Federating With The Trouble - Running Decentralized Communities*
As moderators and admins of a mastodon/gnu social instance called Toot.Cat we were quickly propelled into navigating the strange new world of decentralized community stewardship.
In late March of 2017 Mastodon.social sprung up as an open source replacement for Twitter. A project that seeks to build a twitter like social experience without a lot of the negatives. We decided to start our own instance called toot.cat. We will speak about what we have learned from our experience building a community from the ground up with the intention to be a social media outfit, but to be explicitly radically inclusive.
We will discuss what we have learned, what challenges we faced, and what the future has in store for toot.cat.
decentralized, federation, community building
Briar Rose has spoken at a few conferences (including Open Source Bridge) and at many meet ups.
Lynn ‘Cyrin’ Conway is a full stack web developer and writer / advocate. She founded the queer trans collective, CollectQT, and is working on Quirell, a social network. She sometimes does activist writing at Model View Culture. Her specialities include sniffing out subtle bigotry, writing database queries, and creating fancy navbars.
he/him ・ computers ・ games ・ cats ・ cute stuff ・ always building
Briar is the founder and host of PDX CryptoParty. They spend most days pondering the aesthetics, ethics, and potential for social change in technology. Working with Celly, Briar has helped build communication networks for activists around the world including Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Sandy, and Black Lives Matter activist groups in at least 8 different cities.