It's a black day for #russian internets: a bill draft was proposed by Russian government that bans usage of #VPN, #Tor, and other anonymizers. This happened only 10 days after a Tor exit node administrator #DmitryBogatov was arrested. Being anonymous is now a crime in Russia... #freeBogatov https://rublacklist.net/27859/
I'm giving a free talk in NYC tonight: http://www.ilr.cornell.edu/institute-workplace-studies/future-work-series/upcoming-events/maker-movement
For those who dont know, the federated timeline displays all the activity from all the people on other instances who are followed by people on your instance.
It is therefore very good practice to follow as many interesting people from other instances as possible. We are the ropes binding this distributed system together.
About risk profile:
- Mastodon is like email because you can't delete federated toots
- Mastodon is like twitter in that Google's search bots index it, unless your admins robot.txt it away
- Mastodon is like being a teenager because the people that own your instance can see all your private stuff
Have a talk with your admin about their policies.
By default, assume everyone will be able to read your toots forever.
Great article about Mastodon by @seanbonner
It always makes me nervous to see "Save for Web (Legacy)" in Photoshop. It's like when comic books used to say "Still Only 20¢!" One day it will go away and then how am I gonna save my images for Boing Boing then? https://mastodon.cloud/media/LNoN6WULs2QfqZjYE_g
If you click "report this user" who gets the report? The admin of the server I'm on? The admin of the server the person has an account? The king of Mastodon? It seems unclear.
Research director at Institute for the Future. Editor at Boing Boing and Cool Tools. Founding editor-in-chief of MAKE
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