#OGB The need for “governance” came out of a practical problem, the #activitypub community is made up of “cats” you know the slogan “herding cats” we were doing seminars outreach to powerful EU Eurocrats on why they should be interested in #activertypub and interesting they really are interested. We had no voice, only “cats” with everyone pushing their own tiny projects, it was a lot of work and stress, but we got the presentations done.
Good video covering #activitypub dev in an exiting codebase https://conf.tube/videos/watch/bf1309c1-0f5e-4fa1-9b58-fc240f369684?start=12m7s
With the federation you can use the same tool to build governance on a city, region, nation or even globule scale. This is all based on #KISS permissionless grassroots democratic DIY process that have been tested and used for the last 30 years. The interesting part of this project is putting this “lived experience” into code and learning from the federation of the #activitypub fediverse.
The is a pretty sorted #activitypub crew, then some organizing sites/forums, the yearly conference. MOST importantly some “kings”, “princes” a bit of a tech/influencer aristocracy who currently hold much of the “power”.
We need to have a bit of fundamental thinking about tech.
I have been working for more than 20 years on this and always say clearly that we need 90% open and 10% closed - the #encryptionists are dangerously wrong in their view of 90% closed and 10% open. It's a problem we need to overcome and in no way a solution. Take note you are reading this posting ver #activitypub which is 90% open and 10% closed. We are not having this conversation on diaspora (#encryptionists network) few people are.
In most #mainstreaming history of the internet/www there are grassroots histories that are missing and its from this grassroots that #activitypub actually comes from. But think for a short presentation for #eurocrats this would be an uncomfortable and confusing storey for the audience. On balance lets keep it #KISS but also not completely “whitewash” this grassroots story out, leave some hints in.
The EU implementing AP could help to reset the resulting capture of the WWW (which made the internet human) good to remember was a European project The birth of the Web | CERN https://home.cern/science/computing/birth-web
My thoughts/feelings are pragmatic on a good outcome.
A wildly spread international crew have been putting a lot of work into making this a local #indymediaback codebase option #Epicyon version 1.2.0 release https://blog.freedombone.net/epicyon-version-1-2-0-release #ActivityPub #OMN
This is a #peertube instance http://visionon.tv displaying a video from another peertube instance called kolektiva - they are talking #activitypub the same feed language as mastodon so their posts can be shared and commented on from your mastodon account but you might have to work out how to do this as it's still a bit of a #geekproblem
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