hello my name is diana and i make bad software 👋 #introductions
i like to work with p2p tech like dat and ipfs and stellar, and distributed databases like couchdb. i really like mesh networks but i haven't had the chance to work on one -- yet!
i believe there is enough for everyone. scarcity is a fiction and poverty is inflicted. we can be a better world for each other. we can be the change ✊ ❤
I love this especially:
"i believe there is enough for everyone. scarcity is a fiction and poverty is inflicted. we can be a better world for each other. we can be the change ✊ ❤"
Would love to chat more about this in the context of algorithmic/designer agency and social good (or social "bads")
@garbados thats exactly what i want or need to know more about! :D
I just read Safiya Noble's book Algorithms of Oppression, which opened up ripe discussion opportunities. But to me Google's tweaks (to make things less racist/less propagandistic) are still a black box to me...I want to know more from the folks who code, how ya'll feel! (I'm 10 years out of date w/doing code/db design, haha)
@maron gotcha! i find corpers structurally incapable of addressing these problems, algorithms or not. they rely on artificial scarcity to entrench their wealth and power; they use automation solely to disenfranchise workers.
by comparison, mastodon instances are moderated by users, allowing communities to define their own sense of good and bad, right and wrong, without relying on some rich white guy's lack of conscience.
@maron the gatekeepers in the fediverse are moderators and administrators, who independently arrive at moderation decisions that allow communities to define and defend themselves. it's *the* reason mastodon appears nazi-free, because instance moderators silence and suspend them. corper platforms profit from fascists, so they'll never have the same incentives to protect users from hate.
@garbados this is extremely thought provoking- thank you!
i discussed Safiya's book with colleagues today, although the technocratic/bureaucratic elements weren't emphasized much in our chat (though someone did mention the unscrupulous nature of search engine 'corpers').
but it's hard to have a conversation about ethics/gatekeeping in these spaces without talking about these things you bring up.
@garbados in the spirit of a more equitable web...my advisor pointed me to this intersectionally feminist/queer Linked Data ontology today though, looks really cool http://sparql.cwrc.ca/ontologies/cwrc-2018-02-22.html
esp. interesting given recent criticisms ive heard about linked open data, their standard implementations and APIs (which ive posted here, I believe)
@garbados 😁 Yeah I have a few old ARM boards and a box of old routers myself. Do you mind if I tag another local friend who's into this stuff? We'd been talking about maybe doing some kind of semi-regularish hack/craft night and we've done hack nights in the past, even tried to work on Diaspora once.
@pettter stellar is a meta-currency that uses ita native cryptocoin, “lumens”, as a functional token for combatting DDoS attacks. i wouldn’t recommend investing in a coin, ever, but because lumens are of functional value rather than fiat value, i believe it’s a sturdier system than bitcoin / ethereum.
The thing there is that Democratic distribution isn't primarily for the benefit of those distributed to (although it's a big benefit) the primary aim is to maintain conditions where capitalism can even have a stable market at all. The main reason cryptocurrency can't do what you ask is that to build interest from cryptocurrency advocates it would eventually have to tie Democratic power to ownership, just like any capitalist system in decline
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