The Most Radical Gesture: The Situationist International In A Postmodern Age
Public really does mean public. Your posts can be found via a Google search once they federate to another server. I know because I've found my stuff stored on other servers even though I've listed my profile as delisted from search engines in my preferences.
Unlisted is about the same.
Followers-only is slightly more private, but the activitypub protocol is imperfect and sometimes people can access these.
Even direct messages are viewable by your instance admin.
At the end of the day, you should use fediverse software to reach people, and weigh the potential costs of someone finding what you've said that you didn't intend to. Just like with email, there's always a risk that what you sent will be intercepted, sent to more people than intended, or forwarded to people you didn't expect.
I don't say this to mean "it's pointless to pursue privacy in the fedi," but rather "this platform is insecure, please be careful."
It's also nice that all the conclusions in the paper are wrong because they start with a mistaken premise that content warnings mean that a post is "inappropriate".
The ethical considerations are really something.
There's definitely valid reasons to be upset by the scraping these researchers did. They violated their university's ethics guidelines and probably broke the law. People have a right to be upset and should fight back.
But this should serve as a reminder: if you post it on fedi, you should assume it's not private. The purpose of this software, ultimately, is to broadcast what you say. There are likely people scraping fedi right now that will never announce what they've done.
Both masto instances (scholar.social & wandering.shop) I use have been scraped by the University of Milan scrape.
See https://sunbeam.city/@puffinus_puffinus/103473344557105267 for the list.
⚠️ The Fediverse has been scraped, again ⚠️
Almost six million posts from 363 instances have been scraped.
"All the posts with public visibility published by users hosted on Mastodon servers [...] which support the English language" have been scraped along with their metadata, and the "policy, the code of conduct and the prohibited contents of each instance".
The dataset is an attempt at creating an open dataset for "research" into algorithms like the ones Facebook uses to identify problematic content, based around users' use of Content Warnings.
The dataset can be found here:
It was created by the University of Milan, Italy, apparently for the 13th AAAI:
The associated publishing:
https://aaai.org/ojs/index.php/ICWSM/article/download/3262/3130/ or https://likeable.space/media/30ae595a191923a1ce84a1e0feac6a3cef5b8669f44e15535ea18c7a5594b93a.pdf?name=Mastodon%20Content%20Warnings%3A%20Inappropriate%20Contents%20in%20a%20Microblogging%20Platform.pdf or DM me for a copy.
I'm testing out @pinafore and I like it so far. I just wish the option to switch instances could be added to the tabs up top.
I had a very bizarre small world moment earlier today when I was looking through the faculty list of a department I'm applying to. One of the lecturers at this small liberal arts college in North Africa has the name (and clearly past address by virtue of alma mater) of a person whose voucher and catalog subscriptions used to arrive at my friend's apartment.
the luddites did not destroy machines in opposition to machinery itself but to those owners that used the machinery to impoverish and immiserate the people ✊️
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