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I've been building a Facebook Events style event organizing system for the Fediverse. It's based on the simple, open source, privacy-respecting event organizing tool gath.io

The attached video is a work-in-progress preview and shows compatibility with Mastodon. My hope is to get it working with lots of software, including stuff like Friendica that supports events and calendars.

Check out more at my Patreon: patreon.com/posts/organizing-o

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I finished my stint as a Mozilla Fellow and now I'm relaunching my Patreon with a focus on, well, fixing social media.

This means I'm going to continue my concerted work trying to make the fediverse a better place, in the form of best practice guides for running instances, external advocacy, and technical tutorials and training so that more people can contribute software to the fediverse at large.

You can read a partial summary of my work so far at my new Patreon page!

patreon.com/tinysubversions

theorizing, not fully sold on this claim but chewing on it 

Perhaps our obsession with third-party trackers is the online equivalent of focus on "stranger danger": yes it's worth putting energy into solving but I think it's low-hanging fruit that addresses ultimately a small amount of online abuse and makes for good PR. Meanwhile it tends to sucks up resources, leaving not much left over for work on intimate/targeted attacks.

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@darius yes, this! we're running an interview with sarah t hamid of the carceral tech resistance network for our next logic issue, and one of the *snaps* things she talks about is how this threat of surveillance capitalism has shifted the focus of surveillance to "oh creepy" instead of looking at the specific threats posted by specific communities of surveillance. this seems like a concrete example of that—focusing on privacy broadly, as opposed to the impact of that lack of privacy specifically

Maybe I'm putting words in Alex's mouth, but the article more or less matches my thoughts at the time I was doing W3C stuff (2011): we are already fingerprinted and tracked to death. Alex points out that simply not using Tor means you are fully trackable no matter what other protections are in place. Since we are already living in this fully-tracked world, why not actually enhance browser features that will lead to better security along OTHER vectors like the one in my above post?

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Apple's "structural under-investment" (as Alex puts it) in the browser is the main reason why iOS users on my instance have to resort to third-party apps to read posts on this server (no native notifications). This results in them having to use code that is authored by strangers instead of code that is maintained and run by me, their trusted admin. (Yes I suppose I could write an iOS app but it would take me a few years to learn to do that.)

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A well-argued piece from @slightlyoff as to why we need to bring more capability to web, and why the privacy concerns brought up by Mozilla and Apple are kind of a red herring.

infrequently.org/2020/06/platf

My brief time in W3C-land was filled with people yelling 'but fingerprinting!' any time someone proposed something useful. (Fingerprinting is the idea that the more features your browser exposes, the easier it is for a third party to track you as an individual collection of features.)

Here's a (former?) insignia of PEO STRI, the US Army's main R&D arm for virtual simulation of war. Hell of an ideology

@darius tilapia be like "I know a plaice" and take you to an oyster bar

I'm on the Lawfare Podcast today talking about the bot panic on mainstream social media and also the benefits (and drawbacks) of decentralized social media:

lawfareblog.com/lawfare-podcas

This was a really funny/fun conversation with the hosts, it should be a pretty entertaining listen.

should have my website show a message if you _don’t_ have an adblocker installed recommending that you get one

New blog post: "Building an accessible emoji picker" https://nolanlawson.com/2020/07/01/building-an-accessible-emoji-picker/

In which I describe how I implemented #accessibility for emoji-picker-element. Happy to hear feedback on how I can improve as well! 😁

The Animal Crossing Teledildonics project and Console Game Haptics Router are in Daily Dot today! https://www.dailydot.com/irl/animal-crossing-sex-toys/

"I also got a bad taste in my mouth from Twitter supporting kinds of speech that I don't particularly agree with, and I began to feel like putting my toys and art there was just adding value to the network. For a while I felt that the tradeoff was that the art I published there still enriched my life and the lives of my friends. At some point, though, I started to feel like the balance got out of whack, and I could do more good by putting my work on alternate networks and giving people a reason to get off Twitter. "

All cultural producers with some degree of audience and influence should really think about this: what structures do I validate by my presence? What and whose structures do I reinforce? What other places can I advantage?

@darius in https://logicmag.io/security/party-at-my-house-darius-kazemi-on-human-scaled-social-media/

Here is a paper in the November 1922 issue of the Bell System Technical Journal about mechanical switching systems for telephones where the author says "probability math sucks so I'm also restating all my math as equivalent dice rolling problems"

archive.org/details/bstj1-2-69

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Friend Camp

Hometown is adapted from Mastodon, a decentralized social network with no ads, no corporate surveillance, and ethical design.