Great first day at IndieWebCamp Utrecht!

I went to sessions on IW building blocks and WordPress; privacy and sharing of personal data; federated search; other projects like Solid and how they overlap; and discovering content. Lots of ideas and so many interesting people.

And today with immaculate timing an article about IndieWeb popped up in the New Yorker:


Bookmarked Into the Personal-Website-Verse by Matthias Ott (Matthias Ott – User Experience Designer)
Social media in 2019 is a garbage fire. What started out as the most promising development in the history of the Web – the participation of users in the creation of content and online dialogue at scale – has turned into a swamp of sensation, lies, hate speech, harassment, and noise.
Bookmarked Outcome from our second open assembly by greenanticapitalistfront
On the 4th May 2019, the Green Anti-Capitalist Front (GAF) held its second open assembly. Approximately seventy people attended, the majority for their first time. The assembly’s agenda was divided into two parts: the first focusing on clarifying the aims and principles of GAF, reflecting on past ...

I don’t read the papers so I didn’t see it happen, but apparently the UN’s biodiversity report got buried in the UK press in favour of the *royal baby*.

Current global response insufficient;
‘Transformative changes’ needed to restore and protect nature;
Opposition from vested interests can be overcome for public good
Most comprehensive assessment of its kind;
1,000,000 species threatened with extinction

I feel like Solid, ActivityPub with a generic server and C2S, and Indieweb, are all kind of chipping away at the same thing. You have all your data in one place (either self-hosted or someone-else-hosted) and you decide which apps you want to let interact with it.

Stumbled across this app Manifold:
‘intuitive, collaborative, open-source platform for scholarly publishing’

Looks pretty good. I landed on this article from a web search and was genuinely intrigued what it was running on. It’s very nicely presented and has no ads or crap trying to get me to do something else on the platform. Feels nice!

Just needs federated annotations…

Also an interesting talk on the harms and perceived harms of social media on children, and how these might be reduced. Things like cyber bullying; inability to perceive manipulated content; problem of ‘persuasive design’; exposure to harmful content; overuse and disconnection anxiety.

Is Fediverse a good space to mitigate these? Do any instances currently actually actively cater to children?

Interesting talk today discussing the importance of having human rights activists embedded in protocol organisations. Basically having someone who pushes for the consideration of impact on human rights when technical standards are being defined.

The talk was specifically on the IETF. They gave the example of data leakage in WebRTC revealing IP addresses and said an activist had raised this and it had gotten fixed. Anyone know details of that?