Massive thank you to Jonty and the entire team, volunteers and everyone involved. We had a brilliant time and are already scheming for the next one :)

A work-in-progress on "Ethical Web Principles" from the W3C's Technical Architecture Group

If you still remember physical textbooks, can you imagine being forced to pay a company a monthly fee to bring your textbook home on the weekend?

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do you think "open source" licenses can be applied to "commercial data" in the same way that they are applied to software? Are they the same? Or different categories? Surely the latter? @mala

13 years later... what did everyone here spend their next decade doing and where are they now?

cc @mala @tomski

“Imagine having more money than anybody has ever had at any time in history, and instead of addressing world hunger, you strive to become the human equivalent of an everlasting gobstopper.”

in other random niggles, will Mastodon be changing from the word "TOOT!" to post messages. I find it weird (not playful).

(although I think that's down to a comedy sketch I saw in the 90s which makes clicking it completely cringeworthy)

LinkedIn still lists ICQ as an instant messenger. Is it still a thing?

today, fundraising is mostly like trying to use a hand-held laser to zap a fly that’s a mile away. In a cloud. On a windy day. Blindfold.

Bitcoin is just like using your card to buy something… if every transaction cost you ~$50 and used as much electricity as 1,000,000 VISA transactions (or more energy than the average US household uses in a month).


1. New VC-backed startup enters the scene
2. People flock to it
3. They discover it’s a surveillance capitalist (and still have no clue what that is)
4. They’re shocked (because, see 3)
5. It’s too late, they’re too big and they’ve exited
6. Goto 1



"We see data as key to the delivery of decarbonisation" — on a call with a large utility provider


NB: this is symptomatic of a trend, not an isolated incident.

Friday night epiphany ...

DLT/Blockchain is simply the modern day Turbo Encabulator and I didn't get sent the memo.

@mala well, there's this small competition... something to do with data... and it's us vs 'enterprise thinking' (again, again, again) :)

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