A centralized web ain’t worth fighting for.

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Cake day: Oct 22, 2020


Hello. The horrible loss of life in this crisis is clear for all to see. Even though there is so much confusion on what is coming out of Ukraine, I wonder what is really the situation of government control like. Is the Ukrainian government controlling major areas or is the Russian army having an upper hand?

The many existing decentralized social networks that currently make up the ecosystem can be categorized into federated and p2p architectures. Our approach will be to combine the best of both worlds by integrating the portability of self-certifying protocols with the user-friendliness of delegated …


A perspective about NSO that I find important but not usually covered is how their success is related to centralized mobile phone operating software. One vulnerability exposes billions of devices. Perhaps if we had FOSS mobile OS options as mainstream installations, it would not be as easy for these companies to hack almost anybody at once.

For now, paying for a VPS is relatively affordable. But as was noted elsewhere, moderation is the real cost. Last week’s terrible antisemitism and racist trolling and spam is a case in point. It led me to raise signup effort (registration application etc). That has kind of eliminated local-instance spam by 99% and the random ones are from existing users, who we kick out as they post spam stuff.

The main problem now is in federating with instances that can be hijacked by such trolls and have their content propagated all over. Nothing we can do about that in so far as we want to maintain existing federation bonds. The moderation cost is still significant as we have to take them down manually.

In the end, I think this is an ideal set up for our instance. We are not after numbers. In fact, we want to have a small number of users as a sustainable path, and hopefully support other individuals and organizations spin up their instances.

Does the proximity mothers have with children at the formative age (0-15) compared to the time they have with their fathers (if they are present in their lives) explain this variation? Or it is just that mothers are more likely to be easier to support than fathers?

After upgrading to 0.15.1, I activated the signup form. I haven’t had to deal with the daily trolls. Not ideal but it helps.

I like the app. Good work on the tutorials and it feels overall like a well done package.

I have been to two cities in West Africa: Lagos and Dakar. My experience was no different from other parts like SouthErn Africa and The Horn.

On to financing the project. They need to find $1B to get the project done and I wonder whether this was a tactical move to build confidence on their credibility while fundraising.

Question 1 - yes, ansible is run on your local machine.

Kate + RStudio.

I spend a lot of time working in R so RStudio is a practical choice. It could be better in many ways though, which is why I use Kate for general editing tasks.

Hey - just checking in. How is this “news”? Is it because Ukraine is in the news?

This is very interesting. Now I wonder if my mind thinks best about code in native language or the language I first encountered code in.

Some journalist also making that case that this Hamdok threat is being used to bargain with the military especially on appointments.

Don’t forget the whole idea of federation is that an instance with 10 members is not limited to those members only on content sources. I like it when more instances interlink and therefore reduce the centralization risks while keeping network benefits.

Look south: challenges and opportunities for the ‘rules of the road’ for cyberspace in ASEAN and the AU

Nonetheless, questions remain on how and where agreement on international law and cyber norms at the regional level can be achieved. …

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Matirî Ngemi podcast

Matirí Ngemi is a podcast discussing, exploring and researching the Agikuyu culture, history and heritage. …

While Makhan Singh does not state it explicitly (possibly due to writing the history in post-colonial Kenya under Jomo Kenyatta’s presidency in 1969, and in the midst of political assassinations of Kenyatta’s left wing opponents) he makes clear that the demand of the KAU for complete abolition of …