Another reason why centralisation of digital infrastructure is bad: large chunks of the queer internet content from 2008 to 2013-ish is gone already, including posts to tumblr/centralized blog platforms. As of now it's easier to recreate discourses that happened in newsgroups, than those that happened on let's say tumblr. This is not about the right of self-determination when it comes to data; but about corporations being able to erase and take offline queer spaces, and spaces like the sex work community, within days. Especially as a historian (yes, that's what I've studied, believe it or not lmao) I think this is concerning. I'm at a point where I can't find a single post that was relevant to me when I had my inner coming out in the late 00s. A lot of this is because of copyright as well, queer culture is a remix culture in some sense, and there's no right to remix in the EU copyright law; so chances are that fan content, memes, edits and so on are being taken down because of copyright infringement.
@rachel I was discussing yesterday about the importance of decentralization of communication infrastructure, electric networks and digital services. To avoid being totally controlled in a future.
This kinda makes me (not v seriously, i get lotsa ideas i dont act on) tempted to like. Screenshot buncha queer stuff so there is a copy saved. I realise there's archive.org but again afaik that's pretty centralized. Idk how much copyright law might affect that but like.. it's a relatively easy way to save stuff with the source visible. (Or ofc, copy-pasting into doc and include source & timestamp)
That doesn't do much for what's already lost, tho. ..
re: queer,history loss
@wolf @rachel Yeah, that could work on some sites! Tumblr was mentioned in the op and this definitely wouldn't work on one's dashboard, haha. I'm pretty sure it could work on an individual's post, actually, since I did do that recently with another resource? Hmm.
Still not sure how copyright might play into this, I don't understand the laws there very well.
Copyright law [I am not a lawyer!] re: queer,history loss
@rachel I still feel a hole where the Tumblr queer community used to be. Ever since then I've been methodically backing up online content but that just mitigates the tragedy, it doesn't bring communities back to life.
This is the main reason I've been helping with Scuttlebutt which is hopefully immune from this problem since it's community-run and not reliant on corporate infrastructure. We're looking for people to give us advice on things like this, how blocking should work, privacy needs, etc. Please reach out if you'd like to talk or offer advice!
I'm glad Mastodon is well-known enough now that people can move here when similar shutdowns happen. Hopefully Scuttlebutt will become useful enough too, soon.
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.