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There is a discussion over on loomio about the mastodon scraping incident and some actions we could choose to take at --->

So, there's this concept of "implicit feudalism" in online communities. Essentially, the vast majority of online communities - from old-school forums, to facebook groups, to large platforms like Twitter and Facebook themselves, even to fediverse instances - they're all run as dictatorships by default. It's built into the software - you'll have a top admin who has full, unconstrained power, they might delegate mods who have some limited powers, and anyone else has to listen to what these dictators and lords tell them. We talk about "federating" here in the fediverse, but each individual community - as far as I'm aware of - is a little dictatorship. A federation of dictatorships is not a free society, anymore than the UN, an international body composed of "liberal democracies" and authoritarian regimes is truly democratic. We need a way to start governing online communities through actual forms of democracy.


Having a huge awesome screen like this is dangerous.

New draft now online for comment: "Modular Politics: Toward a Governance Layer for Online Communities"

Today kid and I started our first adventure in hardware and robotics with a micro:bot kit from @sparkfun. Excited to finally abandon the illusion that software is self-sufficient.


How about this: inequality (which is the core of autocracy but also underlies many democratic forms) is an artifact, something that is imposed, contrived, created, requiring terrific effort and labor on the part of the oppressors and the oppressed, on our relations. It is inequality that we are never ready for, hence the terrific effort required to (re)produce it.

Please convince me that humanity is actually ready for democracy.

Fonterra, a 10,000 member dairy co-op in NZ, found that it was their younger members that were demonstrating a stronger commitment to the co-operative than the older farmers.

Contrary to a lot of the research which usually states that older members are more loyal.

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