Thinking about Activity Pub

Quoting Henrik Karlsson “A blog post is a very long and complex search query to find fascinating people and make them route interesting stuff to your inbox” 

Somewhat more specifically, we are looking for ways to work on distributed systems. Could be systems design, software development, or technical market opportunity analysis. Or something we haven’t found yet. 

A decentralized social media service is one angle of approach; the Activity Pub protocol might benefit from some rethinking of the server  implementation with the goal of enabling large scale. There’s a discussion of Takahē , which has different goals, and mentions of other server implementations here https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=33731739 This focus on Activity Pub is of course prompted by the dramatic changes at Twitter under its new master, and the consequent increase in users and server implementations of Mastodon. 

Bruce Davie discusses what is meant by decentralization in this context “Mastodon and other applications in the fediverse are organizationally distributed. Each instance of a Mastodon server is run by a person or group who gets to make their own decisions both about how to run the service technically and on the policies that will apply to the instance.” 

Quoting Kiernan Christ writing for  Lawfare “Policymakers should be aware of the Fediverse, even though it currently has a much smaller user base than any mainstream social media company. Regulations developed to deal with the negative consequences of Big Tech may be ineffective or incompatible with decentralized services.” 

Lawfare blog https://www.lawfareblog.com/what-earth-fediverse 9 May 22

Bruce Davie https://www.theregister.com/2023/01/01/mastodon_activitypub/ 

Guide to Mastodon https://github.com/joyeusenoelle/GuideToMastodon

Henrik Karlsson https://escapingflatland.substack.com 

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