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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.

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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.

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There is a path out. Instead we should have governing bodies rally around & *demanding* people-empowering decentralized solutions. Solutions which give agency to all citizens. Solutions without centralized gatekeepers, but which also empower communities to self-govern & moderate.

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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.

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We need to make ourselves visible, show a real effort for a system that empowers and delivers agency to our citizens.

Legislators should know that this is a viable path, otherwise they'll write legislation that assumes gatekeepers-only, because gatekeepers is all they know.

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This is a good start, but it's not enough. It should be clear from watching the video that most people in congress had never even heard of such a direction before... certainly didn't know this work has been ongoing for over a decade.

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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: youtu.be/u7ijNBTDUcM?t=169

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I think for the most part, legislators aren't even aware there's another option.

But recently, @jack@twitter.com did mention an alternative option in front of a congressional hearing, that we can build protocols as an alternative to centralization: twitter.com/jack/status/137512

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Centralized social systems are playing a losing game: there's no way to make everyone happy. But the immune response we're seeing could also misfire, resulting in only the creepiest social network possible being allowed to play.

This would be bad. But we have an alternative.

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The federated social web community has been at this work for over a decade. I'm proud to have been part of the ActivityPub standard: w3.org/TR/activitypub/

There's also further research happening for the next generation of this work in @spritelyproject.

But...

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Having an immune system is important to keeping a human body, or a society, healthy.

However, immune systems can misfire. What we've seen in the COVID-19 pandemic is that what's killing people *is* the immune system response.

But regarding centralization: we have a cure.

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There's another way to look at this situation: as my friend Randy Farmer said to me: "Society is interpreting centralization of communication as a pathogen. What we're seeing right now is an immune response."

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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.

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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:

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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.

Today could make a big impact on the future.

I hope I can do my part to help bring us to a better place.

Wah. Died right with the Orb of Zot in sight in DCSS. Well, it was a useful distraction tonight anyway, but also it's right after midnight... maybe it's for the best.

Tomorrow's a big day, better go get some sleep.

For the first round of networking stuff I did, I made a "fake network" before hooking it up to a "real network". But for the second round's refactoring I couldn't figure it out until I started opening up real connections.

I haven't unpacked why quite yet.

I started out calling "Netlayer" the much wordier "Machine Communication Transport Layer)" but Mark Miller thought that wasn't clear.

But we both liked the definition of "netlayer": merriam-webster.com/dictionary

> a small naval vessel equipped to lay and repair harbor defense nets

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In general you'll probably just hear me say "CapTP", but really, OCapN is one of *several* CapTPs (and friends) that have been implemented over time, starting with E's Pluribus suite.

"Netlayer" is meant to be pluggable this time, and is akin to "VatTP" in E.

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