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“NetHood is about bridging the digital with the physical space; sharing ideas and experiences, affirming differences; building together local solutions for local needs, including: DIY networking, social infrastructures, complementary currencies, cooperative housing, and community-supported agriculture.”

(Projects include,, …)

“If 90% of what’s in your fridge comes from your garden, to the blockchain, your fridge is empty. Technology comes with cultural assumptions.” – @how

Hacking EU funding to benefit non-bullshit decentralisation projects

What @how is working on is very important. A means to make at least some of the EU Commission funding around “Next Generation Internet” available for non-bullshit decentralisation projects focused on preserving human rights.

@Gargron If you can, tune in to

The topic might sound uninteresting to you, but you'll see how it articulates with Mastodon.

I walk into a talk on HTML5 video. Look up the speaker’s company. In their privacy policy, they state that they share personal data for advertising, do not honour Do Not Track, etc. I think I was just confused about because they mention “free software” and “libré” alongside “open source”. The love affair with I’m seeing makes sense if they’re just an “open source” conference. So, my bad, it’s just not what I thought it was based on how it brands itself.

“cornerstone sponsor” is people farmer and titan of , Google.

Their business model is to track you on their own services and devices, across the web, and beyond and then use this intimate insight into you, your family, and your loved ones to manipulate your behaviour for profit.

Can someone remind me what principles stands for again? Maybe Greenpeace is missing a trick by not having Exxon Mobil as a sponsor.

The last episode of the four-part The Guardian podcast I took part in titled “Digital dystopia: taking back control” is now out.

Listen online at:

“In a new project, the RSA and DeepMind are creating space for citizens to consider trade-offs in the use of AI” (

Here’s the letter I sent the RSA, both as a fellow and as someone who has presented an RSA talk on the subject, on how their partnership with Google/DeepMind/Alphabet, Inc. and this framing legitimises the false dichotomy at the heart of that there is a necessary tradeoff between modern technology and .

I want to make one thing very clear regarding

A conference on freedom-and-human-rights-respecting technology should not have a titan of like Google as sponsor. The good people in our community shouldn’t have to choose between having a platform to meet up at and having their legitimacy usurped by association to whitewash such companies. I’m attending under protest to meet and chat to some lovely members of the community.

Google doesn’t belong there.

"if we want a more #diverse, #open, #decentralised internet, #developers are going to have to wave goodbye to the idea of huge #platforms that will supposedly make them rich" @aral

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

Today, in The Guardian:

“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.”

Let’s call shadow banning what it really is: algorithmic gaslighting.

I’m so bloody impressed with Nuxt/Vue

I mean, I loved my own framework, Set (, but Vue takes the same approach and hits it out of the stratosphere with reactivity and a stellar community, etc. :) Time to retire Set and point people to Vue/Nuxt.

(These ~41 lines – ~30 without spacing/debug info, render my public Mastodon timeline:

“A quick, tiny editor just for writing git commit messages,” did you say?

Well, yes, sure, there’s an app for that :)

No, please, tell me again how unbearably difficult it is to make anything because there are so many libraries and frameworks to choose from these days ;)

HT @cypnk (

"Programmer standing beside punched cards" (1955)

Via the Computer History Museum:

"This stack of 62,500 punched cards — 5 MB worth — held the control program for the giant SAGE military computer network."

Thanks to the #FDroid community, Fairphone is now the first phone manufacturer that offers a phone and an operating system that supports auto-updating of your open-source apps.

Read the blog here:

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