I've been hearing about Mastodon for a while and I'm willing to try it out. Last night I learned that you can't keep your identity should an instance be shut down, which I am not a fan of. I was thinking maybe someone could build something on top of git, where as you gpg sign all your commits (messages/replies) and you can refer to them across repos (instances) and your gpg key *is* your identity. The biggest hurdle is probably user experience around key management. Like Bitcoin.
@MrHodl @LarryBitcoin me too! Another consideration on the security model of the federation: how to deal with VIP accounts (i.e D.Trump)? Those have a huge incentive to be hacked and probably a "standard" instance wouldn't be secure enough. Luckily the VIP account can set up its own instance with its own security in place.
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