Aral Balkan @aral

The punk rock internet – how DIY ​​rebels ​are working to ​replace the tech giants

Today, in The Guardian: theguardian.com/technology/201

“I got into the web because I liked the democracy of it,” says Kalbag, who has just published a book titled Accessibility for Everyone… “I want to be able to be in a society where I have control over my information, and other people do as well … I think we have to have technology that serves everybody – not just rich, straight, white guys.”

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@aral How sweet! I was just independently reading on the Guardian, and all of a sudden your toot aka "toot from the guy in the article" appears in my timeline. Mastodon moment, right there 😃 Greets to Malmö!

@aral P.S. If you have John Harris' Mastodon username, tell him kindly, "Mastadon" is spelled wrong though 😉

@DPoeltl @aral "… , I spent whole futile days signing up to some of the decentralised social networks that already exist – Steemit, Diaspora, Mastadon – and trying to approximate the kind of experience I can easily get on, say, Twitter or Facebook. They were largely so underpopulated that there’s been no incentive to go back. … "

His experience probably includes brands, politicians, celebrities and hatespeech. 😏

@DPoeltl Already pinged him via DM on the bird site :)

@aral Nice piece. Still find it ironic with the 'f', the bird and the 'p' under the images, though. Keep up the great work that you do!

@harald Thank you :) (Well, that, and that The Guardian uses adtech also.)

@aral Yes of course, but we block the ads and trackers :)

@aral awesome article. Gives hope for exciting future. Thanks for doing what you do!