Announcing ActivityPub Conf 2020!
Following a successful inaugural conference in 2019, we have expanded APConf 2020 to a four day event that will occur entirely on line via Big Blue Button!
The CFP is open through July 8 at: https://conf.activitypub.rocks/#cfp
We invite proposals for birds of a feather topics and 30- 60 minute talks related to ActivityPub. Register online (https://conf.activitypub.rocks/#register) or feel free to email us with questions (email@example.com )
'Politics are not external to technical architecture. As sites of control over technology, the decisions embedded within protocols embed values and reflect the socioeconomic and political interests of protocol developers. In a discussion about debates over Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) versus TCP/IP in Inventing the Internet, Janet Abbate notes that technical standards are often construed as neutral and therefore not historically interesting. Perceptions of neutrality derive in part from the esoteric and concealed nature of network protocols within the broader realm of information technology. As Abbate demonstrates, “The debate over network protocols illustrates how standards can be politics by other means. . . . Efforts to create formal standards bring system builders’ private technical decisions into the public realm; in this way, standards battles can bring to light unspoken assumptions and conflicts of interest. The very passion with which stakeholders contest standards decisions should alert us to the deeper meanings beneath the nuts and bolts.”
from Laura DeNardis, Protocol Politics, 2009
Somehow only see this now (via xmpp:firstname.lastname@example.org?join )
Really excited about the release of this new research into decentralized systems and UX/usability considerations... a topic very close to my heart.
New post: There is no 'website obesity crisis' https://emmas.site/blog/2020/06/14/no-crisis
Oh if anyone wants a copy of the German expressionist films:
- The Golem
- The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
then the torrent magnet links are listed in the following thread. I and others are seeding so they should be available. They're 720p, two have English subtitles and The Golem has none.
I've only watched Metropolis so far but I already like the genre!
@praxeology welcome to lurk brendan!
re: fedi dev meta, moderation
my goal in moderation tech is *information privacy* and *distributed immunity*.
information privacy so that when you block someone, they can't access you anymore. they can't see you, the server rejects their interactions, etc. proactively, a server could prevent strangers from seeing you without some pre-existing point of contact, like a mutual follow or a thread interaction.
distributed immunity means when your friends take moderation action, you can see it and act on it -- like #FediBlock, but outside of the timeline. this ensures that known vectors of abuse become known, and that discussion of vectors retains discretion. in particular i'm evaluating a web of trust architecture that allows moderation actions to propagate, so that you can automatically and manually build up allow- and block-lists, and retain documentation for each action.
it's important that this effort produce standards and not only tools or applications. decentralization means we aren't hostage to corporate opinions, or even to particular SDKs, but can distribute and iterate on best practices and robust implementations as determined by our communities. SSB, Cabal, ActivityPub -- all of them can benefit from a moderation overlay. we don't need to wait on BDFLs to get it to protect and support ourselves and each other.
Buster is a browser extension that solves goog's reCAPTCHA's audio challenges using speech recognition. It is a tiny thing but it spares you both the humiliation and the cognitive energy involved in training the algorithms of your future oppression.
I've had it for years and it works really well, give it a go.
LGM 2020 - Praxeology – Teaching Design Foundations with FLOSS... By Brendan Howell https://conf.tube/videos/watch/3137ea36-264b-43c8-929c-145fc48159e5
For example, a lot of cheap Chinese radios - like the Baofeng UV-5R - can tune to 460 MHz. That's where all the Chicago police and EMS radios operate. So you have to be really careful not to tune to 460.125 MHz and talk, or even worse just hold down the PTT!
@celesteh BBB is free. It has no vendor lock-in potential (that's what IT managers love these days). It can be hosted on premise, which makes compliance with data protection laws easier. BBB can integrate with existing campus login systems like LDAP. It can easily be plugged into custom course-ware. There is a really great recording feature. It has a simultaneous video feature (great for film analysis and discussions).
I do projects on/with/about computers, networks, infrastructures. he/him
Welcome to post.lurk.org, an instance for discussions around cultural freedom, experimental, new media art, net and computational culture, and things like that.