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New essay: Seven theses on the Fediverse and the becoming of FLOSS

Recently, @rra and I have been working on an essay highlighting questions about the and how these are getting entangled with practices. From software production to structure and governance within alternative social media, online communities and politics.

The text follows a multi theses model, to map the different things we've been looking at and publish the current state of our research.

It is the closing chapter of a new publication from INC/Transmediale (networkcultures.org/blog/publi)

PDF of the text: monoskop.org/images/c/cc/Manso

Feedback welcome. We're planning to publish an online version with more references!

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A snippet from a gathering in Amsterdam around Feminist Search Strategies organised by Read-in, Hackers & Designers with @alcstrt and @anglk and XPPL:

When speaking about feminist search tools ...

... why feminist? what makes them feminist strategies?

... why a tool? what do we expect from a tool? a tool as utilitarian device?

What are different understandings of feminisms and tools in this room?


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I really enjoy using ffmpeg's motion interpolation methods https://ffmpeg.org/ffmpeg-filters.html#minterpolate

but boy do there need to be examples of each option or better explanation of why you might want to use each one

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Here's the link to the screen version of my vpn zine. ping me if you'd like the print version too https://mara.multiplace.org/zine-vpn-screen.pdf

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On the 8th of Feb, Hackers and Designers together with Read-in, me and @anglk will host a workshop on feminist strategies for searching in library catalogs @ the h&d studio in Amsterdam. More info here —-> hackersanddesigners.nl/s/Event

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I've implemented a naive p2p system which can be both federated or fully decentralized, something in-between and maybe :


Added many comments in the source-code itself if you want to check it out.

The main ideas are:
* Not invent a new protocol but patch something together of great components
* Keypairs live in the clients, where messages get signed and then posted to the "home-server"
* Home servers are the actual nodes of the network, find each other and replicate data with each other
* All data is stored in append-only-logs of every managed key (github.com/AljoschaMeyer/bambo)
* Clients can be simple browser-based interfaces without any heavy crypto-crunching or file system access needs (which forces us to live in Electron etc.)
* .. still one could simply build a client which comes together with the Node itself

Happy to hear any comments/ideas or projects which already do something similar in this direction?

Thank you!! 🎈

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#announcement #event #berlin 

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We just released the OPEN CALL for #AMRO20
See https://www.radical-openness.org/en
Deadline: Monday 24.02.2020

We are looking forward to your submissions!

**22nd - 24th of May**

Queering Wikipedia Conference 2020: Diversifying and Empowering LGBTIQ+ Presences in Wikimedia Projects


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I like, just out of my mind:

- Calibre
- Zotero
- beet
- youtube-dl
- firefox (i love the screenshot feature)

what's yours?

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here's (apparently) the most well-known asl translation of jabberwocky, btw and it is AMAZING http://videocatalog.gallaudet.edu/?embed=6518 and an essay about it https://web.archive.org/web/20160922040138/http://www.formsofcouncil.org/en/inquiries/30_tacet/784_space_time_and_gesture which points out that "[a]s deaf education grew in 17th and 18th century Europe, the rational structure of the spoken and written word supplanted gestural expressions [...] such developments were not limited to sign languages, as numerous bourgeois societies developed taboos against excessive gesturing during speech"

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After three years of (semi) regular existence, it is now high-time that the Pervasive Labour Union zine takes a very close look at the universe of the alternatives to corporate social networks.

What do these alternatives look like? What are the requirements of a 'true' alternative?
The Pervasive Labour Union zine already broached some of these topics on its Special Issue with the Homebrew Server Club on . To follow the HBSC’s strategy, a premium should be put on alternative approaches, not on any specific alternative apps.
We need social networking solutions based on open standards that are able to communicate among themselves, regardless of the platform being used.

Which protocols can and are being developed to achieve interoperability between the different alternatives? How do scale and trust influence the field? What are the forces at play within this realm and how to engage with them?
With this issue, we propose not only to collect a field guide of sorts, but also to open up the discussion on the alternatives and how to tackle the challenges posed by network effects, scalability and financial viability.

DEADLINE: February 5th

Submit to: lidia@majesticmoo.se, lidia.pmr@gmail.com or nikos.vv@gmail.com

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This weekend Varia is hosting two gatherings that are both the start of a series:

Feminist Hack Meetings (on Saturday)

An informal first gathering of a series of research meetings that aim to explore the suggestions, urgencies and potentials of feminist hack & tech initiatives.


Read & Repair feat. The Bootleg Library (on Sunday)

Come and make yourself comfortable, read the books you never find time to read, browse/exchange/acquire parts from our electronics depot or use the quietness of the day to repair things that need fixing.


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Excited to learn about a administration program to install and maintenance of MediaWiki instances m.mediawiki.org/wiki/Meza

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