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Open process – this is the most “nebulous” part, examples of the work flow would be wikis and activity streams. Projects are built on linking trust networks so open process is the “glue” that binds the links together.

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Open “industrial” standards – this is a little understand but core open, its what the open internet and WWW are built from. Here is an outline

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Open source – as in “free software” this keeps development healthy by increasing interconnectedness and bringing in serendipity. The Open licences are the “lock” that keep the first two in place, what we have ain’t perfect, but they do expand the area of “trust” that a project needs to work, creative commons is a start here.

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The :

Are a simple way to judge the value of a "alt/grassroots" tech project.

Open data – is the basic part of a project without this open they cannot work.

The was ripped apart by meany forces.

pushing security theatre broke and trust based relationships

narrowed this into an irrelevant subculture.

in braced the bad in both sides for self-interest, greed and fame.

privatized data and metadata to the service of profit and social control. All the above groups played their role in this.

The is a hollow shell for most people


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I'm excited to share my #apconf2020 talk, "Decentralized Social Media vs the Trolls."

In it, I tell how the #Fediverse, a #decentralized social network, rallied together to isolate an invasive right wing extremist group through codes of conduct, human moderators, and strong moderation tools.

Thanks to @ashfurrow, @emi, @maffsie, @catgirl, @laurelai and all the folks who gave me their time and perspective.

(Hosted on a #peertube instance,!)

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Watch "The rise of the Independent Free Area of Wanstonia, 1993/94" The era when building alternatives was normal and everyday.

Watch "The rise of the Independent Free Area of Wanstonia, 1993/94" The era when building alternatives was normal and everyday.

We have a big problem with in open tech this is not surprising after 40 years of thinking and 20 years of domination of the space. We clearly need to move away from this if the is to become relevant to our survival.


With the current reboot going on there's a lot of default thinking that is bad, and we do need to learn to judge between the good and bad paths if it's to live up to its potential. Let's start to give examples:

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A lot of my #failbook frends went for this messof a #dotcons for a time read down to the polatics section to see the problem with this move for suposedly progressive people. the word CON is strong on this one - both sad and bad

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britpol, novara, coronavirus 

Is the UK High Street Dead?

I expect that shops will return after the pandemic, because shopping in person is more convenient for some types of commodities, but I also think that the combination of pandemic and political stagnation makes another extremely austere decade likely.

For the last 40 years we've had neoliberal political hegemony, and it's not until that goes that anything can change for the better. It's a fundamental obstacle to progress. Neoliberalism has trashed the economy, but made a small fraction of the population stupendously wealthy. Some people think that the mere passage of time will fix this, and they might be right. Once millenials have their mitts yanking on the levers of state power perhaps they will not just replicate the sins of their forebears. But I'm sceptical of that, because similar was also believed in the past, and the ruling class has a way of reproducing itself.

In the left the is still strong starlinist tendencies - a lot of stuff while looking is actually quite on this path. In social change the is a bad history here that we need to constantly mediate for a better outcome open/closed etc.
This is a view of what happened in the people who are given voice and background view. In this its mainstreaming crap. Do you have a shovel to compost articals like this :)

** We'll also discuss openweb tech and journalism issues and go over our live test site and what we are aiming for
** Some questions we might address: indymedia
updateing a historical UX
Learn from the past to build the future
why did it fail,
why did it work,
what can we learn.

How the fedives works from a social/tech perspective.

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=== Independent Media Network ===

In this session, we'll look at a project am working on a reboot of a radical grassroots project turn of the century useing modern protocals like activertypub - A video

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