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I'm Simon Phipps, an older geek lucky enough to have worked on significant tech at some well-known companies & in several open source communities. Too many things to list here, see my About page.

I now work on standards & policy for OSI and help communities with governance things. I also co-host the FLOSS Weekly webcast.

I post about anything that fascinates me - usually music, politics, travel and food as well as about open source.

Progressive, unaligned, he/him

Meshed is Simon (@webmink), Lizzie, Miriam, Clare and Susanna. You'll find a readout of public activities at meshedinsights.com but we all do more than you will see there. We will let you know when there are new posts, as well as posting activities reported elsewhere (such as Simon's FLOSS Weekly hosting and OSI activities).

I still believe in micro-lending as a way to improve the world. Join the team at Kiva with me so we can empower people to change their own lives. kiva.org/invitedto/open_source

If you would like to share with the European Commission your views on Standards Essential Patents and FRAND licensing, you have a week left. For more details see my post at blog.opensource.org/lets-get-o

OK, it's time to experiment with my own host. I'll stay here for now (not least because of github.com/mastodon/mastodon/i) but I've a new company-news account if you want to follow along, at @meshed

OK who can help take Matt Mullenweg up on his offer to bring #Tumblr up to full #indieweb standards? cc: @humanetech

Not a joke: this is a very real opportunity... #openweb

Well that was cool. Debian on this Chromebook just auto-upgraded to Bullseye.

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I'm Simon Phipps, an older geek lucky enough to have worked on significant tech at some well-known companies & in several open source communities. Too many things to list here, see my About page.

I now work on standards & policy for OSI and help communities with governance things. I also co-host the FLOSS Weekly webcast.

I post about anything that fascinates me - usually music, politics, travel and food as well as about open source.

Progressive, unaligned, he/him

The International Declaration for the Future of the Internet is a set of principles for a human rights-protecting internet. To implement, many countries need to drop online censorship and spying on users, and align policies and laws with its principles. eff.org/deeplinks/2022/04/eff-

@leo Do you have show accounts on your server? I note on Twitter a viewer complaining that FLOSS Weekly stuff was not posted on the Fediverse.

🚨BREAKING🚨

We've teamed up with #Foxglovelegal
to challenge the transfers of refugees' data to the Rwandan Government 👇🏽

mirror.co.uk/news/politics/pri

Join our movement now!

openrightsgroup.org/join/

How do you celebrate the completion of your new, gigantic urban sewer tunnel?

This is the best way.
youtu.be/Aa5Fu28C9e0?t=50

The best treatment for patent trolls is to take their patents away, we need a way to do this earlier.

blog.opensource.org/gnome-pate

This is a useful set of reflections as I explore my options for finally hosting an instance.
chaos.social/@rixx/10821023079

We have now collectively gained 112,413 monthly active users in the last few days, and 149,720 compared to the end of March. That's a 62% increase. Total now at 384K MAU across Mastodon.

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“Very often people ask who is Zelensky’s speechwriter,” says Dasha Zarivna, a communications adviser. “The main one is him,” she says. “He works on every line.”

Worthwhile feature on Zelenskyy
time.com/6171277/volodymyr-zel

I had the opportunity to finally meet @ethanz last night, interviewing him for FLOSS Weekly #678.
twit.tv/shows/floss-weekly/epi

We covered lots of ground on federation, the diversity of microblogging systems, the Fediverse and Mastodon, why Twitter is so hard to replace and more. I had a great time, albeit finding we were only starting discussions rather than getting to their meat, and you may enjoy it too!

I mentioned this ISOC paper on FLOSS Weekly yesterday. It outlines considerations for and against mandating open interfaces. t;dr: it's a good thing but easily weaponized. internetsociety.org/blog/2020/

/cc @ethanz @leo

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