@jim Add a image and a bit of bio :) What do you think of this step to the am interested in feedback and impressions to help push outreach.

@Hamishcampbell Mastodon is interesting but there are obvious issues. Still, who cares, it's worth experimenting. Any uptake this week?

@jim whats the issues for you first touch experience? Am sending people this link in the hope of reducing bounces theoutline.com/post/2689/masto

@Hamishcampbell I've no particular feedback. Sign up was maybe a bit confusing. The real question is whether I can get any value out of it – that depends on having people to interact with


@jim with the movement running strong things like the network will be one of the ways to reach millions of people who are interested in issues.

What groups like do about this is a issue, running your own instance or sharing a instance with different digital privacy groups might be a good idea? But this is work, for now would suggest outreaching to your members to get a test group to join up at campaign.openworlds.info and try it out.

@Hamishcampbell @jim I'm sympathetic towards Open Rights Group, but think that their campaigns have often been ineffective. Whenever I encountered ORG people their universal solution for everything was "write to your MP".

Groups like ORG should be promoting the open web and encouraging people to run their own instances or their own internet systems wherever possible. Have workshops for that, similar to what they did with cryptoparties. Also they could perhaps do more to connect people with technical skills to activist campaigns who might need them, rather than the purely individualistic approach typified by the cryptoparty in which each user looks after their own data security.

@bob @Hamishcampbell ORG's work has always tried a diverse range of tactics. We have tech projects like blocked.org.uk and take the government to court as with privacynotprism.org.uk – we've also promoted 451unavailable.org

However, I think it hard for us to take the role of building the open Internet through tech tools. We're an advocacy organisation, and have to focus on policy change.

@jim @bob

For advocacy you will need to reach into the projects as a growing minority of your core interest groups will likely step away from the traditional social media sites over the next year, probably happening already.

Might as well dip your toe in to try the water :)

@Hamishcampbell @bob I hope that's the case. Support and encourage is different from lead of course.

@Hamishcampbell @jim I think Facebook and Twitter will deploy AI to try to deal with the criticisms against them, but that the AI will create new and weird forms of censorship. To some extent I think people will step away and to some extent they'll be driven out.

The question really becomes one of how best to move people over to systems which are community moderated, rather than centrally moderated by a single company.

@bob @Hamishcampbell yes, perhaps so. However, network effects and efficiencies of scale will still benefit these centralised systems. It certainly isn't all over for the monolithic providers: but from a rights perspective, decentralised is definitely better.

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Founded on #4opens and moderated by an ethical code of conduct. Its a safe space for Campaigning and NGO groups to access their members via #openweb projects.

"We can't engage as communities, unless we have money. I can't even express how angry this makes me."
- an activist group using Facebook. People and organisations who feel this way are our initial targets.

We are launching two new Mastodon instances for activists and campaigners to aid communication of grassroot groups; putting social media back in our hands by providing a free, unfettered home for campaigners, NGO’s and activists to communicate among their peers and beyond.

This project is a way out of the restricted, algorithmic, for-profit mediation and commercialisation of communication we increasingly experience. If you do not pay to "boost" each post, a Facebook page will only reach 3-6% of members. This soon becomes an expensive drain on limited NGO and activist budgets.
Activists and campaigners alike are ready to shift their outreach away from the corporate social networks paid-per-view “walled gardens”.

Mastodon is the worlds largest free open source decentralised microblogging network; it’s thousands of unique, interconnected communities, filled with different people, interests, languages, and needs.
You’re free to join any community you like, or better yet, host your own, on your own terms. It remains possible for members of each to instance to interact with others.
There is no monopoly by a single commercial company, no ads, and no tracking.

We aim to help activism/campaigning groups to make this step now.


A note on Security and Privacy - these take a somewhat different shape within the #openweb. Have a read about our thoughts on the matter.
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