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“Russia is quietly ramping up its Internet censorship machine….Russia has been pushing away from the global Internet at a rapid pace.”
arstechnica.com/information-te

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I think this is true...for the bigger mainstream social nets. Leaving room for ad hoc, smaller networks, and social.

"Social networking as we know it is likely on its way out
Facebook’s morph into a TikTok-like platform could spell the beginning of the end for social networking. "

fastcompany.com/90772561/is-so

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Read: Facebook has started to encrypt links to counter privacy-improving URL Stripping – gHacks Tech News: wp.me/p57zFQ-4mX

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Link: The week the open web won
Terrific article by Heather Burns, and more incontrovertible proof why blogging at your own home on the web is important:

So to me, this blog represents the original promise of the open web.

The one that’s here, and still is here, and always has been h... pimoore.ca/2022/07/15/link-the

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One more silo, on its way to dying. Bye, . So much better to go with open, indieweb, or federated solutions for long-form blogging. nytimes.com/2022/07/12/busines

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New #blog post: Stylometric fingerprinting redux.

Avoid de-anonymization through analysis of your writing style. Defend against machine- and human-driven stylometric identification.

This is an expanded version of a previous microblog about stylometric fingerprinting. Feedback welcome, esp. from anyone with a stylometry or linguistic close-reading background. Excerpt:

To paint with a broad brush, we can divide most stylometric fingerprinting into machine- and human-driven techniques.

Machine-driven techniques: These techniques involve analysis of reading level metrics, unusual words, machine-identifiable grammatical and spelling errors, and statistical analysis of writing style. A great amount of recent research studies statistical analysis of writing style; it’s a rapidly-evolving field. Human-driven techniques: There are some areas in which manual analysis still beats computers. Someone you know may recognize your writing style.

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The cool thing is this could take a million different forms, on both the creation and connecting sides.

The website builder could be generic and user-friendly, like Figma, or more niche and purpose-made, like a blogging platform.

Connecting sites is as easy as linking to them. So a site-building platform could make it easy for people to manage these links to friends' sites (e.g. a "blogroll"), and then publicly display those links or not.

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If the web itself is the social network, the website is the atomic element of that network. We just need it to be easy to create a website, and then connect it with others.

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In real terms, personal websites are better than social profiles for a few reasons:

- They can be more stable and reliable, and not subject to feeds or changes in platform policies and design
- They're much more intriguing, artistically, than some cookie-cutter profile on an app or the web

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I've had trouble distilling down the single "thing" I'm after. Is it web publishing? Alternatives to social media?

I think it's partly the latter, and I think the model for me is the personal web.

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