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Does anyone else find it outrageous that U.N. agencies keep removing RSS feeds for their updates while prominently featuring Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Youtube accounts on their websites? Our taxes fund these entities. We deserve open access to the content they produce.

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Have you seen this we have moved all the undercurrents and visionontv archive to the we need to take the old videos and embed them in meany new places so that they spread over the network to get a feedback on views and thus social impact.

We need to reconnect contemporary activism to past activist movements to learn and mutate.

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@bananarama interesting that you say this, can you explane to me in #KISS terms why you baleve this. I have a MA in social sciences so can understand complexity, But this is a public #openweb conversation so good to try and keep it at a level that "normal" people can understand.

Maybe we could start with meta narratives, will put Wikipedia links in as we go

NOT, we are interested in the "Criticism" bit of each link, reply to this please.

The control in modernism created the mess we live in. More "control" is not going to have a better outcome.

Don't be a on this please.

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Remember when the talk recordings from conferences were free without registration?

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Okay, it's time to tell new users a secret about Mastodon.

Mastodon is (whispers) part of a much bigger network 😮

Mastodon servers use an open standard called ActivityPub to talk to each other. That's how you interact with people on other Mastodon servers.

But, dozens of other federated networks also use ActivityPub, so (this is the good bit!) you can follow people on these other networks from your Mastodon account!

For example:

PixelFed ( is a photo sharing network, here's a random example account @Iancylkowski

PeerTube ( is a video sharing network, with a p2p system that allows videos to go viral even on small servers, here's a random account @craftykat

BookWyrm ( is a social reading site, an open alternative to Amazon's Goodreads, here's a random account @mouse

Together, Mastodon and these other services form... The Fediverse :fediverse:

(whispers) Click on the link...

The having instances came directly out of the work of these people worth a read to understand the process, was "herding cats" the project came directly out of this expirence.

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The crew run 6 instances of servers with a few thousand users, some more used than others. We make admin/mod desions based on user reports, then admins/mods make a decision if simple or run it past other admin/mods if borderline/complex.

Action is ban/account removal if obvious and repeated toots. To dialogue leading to lesser sanction or escalating to ban if no useful response.

We don't do hard rules/and tend to give benefit of doubt for a while.

Worked for last 4-5 years.

If you are interested is the (dis)organization that runs these servers you can find out more and get involved

We have a big influx of new users so might be messy for a time, this is the way, as our project is we are always looking for more mods, message me here if interested.

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@nielsa has a nice quick list of different instances, with under 5000 users.

Globally there are approx 4000 instances. Websites exist that list them all but the page can be so big it may break your browser if you try to load the page.


Welcome to the wild world of fedi.

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@dsfgs oh, a another note on trust: servers in #Fediverse could very easily be using other centralized systems that get data access, but don't transmit their presence as clearly. For example, hosting the database in Google Cloud.

We gotta trust and educate as much as possible here.

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@dsfgs 1. Isolating yourself on the level of follows is unlikely to have an effect. You need a system level policy to disincentivize using e.g. CloudFlare.

At the same time, we are already in a system of trust for the servers in the fediverse: they can read the data stored on them, it is not encrypted. Except DMs, everything can be read in the public feed of most servers anyway. DMs should probably be replaced with encrypted comms anyway. So what data is in danger?

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