🇩🇪 Von Facebook abmelden und über Mastodon mit seinen Freunden in Kontakt bleiben? Das Zauberwort lautet: verpflichtende . Leider keine Mehrheit für im heute im LIBE-Ausschuss. So haben die deutschen Abgeordneten abgestimmt:


🇬🇧 Quit Facebook or Twitter and stay in touch with your friends via Diaspora or Mastodon? Mandatory would give you a truly free choice of provider. Unfortunately, no majority for in the in LIBE Committee today:

@echo_pbreyer Mandatory interoperability also benefits larger platform providers because they have the resources to do what Google is doing with web standards: move faster than anyone else, thereby forcing everyone else to adopt their decisions.

I'm not very much in favour of this choice.

@0 @echo_pbreyer That's an excellent question.

I think one small step in the right direction, which is by no means a complete answer, is to make APIs for interoperability mandatory and free from access barriers, which could include a requirement for a certain amount of backwards compatibility.

The main difference is that this would help with the maintenance of appropriate FOSS projects for interoperability with a service, and thus ensure that actual interop...

@0 @echo_pbreyer ... is not in control of the entity providing the service. I think that's the kind of relationship between service provider and community that needs to be fostered in order for the service provider not to de facto dictate matters.

@0 @echo_pbreyer It's of course possible for interoperability to take this form already, but IMHO that needs to be made unavoidable to actually make a difference.

@0 @echo_pbreyer There could be an attempt to e.g. mandate the use of open standards for interoperability; this of course opens the same embrace and extend strategies used previously.

As an example, it is very hard these days to keep up with running an email server, despite everything being open - because if you don't follow a ton of ancillary standards, everything you send will be treated as spam. We should avoid copying this scenario over.

We still see the number of services connected to the fediverse growing, slowly but steadily :) So even when interoperability is not in a law yet, we can go on to show people how incredibly useful it is. My main fediverse experience is interacting with mastodon accounts, but I hope that I will see more and more other services popping up in my timeline!

@echo_pbreyer The Internet can cross national borders to connect people around the globe. But, as soon as we achieved that (somewhat and against still raging disruption by some states), companies set up their own little fiefdoms and borders to attract, lock-in and milk people, disrupting global communication once more.

Can you imagine what future generations or other civilizations might judge when they read the history of technology of humankind? (Well, there are other concerns too.)

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