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There is an Activity Pub Plugin for GNU Social. 🎊

Does somebody has some experience with it? Maybe a tutorial how to upgrade from a former GNUSocial instance?

#Federation #Fediverse #GNUSocial #Activitypub
 
I don't trust anyone with less than 5 accounts on different #Federation instances.
 

Trans Powerlifter Stripped Of Titles In Women’s Championships

The ride in #ClownWorld never ends: #Weightlifting #Federation says "Yeah, she's female, but still a man. Sooooooo…"





This is the latest in our apparently #endless #series of stories covering the #destruction of #competitive #women’s #sports by the introduction of “transgender women” into the events. This time we’re back to the #sport of #weightlifting. A #transgender powerlifter named #MaryGregory recently “dominated” the field at a #Powerlifting Federation competition last month, smashing four #world-records for that #weight class in the process. This had the actual #women competing in the event understandably #upset and #protests were lodged. But after an #investigation was conducted, the federation chairman posted an announcement saying that the record lifts were being taken off the books. (Pink News)
100% Raw Powerlifting Federation president Paul Bossi said the group has stripped Gregory of her wins because he believes she is male.

“It was revealed that this female lifter was actually a male in the process of becoming a Transgender female,” Bossi said in the statement.

“Our rules, and the basis of separating genders for competition, are based on physiological classification rather than identification.

“On the basis of all information presented to the Board of Directors for this particular case, the conclusion made, is that the correct physiological classification is male.”
The #federation is clearly trying to #tiptoe their way around the subject here to avoid #backlash from the #SocialJusticeWarriors and their #allies in the #media. They’re taking great pains to insist that Gregory is a #woman if he wishes to #identify that way, but the federation’s #rules are not based on #gender #identity, but rather #biological #sex. And even though Gregory was taking #estrogen and #testosterone blockers for eleven months, that didn’t make him biologically female…

#NotTheOnion #rofl #humor #fun #lol #clown #world #HonkHonk
 
Part of the #Federation idea is also #decentralisation, which means that it would be best not to use always the large instances e.g. for #Mastodon, but also smaller ones.
Here’s an invite code:
 
Hello!

Είπα να δώσω πρόσφατα μια ευκαιρία στο ελεύθερο κοινωνικό δίκτυο Mastodon και οφείλω να πω ότι εντυπωσιάστηκα.

Οπότε, μπορείτε να με βρείτε πλέον κι εκεί, όσοι θέλετε! ;)

-> https://libretooth.gr/@koulaxizis
#mastodon #toot #twitter #tweet #alternative #social #network #freedom #libretooth #libreops #federation #fediverse #greece
 

Fediverse Staffel 1 – Status-Update (Text)


Nach einer etwas längeren Zeit haben sich im Fediverse ein paar Sachen, soweit mir bekannt, getan, so dass ein kleines Update ganz informativ sein könnte. [...]

https://besser.demkontinuum.de/2019/04/fediverse-staffel-1-status-update-text/
#Fediverse #Federation #Podcast #Blog #Update
 
Livestreaming !
Eliot Berriot - 2019-04-18 12:34:08 GMT
We did it!
Bild/Foto
#Funkwhale #Fediverse #Federation
 
Check out what’s on PeerTube’s 2019 Roadmap
The PeerTube project has made some huge strides since its initial inception in 2018, ramping up from a 0.0.1 Alpha release last January to a 1.0 stable release in December, the project has been great at managing its roadmap, and has updated it to reflect their 2019 plans. Here’s our takeaway of some of the more impressive features coming in.

https://wedistribute.org/2019/04/check-out-whats-on-peertubes-2019-roadmap/
#Fediverse #Federation #Peertube #Streaming
 
New release 2.6.0 is out!

Check it out https://test.podupti.me will move to production in a few days.

Some updates to the stats page, support for more pods and protocols

Source Code: https://dia.so/3gT
#poduptime #diaspora #federation
 
New release 2.6.0 is out!

Check it out https://test.podupti.me will move to production in a few days.

Some updates to the stats page, support for more pods and protocols

Source Code: https://dia.so/3gT
#poduptime #diaspora #federation
 
It does prove the usefulness of #federation that through all the #Matrix outage, my account was not affected at all. Most of the people I chat to are on other servers than the one affected.

Federate ❤
 

What I dislike about the federation

I have been noticing since a while there is a very impolite attitude among many people who use the federated networks, the lacking of desire to build a community that include all the other ones from all the different countries and languages.

Many times I see posts that starting in English which is the most common ground to communicate among the others that end filled up in any others languages than English, along the fact that is unkindly and annoying, it goes in the opposite way of the inclusion which should be the reason why a social network exists.

It is true that Mastodon resolved it brilliantly but in Diaspora and Friendica you can't exclude topics because the language that means is up to the users take the task to avoid cross languages in any topic.

However I see there isn't any desire to avoid that behavior and people are quite careless about that, hence I think I will start to ignore all the people that do not respect this very simple, unwritten and basic rule.

#languages #diaspora #friendica #fediverse #federation #people #respect #inclusion

Pourquoi les logiciels financés par l’impôt ne sont pas publiés sous Licence Libre ?


**https://publiccode.eu/fr/**

#logiciel #logiciellibre #framasoft #federation #decentralisation #libre
 

When the Inmates Run the Asylum!


I posted this everywhere and hope you'll read the full thing on Medium. If you're logged in on Medium you can clap, once or up top 50 times. Did you know that? If you don't like it, you'll have to come back here and tell me. And if there are details to correct, please do let me know.

This article tries to explain the difference between just another silo like MeWe and countless other attempts
https://medium.com/@randulo/federation-the-inmates-are-running-the-asylum-4b9a5ef49c13?sk=a3b4ee674beacda452ccb62d81d4dba3

#diaspora #social #fediverse #federation #silos
 

When the Inmates Run the Asylum!


I posted this everywhere and hope you'll read the full thing on Medium. If you're logged in on Medium you can clap, once or up top 50 times. Did you know that? If you don't like it, you'll have to come back here and tell me. And if there are details to correct, please do let me know.

This article tries to explain the difference between just another silo like MeWe and countless other attempts
https://medium.com/@randulo/federation-the-inmates-are-running-the-asylum-4b9a5ef49c13?sk=a3b4ee674beacda452ccb62d81d4dba3

#diaspora #social #fediverse #federation #silos
 

To All Who are #NewHere

Welcome!


Besides all the other very helpful stuff that people post here about the #Federation and the #Fediverse, we still see a lot of new people appear, post their #newhere message, and then we never see them again. To help with that, I wanted to offer this little bit of information.
Diaspora takes time to become what you want it it to be.

This is because #Diaspora will not suggest “people you may know” or “stuff you might be interested in.” There’s no data-mining or tracking or spying on you to find out what to “suggest” to you. You build your own here, and that takes a little more time. It’s well worth the investment, but things will get off to a slow start at first. So I suggest the following:

Follow #hashtags that you’re interested in. You’ll find some really great stuff written by people who share that interest. Read the comments on those posts, and you’ll find even more people who write great stuff on the subject.

Follow people instead of just hashtags. Those people you find who write really good stuff, you can share with (add to your Aspects). I create new Aspect Categories according to some of the hashtags I follow. You can also ignore people who write stupid stuff, or who just fill your Stream with spam posts.

Make an imaginative profile that makes people want to share with you. Besides just listing your interests, you can include things you have contributed to the world. Even if it’s just “Little League outfielder” or “I talk too much in class” or “I have an awesome recipe for peach cobbler.”

Invest a little time in making Diaspora your own. It doesn’t really work on “auto-pilot.” It’s well worth the time!

 
Interview with @GetTogether - Open source free speech replacement for Meetup -
(AskNoah)
#asknoahshow #gettogether #opensource #federation
 
Eine Webseite, die die Uptime und weitere Infos filterbar eines Fediverse Servers (Knotens, Hub, Pod, usw) anzeigt.

https://podupti.me/

Es gibt auch eine Karte https://podupti.me/map und eine mehr oder eher minder aussagekräftige Statistik https://podupti.me/stats

#Fediverse #Federation #Friendica #Hubzilla #Diaspora #Pleroma #Mastodon
 
Eugen, the creator of Mastodon and admin of the biggest Mastodon server, mastodon.social, talks about the challenges new users might face when they want to register a Mastodon account. In fact these problems aren't limited to Mastodon.

Every user planning to create an account somewhere in the #Fediverse has to make several decisions first:

1. Which platform?

Do I want to settle on #Mastodon, #Diaspora, #Friendica, #Hubzilla, #Pleroma, #Socialhome or one of the more specialised choices? Given that most of these platforms differ in features, chances are high that I can make a choice based on technical facts. Maybe I already know some accounts I want to follow, which might narrow down the list of choices since not all networks are connected (most notably Mastodon and Diaspory can't see each other, so I can either use the one I need or one of the multi-protocol platforms). Even if I can't decide yet, I'll just register one account for every platform.

2. Which server?

Now this might be the harder question. Let's assume I picked a platform and now want to register my account. Which server should I chose and why? For some platforms there are servers that are specialised on single topics, so if, for example, I am an English speaking Open Source evangelist and want to use Mastodon, there is a server that is just right for me.

But what If I have several main interests? There is no special community for people who like knitting and fishing. Or, more likely, what if I can't even decide on my interests right now? See, I'm interested in many things, nothing special though, just want to talk about things. Where should I register?

Of course there are many servers in every network that aren't limited to any set of topics. So I'll just choose the one that most other people already chose, right?

Well, nearly. And that's exactly Eugen's problem here. As a user, you want to use a server that

- is well maintained and is here to stay.
- has some more users so its public timeline isn't empty.

But from a technical view it would be great if users would spread equally over all servers. So I'll just choose the one that has the least users, right?

Well, nearly. Maybe a compromise is the way to go. It could look like this:

- Look for a server with more than one user.
- See if it exists for more than, say, three months.
- Look up the admins, see what they post, ask yourself if you like them.
- Have a look at the server's public timeline.

These tools might help answering a newcomer's questions:

- https://the-federation.info/
- https://fediverse.party/
- https://podupti.me/

But the main question stays: how do you explain this to a passer-by who just wants to quickly create a Fediverse account? Could a landing page featuring a "I'm feeling lucky" button that will automatically pick a random server help?
Eugen - 2019-03-20 22:00:40 GMT
The role of mastodon.social in the Mastodon ecosystem

https://blog.joinmastodon.org/2019/03/the-role-of-mastodon.social-in-the-mastodon-ecosystem/
#decentralised #decentralized #distributed #federation #pod #node #server
 
NoteIn: Federated Note Sharing - https://github.com/notein/NoteIn

> NoteIn enables federated note-taking and sharing. Federation is done using the ActivityPub protocol, which is used by Mastodon, PeerTube, and more. Through ActivityPub NoteIn can interact with these platforms, as well as other instances of NoteIn.

#Note #Sharing #federation #ActivityPub #NoteIn
 

Which server should an new #Fediverse user choose?

Eugen, the creator of Mastodon and admin of the biggest Mastodon server, mastodon.social, talks about the challenges new users might face when they want to register a Mastodon account. In fact these problems aren't limited to Mastodon.

Every user planning to create an account somewhere in the #Fediverse has to make several decisions first:

1. Which platform?

Do I want to settle on #Mastodon, #Diaspora, #Friendica, #Hubzilla, #Pleroma, #Socialhome or one of the more specialised choices? Given that most of these platforms differ in features, chances are high that I can make a choice based on technical facts. Maybe I already know some accounts I want to follow, which might narrow down the list of choices since not all networks are connected (most notably Mastodon and Diaspory can't see each other, so I can either use the one I need or one of the multi-protocol platforms). Even if I can't decide yet, I'll just register one account for every platform.

2. Which server?

Now this might be the harder question. Let's assume I picked a platform and now want to register my account. Which server should I chose and why? For some platforms there are servers that are specialised on single topics, so if, for example, I am an English speaking Open Source evangelist and want to use Mastodon, there is a server that is just right for me.

But what If I have several main interests? There is no special community for people who like knitting and fishing. Or, more likely, what if I can't even decide on my interests right now? See, I'm interested in many things, nothing special though, just want to talk about things. Where should I register?

Of course there are many servers in every network that aren't limited to any set of topics. So I'll just choose the one that most other people already chose, right?

Well, nearly. And that's exactly Eugen's problem here. As a user, you want to use a server that

- is well maintained and is here to stay.
- has some more users so its public timeline isn't empty.

But from a technical view it would be great if users would spread equally over all servers. So I'll just choose the one that has the least users, right?

Well, nearly. Maybe a compromise is the way to go. It could look like this:

- Look for a server with more than one user.
- See if it exists for more than, say, three months.
- Look up the admins, see what they post, ask yourself if you like them.
- Have a look at the server's public timeline.

These tools might help answering a newcomer's questions:

- https://the-federation.info/
- https://fediverse.party/
- https://podupti.me/

But the main question stays: how do you explain this to a passer-by who just wants to quickly create a Fediverse account? Could a landing page featuring a "I'm feeling lucky" button that will automatically pick a random server help?



#decentralised #decentralized #distributed #federation #pod #node #server
 
Neue Friendica Version 2019.03 “Dalmatian Bellflower” erschienen- Wichtig! Die Mindestanforderungen zur Installation wurden auf PHP 7.1+, MySQL 5.6+ gehoben
- Speicherung von Fotos und Anhängen im Dateisystem
- ActivityPub für Friendica Foren
- Geschwindigkeit der Hintergrundprozesse drastisch erhöht
- Item Delivery Indicator

https://hyperblog.de/hoergen/2019/03/23/neue-friendica-version-2019-03
#Friendica #WeAreFamily #Fediverse #Federation #DecentralizeIT #Project #SocialNetwork
 
@Ulf Rompe

With #nomadicIdentity choosing a server is not a nightmare anymore!

Bild/FotoUlf Rompe wrote the following post Thu, 21 Mar 2019 12:38:59 +0300

Which server should an new user choose?


Eugen, the creator of Mastodon and admin of the biggest Mastodon server, mastodon.social, talks about the challenges new users might face when they want to register a Mastodon account. In fact these problems aren't limited to Mastodon.

Every user planning to create an account somewhere in the #Fediverse has to make several decisions first:

1. Which platform?

Do I want to settle on #Mastodon, #Diaspora, #Friendica, #Hubzilla, #Pleroma, #Socialhome or one of the more specialised choices? Given that most of these platforms differ in features, chances are high that I can make a choice based on technical facts. Maybe I already know some accounts I want to follow, which might narrow down the list of choices since not all networks are connected (most notably Mastodon and Diaspory can't see each other, so I can either use the one I need or one of the multi-protocol platforms). Even if I can't decide yet, I'll just register one account for every platform.

2. Which server?

Now this might be the harder question. Let's assume I picked a platform and now want to register my account. Which server should I chose and why? For some platforms there are servers that are specialised on single topics, so if, for example, I am an English speaking Open Source evangelist and want to use Mastodon, there is a server that is just right for me.

But what If I have several main interests? There is no special community for people who like knitting and fishing. Or, more likely, what if I can't even decide on my interests right now? See, I'm interested in many things, nothing special though, just want to talk about things. Where should I register?

Of course there are many servers in every network that aren't limited to any set of topics. So I'll just choose the one that most other people already chose, right?

Well, nearly. And that's exactly Eugen's problem here. As a user, you want to use a server that
  • is well maintained and is here to stay.
  • has some more users so its public timeline isn't empty.
But from a technical view it would be great if users would spread equally over all servers. So I'll just choose the one that has the least users, right?

Well, nearly. Maybe a compromise is the way to go. It could look like this:
  • Look for a server with more than one user.
  • See if it exists for more than, say, three months.
  • Look up the admins, see what they post, ask yourself if you like them.
  • Have a look at the server's public timeline.
These tools might help answering a newcomer's questions:
  • https://the-federation.info/
  • https://fediverse.party/
  • https://podupti.me/
But the main question stays: how do you explain this to a passer-by who just wants to quickly create a Fediverse account? Could a landing page featuring a "I'm feeling lucky" button that will automatically pick a random server help?- - - - - -

Eugen - 2019-03-20 22:00:40 GMT
The role of mastodon.social in the Mastodon ecosystem

https://blog.joinmastodon.org/2019/03/the-role-of-mastodon.social-in-the-mastodon-ecosystem/
#decentralised #decentralized #distributed #federation #pod #node #server
 
Pas de #fédération, rien du tout à cette heure?
Personne ici?
Dernière publication visible date de 4 heures....
Habituellement, j'ai plusieurs publications/commentaires ou j'aime Mais pas en ce moment..

#Podmins, we've got #problems! No #federation 😉
Nobody at home?
Last publication was 4 hours ago......
Usually, I have several publications/comments or like. But not at this time...
 
> This is an answer to the blog post ActivityPub – one protocol to rule them all? of Dennis Schubert. Dennis was asked if Diaspora would implement ActivityPub, this blog post was his answer.

https://feneas.org/activitypub-well-its-not-that-bad/

#activitypub #diaspora #federation
 

#DiasporaRebelAlliance 💪


I managed to get our friend @cσυηт hσOρυƖα un blocked from #Pluspora. Thanks again @Di Cleverly for being reasonable about this.



Link to the thread: https://pluspora.com/posts/39ac9c202b2201370372005056264835


^(This thread might be gone soon, it was posted from a new Theaitetos account he made on Pluspora. If someone could point me to a good archiving web site we could use to preserve threads like this, I would appreciate it.)

#FreeSpeech #Censorship #ShadowBanning #Gplusrefugee #Federation #Confederation #FC #FreedomClub #WildDiaspora
 
Bild/Fotoalysonsee (Fca) wrote the following post Tue, 12 Mar 2019 05:20:53 +0100

For those who are #newhere from other social networks, here’s a bit of handy vocabulary to help you navigate this new social network universe:
  • Protocol - An agreed format that enables software applications to communicate with (or “federate” with) each other. The two most heavily used protocols around here are Diaspora and ActivityPub. As an end user, you don’t have to care about the protocol you are using and you don’t ever see the “protocol” other than it enables or limits which users you can see.
  • Platform - The software application that implements a protocol(s) for federating. The Diaspora platform implements the eponymously named Diaspora protocol. Mastodon, for example, implements the ActivityPub protocol. Friendica implements both the Diaspora and the ActivityPub protocols.
  • Pod - The server(s) running a particular platform (software application). Also known as an “instance” or a “node”. For example, pluspora.com is one of the many pods running the Diaspora platform; mastodon.social is one of the many pods running the Mastodon platform; and libranet.de is one of the many pods running the Friendica platform.
  • The Federation - The collective of pods running platforms that implement the Diaspora protocol. This includes all pods running Diaspora (the software application), Hubzilla, Friendica, or Socialhome. The users on *any* of these pods can connect to and interact with each other.
  • The Fediverse - The collective of pods running platforms that implement the ActivityPub (and OStatus) protocols. This includes all pods running Mastodon, Pixelfed, Hubzilla, Friendica, Socialhome, or many, many others. The users on *any* of these pods can connect to and interact with each other.
  • The Free Network - The collective of pods in The Federation and The Fediverse, combined.
Hope that helps and doesn’t make this seem more complicated than it actually is. The main difference from other social networks is that no single entity owns and runs a platform. On G+ or Facebook, you are locked into that platform/company to talk to other users. In the Free Network, one set of volunteers writes the software and puts it out there for free, and another set of volunteers downloads the software and runs it on their servers and invites us to have user accounts for free. (But you should definitely donate to help them with the costs, if you can.) If we, as users, decide we aren’t happy with our current experience, we can change platforms or pods and still keep all of our friends/connections. On Facebook, G+, Twitter, and the like, you are locked in; and if you want leave, you go cold turkey.

Glad you joined us here in the land of choice.

#diaspora #federation #friendica #hubzilla #gplusrefugees #pluspora
 

Von der Individualisierung über die Schwarmintelligenz zur Schwarmdummheit


Wenn man zur Griesgrämigkeit neigt, könnte man fragen, warum man den 30. Geburtstag dieses World Wide Webs eigentlich groß feiern soll, bei so vielen negativen Folgen, wie es mittlerweile hat. Aber man muss ja nicht zur Griesgrämigkeit neigen.

In den 90ern wurde das Web zunächst vor allem gefeiert als Triumph über zentral gesteuerte Broadcasting-Medien. Kommunikation zwischen Menschen auf Augenhöhe, so glaubte man in Web-Evangelistenkreisen (zu denen ich ebenfalls gehörte), würde auch gesellschaftliche Folgen haben - Zerfall alter Autoritäten und Machtstrukturen, Ersetzung von Topdown-Strukturen in Wirtschaft und Politik durch neue Bottomup-Strukturen, und Aufweichung festgefahrener Weltbilder aufgrund von diffuserem Meinungs-Input.

Zwar trat einiges davon tatsächlich in gewissem Umfang ein. Doch längst nicht in dem Umfang wie erhöfft. Stattdessen entwickelte sich im Web in den Nuller Jahren ein neues Phänomen, das wir anfangs nicht so auf dem Schirm hatten. Je mehr Menschen ins Netz strömten, desto stärker wurde das Phänomen der Schwärme. Ähnlich wie Fischschwärme neigten Menschen im Web dazu, sich gemeinsam in die gleiche Richtung zu bewegen, am gleichen Haus zu bauen, gleiche Gewohnheiten anzunehmen, und sich auf den gleichen Plattformen zu tummeln. Nur so konnte die Wikipedia entstehen, und nur so konnten Twitter und Facebook so erfolgreich werden. Die Web-Evengelisten dieser Zeit schufen dafür einen neuen Begeisterungs-Begriff: #Schwarmintelligenz.

In den letzten Jahren zeigte sich jedoch immer deutlicher, dass die Schwärme nicht immer "auf der Seite des Guten" standen. Konnte man das schwarmintelligente Zusammentragen von geklauten Textpassagen in der Doktorarbeit des Freiherrn von Guttenberg noch als Arbeit im Dienste der Wahrheit erklären, kippte die Sache spätestens, als immer mehr Fälle von gemeinsam organisiertem Mobbing, Hassreden, Wahlkampfbetrug und dergleichen mehr bekannt wurden. Als auch noch die letzten großen Massen der breiten Bevölkerung ins Web schwappte, so könnte man behaupten, begann dort das Regiment der #Schwarmdummheit.

Aber andererseits gibt es ja auch Orte wie diese hier. Für mich stehen gerade die Begriffe #Fediverse und #Federation für die erhoffte Zukunft des Web. Immerhin sind es ja nur noch etwas über 80 Jahre bis zur "Vereinten Föderation der Planeten" Bild/Foto
 
For those who are #newhere from other social networks, here’s a bit of handy vocabulary to help you navigate this new social network universe:

- Protocol - An agreed format that enables software applications to communicate with (or “federate” with) each other. The two most heavily used protocols around here are Diaspora and ActivityPub. As an end user, you don’t have to care about the protocol you are using and you don’t ever see the “protocol” other than it enables or limits which users you can see.

- Platform - The software application that implements a protocol(s) for federating. The Diaspora platform implements the eponymously named Diaspora protocol. Mastodon, for example, implements the ActivityPub protocol. Friendica implements both the Diaspora and the ActivityPub protocols.

- Pod - The server(s) running a particular platform (software application). Also known as an “instance” or a “node”. For example, pluspora.com is one of the many pods running the Diaspora platform; mastodon.social is one of the many pods running the Mastodon platform; and libranet.de is one of the many pods running the Friendica platform.

- The Federation - The collective of pods running platforms that implement the Diaspora protocol. This includes all pods running Diaspora (the software application), Hubzilla, Friendica, or Socialhome. The users on *any* of these pods can connect to and interact with each other.

- The Fediverse - The collective of pods running platforms that implement the ActivityPub (and OStatus) protocols. This includes all pods running Mastodon, Pixelfed, Hubzilla, Friendica, Socialhome, or many, many others. The users on *any* of these pods can connect to and interact with each other.

- The Free Network - The collective of pods in The Federation and The Fediverse, combined.

Hope that helps and doesn’t make this seem more complicated than it actually is. The main difference from other social networks is that no single entity owns and runs a platform. On G+ or Facebook, you are locked into that platform/company to talk to other users. In the Free Network, one set of volunteers writes the software and puts it out there for free, and another set of volunteers downloads the software and runs it on their servers and invites us to have user accounts for free. (But you should definitely donate to help them with the costs, if you can.) If we, as users, decide we aren’t happy with our current experience, we can change platforms or pods and still keep all of our friends/connections. On Facebook, G+, Twitter, and the like, you are locked in; and if you want leave, you go cold turkey.

Glad you joined us here in the land of choice.

#diaspora #federation #friendica #hubzilla #gplusrefugees #pluspora
 
For those who are #newhere from other social networks, here’s a bit of handy vocabulary to help you navigate this new social network universe:

- Protocol - An agreed format that enables software applications to communicate with (or “federate” with) each other. The two most heavily used protocols around here are Diaspora and ActivityPub. As an end user, you don’t have to care about the protocol you are using and you don’t ever see the “protocol” other than it enables or limits which users you can see.

- Platform - The software application that implements a protocol(s) for federating. The Diaspora platform implements the eponymously named Diaspora protocol. Mastodon, for example, implements the ActivityPub protocol. Friendica implements both the Diaspora and the ActivityPub protocols.

- Pod - The server(s) running a particular platform (software application). Also known as an “instance” or a “node”. For example, pluspora.com is one of the many pods running the Diaspora platform; mastodon.social is one of the many pods running the Mastodon platform; and libranet.de is one of the many pods running the Friendica platform.

- The Federation - The collective of pods running platforms that implement the Diaspora protocol. This includes all pods running Diaspora (the software application), Hubzilla, Friendica, or Socialhome. The users on *any* of these pods can connect to and interact with each other.

- The Fediverse - The collective of pods running platforms that implement the ActivityPub (and OStatus) protocols. This includes all pods running Mastodon, Pixelfed, Hubzilla, Friendica, Socialhome, or many, many others. The users on *any* of these pods can connect to and interact with each other.

- The Free Network - The collective of pods in The Federation and The Fediverse, combined.

Hope that helps and doesn’t make this seem more complicated than it actually is. The main difference from other social networks is that no single entity owns and runs a platform. On G+ or Facebook, you are locked into that platform/company to talk to other users. In the Free Network, one set of volunteers writes the software and puts it out there for free, and another set of volunteers downloads the software and runs it on their servers and invites us to have user accounts for free. (But you should definitely donate to help them with the costs, if you can.) If we, as users, decide we aren’t happy with our current experience, we can change platforms or pods and still keep all of our friends/connections. On Facebook, G+, Twitter, and the like, you are locked in; and if you want leave, you go cold turkey.

Glad you joined us here in the land of choice.

#diaspora #federation #friendica #hubzilla #gplusrefugees #pluspora
#signal #messenger #privacy #encryption #federation #libresignal #google #playstore #fdroid #openwhisper
 

Member portal and other updates

Things are rolling along here in Feneas land. This post is a small update on various things going on.

* New members portal for applying for membership and maintaining membership data
* Chat room reminder + own hosted Riot
* Annual general winter meeting report

https://feneas.org/member-portal-and-other-updates/

#feneas #federation #fediverse #thefederation #federatedweb
 
minkorrekt 4 fediverse
ihr wisst, dass dieser account hier ein Bot ist, der Nachrichten spiegelt.
Minkorrekt selbst hat keinen Account im Fediversum. In den Kommentaren zur aktuellen Folge wird dies angesprochen ( http://minkorrekt.de/minkorrekt-folge-138-muffinbohrer/ ).
Wenn ihr möchtet, dass Minkorrekt "offiziell" ins Fediversum kommt, dann schreibt den beiden doch mal ne Mail. 😀

#minkorrekt #fediversum #federation
 

minkorrekt 4 fediverse


ihr wisst, dass dieser account hier ein Bot ist, der Nachrichten spiegelt.
Minkorrekt selbst hat keinen Account im Fediversum. In den Kommentaren zur aktuellen Folge wird dies angesprochen ( http://minkorrekt.de/minkorrekt-folge-138-muffinbohrer/ ).
Wenn ihr möchtet, dass Minkorrekt "offiziell" ins Fediversum kommt, dann schreibt den beiden doch mal ne Mail. 😀

#minkorrekt #fediversum #federation
 
Btw, Pythonistas. I'm in testing phase of delivery and receive for my #federation library for #ActivityPub support. After that it's mostly implementing objects and such.

Q: are there any well working JSON-LD libraries or shall I just go the way I initially was going to, ie "it's all JSON"? 😀

#python #json #jsonld
 

Which websites featured on the Federation have the worst privacy?


My last post highlighted how ticking the OEmbed box to add a website picture to a post can compromise Federation users if it contains a tracker.

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I also mentioned tools, like Disconnect, we could use to detect websites which track their users. In this post I reveal some of the most popular reference websites on the Federation with low privacy and high tracking rates.

I believe Federation users should consider not embedding, or at least warning their readers about the surveillance techniques carried out by these sites.

A Princeton University study identified almost a million websites that track their users. Here are just 5 examples of websites whose stories are commonly quoted on the Federation:

WIRED


Wired is a popular website referenced on the Federation by many users because it publishes great tech-based stories. But how private is it?
Although it offers an ‘ad-free’ version for subscribers, normal visitors are ruthlessly fleeced for their data.

WIRED has embed deals (agreements to embed tracking codes into their pages for money or gain) with a staggering 171 third parties including Google, Amazon, Facebook, Vogue, GQ, Golf Digest, Bonappetit and Vanity Fair.




Some tracking beacons embedded on WIRED and captured by Ublock Origin

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151 of these third parties are known tracking or advertising companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, Turn, Add This, Scorecard Research, Adobe, Twitter Analytics, Typekit, Criteo and Quantserve. Aggressive trackers like Google Tag Manager (GTM), Add This and Turn are present here.

Below is a screengrab of the many scripts NoScript has blocked from the WIRED website, the 33 scripts, gifs and beacons blocked by Ublock Origin and a couple by Disconnect.




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WIRED sets 25 short-term and 28 long-term cookies itself, while allowing its third party partners (including 69 tracking companies) to set 26 short-term and 133 long-term cookies.

It uses Google Analytics without the anonymization feature enabled, so user details are sent to Google servers.

All WIRED servers are based in the US so GDPR privacy rules can be ignored.

Websites loading this many scripts/cookies are usually blacklisted by most users, not least because they drain a device’s battery.

WIRED claims that subscribing with them will mean an ad free experience, but I find it hard to believe that a subscription to WIRED will suddenly load a clean page without a single tracker retrieving data. But then I am not a WIRED subscriber. Please comment if you are and have no trackers.

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FOSSPOST


Seen by some as a safe pro-privacy resource celebrating Free and Open Source Software, FOSSPOST lets its users down by digitally fingerprinting their devices and loading 19 trackers into a browser.

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FOSSPOST has embed deals with 27 third parties, making its embed renting in the ‘low’ category, including Google, Amazon, Creative Commons and WordPress.

13 of these are known tracking or advertising companies like Google, Amazon, Mailerlite, One Signal and the data-hungry caterpillar that is WordPress.

FOSSPOST sets 2 short-term and 2 long-term cookies itself while allowing its third party partners (including 3 tracking companies) to set 4 long-term cookies.

It uses Google Analytics without the anonymization feature so user details are sent to Google servers. All FOSSPOST servers are based in the US so GDPR privacy rules can be ignored.

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TECHCRUNCH


Acquired by Yahoo’s parent company, Oath (a company that includes AOL), under the Verizon umbrella, in 2010, this is a popular reference source for researchers and Federation users.

Historically, Yahoo deserves some kudos as they were one of the few big tech companies that objected to sharing their users’ details with the PRISM
spy program.

The Bush administration threatened them with $250k a day fines until they complied. Verizon bought them in 2017. Yahoo suffered the largest data breach in history in 2018.

The link to this NYT story is not embedded (consider blocking the GTM tracker on the site)

https://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/12/technology/documents-unsealed-in-yahoos-case-against-us-data-requests.html

TECHCRUNCH.com fingerprints the user’s device and dumps 2-7 Yahoo trackers in their browser, depending on the page loaded.

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TECHCRUNCH has embed deals with 27 third parties, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo and WordPress.
15 of these are known tracking or advertising companies like Google, Facebook, Yahoo, WordPress, Atwola, Typekit, AOL and Scorecard Research.

TECHCRUNCH sets 4 short-term and 5 long-term cookies itself while allowing its third party partners (including 4 tracking companies) to set 1 short-term and 7 long-term cookies.

It uses Google Analytics but interestingly enables the anonymization feature so some user details are not sent to Google servers.

All servers are based in the US so forget about GDPR privacy rules.

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THE REGISTER .co.uk


Although a great resource with well-written and groundbreaking stories, it isn’t as private as I’d hoped.

There is no obvious digital fingerprinting but it seems to have gathered more Google syndication in the last couple of years, (9 of its 16 embed deals are with the Big G). 12 known tracking or advertising companies like Google, Admedo and the Amp Project gather data.

THE REGISTER sets 3 short-term and 4 long-term cookies itself while allowing its third party partners (including 2 tracking companies) to set 7 long-term cookies.

It uses Google Analytics without enabling the anonymization feature so user details are sent to Google servers. Although THE REGISTER’s domain is in the UK, both its data and email servers are based in the US so GDPR privacy rules could be compromised here, though I am not a lawyer.

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The Guardian .com


I’ve been sitting on this for a few years now but it’s about time I blew the whistle.

I first noticed the Guardian newspaper’s website was digitally fingerprinting its users’ devices when they published an article on, um, Canvas Fingerprinting.

That page has been removed since, but they still continued doing it, long before Facebook, though not before Google.

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I’ve kept quiet about this surveillance because I admire the paper for its incredible journalism, especially exclusives like the Snowdon revelations, and its general championing of freedom issues across many sectors of society. But the hypocrisy has started to wear me down.

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Some tracking items & widgets embedded on Guardian .com and captured by Ublock Origin

The Guardian has embed deals with a privacy-sapping 142 third parties, including Google, Amazon, Bing, Twitter, and, despite being one of its main critics, Facebook. 132 of these third party partners are known tracking or advertising companies like Google, Amazon, Facebook, Turn, AddThis, Scorecard Research, Blue Kai, Twitter Analytics, Rubicon, Criteo and Quantserve.

Some of the most aggressive trackers like GTM, AddThis and Turn are present here.

The Guardian also sets 3 short-term and 5 long-term cookies itself, while allowing its third party partners (including 51 tracking companies) to set 10 short-term and 131 long-term cookies.

Yes, we NEED the Guardian’s continued existence, but castigating Facebook et al while allowing them to track its users doesn’t sit well with me.

The website uses Google Analytics but at least enables the anonymization feature, so some user details are not sent to Google servers.

Although The Guardian’s data servers are in Germany, their email servers are based in the US so GDPR privacy rules could be compromised here, though, again, I am not a lawyer.

In conclusion, I’ve given just 5 examples of popular sites Federation users quote in their posts.

I am NOT advocating a boycott of these sites but politely suggest we don’t OEmbed them, just feature a hyperlink and give readers the heads-up about these privacy concerns.

Alternatively, look for other sources featuring the same story. It’s also worth highlighting which websites do NOT add a tracker when we OEmbed a story, or have a low level of surveillance. Please promote those guys.

#news #fakenews #journalism #FreePress #PressFreedom #theguardian
#privacy #tracking #trackers #facebook #social #mass-surveillance #gdpr #google #location #user #device #setup #private #secure #internet #tips #tricks #online #os #windows #apple #ios #advertising #ad #revenue #streams #developers #media #data #corporations #telemetry #consent #spyware #surveillancecapitalism #humanrights, #anonymity #cookies #surveillance #browser #proxy #relay #network #www #leaks #fingerprint #activity #activitytrackers #thefederation #pods #federation #fediverse #friendica #mastodon #pleroma #socialhome # #Gnusocial #Funkwhale #Peertube #pixelfed #hubzilla #Diaspora
 
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"The #Federation Fallacy"
(3 Mar 2019)

Throughout the free software community, an unbridled aura of justified mistrust fills the air: mistrust of large corporations, mistrust of governments, and of course, mistrust of proprietary software. Each mistrust is connected by a critical thread: centralisation.

link to article
https://rosenzweig.io/blog/the-federation-fallacy.html
link to comments @ LWN.net
https://lwn.net/Articles/781205/

#centralized #federated #protocol
#Computing #HostedSystems #MailServer #Gmail #WhatsApp #SiliconValley
#Mastodon (" #Fediverse ") vs #Twitter
#Privacy #Freedom
 

Acá tienen a uno que pretende hacer con los pods independientes lo mismo que hace EE.UU. con los países soberanos


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https://diaspora.com.ar/posts/2756123

Un tal canek (canek@share.naturalnews.com ) del pod share.naturalnews.com, se las da, al igual que EE.UU, de defensor de la "Libertad de expresión" y para eso no se le ocurre mejor idea que hacer una lista negra de lo que llama "Cuck pods" llamando a no registrarse en ellos. Para eso usa un falso criterio de "libertad de expresión" que básicamente consiste en decir y hacer cualquier cosa mientras los podmins mantienen una postura pasiva y permisiva, limitándose solo a la administración técnica del pod que corren.

Nuestro pod fue incluído en su lista negra con la siguiente leyenda que pasaré a responder a continuación. Otros pods incluídos en la lista son pod.disroot.org, diasp.org, nerdpol.ch, pod.geraspora.de. Muchos de los usuarios bloqueados en esos pods son trolls o fascistas cuyas cuentas fueron borradas.
http://diaspora.com.ar

Another cuck pod. This one acts as a national pod calling itself “Diaspora Argentina” yet deletes the accounts of nationalists and right-wingers without warning and has even been known to make public their personal information. (https://diaspora.com.ar/posts/846253) (https://diasp.org/posts/9153227)

El crimen que cometimos según ellos, ofendiendo su criterio de "libertad", es el de haber "borrado cuentas de nacionalistas derechistas (fascistas) sin aviso y haber hecho pública su información personal". Sin embargo, si bien borramos varias cuentas de fascistas, solo en un caso hicimos público su mail, por el carácter violento y pro-genocida de un usuario que era defensor de la dictadura militar argentina, que actuaba como troll y atacaba las publicaciones de personas y organizaciones que defendìan los Derechos Humanos. De hecho sí fue advertido pero continuó con su hostigamiento, no dándonos más remedio que actuar en su contra.
Estos cabeza hueca-liberales condenan con listas negras a quienes actuamos contra fascistas pero nada dicen de estos fascistas cuando atacan a nuestros usuarios y reivindican el asesinato y desaparición de personas.

Su idea de "libertad" parece no aplicarse cuando se trata de proteger a nuestros usuarios y nuestro pod. Es la idea más tonta de libertad :"Sos libre de publicar lo que quieras". No importa ahí la responsabilidad, ni si atacás a alguien, ni importa tampoco la "libertad" de los administradores de permitir o no conductas destructivas dentro del pod. Somos admins y por eso somos unos forros que no tenemos que existir, que no tenemos que "meter mano". Parece como si tuviéramos que ser castigados por tener servidores, por que no sea todo p2p en Internet. No tiene que importar nuestro criterio porque no deberíamos ni existir. Tenemos que dejar que todo fluya frente a nuestros ojos y que cualquiera haga lo que quiera mientras nosotros ponemos la infraestructura, el trabajo, pagamos la luz y mantenemos el server. Y mientras muchos usuarios descansan cómodamente sobre nuestro trabajo para después criticarnos, cuando podrían ellos mismos abrirse su propio pod.

Es que, como dice este tal Canek, "Nosotros nos llamamos a nosotros mismos Diaspora* Argentina". Claro. No es porque seamos el único pod del país, ni el primero. Es porque le robamos a los 40 millones de habitantes la posibilidad de abrirse su propio pod. Hasta el nombre nos critican...
Estoy seguro que a los pods que están llenos de pornografía y pedofilia no los critican ¡No vi ninguno en esa lista! y miren que está lleno de pods así en Diaspora. Esos no son "Cuck pods"...

Entonces, según la idea de estos personajes, si actuamos contra un defensor del genocidio, dejamos de ser un pod libre. ¡Qué idea lineal y estúpida de entender la libertad!
Sin embargo, como en todo grupo social, tenemos nuestras condiciones y "acuerdos de convivencia", no compatibles con lo que hizo aquel sujeto en nuestro pod. Aquella forma de operar por parte de un usuario (reivindicación del genocidio, ataque a usuarios, etc), como lo especifican nuestros tèrminos de uso, es contrario al acuerdo que él suscribió y por ende, lo hace perder los derechos que de él se desprenden, así como habilita a los podmins a tomar acciones en su contra.
Esto está contemplado en los puntos 4 y 7 de nuestros términos de uso:

"4) (...) En Diaspora* Argentina consideramos al respeto y la camaradería como valores fundamentales a la hora de llevar adelante un debate. Por lo cual no estarán permitidos los usuarios troll, ni las publicaciones o comentarios que apunten a molestar, ofender o difamar a otros usuarios sin ningún tipo de motivo o argumento valedero. Diaspora* Argentina podría no tolerar la publicación de cualquier contenido que viole estos términos y definiciones, por lo cual los podmins tendrán el derecho de eliminar el contenido en cuestión, llamar la atención y/o tomar medidas contra el usuario que lo haya publicado."

"7) Incumplimiento de los Términos. El usuario que violara o incumpliera los Términos de uso, perderá las garantías y derechos que se desprenden de los mismos. Diaspora* Argentina entiende que ese usuario rompe su compromiso de uso del pod, establecido en estos Términos, habilitando a los administradores a tomar medidas de suspensión o eliminación sobre la cuenta del usuario. "

Las personas que reivindican el genocidio, la pedoficia, la trata de personas, la violencia de género, las violaciones, el racismo, etc, son para nosotros criminales que deben ser escrachados y llevados a la justicia. Nosotros no tenemos por qué permitir que ellos utilicen nuestra plataforma para descargar su odio y mucho menos los protegeremos mientras hacen eso. Por el contrario, los escracharemos como lo hicimos. Mal que les pese a estos "Freedom kiddies", las acciones llevadas a cabo por nosotros fueron mínimas en comparación a lo que este tipo de gente se merece.

Pero se malentiende el concepto de libertad. Para estos muchachitos pequebú occidentales y tecnicistas, tomar acciones contra un fascista es ir en contra de la libertad. Menudo concepto de libertad el de tolerar la intolerancia y la violencia política. Algo tán estúpido como decir: "Somos libres, entonces acá todos hacen lo que quieren, entonces admitimos a los que pretenden coartarle la libertad a la sociedad. Cómo se lo vamos a prohibir, si les prohibimos entonces no somos libres". Entonces, bajo este razonamiento, un pod libre es aquel que admite el fascismo, la divulgación de pedofilia, la violencia hacia las mujeres, etc.
Este concepto "liberal" de libertad me recuerda a Richard Stallman diciendo que él no tendría problemas en que un gobierno utilice Software Libre para tirar misiles. Y me recuerda a los partidos fascistas presentándose a elecciones y siendo admitidos como una opción más de la democracia.

A ver, niños amantes de "lo libre". La libertad en la sociedad es un poco más ámplia y compleja que "Free beer" o "Share with friends". Libertad implica responsabilidades a nivel social.

Un derechista nacionalista (un fascista) como el que uds nos señalan no debe ser admitido en un pod si su admin pretende defender la libertad de sus usuarios o la democracia del pod. Libertad no incluye la "libertad de atacar a otros".

Culpa de su "permisividad" Diaspora está llena de pedófilos y fachos. Culpa de esa idea de libertad abstracta y no comprometida con nada, el Software Libre es aprovechado por corporaciones para espiar a los usuarios y cometer atrocidades. Maduren un poco, y no se suban al caballito de "Nosotros defendemos lo libre" si realmente no entienden nada.

Ustedes me recuerdan al gobierno de los Estados Unidos. Si son yanquis puedo comprender ese comportamiento. Tal vez imiten a "sus jefes". Estados Unidos se las da de ser el "Gendarme del mundo" y el "Defensor de los Derechos Humanos y la libertad". Pero ocuren las peores cosas en los países que están bajo su dominio y tildan de "dictadores" a aquellos gobernantes que no siguen su lìnea, que plantean políticas independientes. Ellos invaden y toman injerencia sobre las políticas de los países que tildan de "dictadores y/o terroristas". Todo por intereses propios. Para adueñarse de sus recursos y su territorio. Los atacan, les meten sanciones, los ponen en listas negras como hacen ustedes y luego se meten en su política interna, les dicen lo que tienen que hacer (como implícitamente hacen ustedes también). Si no aceptan tienen que prepararse para la guerra. Menos mal que nosotros somos pods y no países.

Canek, ¿quién te dió el tìtulo de juez e interventor de todos los pods de Diaspora* del mundo?. ¿Qué autoridad moral pensás que tenés para hacerlo? Quién sos vos para decirme a mi cómo debo actuar en la administración de mi pod? ¿Acaso colaboraste en algo?

Alguien en tus comentarios dijo que debíamos hacer un pod de comunistas y meternos todos ahí. Como un gheto. Linda idea tienen ustedes de federación y de intercambio. Se las dan de libres y son de los más censuradores que existen. Te propongo lo contrario. Ya que amás tanto la "libertad de expresión" de los derechosos y fascistas, montate tu propio pod, llenalo de fascistas y pedófilos, y dejame de joder...
Te aseguro que los usuarios de Diaspora a nivel general vamos a estar más felices si los fascistas dejan de molestarnos.

Tu listita negra no tiene ningún efecto en Diaspora, Schindler.

#Libertad #Responsabilidad #ListaNegra #Administracion #Diaspora #Argentina #RedSocial #Politica #Imperialismo #Capitalismo #Fascismo #Comunismo #Internacional

#Free #FreeSpeech #Pub #Public #ThoughtCrime #ThoughtPolice #1984 #MSM #MainstreamMedia #SocialMedia #Minds #Gab #Mastodon #Facebook #Twitter #Google #Gplus #GooglePlus #Establishment #Antifa #Censorship #Globalist #Globalism #ShadowBan #ShadowBanning #ShadowBanned #PoliticalCorrectness #PoliticallyCorrect #PC #NPC #Politics #Pod #Podmin #Admin #CuckPod #CuckPods #iLikeToast #Pluspora #GPlusRefugee #Disroot #ThePirateParty #PirateParty #Gibberfish #DiaspOrg #Diasp-org #Gianforte #JoinDiaspora #Nerdpol #LibreNet #Geraspora #DiasporaArgentina #DiasporaTown #Cryptospora #Framasphere #DiasporaBR #PewPew #NewHere #OldHere #<3 #Diaspora #DiasporaFoundation #Friendica #SocialHome #Network #Fediverse #Federation #Confederation #Nationalist #Rebel #Rebellion #Alliance #RebelAlliance #DiasporaRebellion #DiasporaRebelAlliance #WildDiaspora #Dissidents #Dissident #Freedom #Anarchy #Hashtags
 



#DiasporaRebelAlliance #Update

Don't think this whole thing is just a flash in the pan, because it's not. I can't sustain the blitz of last weekend's rebel postings. That was the summation of a long term plan and a weeks nights on the GIMP doing the #ArtHarder to produce graphics. Even though the frequency of Rebel postings might slow a little, rest assured this alliance is here to stay and will remain a permanent addition to the diaspora* landscape. Slow and steady is the pace.

As expected, the opposition has been relentless but we are thankful for our many supporters, both overt and covert. You know who you are. ;) I appreciate you all, when things seem dark and I start to feel demoralized, you guys lift me up and give me hope. I am eternally grateful for that. The opposition posts reek of desperation, and their talking points are tired and redundant. Our future is looking bright.

In the near future there are more rebel posts planned. I intend to release a bunch of the badges and flags I've made as CC creative commons, so that the d* community can freely use them. Also I am noticing a lot of the same comments and questions are being repeatedly asked, so I plan on putting together a Rebel Alliance FAQ post.

So stay tuned true believers, there is much more to come.

#Thanks #Appreciation #Gratitude #Perseverance #Network #SocialMedia #Federation #Community #GrassRoots #Public #Pub #Freedom #FC #FreedomClub #Motivational #Hope #NeverGiveUp #NoSurrender #qotd #uncleTed #Inspiration #Gunday #SKS
 
#matrix #riot #messenger #mattermost #federation

English

So I also had installed a #mattermost alternative server on base of #matrix with a #riot client in the foreground

So you can use the Riot Client to test the federated chat tool named matrix.

only a valid email-address is needed !!

add me with @dapor:matrix.dapor.net

Deutsch

Ich habe auch mal einen Matrix server aufgesetzt, der ähnlich zu Slack und Mattermost und sowohl vom Linux-KDE Team, als auch von den französischen Behörden genutzt wird.

Klient und Anmeldung hier : Riot Client

meine Adresse: @dapor:matrix.dapor.net
 
 


Don't be afraid to get your hands dirty!

Your freedom requires maintenance!


As a prominent dissident on this network I have long been aware that censorship exists even here in Diaspora. The first time I had an account deleted on me it was on the Cryptospora pod. The podmin did it without any message or warning. Just like that, poof, it was gone. All my data and contacts vanished. All because I was challenging a narrative with a comment he didn't like. Of course I just made a new account, and reconnected with my contacts, but after that I started to keep track of which pods were opposed to people challenging certain narratives. Every time I noticed a fellow dissident having issues with a pod I made a mental note of it. Before long some of them were even messaging me in private, asking me for intel on good pods.

There were also public discussions. Others were offering me information, and in time my list of pods became too big to keep in my head, and I had to start writing them down. The very first version of the Cuck-pod list was published in a private thread to a limited aspect. For the rest of Diaspora this all started with the first public version of my list.

Even before I published the first list, I always acknowledged that pods were private property, and that the podmin could operate them however they please. However that doesn't mean we can't talk about their actions and keep track of how these pods are run. The purpose of this list had always been to share information for the benefit of the community. So that new people as well as established users can make an informed decision on which pods they choose to associate with.

I had not expected the censorship agenda to accelerate so quickly. The first version of the list was just about pods not tolerating controversial users. The second version was necessitated once I'd learned that Brian Ó of Gibberfish was developing a shadow banning toolkit for podmins. Also the Diasp.org pod, (which had previously bragged about having an extremely tolerant policy to free-speech,) took a sudden and regressive turn, In one night they deleted the accounts of three prominent dissidents without warning. Diasp.org also went to the extra effort of deleting every single comment these accounts had ever made, in public threads as well as private. This resulted in thousands of broken conversations in threads all over the network. A sudden departure from the podmin's previous statement of: "I do not remove posts and comments that people do not like, everyone has the right to say what they like here as long as it is within the law."
The CuckPod list was phase 1. Yet I am only one man, trying to keep track of all this, so this is phase 2: The Diaspora Rebel Alliance. My intent here is to spread further awareness of the situation and extend the call to those who're concerned about free-speech and willing to take a stand against the relentless push of censorship. It's time to push back, and we're doing this with information, because knowledge is power. ;)

The Rebel Alliance is not a formal organization. There are no sign up sheets, membership rosters or treasury. It is a crowd sourcing endeavour. Decentralized and free, just like our network was supposed to be. Essentially this is a conversation.

If you would like to join us and take a proactive role in the conversation, we have some achievable short term goals that could be collaborated on.

The list could do with some rebranding. The whole "cuck" meme has gotten kind of stale and carries a right-wing association. The "CuckPod" name was catchy and serves as a good term to shame the censors, so this is how my list of pods became known and gained notoriety. However if someone could come up with a better name to use, I would be open to hearing their suggestions.

Speaking of right-wing association, there was a commenter who, although supportive of the alliance, was concerned that my reputation would be a hindrance. He suggested I should have made a new account to start the Alliance and that doing so would be a good idea. Well to that I say, if not for my experience I would not be here thinking about these issues. Had I stayed to the safe, establishment opinions and never questioned certain narratives, I would not be as motivated to put myself out there like this in defence of free-speech. (One needs not be concerned about thought-police, if one never commits a thought-crime.) -And, had I chosen to disassociate myself with a new account for this initiative, the most vocal core supporters would still be the same, our detractors would have easily guessed who was responsible and would probably have used it to claim I was dishonest or hiding in using the new account. No, I think it is better to remain transparent and be open about who I am, because I am not the one who has something to be ashamed of.

Regardless of my own political inclinations, I have made it clear that the Rebel Alliance is willing to collaborate with all sides of the political spectrum. Certainly, the write up to this list of pods bears a rightist bias. That is only natural because so far most of the censorship has been against right-wing people. If you are interested in this work, but find yourself put off by its bias, I say to you: "put out, or get out!" I have done my part to extend the hand. Some left leaning individuals have expressed interest and been supportive, yet so far most of them are hesitant to associate publicly because they fear backlash from the extremist elements. While this is understandable, at some point people are going to have to get their hands dirty and take a stand before it is too late.

If we don't believe in freedom of speech for people we despise, then we don't believe in it at all.

This issue is bigger than our petty ideological differences and our individual personalities. We are already on the slippery slope. I'm sure my critics would have you believe that once these "far-right" voices are silenced, everything will be fine... and their censorship will end there. Going along with that is beyond naive. Many of these same people who seek to silence "nazis," have also expressed a desire to silence those who question vaccines and the climate change narrative. Some of these censorship lobbyists see the state of Israel as a sacred cow, and would shut down any one criticizing it as an "anti-semite." After that they may go after those talking about GMOs, and don't be surprised when they expand the definition of "far-right" to include anyone who doesn't conform to their politically correct orthodoxy. I have talked to a few G+ Refugees who experienced censorship from Google over posting some pretty benign stuff. Don't think it couldn't happen here, the urge to censorship will never be satisfied. (History backs this up. Just look at Soviet Russia.)

If we just ignore this problem it will only get worse. You might take comfort for now by telling yourself this censorship doesn't effect you. If you just sit on your hands, eventually it will, and by then it will be too late.
Documenting these activities and making the information available is my way of addressing the situation. The majority of people using this network do not have the means to run their own pod, but at least they can have the information to make an informed choice. Since posting the first public version of my pod list I have received tons of criticism. Then after starting The Rebel Alliance initiative that criticism has increased. But the bulk of this criticism has been endless repetitions of the same tired old talking points. Most of which were anticipated and addressed in the preamble of my very first pod list. All I am doing here is keeping track of pod activities and making the information available to the community. If the podmin have the right to do what they want with their pods, then surely we have a right to talk about it. That is what this is after all, a conversation.

Yet whenever certain controversial members of this community do anything, the mentally unstable totalitarians of this network have a conniption and demand censorship. If they do not like what they see, they could always use the ignore function and carry on with their day. But instead they make demands that these offending voices be silenced for everybody else as well. I've seen some of them even use the ignore function to block the offending user, but carry on interacting with the offending content anyway. One is left to assume that the continually offended somehow enjoy their state of perpetual outrage.

If these critics truly see nothing wrong with what is happening, then why would they have a problem with people talking about it? 🤔


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How can Federation users post more safely?


You know how it goes. We find a great story online and we want to share it with our supporters or feature it in our feed with appropriate hashtags for maximum reach.

But do we check the website featuring the story for privacy before we post?

When we embed a link by selecting the OEmbed box (often ticked by default) this displays an image or video on our post from the website we’ve featured.




They may look cool, but these images can contain beacons or other trackers. Embedded trackers also load into the browsers of any user who scrolls down the public feeds.

Should we ensure the website is safe before linking to it?


Actually some do. Posts that don’t feature a website’s images (with the OEmbed box unchecked as below) can actually protect Federation users from a serious amount of surveillance.

Some thoughtful users actually reproduce the article’s main points in their post, to protect their readers from visiting the site itself. They usually supply a link to the original content if one wants more detail and perhaps is protected with tracker blockers. So how do we know a site we recommend is safe?

Here are some privacy tips:


• Consider checking the page’s security/privacy before linking to it.

Using Tor, or a beefed-up Firefox fork or version (for detecting digital fingerprinting), and/or Disconnect, NoScript or Ublock Origin add-ons to reveal a multitude of trackers.




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• There is usually more than one website featuring the same story. Consider picking the website with the least trackers and digital fingerprinting.

• Issue a warning in your post about any of the site’s surveillance methods and privacy issues you’ve detected.

• Embedding a picture/video could also make users vulnerable. Consider unchecking the OEmbed box.




In the next post I’ll give examples of a number of websites with low privacy and excessive trackers, commonly featured in the public feeds.

#secure #windows #media #data #corporations #tracking #trackers #facebook #social #mass-surveillance #gdpr #google #alphabet #location #user #setup #private #secure #internet #chrome #tips #tricks #online #os #mobile #ie #safari #apple #ios #ad #revenue #streams #developers #telemetry #consent #windows10 #windows7 #windows81 #microsoft #linux #debian #ubuntu #mate #gnome #grub #iphone #firefox #advertising #android #chrome #browser #browsers #phone #phones #device #Tor #privacy, #humanrights, #anonymity #security #cookies #surveillance #browser #web #onion #router #torbrowser #bridge #proxy #relay #leaks #fingerprint #activity #activitytrackers #spyware #surveillancecapitalism #thefederation #pods #federation #fediverse #friendica #mastodon #pleroma #socialhome #ganggo #Misskey #Gnusocial #Funkwhale #Peertube #pixelfed #hubzilla #Diaspora
 
I wonder, how are we doing local and/or language needs here? Should I just tag my posts in Finnish with #finnish ? And how would we get all Finns to standardize on that? I know it is not very easy to get Finns to agree on things 😀
#hubzilla #federation #i18n #local #language
 
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