Flockingbird aims to be a decentralised FOSS social network for professionals, like a Fediverse version of LinkedIn. It's currently in development, you can follow at:
➡️ @flockingbird (blog)
The project website is at https://flockingbird.social
Today, EFF published "Privacy Without Monopoly: Data Protection and Interoperability," a major new paper by Bennett Cyphers and me.
It's a paper that tries to resolve the tension between demanding that tech platforms gather, retain and mine less of our data, and the demand that platforms allow alternatives (nonprofits, co-ops, tinkerers, startups) to connect with their services.
🌟 @Framasoft - France's largest promoter of FOSS (in French)
🌟 @penpot - A new free open source prototyping and design platform
🌟 @opensciencevids - Public Domain and Creative Commons videos about science
🌟 @GrassrootsReview - Initiative supporting open academic review journals
🌟 @thelinuxexperiment - Video channel about Linux OS, Linux software, Linux phones etc.
For a preview of what we're dealing with if you happen to be unfamiliar with the type of company these folks are running:
"Can I send an invite via e-mail address?
Unfortunately, we don't have an e-mail invite option yet. You'll need to have the mobile phone number of the person you want to invite saved in your phone contact book. "
Aaron Epstein is a 90 year old who lives a couple miles from me in North Hollywood. He's been an AT&T customer since 1960 and holy shit, is he ever *done with their shit*.
Epstein gets 3mbps (nominal)/1.5 mbps (actual) from AT&T, in the heart of the entertainment industry's company town, where the studios are serviced by a 100gb fiber loop built at public expense (it passes under my house's foundation slab).
Did you know that @joinpeertube the heart of tilvids.com has RSS feeds available for most content pages? If you have an RSS feed reader, simply enter the following link to get a constant stream of videos into your reader! #TheMoreYouKnow
NGI Zero is a fund run by the non-profit NLnet foundation, providing money to internet projects that promote privacy and open standards. You can follow the fund at:
You can apply for funding or find out more at the NLnet website https://nlnet.nl
They have given grants to loads of great projects such as Funkwhale, Lemmy, PeerTube, PixelFed, SearX etc.
Initial impressions: I think I'll be ripping this out and moving to Dendrite or another homeserver soon.
Good morning Social Cloud! If you're part of a group in the public interest and you've had issues with censorship or abusive moderation on platforms such as Twitter, etc, reach out to me.
Thanks to a generous AWS grant I'd be happy to help you host your presence on the Social Cloud -- aka the Fediverse. I'll run your choice of services and act as your technical partner.
In case you haven't seen my announcement on birdsite, I'm unofficially rebranding #Fediverse as the Social Cloud. This term is a bit more relatable and isn't a word that sounds like technobabble to outsiders.
I also envision this to be a counterpoint to the proposed #bluesky, which needs to enable access to Social Clouds or else we'll end up with a sunburn.
semi-regular reminder that bluesky is vaporware. Real Artists Ship:
I'm just thinking about this blog post I wrote in 2018. Because even when Twitter makes a good decision, the first sentence comes to mind: Why does the entire world have to wait on the CEO of one US company to make a decision?
2021 Year of the Interoperable Social Cloud
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