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Cake day: urr. 29, 2020


I was surprised Hong Kong would give up their payment system that seems to have worked just fine for a Google platform that was charging “service fees”.

I wonder how much lobbying happened /s

I like how Cory Doctorow has managed to unite several seemingly disparate themes by focusing on a monopoly. From content moderation to AI, there is the close connection to how centralized systems breed most of the social ills we are facing.

Identification brokerage. What exactly will Twitter add to the identity verification matrix? When you sign up, and want to get those sophisticated things, they ensure you give them verifiable proof you are who you claim to be. Phone number which you can receive a text from periodically, email address which implies other people verified you, date of birth (I do not know how this helps other than then running triangulation on it from other ID providers) etc. After you do all this, they then ask you to pay to be “verified”. The status aspect on Twitter notwithstanding, it sounds like those “irrational” market outcomes.

The funny thing will be governments paying for this, when they are literally the origin of the very documents Twitter uses to verify people.

I agree with this observation. Getting people who otherwise do no care about “backend, code phiosophy etc” to see the power of fediverse would be a major milestone. A lot of people care about something like sports. Having an organized way to discuss news, streaming, historical footage etc would bring such converged interests regardless of whether they understand ActivityPub specifications.

> The report’s core fault is conceptual and methodological. Its definition of “alternative social media” is “social media sites with relatively small user bases that have typically emerged as alternatives to larger, more established social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.”

Thank you. I think we should start documenting Lemmy Resources so new members get the collective progress made so far without having to wait for luck in finding them.

The more the merrier. All browsers + no addon … sounds like a clean option.

How is it different from Fedishare other than one being an addon and the other bookmarklet? https://codeberg.org/meztli/fedishare

> In the case of Watergate, it was hard to unveil Nixon’s complicity, but the moment the President’s involvement was established, he was gone. In the case of Greece’s Watergate, our parliamentary sovereignty was jettisoned so that the guilty PM could stay put. In this sense, Greece’s Watergate bodes more ill for democracy than America’s original.

Biometrics + AI + Fear converging into a perfect storm for the very idea of "public" events. It sucks!

I don’t ever remember using any of these so called voice assistants. Ever.

This is consistent with my experiences too. I have always admired publications which translate the abstract as it gives a peak into a whole world out there. Perhaps this is one other area future decentralized publishing should look into.

Some people try that kind of thing and use Twitter to develop their ideas. See NN Taleb and his clique. But I hear you – there is a lot to be gained from software development practices.

Interesting perspective. I wonder how many Brazilian scholars cross over into Anglophone journals in their pursuit of publication credits. Because as it stands, I am not sure I have seen any academic I know of who writes in English partnering with a Portuguese author to write in Portuguese journals. I am clueless about Brazilian academic landscape and would be happy to know how language shapes open/closed publications.

Which is weird that the more open you get with knowledge, the more you are victimized.

I don’t know what you mean? If I am the admin of an instance or the moderator of a group, I could delete comments or is this just not possible? Some of the darkest side of the internet can rear its head and the gap between their posting and your deletion can be catastrophic.

Why doing this? Wouldn’t it be enough to block the illegal instances and those who are explicitly against your topics? You depend on the effectivness of admin rules of those other instances. Using an allow list or a block list has significant implication on spam.

please go ahead and test it, happy to help with testing if you ping me. It is a great idea which I also contemplated quite a lot.

If that would be possible, how would you moderate comments, seeing how random things can get? Federating with only approved finstances (federated instance)? What if you keep your blog, then push every post you make there to your solo-community on a finstance? You can engineer your comment section on the blog to pint here or fetch the comments content from fediverse to your blog…

I read my feeds on Firefox using tt-rss’s webapp. I self host a tt-rss[1] instance so I can archive the stuff I care about.

[1] https://tt-rss.org/

I wonder if there are any in-person communities that support an instance, and how that fares, compared to loose online connection that is here today, gone tomorrow.

While I am happy about all the publicity federation is getting, it seems this is also the time to reduce over-reliance on one instance (mastodon.social, for example) as it will bring a hangover of the bird-site. Technical federation is one step. Social communities to nurture these instances is a more tasking ask, but far more stronger in fighting against monopoly.

A history of privacy - with bed and sleeping as a proxy.

> Our Manifesto demands the creation of a Public Service Internet so that Public Service Media are enabled and properly resourced to be able to provide online platforms that have a not-for-profit imperative and the digital remit to advance information, news, debate, democracy, education, entertainment, participation, and creativity with the help of the Internet.

Understanding Chilling Effects
> Drawing extensively on social science literature, I argue that chilling effects are best understood as a form of social conformity. Chilling effects arise out of contexts of ambiguity and uncertainty—like the ambiguity of public or private sector surveillance—but have deeper psychological foundations as well. In moments of situational uncertainty, people conform to, and comply with, the relevant social norm in that context. Sometimes this means self-censorship, but most often it means more socially conforming speech or conduct. A theory of chilling effects as social conformity has important normative, theoretical, and empirical advantages, including greater explanatory and predictive power, clarifying what chilling effects theory is for and what it produces, as well as providing a basis to navigate competing and differing chilling effect claims. It also has implications, I argue, for constitutional standing as well as the First Amendment chilling effects doctrine.

> By a truly unbelievable coincidence, I was recently out for a walk when I saw a small package fall off a truck ahead of me. As I got closer, the dull enterprise typeface slowly came into focus: Cellebrite. Inside, we found the latest versions of the Cellebrite software, a hardware dongle designed to prevent piracy (tells you something about their customers I guess!), and a bizarrely large number of cable adapters. Lol

Anyone knows of any privacy preserving National Addressing Systems (ZIP codes and such)
A lot of countries in Africa do not have addressing systems and there is a push to have them adopt these granular forms of addressing for e-commerce and government service delivery. But existing addressing systems are structured to precisely link occupants to specific identity. I am reading more on this and would appreciate any leads.

Why pretend anymore, when you can say it like it is, and issue threats while at it. "And for good reason: without some knowledge of what people want and like it is impossible to tailor online services to their needs. According to the German Association for the Digital Economy, the German automotive industry will generate 50% of its revenue from data-driven services by 2050."

While this may sound weird under /c/privacy, it captures what I also feel at the heart of privacy in society — sustainable of diverse individual perspectives. When surveillance succeeds in shaping our thoughts and hence actions, we end up with centralized ways of thinking. 3 billion internet users but perhaps only 3 million different perspectives (and increasingly narrowing down). Lack of social diversity weakens social capacity to fight back against social threats. > Genetic diversity gives species the tools to tackle new challenges such as disease or a changing climate. The uniformity of macadamia orchards leaves cultivated trees vulnerable. In contrast, wild macadamias are very genetically diverse, so protecting wild trees is critical to the survival of the species, she says.