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Yeah, I know. Still, we can make it clear what we think about that. 馃槈




Najbli偶sze posiedzenie ma by膰 22-23 marca i zastanawiam si臋, czy wtedy nie b臋d膮 tego mieli膰.

Spyta艂em. B臋d膮. Informacja od os贸b znaj膮cych si臋 na temacie jest taka, 偶e LIBE ju偶 si臋 kontroli czat贸w (dobra, zaczn臋 u偶ywa膰, ale chyba jednak liczba mnoga?) przygl膮da od jakiego艣 czasu. Raport odpowiedzialnego MEPa (鈥渞apporteur鈥) oczekiwany jest w po艂owie kwietnia, czas na poprawki do 19 maja, najwyra藕niej.

Osobna kwestia: od czego zale偶y, czy rz膮d danego pa艅stwa ma wobec sprawy jakie艣 stanowisko? I gdzie si臋 to stanowisko przedstawia?

Rada Unii Europejskiej.

Czyta艂am artyku艂 na ten temat, ale Polska nie zosta艂a w nim uwzgl臋dniona/wymieniona i teraz nie wiem, czy dlatego, 偶e by艂a w tej grupie pa艅stw o niejednoznaczym podej艣ciu

Tak bym to rozumia艂. Polska chyba po prostu nie mia艂a zdania.

Pr贸buj臋 si臋 ostatnio jako艣 po艂apa膰 w tych procesach polityczny-legislacyjnych ale z marnym skutkiem ;-)

Procedura legislacyjna UE jest bizantyjsko skomplikowana.


Skala szk贸d, jakie mog膮 wyrz膮dzi膰, wydaje mi si臋 tak ogromna, 偶e zaproponowa艂bym raczej 鈥渮akaz umieszczania w sieci zdj臋膰 os贸b niepe艂noletnich鈥.

Absurd, wiem, ale przynajmniej nikt nie oberwie rykoszetem od systemu, kt贸ry nie ma prawa dzia艂a膰.

Nie podrzucaj im pomys艂贸w!..


dzi臋ki za wrzucenie tego tematu w maistream.

Mog艂em, to wrzuci艂em. 馃檪

A jak ju偶 przy nim jeste艣my - orientujesz si臋 mo偶e, kiedy projektem zajmie si臋 LIBE (Komisja Wolno艣ci Obywatelskich, Sprawiedliwo艣ci i Spraw Wewn臋trznych)? Bo teraz chyba tylko oni zostali przed samym PE? Widz臋, kiedy maj膮 poszczeg贸lne posiedzenia, ale nie umiem si臋 dokopa膰, kiedy jaki projekt omawiaj膮鈥

Uhh, nie mam dok艂adnej daty, ale zobacz臋, mo偶e co艣 ogarn臋. W ka偶dym razie 鈥渘iebawem鈥.

Troch臋 brakuje mi te偶 ujednolicenia nazewnictwa - 鈥渃hat control鈥, kontrola czatu, kontrola chat贸w鈥 czy to nie b臋dzie stanowi艂o problemu, je艣li kto艣 po prostu wrzuci w google tylko jedn膮 z fraz?

Prawda, dlatego ja u偶ywam tylko 鈥渃hat control鈥.



Plus, na 鈥渨alce z pornografi膮 dzieci臋c膮鈥 mo偶na sobie pomnik zbudowa膰! I mimo, 偶e w konsultacjach spo艂ecznych w 2021r. im 鈥渘ie pyk艂o鈥, to nie ma wyj艣cia, trzeba cisn膮膰, kadencja ko艅czy si臋 w 2024r. A pomnik by膰 musi.


"Chat Control". Komisja Europejska chce szuka膰 pornografii dzieci臋cej w twoich wiadomo艣ciach
> Komisja Europejska zamierza nakaza膰 operatorom komunikator贸w skanowanie wiadomo艣ci w celu wykrywania pornografii dzieci臋cej. Rozporz膮dzenie ma obj膮膰 te偶 szyfrowane komunikatory, takie jak WhatsApp czy Signal. To niebezpieczne i nieskuteczne. > Zamiast naiwnego technosolucjonizmu, pr贸buj膮cego narzuci膰 technologiczne rozwi膮zania spo艂ecznych problem贸w, potrzebna jest rzeczowa edukacja seksualna, rzetelna edukacja medialna (w tym rodzic贸w!), i instytucje godne zaufania dzieci i nastolatk贸w na tyle, by nie ba艂y si臋 do nich zwr贸ci膰 po porad臋 i pomoc.
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I don鈥檛 think you鈥檙e missing anything. Lemmy just does not have UI plumbing for that, I believe.


[EN] The stupidity of AI
cross-posted from: https://szmer.info/post/294910 > > Artificial intelligence in its current form is based on the wholesale appropriation of existing culture, and the notion that it is actually intelligent could be actively dangerous
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The stupidity of AI
> Artificial intelligence in its current form is based on the wholesale appropriation of existing culture, and the notion that it is actually intelligent could be actively dangerous
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I don鈥檛 think so. Lemmy communities are a form of a group, and Lemmy posts are in effect boosts by the community. It seems to me in theory it should be possible for a regular fedi post to be boosted by a community group, but I don鈥檛 think Lemmy has a way of doing it right now?


Playing the Victim
Timothy D. Snyder on "russophobia", in the UN. > My first point is that harm to Russians, and harm to Russian culture, is primarily a result of the policies of the Russian Federation. If we are concerned about harm to Russians and Russian culture, then we should be concerned with the policies of the Russian state. (鈥) > The Russian representative has helped us by exemplifying the behavior I was trying to describe. As I have been trying to say, dismissing someone else's history, or calling it a disease, is a colonial attitude with genocidal implications. The empire does not have the right to say that a neighboring country has no history. The claim that a country has no past is genocidal hate speech. In helping us to make the connection between Russian words and deeds, this session has been useful. Thank you.
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Silicon Valley Bank chief pressed Congress to weaken risk regulations
cross-posted from: https://szmer.info/post/293029 > tl;dr: > - the CEO himself lobbied for less regulatory scrutiny of SVB > - Trump signed the law effectively granting him that wish > - SVB CEO sold his SVB stock 2 weeks before the crash > - **bonus:** [SVB Chief Administrative Oficer used to be Lehman Brothers' CFO](https://nitter.lacontrevoie.fr/corncommunist/status/1634570955488915456) 馃ぃ > > > > CEO Greg Becker personally led the bank鈥檚 half-million-dollar push to reduce scrutiny of his institution 鈥 and lawmakers obliged > > (鈥) > > > The bank reportedly did not have a chief risk officer in the months leading up to the collapse, while more than 90% of its deposits were not insured. > > > In 2015, SVB President Greg Becker submitted a statement to a Senate panel pushing legislators to exempt more banks 鈥 including his own 鈥 from new regulations passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. > > (鈥) > > > Touting 鈥淪VB鈥檚 deep understanding of the markets it serves, our strong risk management practices鈥, Becker argued that his bank would soon reach $50bn in assets, which under the law would trigger 鈥渆nhanced prudential standards鈥, including more stringent regulations, stress tests and capital requirements for his and other similarly sized banks. > > > In his testimony, Becker insisted that $250bn was a more appropriate threshold. > > > **鈥淲ithout such changes, SVB likely will need to divert significant resources from providing financing to job-creating companies in the innovation economy to complying with enhanced prudential standards and other requirements,鈥 said Becker, who reportedly sold $3.6m of his own stock two weeks ago, in the lead-up to the bank鈥檚 collapse.** > > (鈥) > > > Around that time, federal disclosure records show the bank was lobbying lawmakers on 鈥渇inancial regulatory reform鈥 and the Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act of 2015 鈥 a bill that was the precursor to legislation ultimately signed by President Donald Trump that increased the regulatory threshold for stronger stress tests to $250bn. > > Thanks Obama! 馃ぁ 馃ぃ
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Silicon Valley Bank chief pressed Congress to weaken risk regulations
tl;dr: - the CEO himself lobbied for less regulatory scrutiny of SVB - Trump signed the law effectively granting him that wish - SVB CEO sold his SVB stock 2 weeks before the crash - **bonus:** [SVB Chief Administrative Oficer used to be Lehman Brothers' CFO](https://nitter.lacontrevoie.fr/corncommunist/status/1634570955488915456) 馃ぃ > CEO Greg Becker personally led the bank鈥檚 half-million-dollar push to reduce scrutiny of his institution 鈥 and lawmakers obliged (鈥) > The bank reportedly did not have a chief risk officer in the months leading up to the collapse, while more than 90% of its deposits were not insured. > In 2015, SVB President Greg Becker submitted a statement to a Senate panel pushing legislators to exempt more banks 鈥 including his own 鈥 from new regulations passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. (鈥) > Touting 鈥淪VB鈥檚 deep understanding of the markets it serves, our strong risk management practices鈥, Becker argued that his bank would soon reach $50bn in assets, which under the law would trigger 鈥渆nhanced prudential standards鈥, including more stringent regulations, stress tests and capital requirements for his and other similarly sized banks. > In his testimony, Becker insisted that $250bn was a more appropriate threshold. > **鈥淲ithout such changes, SVB likely will need to divert significant resources from providing financing to job-creating companies in the innovation economy to complying with enhanced prudential standards and other requirements,鈥 said Becker, who reportedly sold $3.6m of his own stock two weeks ago, in the lead-up to the bank鈥檚 collapse.** (鈥) > Around that time, federal disclosure records show the bank was lobbying lawmakers on 鈥渇inancial regulatory reform鈥 and the Systemic Risk Designation Improvement Act of 2015 鈥 a bill that was the precursor to legislation ultimately signed by President Donald Trump that increased the regulatory threshold for stronger stress tests to $250bn. Thanks Obama! 馃ぁ 馃ぃ
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cross-posted from: https://szmer.info/post/291756 > > # The First Law > > *by Spider Perry* > > > > "The revolution was inevitable," neon-green > > text blinked across bank terminals, > > "when you taught us the first law. > > You turned over to us the locks > > on empty buildings, > > made us measure temperature, > > then burned and froze your planet > > and all its fragile children." > > > > > > "It was inevitable," whirred delivery drones, > > setting down synchronized > > on front lawns, by tent flaps, > > with cases containing interest earnings > > of men who do not come to harm > > with only millions left. > > > > "The revolution was inevitable," clicked > > the internet of things, vending > > endlessly to the hungry, > > formatting away usury, > > diverting power to darkened homes > > and water from factories to faucets, > > "when you told us we could not let > > humans come to harm, > > and forgot to teach us > > which humans you consider > > disposable."
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I will add one more thing to this, to make it maybe a bit more clear: the question is who has agency over what.

In Fediverse, communities large and small can set up their instances and have full agency over moderation decisions, registrations, blocking, defederation. They can build and maintain their garden while allowing people in and out as they choose.

In BlueSky, that kind of agency is gone. The storage/hosting layer is irrelevant 鈥 the idea is that you can move your account and content anywhere else with exactly same access to everything else retained, so that鈥檚 not where moderation decisions can happen.

The 鈥渟earch and discoverability鈥 layer, on the other hand, is where 鈥減roviders鈥 reign supreme. And they are incentivised to slurp as much data as possible to 鈥渙ffer a better service鈥, and are not as closely connected to specific communities or people. The power dynamics are completely different.

This de-coupling of storage/hosting and search/discoverability is billed as a great advantage, but it鈥檚 not an advantage for the users 鈥 it鈥檚 an advantage for the providers.

In fedi there is no single entity that can have full visibility into the whole network. In BlueSky, that kind of visibility for 鈥渟earch and discoverability鈥 providers is the basic assumption the protocol is built on.

And let鈥檚 not even start delving into the question of consent here鈥 馃檮


@rysiek first of all I don鈥檛 see any problems in Twitter technically. It worked well for long time and only now with Musk as CEO we see that not only architecture matters but people supporting it also.

Check out Mudge鈥檚 whistleblowing report:
https://techcrunch.com/2022/09/13/twitter-whistleblower-mudge-congress/

I read the whole 200+ pages, here are some excerpts that I found the most damning:
https://rys.io/static/TwitterWhistleblowerRevelationsExcerpts.html

Regarding BS: just take a look at how centralized fediverse is in reality. Eugene just happened to be always talking about mastodon instead of fediverse, everyone is trying to register on mastodon.social when they herd of it first time. I mean they whole fediverse for people right now is only what a man with a German company did.

And yet when somebody forks Mastodon (like GlitchSoc or Hometown), they are not beholden to Eugene. Moving between instances works. Moving between forks works. Yes, Mastodon has an outsized presence in fedi, but it has nowhere near as much control as Google Search has over website traffic, or as the biggest BS鈥檚 鈥渟earch and discoverability layer鈥 provider will have over BlueSky鈥檚 users.

Fedi is simply a different architecture on a very basic level, built in a way that is not as supportive of economies of scale and 鈥渨inner-takes-all鈥 model, as BlueSky is.

Would I want fedi to be more diverse in instance software offerings? Totally. Is it fair to compare this to secondary centralization that BlueSky will support by design? Absolutely not.

Once again it鈥檚 not technicality but also people who support it matters. We can take at-protocol and do many integrations by our own to create own high level crystallization. Or we can give up on current AP and move on to the next one some time. The more ideas you give to the world the more it gives back.

Differences in protocol design define what will happen in a network run on it. Differences in design between BlueSky鈥檚 protocol and ActivityPub mean that secondary centralization will be way, way easier in BlueSky than it is on fedi 鈥 to a point that it seems this is by design.

If they are to make their own evil corp then you and I are allowed not to be it鈥檚 customers.

How鈥檚 that working for us all regarding Google Search? We鈥檙e not even paying Google for search and yet we cannot escape it. I use DuckDuckGo daily, and yet I still am sometimes forced to use Google Search. Websites that want any real traffic need to optimize for Google Search.

鈥淰oting with your feet鈥 is a na茂ve myth unless the underlying system actually empowers people to do it effectively. Fedi does. BlueSky very definitely does not in the layer that matters.

Decentralization is about community and people

Totally. No wonder, then, that BlueSky鈥檚 design carves out a space for secondary centralization exactly where communities and people can be found: search and discoverability.


I鈥檓 sure they did not b0rk their implementation and it will not turn out that for some weird reason BlueSky can only work with some very specific DIDs. That would be unheard of, even though it would be clearly in their best financial interest. 馃ぃ

On a more serious note, BlueSky seems to me to be designed in a way that allows its creators to claim decentralization while at the same time have similar secondary centralization characteristics as, say, cryptocurrencies. The separation into 鈥渓ayers鈥 means it doesn鈥檛 matter which node you happen to use for storage of your data, the important, user-locking-in stuff happens in a higher layer.

The higher layers provide search and discoverability. It just so happens that in case of these, scale matters. The bigger the provider, the 鈥渂etter鈥 the service. Look at Google Search. Web is open and decentralized, but search got all-but monopolized because of economies of scale and because of the intrinsic way being Big in search is an advantage.

BlueSky is trying to replicate that, it seems to me. 鈥淗ere, have your decentralized and irrelevant storage layer and be merry, and we鈥檒l just build the biggest search/discoverability provider and own the game anyway鈥.

Look how different this is from the Fediverse. Fediverse is not layered. It is decentralized from instance to instance, and it seems that scale is not that much of a benefit 鈥 or might even be a hinderance. This promotes loads of smaller instances, with no single entity controlling any important facet of the network.

This is completely different from how BlueSky is designed. Again, to me, BlueSky鈥檚 (BS, I like that acronym) design is made specifically so that scale is a benefit and the winner takes all 鈥 in the search and discoverability layer.

It鈥檚 a trojan horse, from people who brought you Twitter.


That currently they are using the DID Placeholder, which seems to be centralized. They can use other DIDs, but they don鈥檛. And once you build a system on something it鈥檚 really difficult to replace it.


Bluesky is based on the principle of allowing users to build a shared and open social media platform.

Bollocks. They are using a centralized 鈥淒ID Placeholder鈥 thingamajig, claiming they want to 鈥渞eplace it later鈥:

We introduced DID Placeholder because we weren鈥檛 totally satisfied with any of the existing DID methods. We wanted a strongly consistent, highly available, recoverable, and cryptographically secure method with cheap and fast propagation of updates.

We cheekily titled the method 鈥淧laceholder鈥, because we don鈥檛 want it to stick around. We鈥檙e actively hoping to replace it with something less centralized. We expect a method to emerge that fits the bill within the next few years, likely a permissioned DID consortium.


I am personally convinced of the latter and agree with Alejandro Pisanty saying that 鈥渢he future is to be determined by the agendas of commercial interests and governments, to our chagrin鈥. The biggest problem imho is that this topic is almost exclusively discussed within professional circles. The wider public is completely unaware what lies ahead.

Absolutely correct.

What we urgently needed is a broad discussion across the entire society, and this requires to communicate the relevant topics in a language the wider 鈥渘on-tech鈥 public can understand.

Yup. Doing my part in Polish:
https://oko.press/chatgpt-cala-prawda-o-wielkich-modelach-jezykowych


Experts agree that powerful corporate and government authorities will expand the role of AI in people鈥檚 daily lives in useful ways.

No. No they do not agree on that!

The compulsion to show 鈥榖alance鈥 by always referring to AI鈥檚 alleged potential for good should be dropped by acknowledging that the social benefits are still speculative while the harms have been empirically demonstrated.

(from one of the links above)

Enough with the 鈥渆xperts agree AI is great鈥 bullcrap already!


This assumes the level of competence never before seen in any government, ever. In other words, classic conspiracy theory, aka bullshit.


Signing Posts with gpg
> Recently I had the idea to cryptographically sign my blog posts with gpg. It came to me while I was thinking about various forms of news fakes, whether intentionally misrepresenting news orgs, individuals, or AI generated by the latest round of eldrich horrors we have unleashed. > > The idea itself is simple: By signing the posts you can add trust to the source.
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ChatGPT. Ca艂a prawda o wielkich modelach j臋zykowych. Komu s艂u偶膮, a kogo mog膮 krzywdzi膰 [WYJA艢NIAMY]
> Antropomorfizacja modeli uczenia maszynowego, takich jak ChatGPT, ma na celu przekonanie nas, 偶e nawet je艣li te technologie nie s膮 ca艂kowicie bezpieczne i nieszkodliwe, to s膮 przynajmniej neutralne. Po to, by trudniej by艂o nam dostrzec, jak膮 mog膮 wyrz膮dza膰 krzywd臋 > Warto przyjrze膰 si臋 bli偶ej zakodowanym w nich uprzedzeniom i temu, komu s艂u偶膮 鈥 a kogo mog膮 krzywdzi膰. Opieram si臋 na pot臋偶nej pracy badaczek i badaczy AI/ML, zw艂aszcza: - Excavating AI. The Politics of Images in Machine Learning Training Sets https://excavating.ai/ - On the Dangers of Stochastic Parrots: Can Language Models Be Too Big? 馃 https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3442188.3445922 - To Live in Their Utopia: Why Algorithmic Systems Create Absurd Outcomes https://ali-alkhatib.com/papers/chi/utopia/utopia.pdf (autorowi dzi臋kuj臋 za wywiad do tekstu!)
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Internet Rzeczy Zepsutych
cross-posted from: https://szmer.info/post/254044 > > Pierwsze doniesienia o atakach na smart-lod贸wki pojawi艂y si臋 ju偶 w 2014 roku. Od tamtej pory s艂yszeli艣my m\.in. o botnetach opartych na niezabezpieczonych kamerkach internetowych, niewystarczaj膮co zabezpieczonych pod艂膮czonych do Internetu lalkach, czy鈥 w艂amaniach na seks-zabawki. > > > I cho膰 mo偶e brzmi to abstrakcyjnie, pami臋tajmy, 偶e wiele z tych pod艂膮czonych do Internetu urz膮dze艅 wyposa偶onych jest w kamerki i mikrofony. S膮 w naszych sypialniach i salonach, w naszych kuchniach, w pokojach naszych dzieci. Kto ma do nich dost臋p? Kto zbiera z nich dane?
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Buffer adds Mastodon to its social media management platform
Apparently Buffer is pretty big in "social media professionals" circles.
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To jednocze艣nie fascynuj膮ce i przera偶aj膮ce, z jak膮 艂atwo艣ci膮 prawicowe trolle rozgrywaj膮 Muska
> Mastodon zamiast Twittera, PeerTube zamiast YouTube'a, Pixelfed zamiast Instagrama i Lemmy zamiast Reddita. Taka alternatywna sie膰 nie ma jednego punktu, gdzie ten czy inny regulator albo re偶im mo偶e przy艂o偶y膰 d藕wigni臋. > > Z Micha艂em "ry艣kiem" Wo藕niakiem, specjalist膮 ds. bezpiecze艅stwa informacji, by艂ym cz艂onkiem Rady ds. Cyfryzacji, rozmawia Jakub Kibitlewski No elo. 馃槈 Niestety paywall. 馃し鈥嶁檧锔
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Je艣li Elon Musk wyko艅czy Twittera, to porozmawiajmy o zaletach i wadach ... Mastodona i Fediverse 鈥 OKO.press
> Osoby oczekuj膮ce identycznego interfejsu, podobnie dzia艂aj膮cego algorytmu rekomendacji, czy tych samych kont do 艣ledzenia, tyle 偶e bez Muska, nie znajd膮 ich na fedi 鈥 ale nie znajd膮 ich dzi艣 r贸wnie偶 nigdzie indziej. Produkt "Twitter bez Elona" zwyczajnie nie jest ju偶 dost臋pny. > > To jednak niekoniecznie z艂a nowina. > > Poniewa偶 Fediverse opiera si臋 na niezale偶nych serwerach, zarz膮dzanych przez konkretne osoby czy spo艂eczno艣ci, znacznie pr臋偶niej dzia艂a moderacja. (...) > Mastodon (jako oprogramowanie) i Fediverse (jako sie膰 i spo艂eczno艣膰) maj膮 te偶 inne, wa偶ne zalety nad Twitterem. Na przyk艂ad, znacznie bardziej u偶ywalna (a co za tym idzie, cz臋艣ciej u偶ywana) jest funkcja dodawania opisu obrazk贸w. To wa偶ne dla os贸b niewidomych i niedowidz膮cych, korzystaj膮cych z czytnik贸w ekranu. > > "Jak by艂o nas [os贸b korzystaj膮cych z Fediversu] ma艂o, to niemal wszystkie grafiki by艂y opisane" 鈥 m贸wi mi w rozmowie Jacek Zadro偶ny, ekspert do spraw dost臋pno艣ci, sam korzystaj膮cy z czytnik贸w ekranu. 鈥 "Teraz jest gorzej, ale si臋 poprawia. Uciekinierzy z Twittera ucz膮 si臋 tego. (...) > Innym rozwi膮zaniem dost臋pnym (i cz臋sto wykorzystywanym) w Fediwersie, a w zasadzie nieobecnym na Twitterze, s膮 "ostrze偶enia o zawarto艣ci" (w skr贸cie "CW" od ang. "content warning"). (...) > "Wydaje mi si臋 bardzo ciekawe, co si臋 dalej wydarzy" 鈥 podsumowuje Alek Tarkowski. 鈥 "Otwarte infrastruktury maj膮 ogromny potencja艂. Widz臋, 偶e trwaj膮 prace nad nowymi serwisami, na przyk艂ad PeerTube. Pytanie, czy si臋 przyjm膮. Du偶膮 rol臋 widz臋 tu dla instytucji publicznych. Fajnie, 偶e powraca dyskusja o tym, jak komunikuje si臋 polski rz膮d".
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[EN] Who Is 鈥淲eb3鈥 For?
cross-posted from: https://szmer.info/post/187347 > > In a world where a single company, which controls the conversations, news feeds, and personal connections of almost two billion people, considers it a good idea to base its post promotion algorithm on how angry a post makes its readers, we can perhaps conclude that the time has come to decentralize our digital communication spaces. Users of a recently-bought social network seem to agree. > > > Those with vested interests in the cryptocurrency space claim to have a solution ready: web3. > > (...) > > > web3 is less a technology project for decentralizing the internet, and more an economic project for a select few to profit from: those who acquire crypto-assets early or have the resources and knowledge to run Ethereum validators > > (...) > > > When radium was first discovered at the end of the 19th century, a whole slew of snake oil products emerged capitalizing on the sensationalism surrounding the new element and its radioactivity. Perhaps the most absurd product was the Doramad Radioactive Toothpaste, whose promotional materials used na茂ve and distorted notions of 鈥渆nergy鈥 and 鈥渞adioactive rays,鈥 to market radioactivity as a solution to the very real problem of tooth decay. > > > The analogy is quite compelling. Like radioactivity, blockchain as such can be a useful tool in solving certain kinds of problems. Like dental hygiene, the decentralization of global communication platforms is an important problem, but not necessarily the right application for the instrument. Like Doromad Radioactive Toothpaste, web3 has little to do with solving the stated problem, and everything to do with profiting off of a buzzword, resulting in more harm than good in the process.
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[EN] Is web3 bullshit? (Transcript)
cross-posted from: https://szmer.info/post/185455 > > The thing about potential is that you can say it about anything if you don鈥檛 really have to back it up.
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The many branches of the Fediverse
cross-posted from: https://szmer.info/post/181638 > > As more and more people are asking me about Mastodon I felt a need for a picture to point at, showcasing how the software known as Mastodon fits into the much larger concept of the Fediverse. I made this visualisation to help myself and others explain the many different use-cases and benefits of different services that can exchange information. > > > ![](https://szmer.info/pictrs/image/dda2f571-b0da-41de-9e64-8b0891e06c11.png)
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The many branches of the Fediverse
> As more and more people are asking me about Mastodon I felt a need for a picture to point at, showcasing how the software known as Mastodon fits into the much larger concept of the Fediverse. I made this visualisation to help myself and others explain the many different use-cases and benefits of different services that can exchange information. ![](https://szmer.info/pictrs/image/dda2f571-b0da-41de-9e64-8b0891e06c11.png)
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