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"By requiring Internet platforms to perform automatic filtering all of the content that their users upload, Article 13 takes an unprecedented step towards the transformation of the Internet, from an open platform for sharing and innovation, into a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users"
-- Tim Berners Lee, Jimbo Wales, Vint Cerf et al.

"Hell yeah, that's exactly what we want! More of that please!"
-- Probably, copyright law lobbyists

#art13

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and I want to emphasize this about the scale we're talking.

you don't need an internet connection to build a distributed social network with Pleroma. you can go off the grid, and have a fully autonomous social and communication infrastructure, just on a mesh network with some raspberry pis, and connect it to the internet if you want to or not.

that's possible right now.
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so what is Pleroma about anyway?

in a nutshell, it's about autonomy. it's about social media autonomy for every person on the planet. all 7.6 billion of us. nobody else telling us to do, what to say, and nobody else forcing us to see things we don't want to see.

this means Pleroma is being built for an entirely new scale of fediverse: one with billions of nodes. it's also why Pleroma supports alternative transports such as TOR and I2P out of the box.

it also is a major differentiator between Pleroma and Mastodon. in the Mastodon model, there's maybe a few million islands which host a few thousand people each. to contrast, in our model, everyone who wants to host their own instance does so. that means everyone can choose to have total social media freedom.

but it's not just social media, we also intend to use the same underlying tech to enable real-time communications with the same capabilities as the social media side of things.

and it's universal: different frontends for different preferences. like Mastodon but don't have the resources to run it? use Pleroma with Mastodon frontend and apps. like GNU social? Pleroma's default frontend was modelled after it. like diaspora* but want to talk to your fediverse friends? use Feather. like the alternative Mastodon frontends like Pinafore and Brutaldon? they work too.

hate spam and harrassment? we have a mostly as yet untapped framework called MRF which can be leveraged to automate moderation of an instance.

want to modify it? drop by #pleroma on freenode and we help with that too.
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"In the EU, like in the US, two competing views of the internet and its possible futures are at stake. Cory Doctorow, Tim Berners-Lee, Jimmy Wales, Vint Cerf, and others might still believe in an open web of smaller competing platforms that keep information flowing freely, but legislators everywhere seem to have accepted the status quo of a digital landscape that’s dominated by a handful of giants with self-perpetuating silos."

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If you're using software, this report is highly recommended. Falls a bit short on ethical aspects of the movement. Nevertheless it is quite accurate in several points.

Roads and Bridges: The Unseen Labor Behind Our Digital Infrastructure.

fordfoundation.org/library/rep

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Leave those kids alone: 'helicopter parenting' linked to behavioural problems | Science | The Guardian - theguardian.com/science/2018/j

Newly Developed Eye Drops Could Eliminate Need for Eyeglasses by Repairing Corneas - nulltx.com/newly-developed-eye - well, we'll see.

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Liebe @CDU_CSU_EP@twitter.com & @Gruene_Europa@twitter.com , für sprechen große Verlage. Dagegen sprechen: Meinungsfreiheit, Fehler-, Zensur- & Überwachungspotenzial, Internetkultur, Wettbewerb, Koalitionsvertrag & bessere Alternativen. Darum: am 20.6. Nein stimmen! /f

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"...it should come as no surprise that machines are picking up the opinions of the people who are training them."

the more I look at this stuff, the more I get the eerie feeling that the main difference between AI and human beings is our pretense of having some kind of monopoly on intelligence/morality. it's the classic "nature versus nurture" which gets obvious when peering into others' ideological bubbles. "training data" is just a euphemism for "indoctrination" and group-think.

Are you scared yet? Meet Norman, the psychopathic AI - BBC News - bbc.com/news/technology-440400