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Not every baker and schoolteacher needs to understand HTTP or assembly language, but they all should understand why net neutrality is important.

For over two years I've been working on #GliderInk , a graphic novel which aims to introduce people to hacker values and create an aesthetic different from Hollywood's "black hat" stereotype or a grim cyberpunk future.

@HerraBRE Might not be 100% your use case but would sort of do it. Your site needs to be webmention enabled, but there's a bunch of tools to do that for static sites. Bridgy Fed translates between webmentions and ActivityPub and turns your site into a fedi actor.

Interested to hear what you go with!

@Gin These are all rad. I eat at my desk I particularly like!

"the Absurd" refers to the conflict between the human tendency to seek inherent value and meaning in life and human inability to find any due to actual lack of any meaning or value.

Albert Camus stated that individuals should embrace the absurd condition of human existence while also defiantly continuing to explore and search for meaning.

I'm OK with this.

That said, all of the studios are as bad as each other I guess. Bit of a Hobson's choice tbh.

Really want to see Peterloo. Important piece of political history from the area where I grew up. It's Mike Leigh, it's got great reviews.

But: it's produced by Amazon Studios. Fuck's sake.

Just caught a screening of What is Democracy?.

Highly recommended. Lots of good interviews and really nicely put together. I found the interviews with a young black woman in America, and a young Syrian refugee in Greece, discussing how the outcomes of current democratic systems really didn't match the popular ideal of democracy for them, really powerful.

Wondering what kind of technology is being used in Rojava? How do they organise, communicate, do logistics, energy, infrastructure. Is it not really different from elsewhere, or is the democratic confederalism being built there also being built on new modes of technology. Any info on this?

Really very good interview with George Monbiot. Talks about the need for radical direct action in the face of climate change. The need for an alternative narrative. The power of participatory democracy and participatory economics. The commons as a viable economic alternative to private ownership.

@matt @bhaugen

I guess the indieweb approach would be to post everything to your own site, and syndicate out to the other services (or the reverse). That still requires accounts on the other services though. With the rel=me you can at least say, I vouch that this is me on the other service.

Don't know if that really solves the exact problem here, but doesn't feel too dissimilar to what Matt is describing. One unified identity interacting with multiple clients.

Someone in my block of flats has a delivery from Amazon Pantry.

Why does Amazon feel the need to do absolutely everything? Like what is the actual point.

Sick of these fuckers trying to rule the world.

@bhaugen Whoops, that's just me garbling my note.

The move should be from consumer, to citizen.

@neonpaul Perhaps not massively helpful, but there's an indieweb one:

@bob That was pretty much the consensus there - doesn't have to be citizen, just something better than consumer.

Do you have any preferred terms?

Community member and resident were mentioned.

Resident feels pretty passive. Community member I quite like, it hints at engagement and participation, but it's a bit wordy.

There was a good discussion on the pressing need to move away from thinking about people as citizens rather than consumers.

I don't know if that's so much of a problem in the UK. But made me think of Century of the Self and old Edwards Bernays and his involvement in the move from thinking of citizens to thinking of consumers.

Some good point that citizen is a loaded term too - not everyone in a community might actually be a citizen (in the formal sense.)

The 5 principles of the Local Digital Declaration are pretty decent:

1. redesign services around the people actually using them
2. use modular building blocks and open standards
3. prioritise data safety and security
4. digital leadership (dunno what they mean by this)
5. working in the open

Missing something about personal data ownership of the citizen I think, more about making sure the authority looks after what it holds. But a decent start.

At the municipal level in the UK at the moment, the focus is on 'fixing the plumbing', e.g. sorting out some of the basics in terms of data storage and interoperability.

Pretty sensible and practical approach from what I gathered.

I went to TICTeC Local last week, which was about the use of civic tech at the municipal level.

It was pretty cool, some good talks and nice peeps.

I learned that the UK has a nascent Local Digital Strategy.

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