I've written an article explaining why the upcoming copyright directive is about to fundamentally break the internet: tomas.jakl.one/blog/2019-03-24

Please help to stop it, contact your MEPs and ask them to vote against it in the upcoming week. saveyourinternet.eu/


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RT @RogueNotary

It's infuriating how often I google a story to verify it, and the results are:

1) NYT (no free articles left)
2) Fox News (always free)
3) WaPo (no free articles left)
4) Breitbart (always free)
5) Daily Caller (always free)

Guess what people end up reading when this happens?

🐦🔗: twitter.com/RogueNotary/status

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"University of California terminates subscriptions with world’s largest scientific publisher in push for open access to publicly funded research"

universityofcalifornia.edu/pre

Context for those not in the US: this is huge. UC is a uniquely enormous and influential university system in our country. When they do things, many other universities follow suit.

I started following Larry Sanger's blog (the founder of Wikipedia). He has lots to say. For example here is his apt summary of what is the social media doing to our online communication:

Is it time to move from social media to blogs? larrysanger.org/2018/06/is-it-

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RT @pbeyssac@twitter.com

Must-read thread on the looming disaster (enormous rate of false positives) of #article13 of the #CopyrightDirective. cc @glynmoody@twitter.com @doctorow@twitter.com via @teirdes@twitter.com twitter.com/AlecMuffett/status

🐦🔗: twitter.com/pbeyssac/status/10

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Does anyone have a recommendation for a #RSS Reader for me? I'd like a nice UI, the option to save an entry and I would like to read on desktop and phone.

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This is important: #Article11 and #Article13 may destroy innovation in Europe. We nearly stopped it before, but now we really need to avoid it at any cost. juliareda.eu/2019/02/eu-copyri

We had a link tax in Spain and it was a disaster for small publications. The automated filters would be a disaster too (see tumblr) and only big corporations will be able to implement it, so it would be externalized to Google or Facebook, which already have it. Will we hand them over the control over the Internet?

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@jeroenpraat I can see your point, of course!

But let me tell you a small story from 2015 - long before the Mastodon hype:

For quite a few years I ran gnusocial.de, a GNU Social host with a handful of active users and around 1.000 registered accounts. Some of those accounts were automatically mirroring Tweets, mostly from newspaper's Twitter accounts. One of those tweets (the original one) linked to an article that was ordered by court to be taken offline. So the tweet as well had to be deleted.
Following that I recieved a letter by some lawyer representing that person (the one suing the newspaper) mentioned in the article. The lawyer told me that I had to delete *the copy* of this tweet on my small unimportant federated network node. Otherwise I'd be taken to court being liable for the content on my node.

So, nobody knows what will happen with article 13 or not. I'm not saying that these things mentioned earlier will happen, I'm just pointing out possibilities. And I for sure don't intend to spill FUD but running around with the claim "we're to small" is dangerously naive.
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RT @Audrey_Neveu@twitter.com

We have one more chance to #SaveYourInternet and stop #Article13: The upcoming vote in @Europarl_EN@twitter.com. Get informed! juliareda.eu/2019/02/eu-copyri

🐦🔗: twitter.com/Audrey_Neveu/statu

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Really, asking "what should replace Facebook" is putting things the wrong way around.

A more interesting way to ask the question is, "what did Facebook replace."

People used to build their own websites. People used to have blogs. People used USENET which was truly distributed and un-censorable.

Facebook and Google took the open internet and open standards and monetized and made everything crappy. Enough of that. Nothing should replace Facebook, it's done, stick a fork in it.

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@wakest Yep :)

Just the basics for now to let people follow blogs from the fediverse, and see what it all looks like. Then I can give some more thought to any new / interesting things write.as could do with federation

Really cool design tips for amateurs:

“7 Practical Tips for Cheating at Design” by Adam Wathan & Steve Schoger medium.com/refactoring-ui/7-pr

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