"Microsoft-owned GitHub will renew a $200,000 contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, despite concerns about the Trump administration’s policies, according to a leaked email." theverge.com/2019/10/9/2090621

I will not participate in #Hacktoberfest this year, although contributing to #OpenSource and #FreeSoftware is my day job. First, I already have enough t-shirts. But second, the ecosystem I use on a daily basis is mostly made up of projects that use GitLab, or BitBucket, or sr.ht, or Fossil, or sending patches by mail, or GNU Savannah, or (good grief!) even SourceForge. I think only two of the projects I contributed last year were on GitHub.

The #FOSS world is so much bigger. Don't forget that.

If it's made with Public Money, it should be Public Code.

A campaign by the @fsfe
Please sign it and invite others to do so.


I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as Mastodon, is in fact, ActivityPub/Mastodon, or as I've recently taken to calling it, ActivityPub plus Mastodon. Mastodon is not a social network unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning ActivityPub system made useful by the ActivityPub namespaces, vocabulary and non-normative sections comprising a full social network as defined by W3C Recommendation 23 January 2018.

Many computer users use a modified version of the ActivityPub social network every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of ActivityPub which is widely used today is often called "Mastodon", and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the ActivityPub social network, developed by the W3C.

There really is a Mastodon, and these people are using it, but it is just a part of the social network they use. Mastodon is the frontend: the program in the system that lets you interacts with the posts of all the people you follow. The frontend is an essential part of a social network, but useless by itself; it can only function in the context of a complete social network. Mastodon is normally used in combination with the ActivityPub social network: the whole system is basically ActivityPub with Mastodon added, or ActivityPub/Mastodon. All the so-called "Mastodon" distributions are really distributions of ActivityPub/Mastodon.

Here's a business model idea for Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, et cetera: our service, on your domain (like G Suite but for Twitter, Facebook, etc). These could be implementations of ActivityPub.

Does anyone know of a nonprofit, media organization, public agency, etc who is interested in establishing a Fediverse presence? I'd like to see more organizations with instances.

Public Transit Projects Cheaper Than Uber's $5.2 Billion Q2 Losses, Ranked jalopnik.com/public-transit-pr

Please fund more transit for people instead of pernicious capitalist nightmares for rich sycophants.

And that's it... we have 40 attendees! ActivityPub Conf 2019 registration is closed! dustycloud.org/blog/activitypu

Looks like a great group; see all you who registered there!

Are there implementations/forks that should be added to this Alternative.to list? Please let me know: alternativeto.net/list/5696/ac

If anyone works in NYC, or knows someone who works in NYC in tech and is hiring please hit me up 👍

Please boost.

! Happy birthday Internet! April 7, 1969 was the date of publication for RFC 1, Steve Crocker's proposal for host software for the new Interface Message Processor hardware. rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc1.txt

Did the European Parliament just outlaw the only Europe-made social network with #Article13?

I was gently reminded today to pay close attention to TPMS alert lamps

It was only a matter of time. A piece of my High School internet history just died: music during MySpace’s first 12 years just vanished into thin air reddit.com/r/technology/commen

Los Angeles! EFF's @elliotharmon will be presenting at @crashspaceLA next Wednesday 3/20 on how the pervasiveness of digital locks & DRM tech have affected the hacker & tinkerer communities. blog.crashspace.org/2019/02/el

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