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ActivityPub will include nomadic identity

ActivityPub will include nomadic identity

I was reading a comment from Mike Macgirvin

Zot is gone and Zot6 along with it. Their successor, the Nomad protocol (which was derived originally from Zot10), is considered experimental and transient (hence the name) and is not intended to be implemented by other projects. Most of the functionality once provided by Zot has moved or is moving to ActivityPub. Nomad will remain until this migration is complete and ActivityPub has evolved to a point that Nomad is made redundant. Then it will wander off in the desert and die.

How do you understand this?

First of all I must explain what is nomadic identity. Mike Macgirvin the creator of the protocol ZOT had a vision long long time ago. He realised that all our identity was catched by a domaine name. On the Fediverse your identity is similar than email. It looks like user@domain. It is a weakness.

  • The server can be down
  • Your account can be censored or deleted
  • The administrator can stop maintaining the instance.

Nomadic identity let you move your account to an other instance or clone it. Your identity is not your user@domain but is hidden in a unique key. Then if you move user@domain2 would be ok and all your contacts would be still yours.

He apply this idea on Hubzilla then on zap, Mistpark and other clones.

But today if you have an account on Mastodon for example. You loose all your contacts. You can follow them but they have to accept you again,

As far as I understand this remark, he is planing to include the nomadic concept in ActivityPub. That means that all plateformes of ActivityPub could be nomadic.

Just imagine you create an account on Mastodon then you clone it on Pleroma and you can use both the same way you use mail from your phone or your desktop or webmail.

This concept is not easy to understand untill we try it. Today you can try it on Hubzilla or Zap.

How to contact me

How to contact me

2019 is almost finished and it is time to think. Think about the past year, think about the new year that is coming. I will write an article about how was 2019 but now I wanted to explain how to contact me.

Probably you didn’t notice it but I am a GAFAM resistant. I explain. I try to organised my digital life without GAFAM if possible. It is a process. I am still using Google for translation or for reseaurch. I even have a gmail account. But I am not using Facebook. I still have whatsapp. But if possible I am using Telegram or other alternative tools.

I will explain the reason and then I will explain you how to contact me.

Reason : GAFAM (Google Amazon Facebook Apple and Microsof) are oligopole that leads the world. They know all about you. They know where you are and what you think. So today internet is getting dangerous. The next dictator will have no difficulty to have all power. Even if I have nothing to hide, I try to resist again robots and unjustice in this world. It is a little drop in the ocean but if I can inspire you. I will be very happy. Facebook is not a social media it use to be. Today it is a strong marketing plateform. They show you what they want.. If you want to be free. Do not use Facebook, Whatapp and Instagram even if all your friends use them. Now I will give you alternatives.

First you can contact me on Mastodon. My main account is https://theres.life/@kris or kris@theres.file. Mastodon is a federated social network, Like email you don’t need to have an account on each plateform to communicate but only one email. With mastodon you only need an account compatible with ActivityPub. If you have already a mastodon account or any other Activtypub account just add me. You will be able to comment or send me private message.

If you like to share pictures. You can add my pixelfed account https://pixfed.com/kris if it an Instagram alternative but free and federated. You even can follow my account on Mastodon or theoreticaly on any other ActivityPub instance.

Lastly I want to give you my Hubzilla account ( https://hub.libranet.de/channel/kris ). Hubzilla is more than a social plateform. Of course you can share messages, pictures or video and comment them but it is very secure and private if you want. You data belong to you. And the best is that you have a nomadic identity. That means that your identity is not attached to only one site. But you can move from site to site. I know this concept is strange for you maybe. But it is real. If my main account have problem I can clone it and use an other site and continue to talk as usual. If you want to talk with me in Hubzilla you need to open an account on Hubzilla or zap. Not all site are open for registration.

Conclusion the best way to communicate for me on social plateform is mastodon, pixelfed and hubzilla. Of course if you know me better email still exists and you still can use telegram or viber. But my article was focused on social plateform. I will be happy to read you.

Hubzilla my experience

Hubzilla my experience

Hubzilla is a powerful platform for creating interconnected websites featuring a decentralized identity, communications, and permissions framework built using common webserver technology. It could be an alternative as facebook, twitter or other services taken by big companies.

Finding a hub

That is not as easy. You have many hubs but many are outdated or don’t accept open registration

What the hub can do ?

As soon you find a hub where you can registrare an account you discover what the hub can do and what the hub cannot do. But the list of feature (activated plugin and feature) is not listed in a human reading. Exemple is the ostatus plugin activated or not. I cannot activated why ? Haaa that hub does not allow it. —> grrr I have to find an other hub and start at the begining.

Social ?

Hubzilla is a powerfull tool but it is a social tool. You expect communities or at least a community. But untill now the community is only hubzilla community. Where are people ? The community is small and not growing…. That dimension is missing. Hubzilla is only a tool not a community.

New users are not comfortable

I just notice that new user don’t stay. They try, open an account a channel and don’t use it. Why ? That would be interesting to try to answer that question. We could respond. Hubzilla is powerfull, it is a revolutionary tools, you are anomyme and privacy is really in the core etc. etc.. but the fast is new user are not able to dive into it and use it for a real use.

 Slow

My user experience in hubzilla is that it is often slow. I am waiting often after clicking somewhere.

Double configuration

Often the admin should activate or parameter a plugin and the member should do the same. We need double configuration. If either the member or the admin don’t do it. It will not work. Even admin is not able to configurate plugin for member. That level of complexity is something like a weekness of course we also can see that like a strongness.

Simplicity should be the target.

How to make something complicated simple ? I hope the level of simplicity sill be the target for hubzilla.

 

Hubzilla is changing quicky and improvements are frequent. That is my hope. I am sure improvement will lead into the right direction. (simplicity)