This Dec 5 talk by @Florini on how people create online enclaves for conversation away from harassment may be of interest to people on Mastodon: https://cyber.harvard.edu/events/2017/luncheon/12/Florini
Finally getting some of my art on the wall. This one is a panel from Nick Sousanis's graphic novel PhD dissertation.
Statue of the day: Angeline Eberly shot a cannon to protect the Texas archives in Austin from a secret incursion ordered by Sam Houston in 1842 https://octodon.social/media/PShO3HcHagxh3tqSsDk
Photo by John Nestor on Flickr. Sculpture by Pat Oliphant
Their report on the decentralized web can be read here: http://dci.mit.edu/decentralizedweb
.@ethanz writes about Mastodon's popularity as part of a wider report with Chelsea Barabas and Neha Narula on decentralized publishing:
UK politicians bringing their cats to work: http://www.metafilter.com/168869/UK-politicians-trying-to-get-their-cats-wedged-into-parliament
My contribution: Platform-based social change will continue to be risky without progress on evaluation and governance by platform users
New report on harmful speech online by folks at the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard, useful for thinking about Mastodon instance management: https://medium.com/berkman-klein-center/fresh-perspectives-on-harmful-speech-online-d25fc4092db1
Today, I totally borrowed the title of a Stephen Universe episode for my blog post about finishing the PhD #LifeGoals
Maybe I will use octodon to share what I am eating. Last week, I enjoyed fresh fruit from Frog Hollow Farm, the farm that supplies Chez Panisse in Berkeley. Someone surprised me with a gift.
The pears were fantastic. After some ripening, they offered the perfect combination of melting sugary liquid with a texture that still yielded to each bite.
The Pollen has attacked in force here in Boston, so I have quarantined myself inside until my dissertation defense.
Last sighting of the Pollinator: https://youtu.be/0DnLhveQkVQ?t=5m21s
Geez I mean I think Mastodon is really important and stuff but maybe Wired is overstating it https://www.wired.com/2017/04/130000-year-old-mastodon-threatens-upend-human-history/ https://mastodon.social/media/CQgrhJW2ve0w4qwjNQI
Building public interest, independent research on online safety & fairness. PhD Candidate, MIT Media Lab. Harvard BKC. http://civilservant.io natematias.com
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