My name is Evan Prodromou. I'm an Open Source software enthusiast, best known for my work in wikis and in social software.
I work as Director of Open Technology at the Open Earth Foundation.
I live in Montreal, love to garden with native plants, make wine, cook, and live an examined life.
“we believe that the #mastodon application is safe to use, **and as long as you have registered your account in a trusted server**, there are minimal privacy breach risks” https://www.privado.ai/post/who-actually-holds-your-data-in-mastodon-a-privacy-review
I think about secure authentication, like, a lot. The issue linked here isn’t specific really to #Mastodon, but #2FA boosting in general. Should your 2FA status on a given account be public, or secret like it is now? Is public/secret better or worse for users or attackers?
So far the reaction on the issue is tepid at best.
Violet Blue's #kickstarter to publish her memoir of growing up homeless in #sanFrancisco has 5 days to go and has not quite crossed the threshold of 400 donors https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/violetblue/a-fish-has-no-word-for-water/ @violetblue
The Internet changed the order of journalism.
Once, a journalist monetized (got a job) and then reported. Now, they start reporting, and then monetize (with a following, which turns into money when they watch ads, or donate, or buy your book.)
The startup costs have gone to zero (well, a phone.) The monthly costs, too (well, a data plan.) And the printing costs are actually zero.
It’s one of the Internet’s two-edged swords: Worthy stories get covered; nonsense is peddled as fact.
Please please please please please
I like these results.
I think it's not sufficient to have the federated social network.
I'm not sure if it's necessary, but if pressed I'd say yes.
This is essential infrastructure for expression, information, and socialization.
We can't leave it up to a single one-size-fits-all solution -- even one with the best of intentions.
Human needs are too diverse for that single player to meet them all, even if they had the best intentions.