Good morning, snowy Brussels! Despite the dangers fosstodon.org/@fosdem/10152177 starts. Let's now go the "ethics and blockchain" session.

Mitchell Baker speaking without slides (it seems there is a technical glitch).

Now, Deb Nicholson on "Blockchain: The Ethical Considerations" (first slide: a man working on a giant strawberry)

(I'm disappointed: this big room - Janson - is not full.)

Very good talk of Tom Hacohen about the pleasures of developing a really serious privacy-oriented application.

* everything is done on the client : changing the protocol requires to upgrade all clients
* data is encrypted client-side, the developer never sees the data, so cannot debug data-related issues.

Now, a guy with a french accent on stage. " and the right to data portability"

RFC 171 on screen (about transfer of datas between centralized silos).

Now, Veronika Nad on , and how it could benefit from free software.

(The room is not full, which is very rare for the Decentralized Internet and Privacy devroom.)

Now, panel about at . Christopher Webber, Gualter Barbas Baptista "How many people in the room have read the specification?" [Several hands, including mine] "Wow, that's a lot for a specification."

"What interested you in ?"

"It is simple to understand"

"Because it is used in "

"It is about distributing power"

" has a good model as a foundation: everything is actors sending messages to each other."

With such vague description, any protocol is ActivityPub...

"It would be cool to have a documentation of 'MastodonPub' [the actual protocol(s) needed to work with Mastodon] but we must not forget that could be used for very different things, too."

By the way, are there women working on ? The panel seems, at first glance, be all-male.

has a client-to-server protocol but nobody uses it, every ActivityPub server has its API. Is it a bad thing?

"Use cases are too different [Mastodon for chatting, Funkwhale to listen music], a common client would lead to a poor user experience."

"What I don't like in is that it uses ." Troll incoming, flame war ahead.

What is needed for the fediverse to talk to alice@7j3ncmar4jm2r3e7.onion? Webfinger and ActivityPub can work over Tor but most Mastodon instances cannot talk Tor.

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