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And thank you for the kind welcome!

Welcome to the new We Distribute!
We Distribute is my years-long-in-the-making project to document and write about free software, decentralization and federated social technologies. It has taken many forms over the years, ranging from small news bulletins talking about what a given project was doing, to detailed overviews of how these different systems actually work, and interviews with the people who are building them.

This status is a statement of intent to bring this project into its next phase: a media publication focused on bringing news about these things directly to the fediverse itself. How, you may ask?

Firstly, We Distribute is moving off of, and opt instead to self-host using only Free Software. Our site doesn't serve ads, doesn't use paywalls, and doesn't limit how many articles you can read. We don't collect personal data on you, and we give every article away for free under the Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution Share-Alike license.

Secondly, our publication feeds directly into the fediverse. We're using the ActivityPub protocol to talk to the federated social web. What this means is that if you have an account in the fediverse (Mastodon, Pleroma, Friendica, Hubzilla, and a growing list), you will be able to subscribe to this site ( and comment on our articles through your social stream reading applications of choice.

All you have to do is subscribe to using your fediverse client of choice.

There are currently some kinks in federating with certain kinds of platforms, but we're doing our best to work them out. Articles that exist before today will not be able to federate because they are older, and existed before our federation plugin was implemented (Pterotype doesn't appear to like content made prior to itself being activated).

We're working hard to prepare for a new and improved writing cycle, which means more quality article in less turnaround time. This will include:
  • News
  • Interviews
  • Reviews
  • Demos
  • Opinion Pieces
We're excited about starting off March 2019 strong. Please keep an eye on this space as we continue to grow and develop!

Job postings for data privacy workers are up 75%, but Google only has about 10 such openings, according to Indeed: If you're passionate about privacy, we're hiring for dozens of roles. Join us!
^I was an early enrollee. Could not wait to ditch gmail!
Definitely. Very happy with the service so far!

Hey all!

If you're still wondering about places to go to replace G+, I wanted to suggest coming over to a Friendica system, which is in the Fediverse (it includes several different social platforms).

I've got a node here:

Drop me a line if you have any questions. Otherwise, hope to see you there!

‘We Will Not Repeat The Mistakes Of The 2016 Election,’ Vows Nation Still Using Internet

WASHINGTON—Promising that they had learned their lesson and would not fall into the same traps they did in the last presidential election cycle, the U.S. populace vowed Wednesday not to repeat the errors of 2016, while, at the same time, nearly every American voter continued to use the internet. “We’re not going to… Read more...

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#humor #satire #news #theonion

How I feel sometimes when trying to get people to join.

Trying to get a friend to join but he says it sounds like he’s being invited to a cult
@Adam Clark I don't know, probably it's just how enthusiastic I probably sound compared to talking about other things. :-)
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Calling all #Fediverse admins of instances in the #EU. The #CopyrightDirective is coming, we need to show the MEPs how massively the EU Internets will be affected.

We are preparing a list of all EU-based #Pleroma, #Mastodon, #GNUSocial, #Peertube, #Funkwhale, and any other instances.

Please *contact me*. All I need is the domain name, which EU Member State it's located in, and the rough topic of the instance. Approximate user count welcome, but not necessary.

Please help. This is important.

These actually used to be illegal under FTC rules. The amount of useful outcomes these buybacks could have bought is mind-numbing.

The New York Times: Opinion | Schumer and Sanders: Limit Corporate Stock Buybacks (By CHUCK SCHUMER and BERNIE SANDERS)

Welcome to the Friendica network @Hank Grabowski ! Thanks for the add here, too.

Interesting how they arranged this by common compounds observed...never saw one with carbon, silicon, and titanium in the same group!

Absolutely amazing - In the International Year of the Periodic Table too.
Shows how far we have come with understanding and the importance of understanding chemistry to how our medicine and technology has moved on

"essentially crystal spheres in the sky"

Nature is so cool...

#space #astronomy #universe #physics #astrophysics


Being tired is not a badge of honor. It just means you're tired.

Happy Birthday.
Thanks very much!

Happy Birthday :)

The #Facebook hits keep coming...

The New York Times: As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants (By GABRIEL J.X. DANCE, MICHAEL LaFORGIA and NICHOLAS CONFESSORE)

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Sorry for the radio silence. With the family on a trip to #SanFrancisco . Got to see the #muirwoods first time in person. Quite a humbling experience.

I hiked the upper trail there a few years ago. It's a really cool spot.
Wish we had more time to do that! Definitely need to come back.

Gives me more motivation to finish up my server and make a node to invite my friends to #deletefacebook

The New York Times: On Thanksgiving Eve, Facebook Acknowledges Details of Times Investigation (By NELLIE BOWLES and ZACH WICHTER)

Interesting article on #blackbeard and #pirates
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Still plenty of time left US friends


One flavor for every day on the Advent calendar. :)
I think I could feel my pupils dilate at the chocolate mint. That stuff is so good, but so bad for you. :-)

#projectbehemoth is coming along nicely. Installed 5/6 SAS drives, and the second processor! Next up, installing the RAM! #server2.0 #zfs-ready #maybe


The Hubble telescope is back in service and doing science again.

Kepler, unfortunately, is dead.

No, not Johannes Kepler. He died in 1630. The Kepler Space Telescope named after him. Nine and a half years into its planned five-year mission, after discovering 2,681 confirmed exoplanets and many more "possibles", it has finally run out of fuel for its maneuvering/positioning thrusters. 94 million miles from Earth, there's not a hope of a refueling mission.

Kepler, we salute you. It's time to rest now.

#space #science

Any EU friends know of any resources?

Another country slides towards far-right autocracy.

This is a long shot, but if anyone here knows how to seek expedited immigration or asylum from Brazil into the EU, that information is urgently needed by friends of mine.

Capsule version: they have credible fear or persecution and harm under Bolsonaro, and any information that can get them out of harms way as they try to flee would be incredibly valuable right now.


possibly relevant for US peeps:

George Takei: If you are turned away at the polls because your name is not on the register, don’t walk away. Say this: I REQUEST A PROVISIONAL BALLOT AS REQUIRED BY LAW.

#voting #midterms

Me: *big long sigh of resignation and disappointment*
You: What’s up?
Me: *gestures wildly at the universe*