"Contract for the Web" from Tim Berners-Lee. Great principles for the future of the web. Some real potential here (?) I'll be watching this.

Tim Berners-Lee unveils global plan to save the web

Inventor of web calls on governments and firms to safeguard it from abuse and ensure it benefits humanity.

theguardian.com/technology/201

@monkey1 This recent Klein article is pertinent.

"Because it means that when capitalism is doing precisely what it was built to do — produce unprecedented wealth — it is a crisis for both the majority of people and the planetary systems on which we depend."

@Meghan @maerbear @jaimito @katie @menna1022

theintercept.com/2019/06/21/be

@monkey1
This Changes Everything is much more hopeful than Hedges. I think it expresses the most critical argument of our time: that the climate crisis is the direct result of late stage capitalism (and more generally the long history of colonization). The hopeful part is that any real solution requires that we do the whole thing differently.
@Meghan @maerbear @jaimito @katie @menna1022

This is worth revisiting. Turns out it was the brain-child of Naomi Klein, who also executive-produced! Figures. There is still no journalist writing today that I admire more. Go get On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal and read it! Even better: This Changes Everything.

@Meghan @maerbear @jaimito @monkey1 @katie @menna1022

youtu.be/d9uTH0iprVQ

@monkey1
I dunno. Monthly cost is less than a cappuccino.

@maerbear
I don't think scaling up poses a problem. The server as it is can likely handle hundreds of accounts, and can be bumped up if needed. Plus it's a federation! Lots of other instances our there.

@maerbear
Who wouldn't want to "toot into a vacuum"?!? 😜
@monkey1

@maerbear
My feeling is that if we can't even get the peeps currently signed up to use it, we probably won't get many more. Same story I've heard from other advocates of federation. Network effect. FB, Twitter, etc have it locked. Damn shame.
@monkey1

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I'm thinking about taking down this Mastodon instance. The platform is really impressive. Some of the best open software I've seen. And it would be fun if we had more friends involved. But the kind of communicating we are doing now could probably be done just as well on something like Signal. It's not a big burden in terms of time or $. Just an extra thing to check. Do we want or need it?

@maerbear @monkey1 @jaimito

Yang's talking about owning your data as well. I think we are a looong way from that happening, although UBI seems to be gaining some momentum.

@monkey1
Yes. We are all implicated by what our $ does in this world. It's the abstraction, the disconnect from the agency of our invested funds, that allow us to pretend that it is not we ourselves who are responsible for the damage. Maybe we *can* shame Chase or BlackRock out of underwriting fossil fuel catastrophe, but we won't do anything that threatens our own returns or causes us any major inconvenience. Gas riots start at about $5 per gallon... e.g. France.
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