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Fork Awesome, a fork of the iconic font and CSS toolkit
A fork of Font Awesome that is accepting new icons, including a Mastodon icon. Might be worth switching.
via:octodon  icons  opensource 
10 hours ago
Church spires to help spread the digital word | World news | The Guardian
Spires of medieval churches in rural England to be used for spreading wireless broadband connectivity. Wonderful.
via:rss  internet  architecture  england  church  wifi 
12 hours ago
How not to replace email
Argues for federation and collaboration technologies, but that they be developed to interoperate easily and not rely on sudden total adoption. Adoption paths are so important!
adoption  federation  email  googlewave  xmpp  protocol  standards  software  via:mastodon 
yesterday
WEF Cyber Resilience Playbook [PDF]
Thoughtful analyses of different tech policy issues and the trade-offs/connections between different choices and their values implications. The 4-page section on encryption is succinct and, I think, accurate.
policy  values  privacy  security  encryption  via:ciphertext 
6 days ago
Arch Mission
I'm interested in this (yay for long-term archiving) but also kind of frustrated by it (little "TM" trademarks everywhere, are you kidding me? how does this relate to every other long-term archiving storage project I've heard of, you really don't bother to mention them?).
archive  archiving  space  preservation  trademark  frustrating  via:rss 
10 days ago
André Staltz - Open source without maintainers
what if we would minimize the consensus surface of open source project? If we agree to only a few things, then we are free to disagree in other aspects. Disagreements are painful when we have to choose one winner, because someone will end up disappointed. But disagreement means freedom when we don’t have to agree, because diversity of opinions on how and what to build are a great thing.
consensus  opensource  github  software  programming  maintenance 
10 days ago
Surveillance Valley | Yasha Levine
Seems like nonsense to me, but perhaps I have to read and review all the sources in the book to confirm that everything I know about the history wasn't part of a grand conspiracy to hide this other essential part of the Internet's history in which it was designed as a large scale data analysis tool for surveillance of political protesters. Seems like one way to sell books, anyway.
google  surveillance  privacy  security  internet  history 
11 days ago
John Perry Barlow, Internet Pioneer, 1947-2018 | Electronic Frontier Foundation
A strong and direct response, which I think is so rare and valuable in a eulogy:
Barlow was sometimes held up as a straw man for a kind of naive techno-utopianism that believed that the Internet could solve all of humanity's problems without causing any more. As someone who spent the past 27 years working with him at EFF, I can say that nothing could be further from the truth. Barlow knew that new technology could create and empower evil as much as it could create and empower good. H...
manifesto  eff  barlow  utopia  technology  internet 
11 days ago
IETF Statistics - Documents
Statistics on author distribution of RFCs. Includes gender and country/continent of origin.
statistics  rfcs  ietf  research  via:niels  important  standards  gender 
12 days ago
Clustering In Depth · OpenRefine/OpenRefine Wiki
A few algorithms on better ways to cluster in order to combine rows/names/values that might refer to the same entity.
algorithm  clustering  openrefine  datacleaning  via:slack 
15 days ago
Readwise
Sad that this is Kindle-only.
ebook  reading  kindle  annotation  highlights 
17 days ago
That Obscure Subject of Desire – Natalie Portman – Medium
Considering what someone else desires isn’t a bad thing. Actually, it’s a form of empathy. The consideration just needs to be reciprocal, and not at the expense of one’s own desire.

So I’d like to propose one way to continue moving this revolution forward: Let’s declare loud and clear: This is what I want. This is what I need. This is what I desire. This is how you can help me achieve pleasure.

Important to make the conversation one about pleasure. Important to note empathy, but also reciprocity. And the lesson about saying what you want is kind of the universal one here, even though it's easy to overlook. It's both a call to action and sound advice for relationships, sexual and otherwise.

I also see a special value in hearing this perspective from a celebrity actress. She has many privileges, certainly, but she can also share her personal view of being objectified and sexualized and because of her fame we already know a little of the other side of that. As a teenager I too saw Portman as an object of desire, how productive now to see her as subject and author in talking about her own desire. I want the Internet to bring more of those reversals.
sexism  metoo  desire  respect  writing  blogging  objectification  empathy 
18 days ago
The Catalan Integral Cooperative – The Simpler Way Revolution is Well Underway! | P2P Foundation
It sounds surprisingly easy and successful to create these non-capitalist cooperative communities.
anarchism  cohousing  cooperation  coops  community 
19 days ago
A Non-Euclidean View of California as a Cold Place to Be | The Anarchist Library
I do not see how even the most ethereal technologies promised by electronics and information theory can offer more than the promise of the simplest tool: to make life materially easier, to enrich us. That is a great promise and gain! But if this enrichment of one type of civilization occurs only at the cost of the destruction of the planet, then it seems fairly clear to me that to count upon technological advance for anything but technological advance is a mistake. I have not been co...
utopia  anthropology  essay  scifi  leguin  awesome  technology  optimism  pessimism  luddism  anarchism  california 
20 days ago
PURL
Create a permanent URL that can be re-directed to different target URLs over time.
permanence  ephemerality  url  internetarchive 
20 days ago
Know Your Ecosystems!
It’s good to remember the disruptive spirit of the web, the things it changed, and the way that decentralizing can change lives and create opportunities. But it’s also wise, I think, to admit: This is just how it’s going to be for a while. We’re going to live with, and thus for, the giants.

What I’m doing is making a list of my relationships with each of the big companies, because they’re such a big part of my life.

I'm not quite as ready as Paul is to give up on decentralization for a while, but I do think recognizing these ecosystems and explicitly trying to understand those relationships is valuable.
via:feedbin  ecosystems  web  internet  decentralization  ios  android 
21 days ago
How the Mom Internet became a spotless, sponsored void - The Washington Post
A sad story. I had really loved the Dooce blog prior to this sponsored products trend.
blogging  commercialization  internet  web  dooce  advertising 
21 days ago
Microblogging / Paul Robert Lloyd
The web is agreement, but that doesn’t mean we agree to use the same websites.
via:feedbin  indieweb  microblog  Jekyll  web  standards  agreement  consensus  yes 
24 days ago
Ursula K Le Guin, by Margaret Atwood: ‘One of the literary greats of the 20th century’ | Books | The Guardian
In all her work, Le Guin was always asking the same urgent question: what sort of world do you want to live in? Her own choice would have been gender equal, racially equal, economically fair and self-governing, but that was not on offer. It would also have contained mutually enjoyable sex and good food: there was a better chance of that.
dc:creator=AtwoodMargaret  leguin  fiction  future  scifi  important  gender 
25 days ago
In The Midst Of #MeToo, What Type Of Man Do You Want To Be?
As I watch countless men (and sadly, quite a few women) jump to the defense of other men who have been outed for their coercive, demeaning, and abusive behavior towards women; as I watch them debate the fine points of whether or not a woman said no loud enough, whether her “I’m not comfortable” was strong enough, whether she was at fault for being mistreated by not yelling, or hitting, or running — I want to ask them all this question: Is this the type of man you want to be?

I do think that's the question, but I'm surprised by how few people (especially women) in my social groups seem to prefer the question about whether she was at fault for being mistreated.
Right now, in the midst of this rising discussion around sexual abuse and assault, you — men — have the chance to look it all right in the face. You have the chance to look at the type of men you have been. You have the chance to look at how you’ve been treating women and how you define your relationships with them. You have the chance to re-evaluate what you deem “victory” or “defeat.” You have the chance to determine for yourselves what you consider to be a healthy and satisfying sexual or romantic encounter.

Perhaps I just need to see it as this personal question; I know what I want, I know that I want affirmative consent in sexual relationships among equally respected humans.
feminism  metoo  sexism  sex  respect  sexualmisconduct  via:facebook  affirmativeconsent 
26 days ago
With Talking Stick in Hand, Moderate Senators Broke the Shutdown - The New York Times
Embarrassing that the good news is that portions of the US Senate are now exploring the simplest communication/governance practices as a novel solution to massive crises.
via:feedbin  governance  government  senate  collins  New_York_Times_(Org) 
26 days ago
Broad Band — Claire L. Evans
The history of technology you probably know is one of men and machines, garages and riches, alpha nerds and brogrammers. But female visionaries have always been at the vanguard of technology and innovation—they’ve just been erased from the story. Until now.
internet  history  gender  womenintech  toread 
28 days ago
Adactio: Links—Secure Contexts Everywhere | Mozilla Security Blog
I’m all in favour of HTTPS everywhere, but this kind of strong-arming just feels like blackmail to me.
A strong reaction, from someone generally supportive of moving things to HTTPS, that tying other features to HTTPS is "blackmail" or abuse.
https  security  standards  mozilla  research  action  regulation 
4 weeks ago
Meltdown & Spectre for non-techies | Benlog
Nice work on accessible explanation of an attack based on caching/speculative execution.
via:feedbin  security  explainer 
4 weeks ago
Assessing the human rights impacts of Internet registries - ARTICLE 19
Human Rights Impact Assessment model for Internet registries. Much of this seems common to human rights assessment of any employer/business, but there are also specific questions to think about regarding domain name registration topics.
techdel  pia  igf  humanrights  privacy  freeexpression  article19  via:dkm  hria  dns 
5 weeks ago
Seedship
Crag's impossibly slender alien plants reach kilometres into a blue sky. The colonists live in towering cities of steel and glass beneath the planet's open sky, beside rivers that flow into the planet's oceans. They spend their time pursuing art, leisure, and spiritual fulfilment, while automatic machines take care of their material needs. Traders and diplomats from the planet's native nations are occasionally seen in the colonists' communities. In the first city stand monuments to ...
utopia  games  scifi  future  via:octodon  ai 
6 weeks ago
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