or, actually, it looks like it’s “diaspora”—i got an invitation to join, and I don’t believe i’ve ever heard of this group—but I remember vaugly signing up to get information about a group that was building a new version of facebook but only with privacy as a priority—and i don’t know if this is the invitation—or if i got spammed…
Github is just where they keep the source code for Diaspora. But yeah, Diaspora’s been in the works for a while and now seems to be up and running, so your invitation is probably legit.
My handle is email@example.com :)
Privatizing the usps would be fine for urban areas but there is no way to turn a profit delivering mail to rural areas without charging prohibitive fees.
I am disturbed at that even being proposed. Folks need mail as long as its SUSTAINABLE why on earth is it in need of profit.
Unless we are now thinking certain folks don’t need to have information of ANY kind
Which we are and it’s frightening
That’s part of why there’s no rush to bring broadband or better cell signals to rural areas either. America needs new infrastructure, but no one seems to be willing to pay for it to be built. We can pay for umpteen wars though.
Increasingly—in my own city and elsewhere—I’m seeing the ideological stance that profit is the only thing that justifies a service, and money is the only thing its benefits or drawbacks can be measured in. Access to information is in the interests of the public good? Housing is a human right? Investing in transit infrastructure has long-term environmental payoffs? LOL BUT IT MAKES NO MONEY RIGHT NOW AND IT ONLY AFFECTS POOR FAR-OFF PEOPLE SO CUT IT.
Cutting or privatizing services related to information and education is, to me, the most sinister, because it’s kind of at the root of everything else. If we can’t educate ourselves about what’s going on, how can we meaningfully engage with the world?