@KevinMarks @strypey @cwebber

What would a partnership of indieweb and activitypub look like? Can they play nicely together? Or would they fight?

@strypey @bhaugen @KevinMarks @cwebber Not an expert but I don't think it's *necessarily* (although very common) about being self-hosted, it's about owning your identity and your data. e.g. micro.blog provides hosted services that adhere to indieweb protocols (and principles).

In some ways its closer to Hubzilla than Mastodon, IMO.

The reason I mention that (and hope I'm correct in saying so) is that I think it's vital that indieweb does not expect everyone will self-host.

@strypey @neil @bhaugen @KevinMarks I'm not really interested in "by developers, for developers", because my target is not "liberate developers", it is "liberate everyone"

@cwebber @strypey @neil @bhaugen I don't think we disagree about goals, but about methods to some extent. Indieweb was founded after frustration with large complex federation efforts aimed at big companies, and refocusing on web-centric models that are small and simple to implement.
OStatus has a lot of these complexities included (webfinger and salmon being the most egregious). w3.org/wiki/Socialwg/AccountDi has some of this.

@KevinMarks @cwebber @strypey @neil

Kevin, can you federate with all of the people in this message from an indie.web place-to-stand?

If not, what would it take to be able to do that?

Or conversely, what would it take for eg a one-person ActivityPub (which I got) to be able to federate with you communing from an indie.web place?

(Was that all clear?)

@bhaugen @cwebber @strypey @neil known.kevinmarks.com/2018/i-ca

It should be possible for you to subscribe to an indieweb site via atom and webpub, but mastodon wants a lot of webfinger wrangling to do that.

@strypey @KevinMarks @bhaugen @cwebber @neil

I wonder if a federated system would ever beat out a decentralized vision. Mastodon instances come and go and data could be, will be, lost forever, somebody else besides you gets to decide the rules of the road.

Open systems can have closed leadership that does not gel well with the idea of putting users in control of their data,

@jgmac1106 @strypey @KevinMarks @cwebber @neil x

Greg, I am missing something.

What's the diff in your mind between decentralized and federated? And what closed leadership do you have in mind in each case?

For example, if we do personal activitypubs (which we are doing) and then we federate them, is that decentralized or federated?

Or are you considering federation to mean only large sites with lots of members which federate with other large sites with lots of members?


@bhaugen @strypey @KevinMarks @cwebber @neil

Federated=open protocols allowing different instances to talk but still requires some central server, an admin and a bunch of users to call that admin a fascist nazi whenever they make a small change.

Decentralized=open protocols all run on individual instances with no concentrated power or loss of data if someone shuts down server

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@bhaugen @strypey @KevinMarks @cwebber @neil

I think a decentralized system could play well with federated servers like Mastodon instances...but I would rather than join new ones.

@strypey @jgmac1106 @bhaugen @cwebber @neil yes, exactly - the point is that a single-user instance should be possible, as opposed to having to join an existing system.

@strypey @jgmac1106 @bhaugen @KevinMarks @cwebber Yes I think Hubzilla has done it nicely. With both nomadic identity, and also simply the groups idea (not original to Hubzilla ofc). For me interest groups should be decoupled from infrastructure. I'm interested in both coops and solarpunk, but I shouldn't need an account on social.coop and sunbeam.city to get the goodness of both. I want to just exist as myself, but be part of both groups. Tags don't cut it.

@strypey @jgmac1106 @bhaugen @KevinMarks @cwebber I find indieweb and Hubzilla close in spirit. You have one identity, you can self-host yourself or you can exist on a hosted service. You can move around if you want. Your hosting choice does not determine who you follow or what groups you are most closely associated with. I've not really seen a way in indieweb yet to subscribe to an existing interest group. Hubzilla is v. cool but I like indieweb plurarity of implementations.

@neil @strypey @jgmac1106 @KevinMarks @cwebber

I am in the same boat (participating in lotsa groups) and also want my personal place to work from.

@neil @strypey @bhaugen @KevinMarks @cwebber

Yes my dream is the semi-private post where I can choose which networks of friends can see certain content.

Like if I had a list of groups in my h-card and only other people who also belonged to same group would see post.

@jgmac1106 @neil @strypey @bhaugen @KevinMarks Yes, I am working on that. You can already do it today, by addressing collections or groups, but the main challenge is retrieving the object later, *after* you were given access.

I'm working towards making that last part completely easy.

@jgmac1106 @neil @strypey @bhaugen @KevinMarks One route is Capability URLs, for all posts but there is a problem with them which is that contemporary browsers and URLs leak them everywhere w3.org/TR/capability-urls/

Here's a hint on how to get around that: groups.google.com/forum/#!topi but I need to make this thinking more coherent to everyone

@strypey @neil @bhaugen @KevinMarks yeah i wonder if solution for me is a mix of personal websites and ActivityPub for private or group posting

@strypey @bhaugen @KevinMarks @cwebber @neil

Thanks for the clarification, much of this is very new to me.

If the person running an instance gets to decide the rules of the road and can kick people off at will how is that person not a "single centre"?

@strypey @bhaugen @KevinMarks @cwebber @neil okay that makes clear sense. What is our collective benefit to adding a federated service layer on top of the web? 5hat is what I will explore next few weeks as I play

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