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.

cblgh.org/articles/trustnet.ht

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.

Follow

The academic report I wrote goes wider than just describing TrustNet, meaning you should read it if you want to understand:

* how Scuttlebutt works
* what public-key cryptography is
* the nuance of content moderation
* (peer-to-peer) distributed systems
* computational trust

As far as I could motivate it, my thesis is basically a from-the-ground-up introductory text to the fundamentals underpinning peer-to-peer systems like SSB, Cabal, and others.

One of my priorities is converting that research into user-friendly tools and infrastructure; it's not enough to write code, people have to be able to use the things, too. See cabal.chat for an example of that in practice.

Show thread

If you align with the work I am doing, and you have the means, you can support my independent research: cblgh.org/support.html

If I can reach ~1k USD per month, I can keep researching independently, indefinitely.

Show thread

@cblgh

1k USD p/m gang!

congrats on this amazing work and thanks so much for sharing! 🙌 🖤

Sign in to participate in the conversation
Merveilles

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.