Looking at world news as well as some of the troubles the current fediverse is hitting... I'm really starting to feel like I don't have a choice but to throw myself into building a censorship resistant, safer-against-abuse version of the fediverse full time. I know how to do it, and I could potentially coast for a while doing it. But I'm very worried about not being able to get a good enough income to sustain the work. But it feels so urgent.
I'm not sure what to do. :\
I would throw some cash at this problem, too.
Also, being able to run Mastodon/Pleroma/whatever on an Tor Hidden Service and still be able to communicate with the rest of Fediverse would be a boon.
@rysiek @cwebber Amen to that. There's a marketing side to this too, though. It's self-evident by now that generally, people don't care about their rights. They only care about ease, comfort, and self-narratives. People didn't come to Mastodon because it was free, or liberating. They came because it was easy and it was comfortable (less abuse than Twitter), and they could weave a feel-good story about their participation. Harnessing this dynamic is crucial.
Seeing how often the tin cup is passed around these parts, it can’t be overstated how asymmetric this fight is. Them upstairs can buy whoever for whatever, whenever. I doubt most people will ever hear of Mastodon, never mind the others. FB and Birdsite come preloaded on phones.
This is a guerrilla effort now.
I feel much the same with a different emphasis. I threw myself into something similar - albeit more focused upon publishing - over a year ago. My income is so consistently low I can give very little to such work. Even as the necessity of such work has become more evident to me, I have consistently doubted that there is a sustainable demographic of people able to appreciate its value & both willing and able to pay for it.
It could change. But when? We have by now gone crossed so many red lines.