“We are specks of dust on a strand of Mother Earth’s hair. There is no need for us to ‘save’ the Earth; we simply need to let her discard what has become stale. We need to release our planet of our wanting and begging, our ignorance and confusion, and be weaned from her breast, even when it feels we won’t survive. When we stop exploiting Earth, she will return to sustainability on her own and share her bounty generously.”
Zenju Earthlyn Manuel, Sanctuary
There's many good ideas in there - ie refundable 'postage stamps' to create a cost for harassment and spam from strangers, plus a healthy, referenced critique of existing proposals to detoxify online spaces. And while other detoxification proposals, like cleanuptheinternet.org.uk/ keep emerging - most depend on convincing the social media giants to act, or to change the law to force them to. OcapsPub is a technical proposals to improve existing open systems; the only barrier is the code.
Reading about #ObjectCapabilites or Ocaps as an alternative to ACLs in the context of moderation on the decentralised web: "OcapsPub: towards networks of consent" https://gitlab.com/spritely/ocappub/-/blob/master/README.org. It's interesting how much good thinking is coming out of the #ActivityPub centred Fediverse.
Web dev be like:
"I want to detect if a CSS variable has been changed"
"Sure, here's a very hacky solution with very specific requirements that are a pain to implement because there's no official way to do this"
"I want to detect if a user is sitting in a >3m² room, alone, and hasn't blinked in the last 2 seconds"
"You can use this 1-liner that utilizes the RoomSizeUserPresenceAndEyeBlink API Google pushed into standards to totally not improve their tracking of users"
Similar to (what I know of) disco.coop and feminist economics it argues that "Drawing on earlier critiques of how economic logics can erode democracy, this paper identifies specific limitations that cryptoeconomic governance faces. It contends that, to overcome these limitations, designers should envelop cryptoeconomics within a logic of politics capable of seeing beyond economic metrics for human flourishing and the common good".
I've only just started this new paper by Nathan Schneider - who helped pioneer Platform Coops - but it looks like the long needed analysis and possible bridge between the conflicting and contradicting neoliberal/enclosing aspects and liberating/commonsing promises of #cryptoecononics...
OPEN SOURCE, EXPERIMENTAL, AND TINY TOOLS ROUNDUP
"This is a list of small, free, or experimental tools that might be useful in building your game / website / interactive project. Although I’ve included ‘standards’, this list has a focus on artful tools and toys that are as fun to use as they are functional.
The goal of this list is to enable making entirely outside of closed production ecosystems or walled software gardens."
Whenever I read about self-hosting as niche I find myself thinking.. yes but what about when 5G is widespread? when every phone is potentially a server with up to 10gb/s upload?
RT @alcinnz: Meet the Self-Hosters, Taking Back the Internet One Server at a Time - John Kehayias: https://www.vice.com/en/article/pkb4ng/meet-the-self-hosters-taking-back-the-internet-one-server-at-a-time
The Yes Men prank impersonate Paul Wolfowitz to put out an anti-war message:
"Tom Basile actually knows Wolfowitz, as he mentioned during the broadcast. Andy hadn't planned to impersonate him, so he didn't bother listening to his voice — and we're pretty sure he sounds nothing like him. Yet Basile never noticed. Could Basile's complete lack of observational ability have anything to do with his horrible politics?"
Humdog only gets truer..
RT @dani: "i have seen many people spill their guts on-line, and i did so myself until, at last, i began to see that i had commodified myself. (...) i created my interior thoughts as a means of production for the corporation that owned the board i was posting to, and that commodity was being sold to other commodity/consumer entities as entertainment. that means that i sold my soul like a tennis shoe and i derived no profit from the sale of my soul."
humdog, 1994 (!!!)
The Internet Archive is celebrating its 25th anniversary:
I noticed that while there have been many "captures" of the page, none of the videos seem to play back.
As an experiment I used Rhizome's Conifer/Webrecorder to record the page including its videos, exported the WARC file, and embedded it on my static website using the ReplayWeb.page web component:
My employer, Freedom of the Press Foundation, is looking for a web design firm to partner with for a redesign of one of our flagship projects, the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker.
This is a pretty cool opportunity to do mission-driven design work -- please help pass it along to design firms who you think could be a good fit.
Budget is $40-$50K. Note that we have an internal web dev team, so the focus here is on the design.
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