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So, after one year of read-write time about computers I thought of having a Mastodon première of The User Condition, a looong text on computer agency and behavior. Here's the link, enjoy:

theusercondition.computer/

Of course I'm profoundly grateful for the help that I received from all of you people here (check acknowledgements at the bottom).

Needless to say, I welcome feedback, criticism, bug/misspells reports and whatever else comes to mind :)

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Tomorrow morning I will be giving a talk for #FOSDEM online. I'll be looking at the differences between building a protocol and a product. And also that inevitable question... is the ecosystem moving?! 🙂

Talk: https://fosdem.org/2021/schedule/event/products_vs_protocols/
Attending FOSDEM online: https://fosdem.org/2021/practical/online/

#decentralization #standards

Des affichés sur des panneaux mi-décembre à .
"Le 16 décembre, en fin de l’après-midi, une quarantaine d’écrans publicitaires dans les rues de Bruxelles ont cessés d’inciter à la ; les dispositifs ont été piratés. Les rues de la ville ont été éclairées par une lumière différente. [...] On December 16th, in the late afternoon, around forty advertisement in the streets of stopped inciting ; the devices were hacked. The streets of the city were lit by a different light.
You know ? I don’t believe there’s such
A thing as TV. I mean -
They just keep showing you
The same pictures over and over
- Is A (From Outer Space)
bxl.indymedia.org/Sur-la-profa

392 DAYS: Recapping the first year of my research group, The New Design Congress

Since January 1, 2020 we:

✏️ Published 5 essays
🧑‍🔬 Completed 2 research projects
👔 Worked on half a dozen consulting projects, across systems theory, disinformation and privacy
📺 Broadcast 12 livestreams
🔐 Provided threat modelling work for at risk groups

I’m really looking forward to what we’re going to do this year ✨

Read more: ndc.substack.com/p/392-days

For the record: #Fediverse does not mean you can do anything. Fediverse means unity in diversity, and that does not include fascists who by definition want unity in uniformity.

They'd rather use #whateverse and leave us alone.

RECLAIM THE STREETS, RECLAIM THE CODE.
Punk Planet 43 (2001)
archive.org/details/punk_plane

an interview with Mathew from CAT (Australia), the collective behind the code powering the first Indymedia site in Seattle 1999

— Le Fediverse, vous voyez ?
— ah oui, génial, le réseau social de serveurs fédérés qui…
— mmmh si on prenait le temps d'un peu de recul et de réflexion ?
« 7 thèses sur le Fediverse », une traduction #Framalang

https://framablog.org/2021/01/26/le-fediverse-et-lavenir-des-reseaux-decentralises/

@Gargron without checking the replies I can hear the thunder and waves of matrix and XMPP replies 😅

@akkartik @chirrolafupa @cancel @neauoire so much to say! the first printed arabic text was a quran made in venice in the 15th century, the idea being that they would sell it to muslim people as a product. they pulled it off, but the result was so catastrophically ugly that no one wanted it lol. attached images are the venetian quran and an arabic quran from the same time period. I don't know how obvious the differences are to someone who doesn't read arabic, but trust me it sucks.

1/ This is a comparison more people should be making. In 1898, a couple thousand white supremacists successfully overturned an election in North Carolina, destroying a powerful, anti-capitalist coalition of poor white and recently emancipated Black farmers (the Fusionists).

is it possible to pin a column including only the toots from a specific instance?

For those about to quit #WhatsApp you can consider https://quicksy.im/ which is behaving the same but using #XMPP decentralized protocol.

You can moreover access to you account from different softwares like https://dino.im/

🙇 အားလုံးမင်္ဂလာပါ!大家好!Hello everyone! 🙇
It has been one week since I joined on the post.lurk instance.

Since then I've made:
:to_farcher: 473 — Posts
:luct_warrior: 62 — Followings
:luct_amazon: 51 — Followers

I still have a lot to learn about Mastodon, but I've had a lot of fun so far sharing things with people. Everyone is so kind. Hope to continue to learn and grow with you all. Thank you for inspiring me to explore more!

🙇 :think_starry_eyes:

Pretty sure this spells the end of section 230

In some ways the narrative around federated social networks hasn't changed. The Fosdem talk about identi.ca in 2010 covers quite similar issues to what we have a decade later, with the only recent addition being ActivityPub.

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