This is a stream/feed/river (or whatever you want to call it) of short posts that I write over time. If I feel like it I also repost to my Mastodon and/or Twitter account. Such posts are marked with and/or , respectively.
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"... Drug companies have to test their drugs, car companies have to test their cars before they can go out and actually sell their products to people. ... Why is it that a tech company is allowed to make the excuse that what we build is too complicated for even us to understand and, therefore, we're not at fault. ..." --- Christopher Wylie
(From an interesting interview with him: https://video.aktualne.cz/dvtv/facebook-je-jako-kolonizatori-lide-z-firmy-mi-vyhrozovali-a/r~86416d68620611e9a305ac1f6b220ee8/ )
An interesting perspective on what's the point of writing scientific papers:
"Papers are written so that their author(s) can forget their content and move on to other things. Therefore when you write you should be very careful to put in enough of the big picture and enough of the details so you'd be able to reconstruct your thoughts 10 years later if you'll need to, assuming you'll forget everything but retain some familiarity with some basic principles of mathematics."
I've written an article explaining why the upcoming copyright directive is about to fundamentally break the internet: https://tomas.jakl.one/blog/2019-03-24-the-problem-with-the-latest-copyright-directive
Please help to stop it, contact your MEPs and ask them to vote against it in the upcoming week. https://saveyourinternet.eu/
I like those little #lifehacks. 🙂
DIY Tracking Apps with Google Forms: https://jeremykun.com/2019/03/08/diy-tracking-apps-with-google-forms/
I started following Larry Sanger's blog (the founder of Wikipedia). He has lots to say. For example here is his apt summary of what is the social media doing to our online communication:
Is it time to move from social media to blogs? http://larrysanger.org/2018/06/is-it-time-to-move-from-social-media-to-blogs/
I can see your point, of course!
But let me tell you a small story from 2015 - long before the Mastodon hype:
For quite a few years I ran gnusocial.de, a GNU Social host with a handful of active users and around 1.000 registered accounts. Some of those accounts were automatically mirroring Tweets, mostly from newspaper's Twitter accounts. One of those tweets (the original one) linked to an article that was ordered by court to be taken offline. So the tweet as well had to be deleted. Following that I recieved a letter by some lawyer representing that person (the one suing the newspaper) mentioned in the article. The lawyer told me that I had to delete the copy of this tweet on my small unimportant federated network node. Otherwise I'd be taken to court being liable for the content on my node.
So, nobody knows what will happen with article 13 or not. I'm not saying that these things mentioned earlier will happen, I'm just pointing out possibilities. And I for sure don't intend to spill FUD but running around with the claim "we're to small" is dangerously naive.
The original post dissapeared but the rest of the thread is still available on todon.nl/@jeroenpraat's account.
Really, asking "what should replace Facebook" is putting things the wrong way around.
A more interesting way to ask the question is, "what did Facebook replace."
People used to build their own websites. People used to have blogs. People used USENET which was truly distributed and un-censorable.
Facebook and Google took the open internet and open standards and monetized and made everything crappy. Enough of that. Nothing should replace Facebook, it's done, stick a fork in it.