I'm extremely pleased to launch Run Your Own Social: How to run a small social network site for you friends.
This is a guide book to running a small, tight-knit federated social network server. It comes from my year of experience running Friend Camp. It's focused largely on SOCIAL solutions, though it does touch on the technical.
I've tried to keep it technology-neutral, and it should be a pretty easy read for anyone who's been on the fediverse for a while.
'Anthropology + Design: Objects, Sites, and Systems'
great syllabus by Shannon Mattern
If anyone is lurking in London on the 25th of July, MayDay Rooms are organising a scanathon of documents belonging to the People’s Planning Unit, City Limits Magazine, Arts and Recreation Department, Police Monitoring and Research Unit, Women’s Committee. 💥
That is not me being a special snowflake, that is me hoping to find a community where I will not be ridiculed for just existing. Being able to share in my passion of coding without having people hate on me for the way that I dress and act.
Upsetting Settings presents graduation projects initiated by Alexander Roidl, Alice Strete, Angeliki Diakrousi, Joca van der Horst, Natasha Berting, and Zalán Szakács. The concept of this exhibition arises from the idea of the default setting, a situation in which a specific mode of interaction is selected automatically, pre-configured to work out of the box without the need to tinker with its underlying apparatus. Every system comes with default settings predefined by its creators, and most of the time, these settings remain unchanged by us, the users of such systems. These defaults do not represent our needs but are possibly the materialisation of biases from the system's makers, from corporate or political interests, from a society at large. The projects engage with the concept of default modes and propose interventions in their core structure/source/root so as to start thinking collectively about better places from which to begin. You are invited to become root users, active listeners, smart speakers, intentional eaters, counter trolls, sensorial spectators!
Call for participants Open Design Course
KASK / School of Arts Ghent offers a course in Open Design for refugees and asylum seekers currently staying in Belgium. The course program focuses on Open Design as a technological and as a cultural, artistic and critical practice. The course method is based on co-creation and peer learning (learning from each other, changing the teacher - student relationship), and puts an emphasis on new media literacy.
This 8-week course is open for refugees, asylum seekers but also “sans papiers” and people who do not have easy access to higher education.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
It is happening again! https://eclectictechcarnival.org/enthusiasm-is-contagious/
@SoniEx2 Yup, something like that. I recently published a blog post about this approach, giving one limited example using protocols that I know enough about to speak on: https://blog.datproject.org/2019/03/22/three-protocols-and-a-future-of-the-decentralized-internet/
Oh wow. So that really famous centralized vs decentralized vs distributed diagram that I quote above? Well, in one of the companion papers, Baran provides this iteration on it, which in my opinion is far superior and I'm going to start using in my presentations.
my report of the #synchronicityofparasites symposium at Zinedepo, Motel Spatie, Arnhem, with Marc van Elburg, Anders M. Gullestad, Anna Poletti & Wilfried Hou Je Bek (that was parasitically made part of the #urgentpublishing conference co-organized by our research program):
L'école d'été Relearn 2019 en 3 points sur une courbe. Prochain épisode à Bruxelles les 21 et 22 juin. Deux jours pour débrouiller ensemble de nouveaux outils de mise en page. Encore quelques places et jusqu'au 15 juin pour s'inscrire avec email@example.com. Yüup!
If you run an instance that has closed invitations (by policy, not temporarily due to load or spam), I'd be interested in chatting with you about why your instance is closed, and how/if you allow new members, and what you do for people who you can't/won't let in. (I run a closed instance myself and LOVE it, so I'm just looking to get a sense of current practice, not for debate.) #mastodamins
design * bureaucracy,
Mediawiki Stockholm syndrome,
botnet as infrapuncture,