I made my first firefox extension!
It adds a handy button to your toolbar for surfing sites on the #merveilles webring.
You can install it from here: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/merveilles-webring-surfer/
and you can read the source here: https://github.com/aadilayub/webring-extension
Fediverse: I (the whitest, cishet-est person imaginable) have been unexpectedly put on the diversity & inclusion team at $dayjob. Our task is to make recommendations to the bosses and the board on how to improve our practices and make our workplace more welcoming for everyone.
I want to use this platform to do an excellent job. So please help me! What resources should I be looking at, what best practices are there, who should I talk with? This is in the UK if this matters at all.
I finally published the second episode of the Public Domain Tapes podcast!
"002: Black Lives Matter"
Here's a great blog post about the use of pol.is in Taiwan democracy to allow people to reach consensus in an efficient way https://blog.pol.is/pol-is-in-taiwan-da7570d372b5
"nah mate, she'll be right, youse'd better ease up mate ya makin me tense. fair fuckin dinkum. right, i'm garn up with the birds down, catch yaz"
re: nyt article, "facebook can't be reformed"
so, we should be in a position to receive that energy, right? user-owned, user-governed, no lords only protocols, etc. but we have high expectations of ourselves, as we should, and those expectations lead us again and again to this: that the fediverse isn't living up to our hopes. development of moderation standards and tooling, evolution beyond the timeline, development of organs of governance... it has halted, stagnated, and fallen off. the community is still here because even with marginal advantages like user-ownership (and custom emojis) this place can be a thousand times better than the corper alternatives. but the same is true of ssb, and it has its problems too -- issues, once again, of funding, of architecture, of maturity. there is a power vacuum before our eyes, for which our principles are tailor-suited, and yet we are not up to the task!
re: nyt article, "facebook can't be reformed"
i feel this article represents a continuing opportunity for alternative social media infrastructure like the fediverse. everyone knows shit is fucked! liberals wonder, should we anti-trust the bastards? conservatives conspire to utilize it as a servile political organ. neither can really muster the expertise to imagine wise governance, not least in this domain. there is a power vacuum in play, and it will only grow.
Pushed an update to the merveilles webring surfer for Firefox
It should be working again now
A mobile hyper:// browser!!
A conversation with Darius Kazemi about how to create human-scaled alternatives to the social media giants. https://logicmag.io/security/party-at-my-house-darius-kazemi-on-human-scaled-social-media/
fedi devs need to read this https://docs.google.com/document/d/1VpXKmxl04cS47fjQQbWvRo2CqvYmmQJHT2pTNvzk6To/edit and fedi users
'Politics are not external to technical architecture. As sites of control over technology, the decisions embedded within protocols embed values and reflect the socioeconomic and political interests of protocol developers. In a discussion about debates over Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) versus TCP/IP in Inventing the Internet, Janet Abbate notes that technical standards are often construed as neutral and therefore not historically interesting. Perceptions of neutrality derive in part from the esoteric and concealed nature of network protocols within the broader realm of information technology. As Abbate demonstrates, “The debate over network protocols illustrates how standards can be politics by other means. . . . Efforts to create formal standards bring system builders’ private technical decisions into the public realm; in this way, standards battles can bring to light unspoken assumptions and conflicts of interest. The very passion with which stakeholders contest standards decisions should alert us to the deeper meanings beneath the nuts and bolts.”
from Laura DeNardis, Protocol Politics, 2009
Climate Strike License is "a software license that developers can use to prohibit the use of their code by applications or companies that threaten to accelerate climate change through fossil fuel extraction."
For more than a year, I've been researching subjective moderation systems as part of my Master's thesis. What I ended up with is TrustNet, a system for representing, and interacting with, computational trust.
In the linked article, I summarize my research, link to the academic article I wrote, the code I produced, and the 30 minute Master's thesis presentation I held at the end of May.
Merveilles is a community project aimed at the establishment of new ways of speaking, seeing and organizing information — A culture that seeks augmentation through the arts of engineering and design. A warm welcome to any like-minded people who feel these ideals resonate with them.