There is a discussion over on loomio about the mastodon scraping incident and some actions we could choose to take at social.coop ---> https://www.loomio.org/d/qbZTgtjs/mastodon-scraping-incident
📖 meeting minutes from our second social.coop tech meeting are here --> https://www.loomio.org/d/UwAeiBgE/meeting-minutes/2
For real like Bandcamp is exactly the kind of service we *hoped* the internet would give us: “hey, people make things, they set their own price inc. free, we provide the storefront, you buy it and the money goes to the creator, you get it in a DRM-free format and can play it however you want, we just make money to keep going & improving and aren’t a VC-funded nightmare company of rampant reckless growth that will do something nightmarish and implode.”
We need more media platforms like that.
I was considering going to fosdem, but not really that interested in open source in itself, but wider topics about society/community/people and technology. I don't feel very inspired when I look at https://fosdem.org/2020/
Any views from people that have been before? Or other conferences I might like?
as many of you know, I spent a week at the London XR rebellion, well I have finally written a short article on what I saw, what I feel about it and if XR is even worth it for us in the first place.
boosts very much appreciated
To me the battle of free software became irrelevant considered that nowadays:
- capitalism ate free software and rebranded it as opensource, which really is just "free software with free as in free market"
- there's free software everywhere, used to build centralized proprietary services
- everything happens in the cloud, so there are many questions like "how do you effectively trust sysadmins with your data"
I was thinking to register my precious touring bike in case it ever gets stolen. But then I realised one of the things I love about cycling is the freedom, independence and anonymity.
No "cycling license" needed, no registration required, and it's one of the few remaining ways to travel anonymously.
I'm conflicted now. Thoughts?
Part of why we say "solidarity not charity" is because the way charity is typically presented gives moral superiority to the givers - and often, moral inferiority to the receivers (or sometimes "takers," if they decide to be particularly transparent about it)
Truisms like "it is better to give than to receive" implicitly contain "it is wrong to receive help." It's wrong to ask for the support you need, to want it, even to accept it when offered. Panhandling, for instance, is often portrayed not just as shameful, but immoral - even greedy
Solidarity, and especially mutual aid, are meant to reject that dichotomy. Everyone at Food Not Bombs eats together, volunteers and otherwise, and talks to each other. Our Free Store puts "it's free because it's yours" all over its reading material - it's not a gift, not a blessing, not charity. And that makes *such* a big difference
i'm going to help host another unconference, 23-24 Nov, here in Malmö if anyone is in the neighbourhood
What does tech look like on a finite, post-climate change earth?
an initiative by Zenna Fiscella and Edgeryders https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edgeryders
I'm thinking about a concept to distribute money in what is currently a volunteer project.
Maybe there are some existing "solidarity payments" ideas around.
My initial idea is a monthly "pay day" call where you discuss how much to distribute in total, what you worked on, and what costs you had in the month.
With some form of consensus process to raise up concerns and then agree it.
Assumptions are low numbers of people (prob <5) and high trust within the group.
Any existing models?
When I went to feed the birds this morning, I found this growing in the garden. I wonder what sort of #mushroom they are
Just another wandering soul
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