"Too often we combine decentralized technologies with the massive inequalities of capital markets, and the result, over and over, is power curves — a few winners and scraps for the rest. We need to design decentralized economies, too. And it turns out cooperatives have been doing that for a long time."
Cryptocurrencies like bitcoin are resilient because they are decentralized. But that resilience is compromised if users have to rely on centralized ISPs to access the network.
goTenna and Samourai Wallet teamed up to make a forthcoming new app called TxTenna that decentralizes the communication layer, letting users send and receive bitcoin payments over off-grid, goTenna Mesh networks. Read all about it: https://inthemesh.com/…/txtenna-decentralizing-last-mile-b…/
"Often with these kinds of apps, they try to 'take you there', to take you to this foreign or exotic place. The idea with this piece was we wanted it to be your bedroom. The target audience was not people who have experienced [urban warfare], but people who have never experienced it. And we wanted to give them a sense of that. By making it your bedroom, or your kid’s bedroom, we brought it to you."
From our interview with Ariel Rubin of @ICRC about the AR piece they produced: "Enter The Room."
Facebook is great place for listicles, but this one is a little bit different somehow...
Does social media bum you out in a way you can't quite put your finger on? Have you ever tried to imagine a version of social media that would be better? The folks at Mastodon have!
Recent events have pitted free-speech and censorship concerns against the safety of vulnerable communities. But it doesn't have to be this way.
Our friends at Blockstack explain: https://inthemesh.com/…/free-speech-or-safety-censorship-d…/
A community's only as good as it's archive, and we have a pretty good archive! Our Leaderless Library is a collection of readings and resources about decentralization, chosen and curated by the community itself. Take a look at what's there, and submit some links of your own. The archive could always be better!
"It is also important to consider not only how gossip works, but who does the gossiping. Feminist scholars have pointed out that Western prohibitions against gossiping have caused its practice to be unevenly distributed across the social sphere. Labeling it as baseless, unscrupulous, and morally questionable is often a euphemistic way to level discriminatory remarks against groups that are frequently chastised as being gossips." - the latest, from In The Mesh.
Cryptocurrencies are all the rage! So much so that the city of Berkeley, CA is considering making one of its own. The city hopes that its new coin will help address housing issues, stimulate the economy, and buoy the municipal budget against the caprices of the Trump administration, which has threatened to withdraw federal funding over Berkeley's status as a sanctuary city. Read all about it:
"Ideas are great, however without action nothing happens, so I just went for it."
Read about how one @goTenna user took matters into his own hands to build the "Mother of All Nodes," dramatically increasing mesh coverage in his area, and inspiring others to do the same.
"If bitcoin survives in the long-term, it could prove to be one of the most important social technologies yet invented. We can’t foresee the full significance of this shift yet, but it may herald a new era for capitalism, and for trust."
The Pando aspen grove looks like a forest, but it's actually a single tree, connected by a sprawling underground root system. It is the largest living thing in the world, and some believe it is also the oldest.
But today it is endangered. Find out why, and how the Western Aspen Alliance is working to help protect Pando for future generations.
Sunday long read: The Great Equalizer, What Dolly Parton & a Tennessee Wildfire Can Teach About Universal Basic Income
"The crappiness of memes is not accidental. Everything illogical, grotesque, and debased in memes is more than an artifact of amateurism; it’s an essential part of how they function. Memes offer more than temporary respite from the grim indignities of life in an expired society. They are the fruiting bodies of a decentralized culture that extends much deeper, and is working to usher in something entirely new. "
"I think there’s a lack of trust in structures now. In this context it means taking a look at existing systems and thinking about what we should do differently. I don’t think our existing social structures are mostly good and we can tweak them. I think there are huge issues and we need a complete reset from what we have today. Because the current centralized system isn’t working." - from our interview with Ellen Pao about #MeToo and other decentralized efforts to confront harassment and discrimination in tech.
We have liftoff! In The Mesh is finally here, featuring articles about Dolly Parton & UBI, Armenian meshnetworks, decentralized trees, and much more! https://inthemesh.com/