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Today we're kicking off the #GNU Assembly!


This is a new umbrella for GNU people seeking transparent decision-making and built around consensus. It's the result of a decade of struggle to make #GNU inclusive, transparent, and community-driven.

#GNU contributors: consider joining!

#FreeSoftware activists: help us spread the word!

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I've just been watching a video of an Open Tech Will Save Us meetup from June 2020, where @rabble from Planetary.social explains that the SSB (Secure Scuttlebutt) protocol had already been reimplemented in a bunch of languages, well beyond the original Node.js prototype. The Planetary implemention uses Go:

#Scuttlebutt #SSB #PlanetarySocial #Go #OpenTechWillSaveUs

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Grassroots nature and #decentralization are key success factors of #fediverse .. but they also come with weaknesses.

Fedi is still a brittle flower, and the #activitypub techbase it stands on is developed ad-hoc. Fragmented across projects & groups we create custom app extensions. #interoperability is on case-by-case basis, with few deep integrations across different app domains.

We must foster more cooperation, inclusive and growing community, advocacy at #SocialHub so we can go next-level.

ForgeFed is an upcoming for enabling between version control services. It’s built as an extension to the protocol, allowing users of any ForgeFed-compliant service to interact with the repositories hosted on other instances.

is looking for contributors to their roadmap items, for which you'll receive funding (thanks to )




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OpenPush - A Free, #Decentralized Push Messaging Framework for #Android

"Push messages are an essential part of connected mobile devices. They are also one of the critical missing pieces in the #opensource Android ecosystem. Until now, free Android apps would either need to implement their own push notification system, do without any push messaging or use the proprietary Google Cloud Messaging service."


Some time ago there was talk of bringing engine to in the form of "Project Detroit".

Can't find good resources on how that was followed up. Anyone?

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@rapnie that "European Parliament" Q&A is written by Axl Voss, in his position as chair of the JURI committee. His claim to speak on behalf of all MEPS (and all JURI) is one reason why this has got so out of control. Julia Reda is on the same commitee, and has v. different ideas. The CULT committee also disagreed.

Here's an article by a watchdog oeg, explaining who lobbied for what: corporateeurope.org/power-lobb

Wow, this is a good article! What a mess. Thank you for posting.

Interesting and opposite take to directive Article13 criticism of and in MusicTechPolicy blog:

"Europarliament explains Article 13 and Google's fake "Lobbying"

Mentions Orwell: "War is Piece, Freedom is Slavery, Copyright is Censorship"

Who is right, who is wrong??


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Thank you, thank you, thank you @aral for writing this:


#Google #Facebook #Apple #Amazon are such benevolent do-gooders for us all. #SurveillanceCapitalism is a ruse. It had to be said, and we can't thank #FAANG enough for the great stuff they do for #humanity /s

Let's thank them on #HackerNews before the entry leaves the front page:


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RT @humane_tech_now@twitter.com

Let's all thank #FAANG for their continued benevolence towards #Humanity ... #Facebook #Google we were all wrong criticizing you for perceived malpractices, you do-gooders. #SurveillanceCapitalism meh, we'll continue to be your faithful users /s



@aral thank you for making Humane Tech Community see we were on the wrong path!

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Testing out dat:// and the Beaker browser. I was suprised how easy it is to publish an existing static website to dat. Here's my blog, for example: dat://a3014080859dbb7130fa30b4f676b5360153d565e0d052d1c4556d7e6f614a31/

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Hey folks, if you’re still on birdsite, please help me boost this tweet:


Let’s get some more folks on Mastodon and the fediverse while also raising awareness about surveillance capitalism.

Thanks in advance :)


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I've got a solution to the recycling problem. Pass a law that says that every company has to accept back any products they provide, when they reach end-of-life. So, for example, retailers would have to accept packaging waste back from customers, and the wholesaler that sold them the product would have to accept it back from them. Internalizing the cost of dealing with waste would motivate companies to make less disposable stuff, and find ways to make it easier to recycle:

It always surprises me how few public discussions on man-made delve into actual ..

Usually goes no further than "because we / / the planet".


Many small steps will lead to something good. Some time ago OSS wasn't a real thing, now it is the leading thing. I am sure that in hardware we'll see similar things. Sure, it is frustratingly slow, but there is also a bit of 'network effect' in it, a threshold to pass.

Sorry for late response.. just reading this now. looks very cool. Wasn't aware of it.

I am a big fan of and found the DW issue for it:


Really interesting :)


> getting rid of surveillance capitalism is all well and good but that doesn't inherently get rid of regular capitalism, which is where most of my problems come from right now.

On this I very much agree!

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