Aral Balkan @aral

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At Copenhagen airport, about to fly to Cyprus to see my parents for the first time in almost two years.

For the next week, I’ll still be reachable and checking messages, etc., but I might not be able to reply immediately.

Prime Stupidity

“The laws of mathematics are very commendable, but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia.”

An actual thing said by the actual prime minister of Australia.


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Introductions: a brief welcome to the Internet of People – the latest pillar of DiEM25’s Progressive Agenda for Europe – to mark the opening of our own forum on the DiEM25 web site.

I will be posting more resources in the coming days and I look forward to your participation and feedback in the coming days.


@ghost @Shotagonist I ended up using useful fools. Pawn is even better. Thanks for the feedback :)

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Hey everyone,

So I put my name in the hat for the Coordinating Collective:

1. To help lead the tech pillar more effectively and help implement its policies internally

2. To help improve internal communication (get this Mastodon officially adopted, migrate to a usable forum, implement workflow for proposals to trickle up from the base, etc.)

3. Help improve external communication (to compete w neoliberalism, we must compete with TED talks)


Live on Al Jazeera today: Net Neutrality

I’ll be live on Al Jazeera English at 15:00 UTC/GMT today to talk about Net Neutrality and the Day of Action that’s being organised by Fight for the Future and others (see battleforthenet.com/july12/)

Watch live at:



@ghost I’m not sure if there’s a synonym for “useful idiot” (see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Useful_i) – if there’s a phrase that means that same thing, I’m open to using it.

@phryk Not sure – it’s their internal meeting. I’ll let you know.

The Web is the Problem

So I’m giving an online talk to the whole Web Foundation team on Thursday and this is the opening slide…


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Don't let the corporate overlords of web manipulation convince you to lie down and accept the DRM nightmare again. Tell them to go screw.

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Watch @aral at DiEM 25’s Constructive Disobedience at G20 in Hamburg. Starting soon:

Live stream at diem25.org/

Constructive Disobedience – DiEM25 live stream from Hamburg starting now.


Constructive Disobedience – DiEM25 at G20

Up at Silly O’Clock and flying to Hamburg in a few hours for a bit of constructive disobedience :)

When: Friday, 19:30–22:00

Where: Audimax, Universität Hamburg, Von-Melle-Park 4, 20146 Hamburg, Germany

Live stream: fcmc.tv/

With: Renata Avila, Angela Richter, Aral Balkan, Srecko Horvat, Yanis Varoufakis (Livestream) & many others


@NoEstamos @douginamug Have you seen the instance we’re testing (unofficially) for the DiEM25 community? (d25.community) :)

Internet of People voted in at DiEM25

Our proposal to add a 7th pillar to DiEM25’s Progressive Agenda for Europe—the Internet of People; a progressive technology policy for Europe—was approved by the Validating Council by 95.65% of the vote.

We will be drafting a compelling democratic, decentralised, and progressive counter-narrative to Silicon Valley’s



@Gargron @gaditb I share your concern regarding readability of toots. Hover, however, isn’t accessible on touch devices or for screenreaders (e.g., Voiceover only reads what’s visible). I do feel that having the full address for _remote_ names would make sense in the same way it does for email addresses. (And, as mentioned earlier, make it easier for new people to form a conceptual model of how Mastodon works.)

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ah fuck.

Got laid off from $WORK this morning.

I have savings and my severance pay but I need to start looking for work ASAP.

If anybody is hiring a sysadmin||devops||networking||customer support person, please let me know. Willing to relocate though remote is preferred.

I would also appreciate a few bucks in my Patreon for some peace of mind:

I also have PayPal if you prefer that:

Please boost this.

@Gargron @gaditb I don’t think we should shorten it at all (or only do so if the account is on the same instance as the person viewing it – that would be helpful in differentiating local accounts immediately). The full address is a cornerstone of what makes Mastodon unique (its federated nature) – we should be making that visible.