RSVPed: Attending ONLINE: Homebrew Website Club London

Now Online Only
Out of an abundance of caution regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus), we have decided to switch all London meetups to online-only for the foreseeable future.
We will provide a Zoom video conference link 20 minutes before the meetup here and in the IndieWeb chat.
Homebrew Website Club is a…

One of the perks of events moving online for the foreseeable future, is that I can attend HWC London again!
RSVPed: Attending ONLINE: Homebrew Website Club Lancaster

Welcome to Homebrew Website Club Lancaster!
Due to a) coronavirus; b) finding a cafe open after 6pm, we’ll have this one online! Join at
If you’re looking to work on your website, start a new site, write a new blog post (or finish an existing one), explore the IndieW…

Going, and as an extra bonus I’m sending this RSVP from Indigenous on my phone
At IndieWebCamp London hack day today (virtually) – working on some events-related stuff.

Following on from the OwnYourRSVPs session, I’m going to try and decouple myself a bit from Meetup. I can get a feed of events in my social reader, and RSVP to them via the support Jamie added to for Meetup.

I’ll also try to publish my ‘agenda’ page (like Seb’s) for others to discover events, and maybe set up an RSVP iCal feed for my own use (like Jamie’s).

RSVPed: Attending IndieWebCamp London

IndieWebCamp London 2020 is a gathering for independent web creators of all kinds, from graphic artists, to designers, UX engineers, coders, hackers, to share ideas, actively work on creating for their own personal websites, and build upon each others creations.

Exciting, an IndieWebCamp in London!
Read We Have Never Been Social by Kathleen FitzpatrickKathleen Fitzpatrick (Kathleen Fitzpatrick)

The project has as its working title We Have Never Been Social: Rethinking the Internet. It revisits the history of the Internet’s development and, in particular, the rise of the social media structures that have come to dominate so much of our experience of networked communication, arguing that a significant part of what has led us to the mess we find ourselves in today is a desperately flawed model of sociality, one that is in fact not just un-social but anti-social.

What if the problem with social media isn’t just that it got centralized, but something deeper than that?  Looking forward to seeing this project by Kathleen Fitzpatrick progress as she looks at the history of sociality online.

That is to say: if the problem has not been the centralized, corporatized control of the individual voice, the individual’s data, but rather a deeper failure of sociality that precedes that control, then merely reclaiming ownership of our voices and our data isn’t enough. If the goal is creating more authentic, more productive forms of online sociality, we need to rethink our platforms, the ways they function, and our relationships to them from the ground up. It’s not just a matter of functionality, or privacy controls, or even of business models. It’s a matter of governance.

IndieWeb is more and more starting to feel like a genuine social network for me.  It’s happening slowly, but I’m building up a list of people that I follow in my reader, and I get the odd interaction back here and there.  And it’s not all just inside chat about IndieWeb plumbing.  Good stuff!

(Not saying it wasn’t already a social network for other people – this is just my own experience.  If I’d been blogging to my own site for 20 years, or joined, I’m sure I’d be there already!)



Thinking about privacy, and what we choose to reveal and not reveal on online, following the session in Utrecht.  It made me remember ‘gevulot’ from the book The Quantum Thief.

Gevulot is a form of privacy practised in the Oubliette. It involved complex cryptography and the exchange of public and private keys, to ensure that individuals only shared that information or sensory data that they wished to. Gevulot was disabled in agoras.

Gevulot comes from Hebrew meaning “boundary”.