Hey #Mastodon.social folks. I'll be migrating more of my #tooting over to my email@example.com account in the next few days, which is the beta test of the #PlatformCoop #instance in preparation for a public launch May 22 (timed to coincide with the #buytwitter vote).
Beyond the impressive statistics of new accounts, I would love to know about these stats, which may give a different picture:
* How many _active_ accounts (ie. who connected more than just a few times say over one day or two then never connected again)?
* How many _participating_ accounts, active and with at least one toot?
Would be interesting to get this stats at least from a few instances so we could try a rough interpolation of the rest..
We're moving forward with spinning up an initial instance to be at social.coop, and which will be open to #coop movement practitioners as the initial user base, with the governance infrastructure open sourced. Loomio: https://www.loomio.org/g/ibncxoDR/social-coop
I don't see enough talk of how the fediverse is structurally resistant to external power.
here, corporations and governments don't have any central node to pressure to suppress activity that conflicts with their interests. they could at most pressure one instance at a time, but there's no way to ever get their way across the entire fediverse at once.
the importance of this feature is tremendous.
@strypey @keithpp I see a #dualpower strategy: campaign in good faith for a #platformcoop conversion to spread the vision of a participant-controlled platform. When the logic of #capital prevails, channel disappointment to migration to democratic #opensource alternatives.
It's a conceptually shorter 1st step 4 most folks to imagine ownership reform of a familiar platform, while the energy generated by the frustration of that dream might spur radical action. #buytwitter
If you migrate a Mastodon instance:
* Keep the secrets the same or people WILL NOT BE ABLE TO LOG IN WITH 2FA (I fucked this up)
* Remember to migrate the Redis database to keep your local timeline - see https://stackoverflow.com/a/22024286 for how
* Make sure your new instance has enough RAM or you'll have a bad time (I recommend at least 2GB and even that is pushing it)
I just went around and did some basic nmap-ing on the most popular Mastodon instances, and there's some seriously sketchy stuff in there. Publicly reachable Postgres servers, tons of open internal HTTP ports, SSH with password login, multiple Mastodon instances that seem to be running on mail server VMs, …
I guess if you're just running a single-user instance for yourself, sure, but those are all 2000+ user instances.
Job thing! If you have a background in activism and understand tech, EFF has a couple of jobs you might be interested in (plz to boost)
You will support EFF’s grassroots advocacy efforts, support our security training team, and engage in outreach to grassroots groups, with a focus on technical communities and hacker spaces
Writer, Activism Team
This position will focus on net neutrality and a range of intellectual property issues