The dream of modern computing was that a user was someone who could use and modify and create programs. Somewhere we departed from that and made a "programmer/user" dichotomy. And as both computers and programming tools have become more accessible (free, easier to use, etc.), somehow that divide keeps getting worse
Computers are seen as tools only for programmers and as appliances for everyone else. IMO this is bad for society. Being able to program your computer at a basic level should be seen in the same light as basic literacy and numeracy.
the Tech Lead for the Digital Services Act answered at the birdsite.
Create some awareness for Open Protocols and the fediverse, ask your questions, tell the EU what you want.
The time would be now
and just btw, also twitter posted their opinion
Una de las chicas de Provivienda, refugiada iraní y muy jovencita, acaba de terminar un certificado de profesionalidad de WEB DEVELOPER. Se ha interesado por este mundo, lo ha descubierto con bastante motivación y ahora aprende como autodidacta lenguajes de programación.
El caso es que para que le den el título, necesita una empresa que la reciba durante 125 horas sin remuneración para ser alumna en prácticas. ¿Conocéis o tenéis algún contacto que leinterese?
* Talking about free speech, censorship or the first amendment in the context of a single website is an early indicator that you're dealing with someone who has a child's understanding of free speech. This is someone who'll cause you problems later on, because when they say "free speech," they really mean "free web hosting / free audience." Ban early, and if you feel like you must, remind them that they can make their own website with whatever rules they like.
Las redes sociales rápidas también tienen un corto límite de aguante sobre un tema. Una crítica o una llamada de auxilio, por muy relevante que sea, morirá rápido. Las redes como esta son mucho más que copias de las redes privativas con código abierto. Son una oportunidad de crear vínculos más pausados para llamadas sociales.
Just How Bad is #Facebook for Us? Stanford Study Findings
A groundbreaking Stanford study has revealed that deactivating Facebook can have wide-ranging effects on our mental health
Re: where to publish research data
Any recommendation? Word of caution? Things to consider?
If you're into maps, UX, and talking to legit on-the-ground environmental activists, we'd like to pay you to help us figure out what features and other design specs will be most useful for them https://twitter.com/EnviroDGI/status/1399820245372575745
“It does raise concerns about censorship, particularly given how we’ve seen social media platforms bungle moderating Palestinian voices in recent weeks amid the Israel conflict. Twitter’s algorithms have screwed up before, and there’s no arguing that mislabeling inconvenient truths as ‘fake news’ could have lasting repercussions.”
So someone made a search engine for fediverse accounts, where you can look up accounts by username etc. Which seems like a neat idea until you consider the harassment/stalking/surveillance applications of such a thing.
I tried it on my own username and indeed it gives several results for my accounts in various places, which would allow someone to stalk me across instances if they so desired.
I am pissed about it. And I would be less pissed if it was open about its methods and data storage policies, or if it was open source so I could at least see what it's doing. Or if it was opt-in. Or at least if there was a way to opt out. But I see none of those things! So who knows how it's scraping and where that data ends up.
Pretty sure many of us moved to fedi to avoid surveillance and surveillance capitalism in particular, and here it is being replicated on a smaller scale by a hashtag foss hashtag open source person who doesn't even expose the code.
Anyway, I'm not linking to it here because I don't want to spread the tool around to more people. I have contacted the developer and received no reply, but I'll try again tomorrow.
A new record: I’m now following -2 people on Twitter.
Ever since I unfollowed everyone – why? For my peace of mind… see https://ar.al/2021/05/10/hell-site/ –Twitter’s lost the plot. Today it showed me following two people. When I clicked through, it was four. Unfollowed them and…
(If they’re messing this up, what else are they messing up while filtering and moderating your reality and analysing and categorising you?)
⚠️ I RT from birdsite sometimes.