In 2010 I left Facebook and set out to build a decentralised alternative. What I found out along the way is that it wasn't just Facebook I was replacing. What we created was a privacy-respecting overlay network on top of the internet so we could replace the entire surveillance state with a system where you controlled access to your thoughts and ideas and shared it on a single sign-in decentralised network. In fact we built that, and it works great, but most people rejected it because they don't understand what that has to do with Facebook. Everything and nothing amigo. We've been living in this privacy respecting overlay internet for nearly a decade now and refuse to go back to the old ways. We've always hoped the internet itself would catch on and evolve to meet us halfway, but it seems to be devolving, so in retrospect the architectural design (as an overlay network) turned out to be the correct one.

Das Problem mit »Anmelden über #Google/#Apple/#Facebook/#Microsoft: Die #Datenkraken bauen daraus Profile gläserner Konsumenten.

Sehr gut erklärt von Scala Netzkultur – hier zum Nachhören:

#SSO #SingleSignOn #SingleSign #GAFAM #Datenschutz #idm /c

Habe auf dem #frauenprojektedigital Barcam die fantastische @LouInABox kennen gelernt. Sie hält jetzt eine Session zu Fediverse und anderen Mainstream-Alternativen. Hach! <3
Und sie steigt gleich mal mit Überwachungskapitalismus ein.

Wenn Ranga Yogeshwar in diesem Video aufzählt, was #Google alles über uns weiß, könnte man die Aufzählung noch lange fortsetzen.

Wer weiß schon, dass Google global die meisten #DNS-Auflösungen bearbeitet und dadurch fast immer weiß, wer welche Website besucht – auch ohne #Tracker wie #GoogleAnalytics?

Darum habe ich dieses Pad gestartet – um Alternativen zu Google-Diensten zusammenzutragen:

It's both hilarious and tragic that you can repeat the same message for nearly a decade and everybody hears something completely different and every such variant contains exactly none of the important points of the original message.

> The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
> -- George Bernard Shaw
we need to start looking at the whole picture, holistically and start building more tools that are better suited to specific use cases.

in Pleroma or Mastodon we trust is the path to failure.

the other platform plays need their space in the puzzle, but indieweb also needs it's space in the puzzle.

and of course internet-wide roaming identity.

we can prevail but we need to stop putting our marbles in the AP box. AP has it's place, but AP isn't private. sharedInbox screwed us on that one. OCAP fixes the problem, but platforms are inherently less than optimal when it comes to privacy.

instead of plugging holes in AP we need to encourage adoption of technologies that are better suited when there are better fits. as long as it all securely works together in the end, it doesn't matter.

the hope of having reasonable privacy controls while preserving the user community we’ve built together has been what drives my hope for ActivityPub.

but lately, I feel like maybe we should give up, scrap it, and just build The Right Thing instead. i know i’m not alone in this, there’s a reason why @cwebber talks about a future where content is sharded and indexed by cryptographic identity. there’s a reason why we all talk about OCAP.

but still, we haven’t gotten there.

i don’t think we can get where we need to go as long as we have to fight compatibility.

#pleroma real talk: if it meant that you could have real privacy and features much more quickly, would you be willing to walk away from the Fediverse?

let me rephrase the question.

if it meant that you could have real privacy, and real features, and a fuckery-free experience, would you be willing to walk away from ActivityPub?

i feel very strongly that trying to exist in the AP ecosystem is holding back what we could be building.

question two.

if it meant that you could have *real* privacy, and *real* features, and you could choose whether or not to take the risk of exposure to the ActivityPub fediverse, would you support using a superior 'native' protocol for federation?

last question:

if Pleroma were to use a different federation protocol for federating between Pleroma instances, which was very well documented, and supported real security features, and real nomadic identity (backed by a DHT + sharding), would you be willing to accept only interoperability with AP networks for cases where an activity is representable over AP?

@dansup Pleroma does federate status deletes, and has since day 1. the only change was to expand federation of the deletes to a wider audience.


but this isn’t about that kind of privacy. that’s just a bug, one of many in a very buggy protocol.

it’s about censorship resistance.

it’s about being able to pick up on a new instance with your old friends still following you, as if nothing happened, because nothing actually happened, all your shit was backed up to other instances.

it’s about storing content in a multicast sharded, content-addressed DHT, so you don’t lose your data when Wasabi goes down.

it’s about federating fast.

it’s about real access control and instanceless groups.

it’s about having instanceless actors (like nomadic identity but addressed by cryptographic identity).

it’s about having all of these things as core parts of the protocol that have an absolute pass or fail conformance suite

@neil You don't need to reply because I know a lot of people strongly disagree with my philosophy or think I'm chasing windmills, but I just don't see "eggs in one basket" as a viable data model. Everything we've learned about reliable computing is that it is best achieved through redundancy.

Hmm. Der Dudenverlag leitet alle auf seiner Website nachgeschlagenen Wörter an Facebook - inklusive evtl. vorhandener FB-Cookies, so dass die Anfragen dort personenbezogen ausgewertet werden können.

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At re:publica 2019, the theme was tl;dr. In his keynote, Eben Moglen illuminated freedom of thought.

His conclusion: “tl;dr is the crisis of the human mind in five characters.”


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