If WhatsApp infrastructure were owned by users, not Facebook, then could only affect one household at a time. Communicating with family and work is too important to be the job of one company. Decentralize now!

Another issue I've been witnessing these days is a fellow's account on disroot.org got closed, and he now have to migrate everything to another server, just because Disroot itself got closed. This is what shouldn't happen to your account so easily. Why Matrix chats exist on all servers where they have participants in this chat, but it's not the same for accounts? Setting up account copies manually, as Hubzilla provides, isn't the same level of smoothness.

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Thank you all guys for the answers, I've been stuck at work, will come back as fast as possible. Sorry for the delay, lots of useful and reasonable thoughts here, I appreciate all of them.

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Actually, Fediverse instances for a potential user IMO could be thought as an Internet Service Provider: you don't think about it as soon as it works. And you don't think of it when you switch over ISPs (i.e. from Wi-Fi to mobile). That's why I feel a little unnatural of how it's all organised now, maybe better to have a Fediverse instance/account not as your fixed "home", but rather as your gateway? No ISP stores your Facebook/Twitter/etc identity and newsfeed data, but may cache it for you.

Server admins provide places to discuss, share content, communicate etc. People on those servers, maybe except the server admins, are rather welcomed (or not) visitors, rather than citizens. Actually, I have no good idea where accounts should be stored, as well as which data should be tied to an account (contacts, social graph?). Either it could be a separate trusted account server, or just data on your device encrypted with a key, or maybe it can be stored in a blockchain. Feedback is welcome!

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The more I think, the more I come to an idea that an account should not be tied to a server, servers are more about functionality. Also, I should be definitely not the first to think about it, so if anyone knows of such tech applicable to Fediverse, let me please know. And no, I don't mean accounts that can be copied/migrated from server to server, like in . I mean accounts are stored elsewhere separately from any content server such as a or or instance.

Continuing my previous set of questions. Today, I've spotted in my feed that @Tutanota is under DDOS attack. So, how can an average instance admin make sure the instance is well protected, if even is vulnerable? Does this mean the whole federated approach is so vulnerable?

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- server tech compliance status published somewhere on a regular basis: i.e. if a server has very little downtime within a certain period, it receives a certain "stability" badge
- server non-tech compliance status, such as predictable moderation policy (this one is tricky to specify of course)

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@hhardy01 @shuro @no_signal @isagalaev @Doudouosm @iron_bug My own 5 cents of ideas:
- portable identities, such as in Hubzilla or being discussed in Matrix
- or identity tied to a separate identity server not affiliated with your content on any Mastodon server
- portable content, with official content channel duplicates (again, Hubzilla and Matrix)

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In the federated world, how it's supposed to solve the reliability and trust problem of an instance? How can I be sure that the instance I've chosed is going to 1) last for long 2) the admins won't get crazy and start banning everything?

#APConf #ActivityPub

Unsure if there will be a time for it at #APConf2020 but I've been loosely working on the ActivityPub Client-to-Server thing in Pleroma with some feedback from AndStatus.
(My ~immediate use case being towards sending non-Note objects for stuff like Article and Page, maybe a full AP C2S client instead of MastoAPI at some point)

Could be nice to have some discussions about it as other folks (specially the co-authors of the AP spec) could have some nice ideas or pointers.

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Continuing my previous thought on cross-instance shadow auth: I think for now it could be solved using two things:
- a client or a web interface trying to keep everything inside it as much as possible: opening links to external posts, subscribing to accounts etc. - this may require a sort of autodetection whether a link is a link to another Fediverse instance or not
- a browser extension having the same above autodetection capabilities, that plays its part on actual external instances

Am I the only one thinking about a machine learning toot classifier so that one can use it in a way like "don't show me posts which likely to be about the US elections"?

Can I host both and on the same domain? I've seen many times domains like `social.mydomain.org`, which looks weird, so that's the reason I'm asking. Matrix, from what I know, is also a bit inflexible about domains, so that's another reason of asking.

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