Aral Balkan @aral@mastodon.ar.al

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Mark’s 2018 resolution to “fix” Facebook: a bunch of hot air

I’ll be live on @ajenglish NewsGrid around 16:25-16:45 CET today to respond to Mark’s 2018 resolution to “fix Facebook”.

aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/int

Hint: it’s not broken for shareholders; it’s hugely profitable. You can’t fix its toxicity to human rights and democracy without changing its business model. The only way he could fix it is to shut it down and start a decentralised alternative (ain’t gonna happen).

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May I draw your attention to this hilarious example of fooling an image recognition algorithm with a small patch of carefully engineered noise?
arxiv.org/abs/1801.02608

(Leaving behind practical concerns about exponentially doubling storage space, etc., of course) ;)

@aral (Leaving behind practical concerns about exponentially doubling storage space, etc., of course) ;)

Alternate realities in Merkle DAGs?

Was just thinking about the lack of deletes in Merkle DAGs and wondering what would happen if you created two equally valid branches based on whether a parent node is alive (has content) or dead (is a tombstone). Both realities are equally valid until the owner of the shell message collapses the function into a single value by officially observing one of the states as being true with a new message. The other branch then falls off… mastodon.ar.al/media/cOG5HCWBg

So Decent is pretty fucking amazing!

Check it out on: gwenbell.com

(An in-browser social network based on Scuttlebot and Minbase with seamless on-boarding. Seriously easier to get started with than a centralised social network like Facebook. Very, very impressed!)

PS. I’m @aral on there.

Here’s an idea: how about a law that mandates that an open domain name registry, free for all citizens, is included in every ISP’s DNS settings by default, alongside InterNIC.

Oh, and look, someone already built it even: OpenNIC.org

This one little change could do wonders for individual sovereignty and decentralisation on the Internet.

It could do for owning your own online identity what Let’s Encrypt did for democratising secure web sites.

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You can also get Mastodon stickers from DesignByHumans: designbyhumans.com/shop/sticke

Or print them yourself from the files available in the press kit on joinmastodon.org 😋

I spoke with The Guardian for a podcast recently and it’s now live: Digital dystopia: tech slavery and the death of privacy.

“Is the internet broken? And has the utopian 90s net been replaced by digital feudalism, where a few powerful entities wield control over all of us digital serfs? … To kick off, we explore whether our privacy has been compromised by the tech giants whose business models depend on harvesting and monetising our data.“

theguardian.com/technology/aud

Heading back to Malmö after a great first week in Ghent kickstarting development on the Indienet project.

Ghent ActivityPub Social

We’re having an informal little social gathering to mark the kickoff of our Indienet project with folks from the City of Ghent / Digipolis / Gentinfo this evening at 6PM at Bar Wilson @ NEST. If you’re in the area, free, and interested in the fediverse, ActivityPub, etc., do feel free to drop by and say hello :)

Details: source.ind.ie/indienet/plannin

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404 → 302

A simple gesture for an evergreen Web.

What if links never died? What if we never broke the Web? What if it didn’t involve any extra work?

It’s possible. And easy.

Just make your 404s into 302s.

Thoughts, suggestions, and contributions welcome:

4042302.org

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Landed in Brussels, en route to Ghent :)

I’ll be in Ghent all week. If there are any local ActivityPub, Node.js/JS, federation/decentralisation (not blockchain)-loving developers around, please do make yourselves known. Would be great to meet you.

About to fly to Belgium. Excited to meet the dev team in person and kickstart our collaboration with the City of Ghent to explore networked personal technologies that empower individuals to own and control their own place on the Internet.

Right, now serving a downloaded copy of my Geocities site instead of hitting @internetarchive directly so the examples on 4042302.org should all work perfectly now.

Also: testament to how quickly you can set up a different version of your site with this technique :)

PS. Looks like archive.org tried to index the missing page and so the final 404 now forwards to Yahoo Domains! 🤦

(I’m currently downloading a local copy of my old Geocities page so I can serve – and back it up – myself and I’ll update the link in the example once that’s ready. Also flying to Belgium today to kickstart a very exciting project that we’re collaborating on with the City of Ghent so apologies if it’s not fixed immediately.)

404 → 302

A simple gesture for an evergreen Web.

What if links never died? What if we never broke the Web? What if it didn’t involve any extra work?

It’s possible. And easy.

Just make your 404s into 302s.

Thoughts, suggestions, and contributions welcome:

4042302.org

mastodon.ar.al/media/l-ma3skWz

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Alrighties, #Mastodon 2.1.2 is out: github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/

- A heck ton of bug fixes
- Federation optimizations
- New statistics (weekly activity!)

Mark Zuckerberg’s 2018 resolution: like expecting a king to abolish the monarchy…

You can watch the recorded version of the @AJEnglish segment on Mark’s 2018 resolution to “fix Facebook” with twitter.com/@DareenAG, twitter.com/@andrewchappelle, and yours truly.

Starts ~ youtube.com/watch?v=nVHt1_SWTZ

(Live video, you’ll have to scrub to find the exact place.)

HT twitter.com/@SKneezle

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Mark’s 2018 resolution to “fix” Facebook: a bunch of hot air

I’ll be live on @ajenglish NewsGrid around 16:25-16:45 CET today to respond to Mark’s 2018 resolution to “fix Facebook”.

aljazeera.com/news/2016/11/int

Hint: it’s not broken for shareholders; it’s hugely profitable. You can’t fix its toxicity to human rights and democracy without changing its business model. The only way he could fix it is to shut it down and start a decentralised alternative (ain’t gonna happen).

mastodon.ar.al/media/HruYnPLB3