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Personally I'm a huge fan of "run the software themselves", and thus I often prefer peer2peer tech. Besides the friends-admining-for-friends model doesn't happen, megacorps (almost) always take over. Which you correctly point out is preferable.

NOTE: CUPS is the biggest counterexample, as centralizing that would involve everyone travelling to the same central printer.

That said I can see a role for megacorps given encryption-based constraints.

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It's taken about a decade for me to start caring, but I have to admit I'm really not sold on arbitrary hashtags from a UX perspective.

Generally a message *about* a subject seems to be more on-topic than messages that are tagged , so it's frustrating to see hashtags that are less helpful than a search.

Don't even get me started on small changes (i.e. versus ), and how most systems don't categorize the above hashtags as having any sort of affinity at all.

So FLOSS.social is open for a "soft launch" this week. As user 0, I suppose I am an "admin", although @hugo is officially hosting the instance, which lives at OVH data centers.

If any #FLOSS / #OpenSource folks are interested in switching over to this instance, feel free to reach out for help. Latest versions of #Mastodon make it easier to list your "forwarding address".

Oh, and please be kind to each other. We have a code of conduct. πŸ™‚

@deadsuperhero @seanl Yep, they're both merkle-tree distributed ledgers. "Blockchain" is a fuzzy term... one could argue that maybe blockchains are signed distributed ledgers with consensus and *possibly* proof of work.

@joeyh said recently in person "Blockchains and git came out around the same time, and a lot of people who think they want blockchains really want git" <- I agree!

β€œWhile Facebook is in the spotlight right now for very good reason, this is not just a Facebook problem. We have a surveillance based business model that powers much of the web that cannot continue to coexist with privacy rights.” - EFF's @jenuhhveev
voanews.com/a/facebook-privacy

@nev you'd think people in tech would know about the nightmare that is user licenses...

@caraellison

It's kinda mindblowing when you realize that the time spent on corporate #SocialMedia was actually unpaid work couched as a "free" service. Once I started seeing my attention as a form of investment, I got more intentional about moving that energy to #Mastodon...

"That being said, 95% of the times the word "blockchain" is uttered these days, what follows is most likely bullshit."

news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1

@deadsuperhero I agree in that decentralization isn't _sufficient_ for privacy, but it is usually a necessary first step. Centralized services are too tempting of a target for data collection.

I guess one thing I'm curious about is what arguments would be valid in making a case for #decentralization?

The ones I can think of are virtues of self-sufficency, resistance to censorship, agency for data ownership, ad-hoc communication between many peers, connecting together many spaces on the web, controlling who can see certain things that you post, and ability to examine/modify/share the code your data is hosted on.

If anyone has other arguments, I'd love to hear them! πŸ˜€

@alcinnz Right? Don't get me wrong, being able to create hypertext from an arbitrary(ish) string is better than *not* being able to do so, but I'm surprised that we haven't really gone further.

EFF's @jenuhhveev tells CNN that it's not too late to change our data relationship with big tech companies. "The surveillance-based business model that runs most of the popular web is not inevitable." money.cnn.com/2018/03/28/techn

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Grr. Posted with the wrong access. Now reposting publicly.

"Sopranica is an open source, DIY cell network that allows users to make phone calls, send text messages and browse the internet with total anonymity."

trendbin.org/what-is-sopranica

I've been using Sopranica for several months now. Still a new service, a bit buggy around the edges (much of which could just be my limited experience w/Linphone, XMPP, and the like) ... basically, though, it works quite nicely.

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