Items tagged with: federated
A few beginning points.
Much of the consensus building and of the political communication
takes place on social networks, according to rules which are
incorporated in the structure of proprietary social networks:
sponsorship, bubbles, building of identity, hate, narcissism, and
The (albeit often only shown) activists’ protagonism on social network
has become a practice of dissemination of political messages and an
important element of contents in the form of identification, which
often feeds identity-imposing narratives and hate speech. The analysis
of social network interactions [big data] provides feedbacks to
communicators which have the access to. With the means of these
feedbacks, communicators can build a custom argumentative narrative,
which is marred by an oversimplification of the numerical analysis.
What we need.
In “Inventing the future”, a very stimulating book by Srnicek and
Williams, the concept of «ecosystem of organizations» defines the
subject of social transformation expected by the authors, as by many.
Overtaking the idea that social transformation may be triggered by
only one organization (the XXI century party or union, as many recent
direct democracy movements, everything branded as “folk politics”),
the authors envisage that a plural and
checknon-organic aggregation of multiple subjects of the
transformation may form.
In my opinion, this aggregation could borrow the form of the
data-driven digital market as the most advanced form of social
reproduction and of value production, being the organizations in
competition each against the other, putting together the ecological
“niches” in a much broader one, with a network effect.
I mean with digital market all those IT infrastructures making demand
meets supply and vice versa, by the means of matching algorithms
guided by the analysis of users’ behaviours (Facebook, Amazon, Google,
Ebay, Youtube, and thousands of minor companies like Uber, Blabla Car,
AirBnB, Tripadvisor, Expedia, Booking...)
The human ecosystem.
Politics was born in the agora [a.ɡo.rǎː] and similarly it has
developed. It is said that democracy was born in classic Greece
precisely because Greeks were merchants, open to differences and used
to negotiate. Democracy is the political form based on pacts among
free actors, in ancient Greece as well as in the bourgeois modernity.
Also, and perhaps especially, due to the technological innovation and
to the social and anthropological trasformations to that connected,
this modernity is fading introducing the post-modernity as defined by
J.F.Lyotard. Information society gradually substitutes society based
At present, we cannot know if this evolution may lead to a
concentration of power and control, made possible by new technologies,
or if the same technologies could be instruments of diffusion of power
towards the bottom of the social pyramid. This will depend on forces
of social transformation and on the environment in which these will
The aim of this project is to develop an environment where the most
progressive - thus oriented to a broader diffusion of power - social
forces will develop, evolve and become established. Not one of the
subjects that will meet in the - telematic or geographic - agora, but
the agora itself with its characteristics of security and manifold
acceptance, is wanted to be built.
The characteristics of affinity to SN
To let an ecosystem (environment) be populated, that shall have some
characteristic that makes it attractive.
These characteristics shall respect the historically determined
hegemonic culture, it shall thus reflect the already-satisfied
expectations by existent environments, overtaking a few limits or
offering more possibilities.
The model is the agora, everything that once took place in the agora
and now it takes place in virtual agoras.
- The access shall be free and libre, private but not anonymous
- The narcissism, the agonistic and «social» aspect. One comes in the
agora to strut around, to seduce, to cultivate relations, which goal
may be the oldest in the world (mating), or all sorts of material (as
work) and abstract goals. We are interested in the political aspect,
but we cannot abolish the other aspects.
contents that will build user’s «fame».
- The multiplicity. There shall be no elements of identity filter. One
comes in the agora to meet «also» different among their own kind. That
should not be a private or too much characterized agora (a bubble). It
could have a character of course, the goal why agora exists is to
spread the participation but it shall protect minorities and dissent.
Sociality - it shall permit the spontaneous formation of scope group
or interest group. Attribution of group administration functions a
participatory way (score, random draw, rotation, vote)
- Communication. Messenger function: e2e encrypted chat tool (also for
groups), files exchange, voice and video call (even group-wise).
Possibility to link chats to social groups.
- It could be based on Diaspora, which is already in operation for the
The characteristics of discontinuity with SN
This aspect could be fundamentally reduced to two properties: power
(property) and government (decision-making). Common property and
participation to decision-making (access to information, processed
data, decisions, knowledge, and produced value) by users.
Development as federated protocol, on free/libre software and GNU
licensing or similar. The servers can be maintained by diverse legal
entities: public bodies, associations, individuals.
It may also host the organized structures with institutional pages,
but it should not give excessive strategic advantage.
Impossibility to sponsor contents.
Informed consent for the use of data and for the operation of the algorithms.
Openness and explanation of implemented algorithms, with the
possibility to choose preferences.
Aspects of gamification with social value. Assessmnet by users
con cui si interagisce-collabora... CHI?[...] leading the matching algorithms.
Implementation of decisional tools (surveys, LQFB) associated to goal
groups or interest groups.
Tools of crowdfounding, petitions.
Implementation of market tools (paid personal shop, group shop)
Common property of produced big data and anonymous openness.
Possibility to import contents from other social profiles (e.g.
Facebook) to facilitate migration.
The function of aggregator
In my opinion, the software should provide different indices for each
member (public if the user wants so). One index is their position in a
left-right/authoritarian-libertarian bidimensional plot which is
standard in political surveys, based more on user’s choise than on
It should also gather, by the means of frequent and brief surveys, as
well as by the analysis of behaviours, user’s preferences on diverse
political, civil, environment themes with the goal to suggest
contacts, collaborations and groups which agree on these preferences.
The possibility to search with options (as e-bay) contacts and groups
(distance, age, areas of interest, skills, availability).
The group membership may be a simple affinity meeting as well as the
constitution of an association, party or union with own statute.
As basic service a blog, a group chat and a LiquidFeedback shall be
automatically included and shared with all the group members.
Possibility to request a membership fee to groups offering certain
services (own server and database, LiquidFeedback with sections,
physical venues, activities linked to group goal as charity,
mutualistic services, communication services, magazines...).
Possibility for associations to act and affiliate people through the
subscription fee (membership, [...]) signing a transparency protocol.
Software shall daily propose contents, groups and initiatives that
best fit user’s profile via user-customizable (with user-determined
options) matching algorithms.
The goal is to let politcal demand meet with political supply.
Opportunity of participation with needing of participation. People
with people. Groups with groups. Ideas with consensus and energies to
Public name can be a pseudonym (Nick).
Some groups may ask identity certification for the membership process.
Others may allow anonymity.
Reciprocity mechanism may be considered, so that others’ information
are known if one shares their own (e.g. if I do not state - with GPS
or document - my residence, I cannot access to others’)
Possibility to share diverse levels of information with different
contacts (closer circles of friends and looser circles of
acquaintances and strangers) also with respect to the published
contents (photo etc.)
A private-law, non-profit, or non-governmental organization shall lead
and deal with the international co-ordination of the development teams
and of the fund raising. The diverse teams can self-organize as they
want, but to access the fundings they shall produce the software
according to technical specifications.
A developers’ and users’ meeting can take place every year to gather
feedbacks and design revisions and improvements
Informed consent on type of extracted data and their possible use
shall hold. The access to (anonymous) data shall be free to ease the
development of studies on the political ecosystem and on its
It is important to begin with introducing the socializing of data
produced by users as a goal to extend to all the kind of
involved?operating companies. The companies that extract data shall
contribute to the costs of data storage even if use of data is not
#fediverse #ecosistem #politicalSN #develop #social #federated #grassroot
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#Tox is working really fine, !
#qTox #TRIfA #f-droid #fdroid #foss #floss #privacy #freesoftware #favs #recommendations #im #videocall #call #whatsapp #security #jami #federated #decentralized #snowden #nsa #instantmessaging #apps #p2p #peer-to-peer #e2e #end-to-end #encrypted #encryption #cryptography #crypto
The Tox Project
Tox began a few years ago, in the wake of Edward Snowden's leaks regarding NSA spying activity. The idea was to create an instant messaging application that ran without requiring the use of central servers. The system would be distributed, peer-to-peer, and end-to-end encrypted, with no way to disable any of the encryption features; at the same time, the application would be easily usable by the layperson with no practical knowledge of cryptography or distributed systems. During the Summer of 2013 a small group of developers from all around the globe formed and began working on a library implementing the Tox protocol. The library provides all of the messaging and encryption facilities, and is completely decoupled from any user-interface; for an end-user to make use of Tox, they need a Tox client. Fast-forward a few years to today, and there exist several independent Tox client projects, and the original Tox core library implementation continues to improve. Tox (both core library and clients) has thousands of users, hundreds of contributors, and the project shows no sign of slowing down.
Tox is a FOSS (Free and Open Source) project. All Tox code is open source and all development occurs in the open. Tox is developed by volunteer developers who spend their free time on it, believing in the idea of the project. Tox is not a company or any other legal organization. Currently we don't accept donations as a project, but you are welcome to reach out to developers individually.
If you don't know what #SocialHub is; it's a #Discourse forum for ActivityPub discussion, mostly so far focusing on #Pixelfed, #Prismo, #Funkwhale and #Anfora projects. The current admins want to pass the maintenance on due to time constraints.
There has been some heated debate whether #Feneas is the right organization to host this community. If you want to contribute to the discussion, to give your thoughts pro/against, please feel free to do so: https://socialhub.network/t/feneas-handover/511
We're in the process of writing a #FOSS manifesto partially in response to the concerns noted in this discussion.
If this doesn't work out, we'll need to ponder whether we then want to run a separate Discourse instance or do we just ditch the idea of a generic federated web forum for now.
This day makes me really sad. Not just because #Article13 passed and what effect it will have on the #internet at large. But because I'm not sure if my motivation to build #federated #social web tools will be very high if those tools will be hindered by legal stupidity out from the #EU today.
For sure a lot of my motivation to work on for example #Socialhome is to make a platform for myself. But with the centralized direction the internet is going to, now pushed further along by corporate forces in the EU as well, is it worth spending the time and effort building these tools? Even if my own platform suits my needs, the danger to the federated platforms around me is real and increasing, thus limiting the benefit I get from building my own.
Also additional I do want to host services for people. I've been doing that for years. Thousands of people have used the platforms I host or have created. A large part of the traffic of #Diaspora goes through one of the relay servers I host to aid bootstrap servers in the network.
I don't currently receive anything for this, and thus would not be subject to #Article13, but I would like to at some point make at least https://socialhome.network provide the server costs, either by donations or for example extra user quotas for some future features for users who contribute. Anything like this is pretty much ruined by #Article13 since it's not possible for me or any of the other projects in this space to comply to the legalities. Our platforms live through content. However due to working on these things in our free time, it's simply not possible to do what the big centralized platforms like #Facebook, #Google and #Twitter, and so on will be able to do.
The EU today has fulfilled the biggest dreams of the large centralized platforms, cementing their ever tightening grip of the internet.
I live through my hobby projects. Should I maybe find new things to live through?
Are there any ethical channels for ad revenue?
(I went back and tried to bold the main questions for readers of this, I know I went a bit TL;DR on this one)
Long ago I set up one of my blogs with Google ads *cringe*. It's in a state of neglect at the moment, but still set up that way. Now I want to get more active on there again, but I do not want to do so until I solve this problem that's been bugging me. I think this has even become pathological and is causing some sort of cognitive dissonance which is making it difficult for me to post on that blog. I know, I'm a mess! Or maybe I've just been lazy. Or both... I find myself actually writing articles that would be well suited to the blog, yet I save them privately and never post them - and I am beginning to believe it is due to this problem that I've let grow over the years.
Basically... I just want to practice what I preach and not be a hypocrite or part of the problem! I do a lot of talk about social, political, tech and privacy issues (I can rant or debate just about anything) and for the most part I think I live my ideologies as much as one reasonably can. Keyword there is reasonably. I'm not going to sit here and virtue signal, but I do my best - however I could use some help and advice here from those of you that have experience with this! I know some of my #distributed / #federated social media network still run blogs or other for-profit ventures, so how do you all do it? Can you share what, if anything, that you have wrestled with, or still do?
What about end-user perspectives? I know from my own end-user experience that I don't necessarily mind ads if done respectfully (not overwhelming or distracting, relevant to the site content, honest - all of which is rare), but I despise ads that have obviously used unethical methods (loud and annoying, plastered all over the place, disguised as legit content, etc. etc. etc.)!
Does anyone out there know of any advertising service providers that are a) morally and ethically conscious, and b) also effective to a reasonable degree? Bonus points if they operate on open-source infrastructure! ;)
Obviously there's an alternative to advertising that's quite popular these days: donations. I see myriad donation services out there, on websites and (even more so) on people's social media accounts. I'm not against this in any way! I just have zero experience with it. Does anyone here have experience going from an ad-based method of supporting a blog, service or project to a donation based method? I'm interested in knowing how that went if anyone reading this has been involved in such a scenario!
The reason I'm hesitant about a donations-only approach is because, with the blogs I've operated or been a part of in the past, very few people are dedicated readers/subscribers. This is likely a symptom of the tech-oriented subject matter; a lot of what tech blogs post is the sort of things that might solve a problem, things one tends to find on the fly via search engine. I don't imagine people donate to a site they only visit occasionally, or only for a single how-to article... Of course, the scope of my experience in blogging is moderate, to say the least. Maybe I just need to learn more about gathering a loyal audience with my writing. That said, I don't feel my writing is the main problem (of course it could improve). I really just think an 'all over the place' tech blog is just something that, while it could generate enough traffic to make at least some ad revenue, it probably isn't something that would attract a following of passionate users willing to support it via donations. I could be wrong.
Does anyone operate a combination of the two? Ads and donations. How do you handle that tastefully and respectfully? I would imagine donating would get you access to a site with no ads, if possible (it would need a user system or some method to verify who has donated, of course). But I kind of feel like incentivising donations blurs lines a little.
Anyhoo, I'd just like to hear what you all have to say on the subject(s)! I appreciate anything anyone has to share! The bottom line is that I'll blog whether I make any money or not. After talking with you all, who knows, maybe I wont monetize at all, or just go with donations regardless of effectiveness.I do find marketing and advertising to be a despicable industry in general, but I also believe it can have utility in the right scenario, and I want to believe it can be done properly - I'm just not sure exactly how to do it properly yet.
I do want the ability to generate some revenue for some things I create, such as my blog, but I'm certainly not one to try to monetize everything - in fact quite the contrary! If you've been on my Friendica node you may know that one of the promises I make to the users is to never use the site, or their sign-up/profile information (such as email addresses), for market purposes of any sort; the node comes with no hidden agendas or ulterior motives. I can only hope to prove my sincerity and dedication to that ideal over time, as users sign up and see what the experience is. That said, my blog is NOT the same creature by any means. It's a service I provide because I hope to make money by providing something of value - so far I've failed at that. However, as I gear up to give it another go, this time I intend to do things more intelligently and more consciously.
The Center for Humane Technology
I hadn't visited their site in quite some time... so long, in fact, that I had forgot it existed to be quite honest... :\
That said, I'm happy to have rediscovered The Center for Humane Technology while tidying up my bookmarks! Their site does have some great info, and while I know this isn't exactly news to many of you, it is definitely worth sharing things like this to keep these topics active, and the discussions happening often!
This sort of info really needs to circulate on the proprietary networks, as most of us who use #distributed / #federated networks are all too aware of this stuff - but if you have access to FB, Twitter and the like, then please share things like this on there!
I hope to eventually be able to contribute something real to the project as well, but for now I just wanted to say 'thank you'!
Btw, I'm sure there are a lot of other people that deserve a huge thanks for Friendica, and I'm grateful to them as well - but @Hypolite Petovan is the person I have direct experience with, and has helped me out several times since I started running my Friendica instance. I certainly don't mean to minimize anyone else, though, and I realize OSS is a team effort! So thanks to everyone involved!
"The #Federation Fallacy"
(3 Mar 2019)
Throughout the free software community, an unbridled aura of justified mistrust fills the air: mistrust of large corporations, mistrust of governments, and of course, mistrust of proprietary software. Each mistrust is connected by a critical thread: centralisation.
link to article
link to comments @ LWN.net
#centralized #federated #protocol
#Computing #HostedSystems #MailServer #Gmail #WhatsApp #SiliconValley
#Mastodon (" #Fediverse ") vs #Twitter
Country flags are back!
Want to find a local node for your new #federated home? Order by country!
The node list still dies when viewing the main list or any of the lists with thousands of nodes. 😢 Hopefully will be able to fix at some point soon.
Are you a #Django and/or #Vue developer, and feel that the site is.... lacking? Then get involved! Contributions more than welcome! Check here: https://github.com/thefederationinfo/the-federation.info / https://the-federation.info
This is the first article in a series that will be a fairly critical review of ActivityPub from a trust & safety perspective.
This is the first article in a series that will be a fairly critical review of ActivityPub from a trust & safety perspective.
PeerTube is a free, decentralized, federated video platform that uses peer-to-peer technology, developed by Framasoft.
To provide an alternative to centralized, now censorship infested platforms such as YouTube.
Sailfish OS: Sail2Play https://gitlab.com/fabrixxm/harbour-sail2play +Jolla Store
Android: P2Play https://gitlab.com/agosto182/p2play/
#PeerTube #decentralized #federated #fediverse #deleteYouTube #Framasoft #Android #SailfishOS #Linux #Sail2Play #P2Play
We're looking for a #developer familiar with #Elixir (or transferable skills like #Erlang and #RubyOnRails).
The whole project will be #FOSS and you can work from home, what's not to love 😉 Please RT!
#tech #job #programming #jobs #software #remote #federation #decentralised
Write.as is a blogging platform, whereas read.as is a reading platform similar to #Feedly. Read.as lets you follow long posts through ActivityPub (for example on write.as or Plume) and future versions will apparently add RSS support.
It's still very early days with the first public version, but you can see the source code for read.as here:
and there's a test instance here:
The developer is looking for feedback both on the test instance and from anyone installing their own read.as instance.
#Fediverse #Federation #Feeds #FeedReader
Funkwhale is a #federated (thruogh #ActivityPub) open source alternative to #Grooveshark or #Soundcloud. If you like the demo version, you can join a real instance (or install your own) at:
If you do want to install your own, apparently it can run on a #RaspberryPi and can be used as a home music server too.
#Music #Audio #Federation
#PeerTube is #OpenSource, #federated through #ActivityPub and uses #PeerToPeer to spread the load if videos go viral. More details at the link, including a list of instances that are already running.
#Alternatives #DeleteYouTube #DeleteGoogle
It's a very useful site for finding local events in real life, but also very expensive for organisers ($15 a month for a basic events page!). Organisers only pay this because others use it, I've heard a lot of organisers grumbling about the cost, so a cheap/free open alternative would be very welcome 👍
Meetup's "network effect" might be overcome because meetup isn't really a global network (e.g. someone in London is only going to care about meetups in London).
Also, an open alternative would be perfect fit for #federation, with each community having its own instance. You wouldn't have to persuade people to join smaller instances because they would naturally want to join their geographically local instance.
"Hubzilla represents what I like to think of as state of the art in decentralisation technology. It goes far beyond what we did in Friendica when it comes to decentralising core services which used to be available only on centralised silos. We decentralise everything. This builds on work I started in Friendica but it took a platform re-write to fully realise.
Some federation bits were added a couple of years ago due to popular demand, but they are in conflict with a couple of core features such as nomadic identity. Nomadic identity is really special. You can create online clones of your channel and pop up at another site if your current site is having issues (either temporarily or permanently). This works incredibly well - unless you have friends on other networks. My original account has moved a few times now. All my original friends are still there. My Friendica and Diaspora friends however are not. They need to be reconnected, and this is silly because nomadic identity was created to address that problem."