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Chris @cwebber introduces ActivityPub: Past, Present, Future.

Thanks to the DOX contemporary art center that hosts the conference as part of the Datamaze exhibition.


Thanks to the volunteers helping!
Thanks to Sebastian @sl007 for organizing the conference.

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1. Users suffer when nodes go down

See datashards.net

Secure, distributed storage primitives for the web

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2. Breadth vs Depth

"I don't know how you feel about capitalism but I hope everyone in this room has issues with surveillance capitalism."

Breadth: maximize number of followers
Depth: have meaningful social relations

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3. The complement of freedom of speech is freedom to filter.

"It's not censorship to not want to listen to someone."

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4. Nation-statification of the Fediverse

"Where do communities live?"

"Communities live on mailing lists. These can have a lot of interfaces."

"Communities have different norms, and people behave differently in these communities."

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"The lost cyberpunk world of social games"

MUDs, MOOs, early graphical games from the 80s... These were more advanced social networking tools what the mainstream now.

"Why can't we have kids hosting ActivityPub services while they host Minecraft servers?"

"Well, that's the graphics 😜 They can create worlds together..."

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Electric Communities Habitat

1997, a P2P social networking exprience... Rich interactions!

Sorry people, this is the funniest part and I cannot share it... You need to watch the video...

All right, on to OCaps...

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As Chris is talking on Object Capabilities, I remind you the upcoming OCAPPUB paper


"We must not claim we can prevent what we cannot."

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@how I hope you liveblog the whole conference I am sad I am missing it

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@how damn thanks! there is now an insane amount of content on your feed I want to read. Will you turn this whole thing into a blog post of some kind?


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That is a fair question, but I think it would be a waste of time since the videos and slides will be available shortly.

It may be better to simply continue the discussion in a long form somewhere. Although I'm tempted to try WriteFreely after @matt's presentation.

OTOH someone else might want to write a report from the conference afterwards. Let's see guess it goes today...

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