Hello world & curating about decentralized communities.
In addition to writing my first Medium post (which you’re in, right now — welcome!), I’m happy to share that I‘m a long-time reader, first time curator for Community.is, a newsletter about community, technology, and connection.
The issue I curated is focused on the power of decentralized communities, my ideas on 2018’s push towards decentralization, handpicked Short / Mid / Long reads (spoiler: one of them is a project I co-launched about digital identity), as well as a bevy of links.
READ THE WHOLE SHE-BANG. And also, you should definitely sign up for Community.is — it’s one of the few weekly newsletters I consistently read and click through, with quality, thoughtful articles and ideas.
A few more links that didn’t fit in the issue, but relate to decentralization that you might enjoy:
- I’m curious, but not yet sold on, Skywire, a project trying to build a decentralized web, that functions similarly to a mesh network + cryptocurrency. People pay coin hours (generated by SkyCoin) to access bandwidth on the network, or can mine coins in exchange for bandwidth.
- Interesting read around tolerance, intolerance, and what they mean for free speech and community.
- A heady read on how automation will change Work, Purpose, and Meaning.
- Throwback: revisit Community.is’ Blockchain issue, to think on decentralization in a different light.
- The Catalan government’s next leader may be based in Brussels.
And lastly, lightning round links on all things net neutrality, and why people are looking with interest at mesh networks:
- New York State joins Montana in keeping net neutrality in place, regardless of federal decision.
- 21 U.S. states sue the FCC.
- Senate Democrats now have 50 votes to repeal the FCC’s ruling.
- A fraud investigation will be launched by The US Government Accountability Office about fake identities logging comments on the FCC’s comment period for net neutrality.
- Leah Figueroa uncovers that bots submitted false submissions: for example: more than one million bulk submissions used PornHub email addresses.
- Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube voice support to restore net neutralitybefore the Senate Commerce Committee.
- The net neutrality repeal was a cover for bigger, stupider things.
- Mesh networks are a new grassroots ISP answer that Vice is investing in.
Thanks for reading: Got thoughts or links to swap about decentralization? Hit me up on Twitter! I’m also happy to talk animatedly about: product /community / user focus / user research / human centered design / design thinking, lifecycle planning as codebase ages, remote teams, civic engagement, and ethics and tech.