the Fediverse grew from 200,000 to over 3.5 million accounts[...]. Rather than thwarting the network, defederation, self-governing communities, and the rejection of universality allowed the Fediverse to accommodate even more communities. The presence of different servers representing very distinct communities that each have their local culture and agency over their own slice of the network, without being isolated from the larger whole, is one of the more interesting aspects of the Fediverse
However, almost one million of the total number of accounts are the result of the alt-right platform Gab switching to the Fediverse protocols, which shows that the network is still open to capture or domination by a single large party. At the same time, this development immediately triggered a variety of efforts to strengthen the possibilities for servers to deal with this risk of domination.
For example, the possibility for some server implementations to federate based on white lists, which allows servers to interconnect on an opt-in rather than opt-out basis. Another proposed response is to extend ActivityPub[...] with stronger authorization methods based on an object-capability model of computer security, allowing parties to retroactively withdraw consent from other parties to see or use their data.
agonism [states that] political consensus is impossible and radical negativity cannot be avoided in a system where diversity is limited to similar competing groups within the same hegemonic order. [...] this process is visible on corporate social media platforms, in the way they shape and control discourse in order to stay within the bounds of what is acceptable for the liberal paradigm, which is aligned with their business interests. This has led to the radicalization of those who are excluded.
many of the technical responses have focused on addressing privacy through security. In these communities, the perceived threat is the possibility of surveillance at the network level, by either government agencies or large corporations. Proposed solutions are therefore conceived as tools that implement strong encryption of both the transmission and the content of messages, ideally making use of anonymity over peer-to-peer networks. These approaches require considerable technical knowledge.
The Fediverse is then shifting from a predominantly technical to a more social understanding of privacy, as was clear in relation to discussions on issue trackers during the early stages of the development of Mastodon. The threat model discussed there is the one that consists of other users of the network, accidental associations between accounts, and the dynamics of online conversations themselves.
This means that rather than focusing on technical features such as peer-to-peer topologies and end-to-end encryption, development has been centered around building robust moderation tools, granular visibility settings for posts, and the possibility to block other instances.
These features, which accommodate for a social understanding of privacy, have been developed and advocated for by members of marginalized communities.
A 3rd way: neither the model of privacy where technically inclined individuals are in full command of their own communications, nor the model whereby the multitude believes they have ‘nothing to hide’ simply because they have no say nor control over the systems they depend on. In effect, the move to a social understanding of privacy has shown that the Fediverse is now a working laboratory in which questions of social organization and governance can no longer pretend to be decoupled from software
[Surveillance capitalism] obfuscates the exact mechanics at play, making it harder to regulate data capture and analysis[...]
[In fediverse] the way data circulates is made explicit to new users [...] when they are welcomed onto an instance. [...] both the network and its code have a pedagogical function, demonstrating how they can be used, and how one can move beyond the habitual mode of limited user-permissions to take part in coding, administrating, and organizing such platforms
In this sense, users are encouraged to become active in ways other than simply posting and liking, and are made aware of the ways in which their data circulate.
Until now, the vast majority of discussions around FLOSS licensing have remained locked in a tiresome comparison between free software’s emphasis on user ethics versus the open source approach based on economics[…] However in both cases the foundational liberal drive at the base of these ethical and economic perspectives is rarely challenged[…] Questioning this drive is a pivotal step[…] By extension this would stop the pretension that these practices are either apolitical, universal, or neutral
With its relatively diverse constituency of users,developers,agenda,software,and ideologies, the Fediverse is gradually becoming the most relevant system for the articulation of new forms of FLOSS critique[…] by people who understand its use as part of a wider set of practices that challenge the status quo. Sometimes this happens in a reflective discursive way across several communities, sometimes through the materialization of experiments and projects that directly challenge FLOSS as we know it
O masto.donte.com.br é uma instância moderada com um foco em usuários do Brasil, mas usuários de outros lugares (e outras línguas) são bem vindos. Discursos de ódio são proibidos. Usuários que não respeitem as regras serão silenciados ou suspensos, dependendo da severidade da violação.