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  • Commoning social media, tools, platforms

    Facebook is not commoning, and is not costless. It’s a way for a giant corporation to pump value out of your traffic and unselfconscious gossip, for profit, surveillance and Big Brother manipulation of your buying (or voting, or social ‘othering’) behaviour.

    If you want to use software tools and platforms in the future, track ongoing developments in distributed P2P protocols, for example . .

    and the ecosystems of apps that run on them: eg the Open App Ecosystem.

    Such apps and protocols are the base of existing non-corporate (and typically free-to-use) social media platforms like . .

    There’s even a Mastodon platform – an ‘instance’ – that’s under cooperative ownership: social.coop

    If you need cloud storage, instead of Dropbox or Google you can use NextCloud services, which run on open-source (P2P) software and offer free accounts of various sizes, for personal use. Click on ‘change provider’ to see more providers.

    There’s a crash coming – a slap from Mother Nature. This isn’t pessimistic; it’s realistic.

    The human impact on nature and on each other is accelerating and needs systemic change to reverse.

    We’re not advocating poverty, or a hair-shirt existence. We advocate changes that will mean better lives for almost everyone.

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