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 socialhub.activitypub.rocks/t/

I believe this conversation is an important one to have, and I'd like to expand on why below.

You've probably noticed that governance bodies all across the world (including the US, and in the EU but definitely elsewhere as well) are taking note about the shape of social networks.

Here's some early draft legislation from the EU. It says "gatekeepers" 16 times in 6 pages:

There's good reason to be concerned about gatekeepers to our communication, so 16 times in 6 pages isn't so surprising.

Yet, we've *built* alternatives to gatekeeping social networks across ActivityPub and other fediverse projects... how many times are those mentioned? Not once.


To be clear about this one: I am not suggesting that we should mandate a *specific* technical standard. Sometimes the world changes, and codifying a particular moment can lock us out of a better future.

I think instead we should recognize and support decentralized tech efforts.

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@cwebber If I understand correctly, you're making sure the regulators know that things like the Fediverse exist, so they won't accidentally cause us problems like with Article 13 (the "All websites must scan every post for copyrighted media" mandate), alongside potentially supporting non-gatekeeping services?

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