In case you don't already know, we are not post-pandemic. After a conference in Stockholm, a couple people came down with Covid. At my conference in London, we lost a couple people to it, and the organizer had to Zoom in because she was positive. My conference in Berlin was cancelled...due to Covid. I'd hoped to write something more clever, but please look after your and friends -- wear a mask and don't assume it's "just a cold."

If you are a #Hometown admin and would like to be notified whenever there is a new release, you can follow @hometown_releases

This account updates whenever a Hometown release comes out. I recommend after following, going to the profile and clicking the "notification" bell icon to get notified like an @-mention whenever this posts (which is not often). That icon won't be there if you don't follow it first, by the way.

My recent opinion essay for @nytimes

I note the new paradigm of "technodevelopment" and discuss the reality of it in countries like Nigeria. I ask the bigger question: What has Silicon Valley capital done in Africa? What should be the role of law?

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/12/01/opinion/silicon-valley-zuckerberg-dorsey-nigeria-africa.html

Kyiv city workers repairing water pipes on Tuesday, using an emergency vehicle’s generator to power lights and a welding torch. (David Guttenfelder) 🔒nytimes.com/2022/11/30/world/e

#Historians and #history folks and everyone else who uses #archives: please tell archivists when you find something in our collections that you or your students connect with.

I was having a terrible day trying to fix technical issues with our digital platform until I got to talk to a student about her research and the letters she had found here – whole day redeemed.

point yourself towards 3 hours of greener horizons with last night's frow show on listener-supported noncommercial #WFMU. played a whole lot of recent live recordings (a few made by people on the heads.social server!), including a ryley walker/jr bohannon/ryan jewell jam, meg baird with chris forsyth, henry now (being the current incarnation of henry cow), jake acosta, plus don cherry/abdullah ibrahim '72, anteloper '18, mute duo '18, & more. https://bit.ly/3ERlecH

Do not use Hive Social - "The issues we reported allow any attacker to access all data, including private posts, private messages, shared media and even deleted direct messages." https://zerforschung.org/posts/hive-en/

https://historians.social has been live for 48 hours!

We have well over 400 members on our server and we're growing just about every minute.

Although the instance says "historians," we're really a place for history and anyone who has an interest in or works with history. So #historyteachers history organizations, #libraries #archives #museums and anyone who wants to know more about the past and the process of history is invited to join us!

@histodons #histodons

#Socialcoop stars in this new article by me and @amyadele on why the fediverse is not just a Twitter replacement—it invites us to a whole new orientation to social media: https://www.noemamag.com/mastodon-isnt-just-a-replacement-for-twitter/

Thanks fellow cooperators for helping inform this thinking!

#BlackMastodon @blackmastodon
Women Who Innovate Grant For Musical Artists:
Deadline 12/31
This grant will be awarded to an artist who is creating new work, seeking collaborative opportunities, taking risks, & pushing the boundaries in their musical realm.
The recipient of this grant must also demonstrate an active commitment towards advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, & accessibility in their work.
Award amount: $1,000:
https://iawm.org/innovate-grant

If you need some rock n roll tonight, I know a place where you can find a solid 60 minutes of it, on #wfmu #rocknsoulradio! Tune in for Bad Teeth, with your host Spoony at 8-9pm edt! #rocknrollgoddamn

Just launched!

tldr.nettime is an instance for artists, researchers, and activists interested in exploring the intersections of technology, culture, and politics.

It has grown out of nettime-l, one of the longest-running mailing lists on the net .

It offers two tweaks we hope will help make it unusually fruitful:

- The character count per message is higher — 2000 chars.
- You can choose whether your post is public or visible only on tldr's local timeline.

https://tldr.nettime.org

ICYMI, the music series started last week on Ben Franklin's World with an exploration of Music and Song in Native North America. Our guest is Chad Hamill, an ethnomusicologist and a citizen of the Spokane Tribe.

https://www.benfranklinsworld.com/343

@inquiline @erazlogo I just discovered the Toot! app for iOS lets you read a server’s local timeline without being logged in. (Local only, not the federated timeline you can view on web.) And if you tap fave, boost or reply, it asks which account you want to do it with. Pretty seamless.

This is a good moment, therefore, to question the entire ecosystem and its models. Facebook took the Twitter-infused industry downturn as an excuse to fire accountable AI, DEI and other researchers and policy makers in areas for which they’d simply rather not be responsible. Meaning that equity and accountability aren’t nowhere near the core of these businesses. Is this where we want to collectively put our participation, ideas, aspirations, engagements with each other?

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NEW: Left-Wing Voices Are Silenced on Twitter as Far-Right Trolls Advise Elon Musk
Elon Musk appears to have out-sourced decisions about who to ban from Twitter to the platform’s right-wing extremists. https://theintercept.com/2022/11/29/elon-musk-twitter-andy-ngo-antifascist/

Residential schools in Canada 

@histodons #histodons #Canadian scholars will find this morning's activehistory.ca 's article on data vizualization of #indigenous Residential schools. Important.

https://activehistory.ca/2022/11/raising-awareness-about-canadas-indian-day-schools-with-digital-history-and-gis-mapping/

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Assemblag.es

assemblag.es is a Mastodon instance for people interested in thinking creatively and critically about technology, in the broadest sense. The only requirement is that you keep to the code of conduct! Note: we've paused new signups for a few days while we deal with the #twittermigration influx - please do request an invite, but be aware that for now functions more like a 'waiting list' than a knock on the door, until our numbers stabilise again :-)