"Yes, much of the internet is and should be commercial — but it is important that significant parts of the internet also remain dedicated to the public interest. The current dot org ecosystem is clearly one of these parts" - Mark Surman, executive director of the Mozilla Foundation, on the sale of : blog.mozilla.org/blog/2019/12/


Interesting idea.

However, that might also be one of the things that makes people suspicious of #fediverse like Mastodon as it's currently is.

If I remember correctly there has been cases of instances shutting down due to various reasons, and users losing social capital they have built there as a result.

I'm sure we can come up with ways to address these risks.

One thing that's kinda fascinating to watch in the birdsite conversations among the latest wave of the masto-curious is the hand-wringing angst over the potential loss of the #socialcapital they've built on Twitter.

This has me thinking that a key tipping point in the victory of the #fediverse might have a fear-driven component, with such folks worrying that staying too long on a sinking ship will mean having to work harder to re-constitute their social capital on the successor platform.

Das "Programm" für das Barcämpchen "Gemeinschaftliche Infrastruktur" in Raum C119 auf der #froscon13 ist jetzt online.


Damn it, we're in the fucking Washington Post!!!

*The new technology that aspires to #DeleteFacebook for good*

"But the backlash has had at least one major beneficiary. That's #Mastodon, a Twitter-like social network that's had a massive spike in sign-ups this week. As the #DeleteFacebook movement has gained steam, people are registering for Mastodon at four times the rate that they normally do, according to Eugen Rochko, the service's creator."


Web designers need to know of this exchange between my parents:

Father: Ah - they've updated their web site!

Mother: Oh no.

Father: It looks good ...

Mother: Can you find the things we need?

... (long pause) ...

Father: No ...

Hello Social.Coop! 👋 I'm a 🇱🇷 Regulatory Compliance Attorney working for America's credit unions in Washington, DC. Excited to see passion about the #CooperativeMovement #CreditUnions and working towards a more #Cooperative Economy.

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/elizabethmyoun

Twitter: twitter.com/EMYLaBerge


For my German-speaking followers: Podcast by Holger Klein about "Nordstadt braut!", a new brewery in Hannover: wrint.de/2018/01/13/wr775-brau

More information about "Nordstadt braut!": nordstadt-braut.de/

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"The powerlessness many people feel in the face of new technologies may have something to do with the undemocratic nature of their development": theintercept.com/2018/01/07/bl (via Twitter)

@stefanieschulte this seems normal. Unlike the far hotter SE Asian countries, it gets considerably colder in winter in much of mainland China, just like Northern Europe!

In UK amongst younger people jewellery is called "bling" and too *much* of it suggests even a lower social class and hedonistic lifestyles associated with reality shows like TOWIE which are fast falling out of fashion, and/or even possible involvement in crime (if the owner doesn't have "normal" source of income)!

"In winter, people derived more pleasure from their ambient room temperature the warmer it got [...] suggesting that home-climate happiness isn’t due to social comparison" (personally, can confirm)

"Within cities, people with more-valuable jewelry tended to be happier than those with less-valuable jewelry. But the same wasn’t true across cities [...] suggesting that happiness that comes from jewelry value is based on social comparison"


@jerry @stefanieschulte not sure of USA culture (assuming author is Asian American) but in UK (even big cities) it is normal for taxicab driver (especially older ones) to share some part of their life story with you, its not some magic development via Uber.

I have had to travel in many taxis recently due to hospital appointments, our town supports at *least* two taxi firms with apps that provide same features as Uber but no nasty surprises like surge pricing. Drivers appear well treated too.

@stefanieschulte the word “sharing” always seemed like an odd description for services like Uber and Airbnb.

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