Chris Webber, the co-editor of ActivityPub (which enables Mastodon, Pleroma, Peertube, etc.) is inventing the next generation protocol for decentralized social games & online collaboration.
It is really important work.
I am convinced that there are institutions out there that would give him a grant to work on this.
Foundations? Boston-area universities? If you know of one, please consider nominating him!
We are receiving applications until November 30.
@ricardojmendez do you happen to have one like that for projects that aren't "foundational infrastructure"?
@valerauko I’d say apply and make the case the best you can. The voting committee will use that as a criteria to prioritize, but the application process is simple enough that it’s worth a shot.
@Tryphon Don't be so naïve. Every "institution" that hands out grants wants something in return.
Like Google donated to the dev of Wikidata & can now use its structured data w/o attribution in its Knowledge Graph (due to WD license), treating all WD contributors as unpaid co-workers. (Not to mention they hired former WD chief dev Denny Vrandečić for further in-house dev.)
Chris Webber should keep "developing" ActivityPup on his own & use a license that prohibits economic reuse by 3rd parties.
@clacke I don't know whether Google & Wikidata folks have the same common interest -- besides that the employees of Wikimedia working on Wikidata & those of Google earn a salary and the volunteers providing the data don't. But anyway, I guess my main point was that Chris Webber & his co-editors should rather be financed by a GoFundMe/Patreon-style endowment by "the community" than an "institution" whose conditions for a grant will be obnoxious at best.
@clacke I wouldn't call it "free money" & "no string attached" when due to licensing Google can raise profits w/o much investment. But I grant you that in this game it's a coalition of Google (& others) & Wikimedia, the latter using the work of their volunteers to gain a role in the "knowledge economy". But I presume most of those contributing to Wikipedia (& thus Wikidata) haven't been eager in advance to become unpaid co-workers of Google (& Amazon's Echo, Apple's SIri, IBM's AI development).
@clacke (IBm "trains" its AI via the Wikidata dump of structured data into DBpedia. And really, why should volunteers who are not gonna see any refund or other reward (w/ the exception of some fancy "barnstars" in Wikipedia) help make platforms and software companes solidfy & enlarge their monopolies? That open soucre is a precondition of (& a major driver in) platform capitalism & web centralization seems obvious. No need to support that, IMO.)
@simsa02 you should do that for your own projects then
@Tryphon This is an astounding stupid reply.
@simsa02 wait, you don’t like being told what you should do?
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