If you are in Berlin and want to learn to work and play with processing, you can do so by attending a workshop by Frieder Nake, one of the first digital artists. ‘Think images, don’t make them.´ https://mailchi.mp/dam/banzbowinkel-672197?e=84fd4f7e49
I might try pixelfed, but find it very confusing to join. This page is not very helpful: https://pixelfed.org/join If you click to one of these two, you only get dry lists of 'nodes'. It is impossible to choose an instance because these lists don't contain an introduction. You have to guess what they are all about. If you click further, you land on a registration page, again without any introduction. Really think some kind of basic introduction would push registration. Am I missing something?
I'm delisting the switching.social handbook at the end of next week (Sunday 9th June), so if you want to buy a copy now is your final chance:
This is the official Mastodon account for the site switching.social.
It's a guide for non-technical people who are concerned about protecting their privacy online. It only lists easy-to-use sites and apps that are ethical and privacy-friendly.
You can find out more at https://switching.social
If you know someone who might benefit from this guide, please share the link with them!
Mobilizon, the upcoming open federated alternative to Facebook Events, has reached its first crowdfunding goal of €20k:
This covers development of the events software itself.
The next goal, €35k, adds federation through ActivityPub, which will let people on the Fediverse share and join events. This could be crucial to helping many more people leave Facebook 👍
You can donate at the link above, and follow them on here at:
Israeli espionage firm hacks WhatsApp. Can install spyware with missed call.
My advice: dump WhatsApp today and start using Wire (https://wire.com/en/products/personal-secure-messenger/). Tell your friends and family to do the same. (It’s a simple, free download on all app stores. Easy to use, doesn’t require your phone number, and their business model is based on charging for commercial use and for pro accounts.)
You can find more alternatives on @switchingsocial (https://switching.social/ethical-alternatives-to-whatsapp-and-skype/)
If you're on Mastodon and know the web address of someone on the Fediverse, you can use this to follow them.
1. Copy their profile's web address into the Mastodon search box (see screenshots).
2. Click search, this should bring up a link to the profile and a follow button next to it.
3. Click follow!
This works with many kinds of Fediverse addresses including PixelFed, PeerTube and others. Try it!
You can also use this technique with web addresses of individual posts.
Probably won't be able to get there, but for those who can and are interested in generative art: https://www.artnome.com/news/2019/4/17/giving-generative-art-its-due
That feeling when you read an article that explains nicely what you have experienced but never were able to express: that thing about leaving the comfort zone: BS! https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/nov/16/comfort-zone-mental-health
Zeldman, about the Silicon Valley / startup model (and how it's a shitty model)
"A family buys a house they can’t afford. They can’t make their monthly mortgage payments, so they borrow money from the Mob. Now they’re in debt to the bank and the Mob, live in fear of losing their home, and must do whatever their creditors tell them to do."
So... VC = the Mob! Nice metaphor! :)
The Google AI Muppetshow: https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/2019/4/4/18295933/google-cancels-ai-ethics-board
You can add your WordPress site to the Fediverse by installing an ActivityPub plugin.
This lets anyone on Mastodon etc follow your site, comment on posts and share them on the Fediverse.
There are two WordPress ActivityPub plugins available right now:
An example of a WordPress site using Pterotype is WeDistribute:
Find out how your face is classified: https://imagenet-roulette.paglen.com
You might not like it. A warning about how quickly AI becomes horrible when the assumptions built into it aren’t continually and exhaustively questioned.
It's also a good practical example that privacy is not about what you have to hide, but how you will be framed.