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Yggdrasil Network v0.3.6 is released! 👋

This is a massive refactoring release to clean up our codebase and to draft our first API, plus lots of other fixes and minor changes.

Please take the time to upgrade, tell your friends and let us know if there are any issues!

Builds: yggdrasil-network.github.io/bu
Changelog: yggdrasil-network.github.io/ch
Blog post: yggdrasil-network.github.io/20
Matrix channel: riot.im/app/#/room/%23yggdrasi

Just updated my Philadelphia-based network infrastructure exploration site with new things I found on the street, networksofphilly.org

It also keeps an index of various surveillance-based info requests open with the city police.

Consider starting one for your city!

Delighted to see the release of the new privacy-friendly keys.openpgp.org keyserver, which finally fixes a number of serious issues in the aged SKS network. The new server finally lets you replace or delete your keys and has separation of key and identity data!

keys.openpgp.org/about/news#20

Breakdown of the price of a cup of coffee. Owner of the retail land/space gets 88x more than the coffee bean grower, and the cafe owner 25x more. The chart doesn't bother to break down the split between the owner of the land/plantation and the actual workers though.

I've seen quite a few posts recently about how ActivityPub clients or instance are blacklisting certain domains/pubs.

I can't help but feel like this violates some core principle of the "fediverse", especially when the goal generally seems to be to reduce barriers for user choice/adoption and not to create unexpected complexities and censors?

Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people.

"If two men in a world of more than 7 billion people can provide €300million to restore Notre Dame, within six hours, then there is enough money in the world to feed every mouth, shelter every family and educate every child. The failure to do so is a matter of will, and a matter of system."

joe.ie/life-style/notre-dame-f?

⚠️ ATTENTION ALL WEB DEVELOPERS!

Unless your GDPR cookie warning has a single "Reject All" button for opting out of all cookies for any purpose/advertiser, and it is not obscured from immediate view behind menus or additional clicks, you have ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT to claim that you care about our privacy.

So stop being assholes, stop patronising us and go fix your stupid website.

So if you really are wondering where Brexit came from, look no further than your local newsagents or paper stand.

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I didn’t really intend for this to turn into an ageist rant but then consider that the average age of MPs in Britain is also 50, and there are many career politicians on the benches that are even much older than that.

They, too, are disgusted at the idea of consuming more moderate media. The country is being ran by old men.

Newspapers have influence over these older generations for free.

Meanwhile younger voters are staring in complete disbelief as their futures are ripped away from them.

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Is it really a surprise that older voters generally voted for Brexit and younger voters generally didn’t?

If older generations bothered to fact-check and to consume a greater spectrum of media then their views would become much more moderate too. It’s just that most of them can’t even imagine buying a different newspaper – especially one elsewhere on the political spectrum – let alone consuming their news from the internet where who knows what they might see.

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The most popular newspapers in Britain by a large margin are right-wing publications. They’re basically the original Buzzfeed – not edited with integrity but by shock value.

Younger people don’t tend to buy newspapers because we increasingly discover the news online, even from social media. Often we discover news from across the entire political spectrum because that’s the nature of social media. We just don’t need newspapers.

The only people buying newspapers are the older generations.

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The most insulting thing about Brexit is that it has been forced upon younger generations by older ones who only hold their opinions because a right-wing newspaper told them so.

Older generations don’t fact-check as weren’t ever taught to. They don’t get their news from multiple news sources as they didn’t ever have to. They didn’t question what they were told as they were reprimanded for doing so.

Instead they read the same newspapers, day in day out. They receive their opinions by osmosis.

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