Q. Let the users decide what they see, not the instance owners.

A. #activitypub implementations (mastodon) are federated client-server networks. Files/messages are stored on central servers were the admins and sysamins are legally responsible. If the user's are in charge they could get the Admins thrown in jail for infringing content. A "trust" based network.

Full P2P would give you choices you wont... mastodon etc are "step away" projects. Building "trust" networks is a positive first step.

@hamishcampbell very interesting - especially for me who is here for the first day and just tries to find new contacts.
I was wondering how I would find contacts out of this pod and I ope that the mastodon software has features for me to reach out beyond individual pods.
A P2P solution also would be a right step into a solution for micro-payments which yet have not been tackled properly.
As I write this I also started an account with diaspora on social.gibberfish.org and will compare them.



you raise interesting points in your toots.

I am happy to answer to you, as soon as you tell me what you mean with M&D .

(and btw, your timesettings are off, because to me it is shown that you did post this on april 29th of this year)

@msaunders @proposed_alternative_currency feedback on the expirence of dispora compared to mastodon. Just lay cards on table am not a big fan of dispora seeing it as a example of the #geekproblem were mastodon is #4opens right but suffers a little from subculture #fashernista resistence to going mainstream.

@hamishcampbell @msaunders I have to admit that I am very new to both networks - just started to join both a week ago, so I can't tell anything about average users - I guess ones INITIAL experience with both depends on which pod one joined, because one will find such people first.

Technically: Being on a browser (no cellphone) I find mtds' 3 column interface a little confusing (ex: nearly missed your toot cause afterwards the next toot pushed yours down).
Missing that both can't be connected.

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Founded on #4opens, motivated by the #PGA hallmarks and moderated by an ethical code of conduct. Its an unfettered space for Activists and groups to communicate via #openweb projects.

"We can't engage as communities, unless we have money. I can't even express how angry this makes me."
- an activist group using Facebook. People and organisations who feel this way are our initial targets.

We are launching two new Mastodon instances for activists and campaigners to aid communication of grassroot groups; putting social media back in our hands by providing a free, unfettered home for campaigners, NGO’s and activists to communicate among their peers and beyond.

This project is a way out of the restricted, algorithmic, for-profit mediation and commercialisation of communication we increasingly experience. If you do not pay to "boost" each post, a Facebook page will only reach 3-6% of members. This soon becomes an expensive drain on limited NGO and activist budgets.
Activists and campaigners alike are ready to shift their outreach away from the corporate social networks paid-per-view “walled gardens”.

Mastodon is the worlds largest free open source decentralised microblogging network; it’s thousands of unique, interconnected communities, filled with different people, interests, languages, and needs.
You’re free to join any community you like, or better yet, host your own, on your own terms. It remains possible for members of each to instance to interact with others.
There is no monopoly by a single commercial company, no ads, and no tracking.

We aim to help activism/campaigning groups to make this step now.


A note on Security and Privacy - these take a somewhat different shape within the #openweb. Have a read about our thoughts on the matter.

How are OMN projects run?