BREAKING: Politico reports that Senator Cantwell says she will delay hotlining the Kids Online Safety Act (#KOSA) because of ongoing concerns around LGBTQ rights and the need for further changes.
This is an important win for human rights. But we have so much more to do
1. There are serious challenges for marginalized groups on the fediverse, including for the groups that are relatively overrepresented here compared to other spaces.
2. We are not going to solve those problems even transiently through "better blocklists."
There are a variety of solutions that we can talk over. I've talked about quite a few of them, as have others, but the quest to "build a better blocklist" is at best a distraction and at worst actively harmful to solving this
-, not about Meta, I do not care about Meta
I've gotten upset, defensive, and a little bit paranoid about the way I see post-Twitter queer communities fighting each other.
and then I ended up part of it. I said something hurtful to someone who didn't deserve it. Over... discourse and general social media shit.
I need to take a break from the fediverse.
a thing i’ve gotten interesting while making word games and NLP tools is the construction of (English) word lists
i’m currently of the conviction that when someone releases a word list, it needs metadata that includes an edit log of all source lists as well as individual word removals and deletions at the discretion of the author
It is a scathing indictment that I am somehow a queer elder now. I’m 42. There is a generation before me but not nearly as large as it should be. And trans folks? We’ve always existed but good luck finding the elder of us. Between transphobia, lack of access to care, and poverty, too many didn’t make it.
Online communities are real communities. People have met future spouses, weathered difficult life events, organized politically, raised money to help each other all through the panoply of social websites.
Often community rules and culture are guided by moderators, who almost always work for free.
Despite all of this we generally accept that these are not the people who own the website or the ones who control its fate.
Over and over this creates heartache and disappointment.
When the AI bros scream "Look a monster!" to distract everyone from their practices (data theft, profligate energy usage, scaling of biases, pollution of the information ecosystem), we should make like Scooby-Doo and remove their mask.
I like games that you can play again and they're different the next time: such as randomizers, roguelikes, and gender expression! Twitch stream: https://twitch.tv/arborelia
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