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Cake day: Mar 06, 2020


In a democracy, governmental authority derives from consent of the governed. If it is not functionally possible for a populace to withdraw its consent from its government, then its “consent” is meaningless.

I partially agree with you, if a nation-wide government have the control of the military and/or the police forces, there can be no democracy, and I don’t consider that a democratic system currently exist.

Therefore, democracy requires that the populace be capable of overthrowing its government. In a country where the government owns guns, private gun ownership is necessary for effective self-rule.

However, I strongly disagree with the need for private gun ownership, I would rather say that there should be no nations (and therefore no national military and police), but rather local/regional police and military forces, democraticly administrated by the population of those small geographic areas. I think there should also be a larger political union between those small regions (continental/world) union, with one institution to organize collaboration between military/police force.

P.S. : I do not know very much the history of the US but I thought the second amendment was more about the possibility for citizens to create local militias than private gun ownership, which is only a tool to allow their creation

I’m torn on the Bandcamp inclusion, I like buying music there and they limit how many times you can listen to a release before buying; hopefully this doesn’t incentivise a drop in purchases but rather an increase in mindshare/availability.

I agree, I also like buying music there and like the fact that bandcamp provide a full preview feature.

I just tried the newpipe bandcamp inclusion and I couldn’t find a “buy” button that would redirect to the bandcamp buying page, only a download button. Therefore, I don’t think it will really encourage to buy music on bandcamp 😐

I would prefer the music to be (legally) made available for everyone without DRMs and have a new funding model for the art industry, of course. But for now the best available system is platforms with no DRM like bandcamp and I have mixed feelings about adding the bandcamp feature without providing a button to buy the music you listen.

I agree. I would rather have liked a plugin system. It would have allowed to provide this feature and keeping a core that do one thing and do it good. I think it would be really hard to design, though.

I fear that the core application may become too hard to maintain, and hope not.

I still don’t get why authenticity is important in art. In my opinion, copying art is something great to share knowledge and culture.

In my country (france), such a service is currently deployed by the public healthcare organization. After the digitization of public administrative services by every state (which is mandatory in the european union), the EU will surely make it mandatory to have interoperability between the different health systems.

What is nice with this approach is that each state keeps control over their citizen’s data, but the mandatory interoperability (for administrative documents, and hopefully healthcare later) will make it easy for every citizen to move from one country to another.

It will be federated rather than decentralized, though, and I think that it should become way more decentralized so that every citizen really have a control over their data. I don’t think we can trust governments of nations. I agree that a reliable decentralized database approach doesn’t exist yet.

For the issue of “records that is not meant to be seen” I don’t think that it should exist. I think everybody have the right to be informed about their health¹. You can forbid modifications of the medical record by using merkle trees and signature, but I don’t see any reason to hide this information from the patient. For the example, if the person is told that they have the same comportment as an addict, don’t you think they will be more inclined to seek for help if they really have an addiction issue ? (provided this help is free and accessible, of course)

¹ if the person is recognized as responsible of themself

Couldn’t medical records be normalized (standardization of data structures), but the data hold by citizens or local administrative governments (and later in a decentralized storage system¹ ? (with e2e encryption and access control by the holder or some emergency mechanism)

This way, you wouldn’t have a single organization storing all the medical data (and thus having a lot of power), but every medical practitioner or organization could access medical records the same way and common software could be developed

¹disclaimer: not blockchain, I think blockchain is irrelevant for most applications

This is for the funding, but the healthcare system (and tools) can (and in my opinion should) be decentralized.

Even the funding could be partially decentralized (and when there will be a worldwide wealth redistribution system, it should be decentralized, in my opinion) We can imagine a system with an universal income for every human ( for it’s everyday life, and funding for medical devices and drugs asked by hospitals and practitioners to their local healthcare organization, which is forwarded to a committee of the united world healthcare funding system if there is a lack somewhere.

i’m disapointed. I though that it would be about caldav servers and there is only nextcloud, that I want to replave, which is cited

I think this article is very bad indeed.

They almost don’t mention that the fediverse is also used (and was created) by people wanting to avoid right extremists and free hate speech which was not moderated on twitter. Software where communities are smaller and moderation is easier have thus been created.

I don’t know how you could avoid right extremist platform to exist. What you can do, however, is to moderate them, and that’s exactly what the fediverse will allow to do : if an instance allow “free hate speech”, you can just ignore them.

During years, twitter and other companies gave a platform for free hate speeches and didn’t moderate. And twitter became too big to be able to moderate its platform. A lot of newspapers and also accepted to let them talk. And now that they saw what consequences it could have, big companies are forced to moderate, and platforms that proposed solutions for this problem by allowing moderation by small communities are blamed for allowing free hate speech extremists to talk. How ironic.

My opinion is that the fediverse will make those extremists become unheard again as most instances will ban the few “free hate speech” instances. Twitter can’t be moderated, as moderation by robots will never work I think.

Yeah, open source software will be used by baddies, but have also been used to provide great solutions to fight those baddies and their toxic behaviors. Moreover, centralization, state control, or mass surveillance really aren’t solutions, on the contrary.

A problem that I do not know any solution to, however, is how to allow people to escape from those “free hate speech” bubble ?

Completely agree. Advertisement shouldn’t exist. I think that most of the time we can consider commercial advertisement as disinformation and don’t understand why some people praise something that wastes your time and try to mislead you.

Yes it works, thank you. According to the article and wikipedia, seems that cliqz is open source. Seems promising, even if I don’t like the company behind brave so much. I hope it will not be centralized, though. I’m not sure someone could compete with google by trying to index all the web itself :thinking face:

edit: it appears that cliqz wanted to rely on advertisement, I hope it will not be the case.

For an unknown reason I can’t click on the link. Will it be open source and have good documentation for self-hosting ?

I think that each software should do one thing (and provide interopérability). I don’t think that copying solutions of big companies are a good solution as they have the people to maintain huge monolith that do a lot of things but I don’t think community maintained projects can maintain such softwares, nor do I think it’s a good way to welcome new developers.

I would rather like a simple link to matrix username in the bio or an integration with an existing solution with a unique identity.

Therefore I hope it won’t happen because it would complexify the protocol when e2ee private chats already exist.

I never had a reason to, but the fact that Signal is Floss would make it possible (though not necessarily easy)

I have a use case where I deploy messaging servers. And in my opinion, open source isn’t enough : I think that to be really be floss, a software must be well documented and easy to deploy. It will always require technical knowledge but I think that it should aim at providing a way to quickly deploy the service with minimal technical knowledge, and make it easy for people to hack on the codebase.

I will look at session. I didn’t know that signal had been forked.

Given that most people already have multiple messaging apps installed,

Doesn’t people hate having multiple messaging apps installed ? People I know don’t like and when they create groups, they create it on application they are already on and try to convert newcomers to it. That what I call capture of the users (and what matrix bridges will hopefully help to solve)

Signal protocol is now the golden standard for asynchronous message E2EE

From what I understood, signal e2ee protocol doesn’t scale with multiple device per user as they rely on a single source of truth. If this is true it means that it only covers the use case of having a phone all the time, and only one account. It also means that if you’re phones is confiscated you will lose access to your account after a certain time (and or new computers).

When it comes to US sanctions, Signal works in Iran, and they are working hard to keep it available despite the country’s own ban.

You still rely on the good will of a company and on the government of the state the company is in. When you see the repression anarchists (and socialists) have faced through history, I really think that centralization is not a long-term option for an anarchist community or a political organization.

I disagree. To me, the n°1 prerequisite is that it is accessible to the point where even my grandma can use it

I think that we don’t have the same use cases. I use both signal and matrix, but I see signal as a temporary solution for a very specific use case (family, small communities that do not need too much rooms, friends) to mitigate the usage of proprietary applications, but that will not scale and do not cover professional usage, whereas I see matrix as a long-term solution that solves way more use cases such as the use cases companies and large communities. I also see it as a solution for a new society, when (and while) surveillance capitalism is abolished. If there no more advertisement, and no more privatization of the knowledge, I think it would means big changes in way internet services are funded and hosted.

This is why I wouldn’t recommend signal for anarchist communities or companies, but still would recommend it to “my grandma”, my family or my friends if to replace whatsapp.

Have you been able to run your own signal server and use it with other people ? Last time I checked, server deployment wasn’t documented, signal was acting against alternative signal clients and you had to distribute you own signal client because the server public key are hard-coded. For me it really look like signal is trying to build a “jail” to capture users. I’m not sure that it’s their aim, maybe they only reproduce what they see in other companies. But it look like they try to make it hard to not use their servers and it doesn’t differ that much from strategies used by other actors of surveillance capitalism. And what happen if you live in a country with US economic sanctions ? You wouldn’t be able to use signal. And if your contacts in other countries use them, you are screwed.

Yeah, signal isn’t part of surveillance capitalism, but they reproduce a dangerous model : centralization of the communication and capture of the users, and it is a big threat in my opinion : I don’t want to use something that I can’t fully reproduce and host, and interoperability is a prerequisite.

I use signal with my family because it’s always better than whatsapp and matrix is less user-friendly. But I use matrix with other people that are more privacy-aware, and don’t want to rely on a phone number for identification.

I wasn’t able to find any info on Matrix.

I think that the name for this technology is very poorly chosen as it is not unique and therefore difficult to search for. I think the same of signal, actually 😛 You can found information here : https://matrix.org/ . Matrix is the protocol and you can use clients like element and host your own server. Servers can federate which means that you can communicate with people not using the same server as you. Matrix includes a way to help to interoperate with external messaging technologies (slack, irc, whatsapp, …) called bridges, so that people don’t have to use matrix if they already use another messaging app. But I haven’t saw any viable signal bridge so far. I think that it is because it is hard to interoperate with signal.

There is a company behind the main matrix client element and their page shows that they have been chosen by major customers like Mozilla¹ or the french state²

As for the adoption, matrix still lacks some features like threads, guilds³ and audio rooms⁴, but it is the most promising messaging technology I’ve seen so far. It will take time to get rid of the sms/whatsapp/signal way of doing things with contacts as phone numbers and a unique server, though. I don’t know yet how to tackle this issue for mass adoption. For anarchist communities, I think it is ready to use, and for companies, it will soon be, once “guilds” and better moderation are implemented.

  • ³ *similar to discord or slack “servers”
  • You can do it using an external service like jitsi but it isn’t well integrated in my opinion : you have to use a client that supports web. Therefore, no native client can support it

Signal is centralised (you can’t easily use another server) and the company is based in the USA. Moreover, a phone number is needed to use it I would rather recommend tox or matrix to really fight surveillance capitalsim

Android is based on Linux 🙃 It is not using gnu though. Maybe what is lacking is a package manager (with download and update capabilities) and compatibility with gnu/Linux distributions.

Having to use java to develop for android repels me, so I would definitely love that some gnu/Linux distributions become more usable and widespread

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For reddit it wasn’t banned, but the discord guild “was banned following repeated warnings for allowing hate speech”

After quickly looking through, I definitely think that some of the content of this community will not be welcomed here as there is a lot of validist memes, and sexist jokes on this subreddit.

From what I understand The series of events that led to this fell are :

  1. Trump allowed for a lot more oil extractions in the US…