Welcoming film and TV director and social justice advocate @Lexialex to the fediverse. She just made a principled move away from Twitter after they banned someone’s account for cussing a Nazi (https://twitter.com/Lexialex/status/965990299401990144)
Are You Ready To Consider That Capitalism Is The Real Problem?
“People want health care and education to be social goods, not market commodities, so we can choose to put public goods back in public hands. People want the fruits of production and the yields of our generous planet to benefit everyone, rather than being siphoned up by the super-rich, so we can change tax laws… None of this is actually radical.”
Excellent article by Dr. Jason Hickel https://mastodon.ar.al/media/Phy8AeeCkcK9FhRSVLM
@Gargron Got it. It‘s not a problem to implement (already have). I would like to see, however, how we can simplify things for personal federated web sites where there is only one owner/user. The domain should really be (is) the account e.g., https://ar.al instead of @firstname.lastname@example.org which is redundant and unnecessary. I’m currently using e.g., @person for testing just to satisfy the requirement whereas my account is actually aral.localtunnel.me.
Hope that made some sense :)
@Gargron Correct me if I’m wrong but from what I’m seeing, unless I implement WebFinger, my ActivityPub server cannot federate with Mastodon. Is that correct/as designed?
e.g., I search for my server’s URL. Without WebFinger, nothing is found. With WebFinger, the account is found. Mastodon doesn’t seem to ask for the actor – at least via a search – unless WebFinger exists.
@sydneyfalk Modern technology works by collecting data. True. We are not going to change that. Also true.
The question is who owns and controls the data and technology by which it is gathered, analysed, and acted upon?
If the answer is corporations, we have a feudalism.
If the answer is us as individuals, there is no problem. We have a system compatible with human rights and democracy.
Technology is not an objective vector from past to future; it’s character is shaped by ideology & funding.
It’s not AI vs people
It’s not Big Data vs people
It’s not robots vs people
It’s corporations vs people.
Should Data Scientists Adhere to a Hippocratic Oath?
A growing amount of my time is being spent countering Silicon Valley spin:
Aral Balkan argues that an ethics code like that drafted this week could actually worsen societal harms caused by technology. He fears it will be used by corporations as a signal of virtue, while they continue business as usual. “What we should be exploring is how we can stop this mass farming of human data for profit…” https://mastodon.ar.al/media/NnSLeFSy5jMqkqv3lrE
many kurdish accounts on #twitter get suspended. Twitter is by that supporting fascism in this very crucial situation
You can help with:
- giving more visability to this issue through joining a twitter storm
- presenting an alternative
This would bring a benefit to the kurdish struggle and be on the same supportive for the fediverse
If you'd be into joining a twitterstorm pls boost this post (follow for updates)
Time and # announced if enough interest is there. suggestions welcome
@djoerd And lets Microsoft track you: https://ecosia.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/206019452-How-does-Ecosia-make-money-