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It's terrible that most isps prohibits residential customers from hosting servers. The result is that it's really difficult to sell host stuff legally without getting your service shutdown. There's always that you have to pay a few bucks a month for a VPS when you could just take an old computer hook it up to your home network and that would be fine for a low traffic applications, like most Mastodon servers

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If there's one thing anti-fascists should learn from how things turned out in the Ukraine it's to not just discard a protest movement because Fascists enter it, but instead even more strongly support the anti-fascists within those protests. THAT is when they need your solidarity.

All of the commercial companies that provide our internet infrastructure are its basic stuff. prepforthat.com/23andme-signs-

Past time to step back to the

This is sadly a right wing meme, the mathematics of parliament means a longer games is needed for real change. All this guff is right/left in fighting. Talking about is a way out of this mess.
theguardian.com/politics/2019/

For the liberal leaning libertarians. Ideology matters, let's talk about it.

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I have lot of sympathy for Matt Slater's arguments for Protocol Cooperativism. This is essentially the songbook I was singing from, since the late 90s, and throughout my time working on the Aotearoa localizations of #Indymedia and #CreativeCommons. But in hindsight, those songs were naive. As Matt points out within his own essay, capitalists have already figured out ways to dominate open networks based on open protocols (eg Microsoft's "embrace, extend, extinguish"). Ownership matters.

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@enkiv2 @drwho @natecull @brennen This point of yours nails something, I think.

Average users have been sold a sort of all-or-nothing mentality -- either be a super-hacker, or sit back and accept whatever you're shown, by the app or the site or your OS, etc.

There are already other options, and I think people are increasingly hungry for them.

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Doing my weekly Facebook scroll and the whole feed is either about shitting on people and things that have no real baring on anyone's life, or just completely made up or misrepresented "scandals" for internet points? Imagine if all that bitterness and negative energy was put towards more important and enriching things than feeding Facebook and media companies more advertising money. What an absolute wreck 🙄

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@bjoern “when Mark Zuckerberg was making Facebook in his dorm room bedroom, he probably wasn’t trying to make this dopamine-inducing tool”

Yes he was. He called his users “dumb fucks”. Can we please stop perpetuating this myth and giving the people who knowingly created this mess a pass with this “oops, they just wanted to make things better but ended up making things worse and accidentally becoming billionaires” narrative.

VC/startups/the Silicon Valley model is unethical.

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@Hamishcampbell @dazinism @albin @bhaugen @alcinnz I'm expecting that 2019 will be a very successful year for #openweb projects. Maybe a "year of federation" as more ActivityPub things start working together.

From Stallman's artical:

"There are so many ways to use data to hurt people that the only safe database is the one that was never collected. Thus, instead of the EU’s approach of mainly regulating how personal data may be used (in its General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR), I propose a law to stop systems from collecting personal data."

This is a libertarian fantasy. Data has power for good and evil it's a choice and has been since we invented numbers and writing.

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Microsoft starts doing bad things with Github.

Gitlab is bought by Google.

Firefox has further setbacks when an investigative journalism piece follows the money.

Google launches Fuchsia and it's a nightmare of unfreedom.

Further attempts to regulate the internet produce bad results.

"Year of federation". Federated systems continue to do well.

Facebook tries to rebrand itself, but it's business model remains unchanged.
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Campaign

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.

https://campaign.openworlds.info
https://activism.openworlds.info


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

How are OMN projects run?