I'm happy that I'll be part of two meetings this month in front of the EU Commission talking about decentralized social networks and the work we've done https://socialhub.activitypub.rocks/t/ec-ngi0-liaison-webinars-and-workshop-april-2021/1539
I believe this conversation is an important one to have, and I'd like to expand on why below.
I think for the most part, legislators aren't even aware there's another option.
But recently, @firstname.lastname@example.org did mention an alternative option in front of a congressional hearing, that we can build protocols as an alternative to centralization: https://twitter.com/jack/status/1375126820383645697
Whether you're optimistic about an organization like Twitter launching an alternative or not, it's important to start getting that message out there. This is a good first step to counter an immune response misfire.
You can see what was actually said here: https://youtu.be/u7ijNBTDUcM?t=169
I said before that centralized social networks are currently playing a losing game: there's no way to make all political parties happy.
But a top-down solution which *assumes* gatekeepers will *codify* a losing game for the citizens legislators are *intending* to protect.
There is also much to be done in the centralization space; this is why after ActivityPub was released, I decided to turn my work to fill in the remaining pieces with @spritelyproject.
I'm optimistic we can build a better future and get it out there.
Let's do so together.
Well this one was meant to say "much work to be done in the *de*centralization space" but to be honest with you: I think @spritelyproject is going in some powerful directions that even the centralized space hasn't yet explored.
@rysiek Thank you! And thanks for all the work you've done to push things in the right direction here. :)
Yes, there's huge potential in what we are building here together. In addition to the inspiring toots of @cwebber a call to action. I'd like to point you to #SocialHub, the community of technologists that is dedicated to evolving the #fediverse and build further on the great foundations we already have.
Your participation and our concerted efforts are vital to go next-level: Towards #SocialMediaReimagined all across the board.
Not necessarily in size. That's irrelevant. In vision and humanity!
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