow automatically, as we talk tools? How does libre not equal coop in FLOSS world?
And finally, around 50min, the question arises - if governments traditionally fund traditional physical infrastructures (roads, bridges, etc) is there any prospect of state funding of digital infrastructure? A whole can of worms there! Who wants the state putting its big foot on stuff?
But it does move immediately in the talk, to the question of how 'free' contributions get valued, and how revenue might be atrracted by 'public' contributors who are freelance/precarious, rather than State
At 27min . . 'stewarding' of commons appears. Fundamental construct in commons governance. Eghbal applies it as a dignifying term, to low-status 'maintainers', operating in a commons of hacker *attention and labour-time* with very few contributor-curators and many user-enjoyers.
Stewarding in a commons of running code that includes 'mere users' too - not contributing to code, and not using code directly but only in black-box platform incarnations, as sysadmin 'instances' - is harder.
There are helpful steps here, moving from the limited but revered P2P principles of governance of *commons of code* (the free software ethos) towards more challenging multistakeholder governance of *commons of running code*. For example a truly multistakeholder infrastructure: Mastodon/social.coop, BBB/meet.coop. Eghbal gets as far as a commons of free code in use by other hackers, and the 'tragedy' that occurs in this commons when maintainers drown in floods of issues.Useful step though.
At around 15min, in this lecture
Eghbal has interesting comments on the difference between freedom for *code* (free-libre software, the original Stallman thing) and freedom for code producers . . not just free as in free speech and free as in free beer, but also free as in puppy: alive, dependent, autonomous, needing constant care, part of an ecosystem.
You may need to download the audio - the video glitched for me at about 2min.
Wow. Sociology/anthropology bonanza day, in social coop 🙃
Commons in code on one hand (and 'skin in the game'), post-Fordist class struggle in code (and 'actants') on the other!
It's great to get a dose of organisation geeks (Eghbal https://a16z.com/2020/08/01/working-in-public-communities-open-source-creator-economy-passion-economy/) as a change from code geeks 🙄
Privacy is not secrecy, and secrecy is not always bad.
We all have secrets, and things we want to keep private, at least for a while.
Privacy allows us to reveal those secrets to those we trust.
Privacy allows us to reveal our secrets when and how we feel comfortable.
A lack of privacy is to be vulnerable.
To take away privacy (surveillance) is to disempower and make people vulnerable.
Privacy is too valuable to throw away without a second thought.
This isn't new but Nadia Eghbal gave a super talk at the LongNow Foundation about her book Working in Public: The Making and Maintenance of Open Source Software.
She argues that open source software is not simply a public good but also operates as a commons. This might sound obvious, but it was interesting to hear how she arrives there and her point that Steward might be a better name than Maintainer.
companies leading #projectEUnomia are also involved in:
- mass surveilience
- military and law enforcment
- developing strategies and tools countering mass movements
- countering local journalism with clickbait
@Gargron is/was on their pay check with at least €63,290.
several month ago I made some research about them and puplished it here:
there's also an easy to remember shortlink available: https://frama.link/eunomia
I think the starting point is organizing the organizers, helping ourselves better coordinate in building the infrastructure and social relationships we want. At the same time, we can promote alternatives -- for example, @irmalila is here as is @ofnusa, both of them dynamite organizers, and OFN USA is now using Meet.Coop instead of Zoom.
> Do you have English-speaking acquaintances or relatives for whom polypoly could be quite interesting and who were not able to participate in the last polyWHAT!? event? In this case we have good news. On May 5 from 18:00 to 19:00 hrs. the polyWHAT!? online event will take place a second time, due to high demand. Feel free to share this link and invite to participate: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88665743878?pwd=d05jZzlsM05nTkIzM3Z5emRwVUNrZz09.
If asked for a password, please use this: 920165.
> Google now has to go to court in the USA. The reason: even when Google users are surfing incognito, Google collects their data. According to the indictment, Google has thus illegally invaded the privacy of millions of users. If the plaintiffs are successful with their claim of 5000 US dollars in damages per user, the sum to be paid by Google would amount to 5 billion US dollars.
This item clipped from news feed of polypoly coop, based on: https://www.heise.de/news/Datensammelei-trotz-Inkognito-Modus-Google-muss-vor-Gericht-5987649.html?wt_mc=nl_ho_top.2021-03-16
>You're a Google user, you surf the web with incognito mode enabled via Chrome browser and you feel safe? After all you're incognito, right? We're sorry to disappoint you, but your feeling is deceiving.
@cwebber @how Politicians, who are having coffee with GMAFIA lobbyists on a regular basis, are being told not to listen to people of the fediverse, because it is just an amateur club that doesn't contribute to economic growth. As a result we are being reduced to exactly that and hence forced to DIY.
The catch being that infinite economic growth is impossible..
I'm happy that I'll be part of two meetings this month in front of the EU Commission talking about decentralized social networks and the work we've done https://socialhub.activitypub.rocks/t/ec-ngi0-liaison-webinars-and-workshop-april-2021/1539
I believe this conversation is an important one to have, and I'd like to expand on why below.
Just incidentally . . this toot highlights the 'issue threads' element of the toolstack
So, what's happening here . . this page at Grant for the Web
mentions @FreeScholar @disco_coop @lynnfoster @ntnsndr @datatitian georgia bullen (simply secure/meet.coop) daniel harris (kendra.io)
What's this Web Monetization thing? And why is it OK, when oligarch-centralist monetization has wrought so much havoc on the web? Do tell . .
Toolstack, tools for activist collaboration and coproduction: digital 'tools for conviviality'. Three layers - trinity, stack, specials. Then, extended trinity 3x3. Here's a stab at a model for becoming more coherent in our own digital infrastructure.
Work in progress! As it stands, tools-heavy. More to be expanded, on culture & organising, and on affiliation & intention (aka the messiness of people). Pardon slight geek-out, organiser point-of-view will be restored 🙄
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