an important report has just been published by my friend emmi: The Decentralized Web of Hate
"Fascists (and other bad actors) are [...] hosting manifestos resiliently, raising money anonymously, communicating securely to organize attacks, sharing weapons plans, and networking to build out their numbers."
"We cannot abandon p2p technology but we also can't ignore the risks. The only way out is through."
@spacekookie i definitely had a similar reaction, when first reading cade's article (https://newdesigncongress.org/en/pub/this-is-fine/)
some caveats though:
* this fact can be used as a lens through which design decisions can be evaluated & questioned
* if you think it's terrifying: you are in a good spot to make better decisions than a person with a laissez faire / tech-is-neutral attitude
@cblgh Well the big problem I see is no real way to prevent these things from happening. I mean, granted there's tech that I think shouldn't be built (like append-only stores, what a colossally shitty idea). But I don't think putting "no fascists" in a license will keep anyone from using it who is a fascist, and building censorship tools into the base protocols will just backfire to governments using this against revolutionaries
@cblgh Like...tech isn't neutral, and I'm also not saying I won't do anything. But just being aware of the issues doesn't really do that much to get around them. Because the solutions are _really_ really hard
@alcinnz I agree with you in this matter. At least for some federated standards we have both server/provider-level and client-level moderation/block/blacklist techniques.
For the first level, there are some users which are still skeptical to the motivations of each block, for whom I recommend to demand clear explanation from the provider or consider switching.
granted there’s tech that I think shouldn’t be built (like append-only stores, what a colossally shitty idea).
And so exploitable!
putting “no fascists” in a license
building censorship tools into the base protocols will just backfire to governments using this against revolutionaries
No, no it’s the perfect plan. We’ll alter our protocols to enable authoritarians to control us against our will, and that will stop the authoritarians from… wait shit
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