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The Small Web isn’t about going back to the days of GeoCities. It’s about going forward differently, using modern tech in a non-colonial manner.

It’s not about building clones of Twitter, YouTube, etc. There’s no way anyone can self-host a dozen different services. Instead, it’s about having a single-tenant place on the Web that you own and control without technical knowhow; a place you can add Twitter, YouTube, etc., *features* to.

RT @maxschrems
"The best reform [of @DPCIreland] would be a full overhaul – of funding, of structure, and of leadership." - by @klillington / @irishtimes

… and maybe even thinking about building systems where other developers can review it and lend it their approval.

I feel there is a huge amount of potential in using the web to have decentralised app installations while also maintaining a high level of security. We don’t have to parrot what Apple does. Their system makes sense for a trillion-dollar corporation with thousands of reviewers and almost all closed-source apps.

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… I mean, when you think about it, right now what this dialogue effectively says is “the app hasn’t been reviewed by Danielle, only by Aral so it’s untrusted” – you should trust Danielle and not Aral.

Now I agree that you should Danielle (not least of all because she makes the OS and if she was malicious, well, you’re screwed anyway) but I don’t see how “you should not trust Aral” follows from that.

Instead, given the source is free and open (a difference to Apple), we should be linking to it…

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Also, this dialogue really needs a redesign. Again, we should not be parroting the design decisions of trillion-dollar corporations like Apple.

Sideloading (or otherwise known as installing) apps from the web should not be demonised. We should be looking at webs of trust, etc.

In the case of an OS like elementary OS, with a tiny team, there is no reason to put Developer X’s review/trust above Developer Y’s review/trust.

Going to have a think about how this can be made less scary…

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@aral The invisibe hand that takes and hides things.

if people don't know, they can be manipulated by rando algorithms much easier... to win elections for capital


Here’s a list of terms & subjects Republican lawmakers would like to ban in all Wisconsin classrooms:


I have seen “the invisible hand of the market” and it sure looks like the hairy, white, and otherwise unremarkable appendage of a mediocre middle-aged cisgender man to me.

@aral Also I think anything which is sharealike tends to work against capitalistic systems. i.e. not being able to strictly control the distribution of a thing means that becoming a rentier is harder.

@aral I’m reading these like I’m watching a building demolition going wrong in slow motion

Not even sure this guy is aware of what he’s pushing for

« We’re making it legal to distribute software in Saudi Arabia 
- but you’re making it illegal here !
- you see, you’re not a lawyer so stfu. Also you said a bad word »

Decentralisation is a post-capitalist concept. Capitalism cannot tolerate true decentralisation (although it will happily sell you the illusion of decentralisation) because true decentralisation cuts out the middleman. And capitalism is the religion of the middleman.

Check it out!

The well-known Dutch museum of "Beeld en Geluid" (Sound & Vision) is experimenting with offering of their extensive historic video collection via @peertube

Here's the main museum website:

It is wonderful to see more and more open museums and other institutions explore open technologies such as #Peertube

I birdsided the announcement with a CC to the museum:

Anybody want to get paid to make cc-by-sa licensed clip art and video game sprites?

I need some art work for some things, and I'd rather 1) hire someone to make it, 2) ensure it's released under an open content license.

What do you think?

And there is even more: NEW HOLIDAY CARDS!
Yes, there are new designs (4 in total) for all your end-of-year card needs. This time experiments with oil pastels and my faithful black East Indian ink.
Available on my webshop on

Thank you to all who take a look and maybe want to support this human that draws.
#illustration #holidaycards #postcard #holidays #supportartists

THAT TIME OF YEAR AGAIN: The calendar 2022 has arrived in the shop. Full of illustrations, this time we follow a madam with bicycle throughout the year. Witches and gnomes are included for free.

Now available in the webshop for €25 at

This creative thank you many, many times in advance.
#calendar #2022 #illustration #supportartists

And Also... There is a birthday calendar!! For remembering those dates that loved ones were born, the ones we sometimes forget. With the same illustrations as the calendar 2022.
Available on my webshop at

#illustration #calendar #birthday #celebration #supportartists


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