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

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

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.)

#FOSDEM

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

* 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.
#privacy #endToEndEncryption #FOSDEM

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

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

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

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

Now, panel about #ActivityPub at #FOSDEM. 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 #ActivityPub?"

"It is simple to understand"

"Because it is used in #Mastodon"

"It is about distributing power"

#FOSDEM

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

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

#FOSDEM

"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 #ActivityPub could be used for very different things, too." #FOSDEM

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

#ActivityPub 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."

#FOSDEM

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

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. #FOSDEM

Philip Homburg certifies #DNS results from his application, with #getdns.
He starts with a comparison with X.509 (1) with X.5909, you need to trust a lot of other parties 2) if the attacker controls DNS,it controls X.509 anyway). getdnsapi.net/ #DNSSEC #FOSDEM

Speaking of #getdns, a volunteer to write a monitoring plugin with getdns? monitoring-plugins.org/

Existing #DNS plugins call dig or nslookup :-(

#FOSDEM

0952 local time: the #DNS devroom at #FOSDEM is now full (we got refugees from other, more popular, rooms).

@bortzmeyer hmmm, do I have L. Poettering just in the seat next to me?

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