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Funny that we seem to be going in circles.

The web started as a bunch of individuals running their own servers. Then things got professionalized, and we got the mostly benevolent, for-pay corporate services. Now that your data is more valuable than whatever meager subscription fee you're not going to pay for anyway, we're back to trusting the randos.

The plummeting server/software costs help, but it would be impossible without volunteer labor.

It behooves us to support the randos.

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Here's the video for "The Arrival of a Train":

(In case you're more into viewing than reading)

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Here's "It's all about the curry", my Monkigras 2018 talk on software craft:

Delivered a lot of talks over the years, but I gotta say this has been one of my favorites so far.


"There’s Now an Even Worse Anti-Encryption Bill Than EARN IT"

Get your IT business out of the US. This needs to have an impact on the economy.

Sensitive data must be encrypted. Always. This should be a reminder to the authorities to never again ask for encryption backdoors:

More on why we oppose any attempt to backdoor encryption:

"It’s amazing how great computer products can be when they don’t need to deal with corporate bullsh*t, don’t have to promote a brand or to sell its users... Contrast this with Dropbox..."

The ActivityPub Conference is going virtual this year:

Thanks to @sl007 for the heads up!

@ricardojmendez I don't think we can expect people to learn from history without putting in the effort to do so, and I can't say that even my history lessons at school ever made it clear that this could happen here. There's always this sense of "otherness" about the whole thing.

(West) Germany at the very least has tried to identify the causes and educate on them. The US and UK just run with the narrative "nazis bad!" and skip over the reasons behind the rise of fascism.

Also, this is quite a good write-up about the various fascist parties in Western countries:

The author is from South Africa, so the "Authoritarianism in South Africa?" section is more detailed than most people will care for, but you can just skip to the next heading.

Am I the only one fascinated by the fact that we have nazis rising on countries that fought the nazis, while countries that had actual fascists are looking aghast at their bullshit?

Intellectually, I know the social and educational mechanics at work, but it still strikes me that it works out that way.

As we've always taken a stand against state surveillance, we stand now against state violence — especially as it's inflicted disproportionately on the Black community. We stand with those seeking justice for the brutality committed by our unjust system. #BlackLivesMatter

Here is a template in PDF format of the Mastodon Paper-Toy.
You will need scissors, glue and a cutter. It may take a bit of patience as well ^^

❓ Poll: Have you ever had to report content in your feed to a fediverse mod?

Followup: how fast was the response time?

Boosts requested; I'm writing an article about the moderation of decentralized networks.

We created a new writing prompt for anyone to participate, no sign-up required — just write about what you've been up to! Accepted submissions will be showcased over on our writing community @readwriteas.

Our freedom to hold opinions without interference is absolute, however, increasingly ad-tech represents a new frontier for that interference.

Find out why privacy matters:

No other concept has opened my mind to the beauty of systems and emergent behavior like Conway’s game of life did.

A brilliant idea glider gun has gone out.

"Archimedes, Mick Jagger, Salvador Dali, and Richard Feynman all rolled into one.”

Starting up writing prompts again with a simple question — what has been giving you joy lately? Respond to the prompt here, no sign-up needed:

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