Matt Mullenweg, the founding developer of WordPress and the founder of Automattic, joins Basecamp co-founder David Heinemeier Hansson for a spirited debate about tech monopolies, power in open-source communities, and how to be good stewards of the modern web that they helped build.
This was a fascinating podcast. Matt Mullenweg had spoken of an ambition to get WordPress to 80% of the web. Heinemeier Hansson took him to task on twitter and they ended up in a podcast.
An example of civil discussion and disagreement on the internet. Moving off twitter to a better medium.
Although they did not resolve the central concern they touched on many points around control and ownership on the web.
It gave me a little insight into the scale of the web. Left me feeling pretty naive.
A few mentions of capitalism had me wondering what a socialist web would look like?
I realised that what I had been doing was adding to a dataset for training the machine-learning software that guides self-driving cars – probably those designed and operated by Waymo, the autonomous vehicle project owned by Alphabet Inc (which also happens to own Google).
This will hopefully be a useful reference for me and perhaps others.
I’ve been thinking about Facebook quite a bit recently. I still only visit occasionally and feel fairly negative about it. When I do visit I often see interesting things about folk I know, but not enough to make me visit more often. I also recognise that it can be used for really interesting projects for example the EAST Project we talked about on on Radio #EDUtalk.
The video, linked to by Alan, held my attention for the full hour (I find it hard to watch online videos for more than a few minutes).
Whether links fail because of DDoS attacks, censorship, or just plain old link rot, reliably accessing linked content is a problem for Internet users everywhere.
Having blogged for a while I am very aware of this problem, links I’ve made have fallen away. My bookmarks are full of holes.
Just the other day I linked to a couple of posts here that were made this month. They have already gone.1
I’ve installed the Amber WordPress Plugin here and set it to use the Internet Archive to ‘save links’ when I make them. I could have chosen to save them here, but I wonder if that could get messy?
The other thing that crosses my mind is what if people want to rub out something they have published. When a post is taken down deliberately, should I be archiving it? The posts I mentioned above were deleted by the author (I presume). Should I then make public copies available? That is what would have happened if I’d had the amber plugin working at the time.
I don’t know the answer to these questions or how the plugin works, but I’ll keep it running here for a while and look out for broken links.
How do we redirect seemingly inane goals of “connecting” beyond upping friend, follower, and subscriber counts towards notions of community and care and concern for each other, especially in places and conversations that are fraught with anger, frustration, and deep, deep potential for harm?