NEW: TikTok is massively expanding its fleet of content moderators in Morocco. Paid $1.60 an hour, thousands of workers sift through unspeakably graphic footage so it doesn't get to your 'For You' page
@email@example.com and I spent 4 months investigating ⤵️
A reminder that Mastodon and the Fediverse do NOT use cryptocurrency, blockchains, NFTs, tokens, coins, mining, web3 or anything like that.
Masto and the Fedi run on traditional servers and use a sustainable network federation model somewhat similar to e-mail (that's why Fediverse addresses look similar to e-mail addresses).
Also a reminder there are no venture capital firms or other investors either. No one owns the network, each server is independent. Masto and Fedi server running costs are paid by their owners, sometimes with donations from users.
No one is getting rich from the Fediverse, it is all volunteers with some getting donations and a few getting modest grants from foundations. Please remember this when you interact with admins or developers.
(There might be some individual users who post about cryptocurrency/blockchain, but the infrastructure this place runs on doesn't use it at all.)
Tl:dr - Decentralisation does NOT mean cryptocurrency/blockchain
A privacy conference sponsored by Google and Meta is like a healthcare conference sponsored by Phillip Morris or a climate change conference sponsored by ExxonMobil. In other words, it is bullshit.
If you don’t want to become that which you despise, you must design your systems accordingly.
Multi-user federated servers are inherently open to economies of scale and thus to embrace, extend & extinguish.
Fediverse servers should be designed _so they cannot scale beyond a certain size_ to ensure no node becomes a centre.
If your aim is to devolve wealth/power/control, vertical scale is your failure mode. If you want to raise mini Zuckerbergs, by all means, scale on…
"We absorb information at the pace of walking, three miles an hour."
-Paul Salopek, who is walking around the world (from Africa, through Asia, across Siberia to Alaska, then down the west coast of the Americas)
New Techtonic episode: Carolyn Chen, author, “Work Pray Code: When Work Becomes Religion in Silicon Valley.”
Stream the interview:
Stream the whole show from the beginning:
Download the episode as a podcast:
See links & listener comments (links up top, listener comments below):
More shows: https://techtonic.fm
Digital poet Sasha Stiles engages questions - faith, God, love, death - in her new book "Technelegy."
New https://techtonic.fm interview w/Mark Schatzker on his book "The End of Craving" - about how over-engineered food is causing all sorts of problems.
This is a prototype from Facebook’s (now abandoned) plans to read your mind.
Now do you understand what I mean when I say the business model of Silicon Valley is to farm you like livestock for your data? And that data about you – if you have enough of it and the right algorithms – IS you?
Now do you understand why we need a Universal Declaration of Cyborg Rights?
The Small Web isn’t about going back to the days of GeoCities. It’s about going forward differently, using modern tech in a non-colonial manner.
It’s not about building clones of Twitter, YouTube, etc. There’s no way anyone can self-host a dozen different services. Instead, it’s about having a single-tenant place on the Web that you own and control without technical knowhow; a place you can add Twitter, YouTube, etc., *features* to.
New from me: Big questions, answered by Big Tech.
New from me: why we should be terrified of Facebook's metaverse... and why there's reason for hope:
On GoodReports.com - the "non-toxic social network" entry - just added Moa Party and Nitter: