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I'm enjoying @1br0wn's paper, "Interoperability as a tool for competition regulation", explaining how governments can use open standards like ActivityPub to break up Big Tech monopolies. Really interesting reading, and it cites Mastodon specifically as a place where interoperability has benefits to content moderation (which is something I've been saying for years!)

osf.io/preprints/lawarxiv/fbvx

(h/t @doctorow for linking this!)

cc @cwebber

@1br0wn @doctorow @cwebber

Of course, big tech involvement with open platforms comes with its own pitfalls (remember EEE?) and regulating the enforcement of specific standards has the potential to magnify those problems massively—look at IANA and the whole gTLD clusterfuck—but i think those are tractable problems and overall this proposal moves the conversation forward massively and in a very positive direction.

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Cybrespace is an instance of Mastodon, a social network based on open web protocols and free, open-source software. It is decentralized like e-mail.