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Humanist technologist. Equality and adventures.

I co-founded Elgg and Known, worked on Medium, and now invest in innovative media startups to support a stronger democracy at Matter.

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I apparently invented a phantom in Edinburgh. So maybe I should organize one.

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@nayafia If you can, you should also check out : http://2016.indieweb.org

Mince pie filling: achieved.

Sadness all round as it emerges that @Mozilla's wifi blocks @erinjo's personal website.

Tempting to just sit and make mince pies today.

Always really inspiring to see what people are doing on their own sites at . From static HTML to frameworks with mobile apps.

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@kid_oyo An DC would be cool ...

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@erinroseglass @nathanairplane @HongPong We're building open software for education. Also check out @ReclaimHosting and .

Edinburgh: I highly recommend . Great ideas, great people. You should go: http://indiewebcamp.com/2015/Edinburgh

Really wish I was back in the 'burgh for this weekend. I hear there's some kind of arts event at this time of year, too?

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@gominokouhai No LJ / DW linking yet but that's interesting. Lots of others. Go to Edinburgh this weekend! @johnnieingram

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After autonomous social web AI bots? We hire robots to blog for us. Humanity collectively goes down the pub, a job well done.

The next step after SWAT0 is letting each piece be interchangeable. After that? Any piece can be a robot AI. Get on it, !

I'm proud of for passing the Social Web Acid Test with 3 website platforms this weekend. https://indiewebcamp.com/SWAT0

If you're missing , people are demoing their projects on the stream right now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJCtLhopfDY

I'm jealous of my friends at: 1) 2)

If you care about owning your own space on the Internet, is the event for you. It's free: https://ti.to/indiewebcamp/2015-portland

Open question: how should platform developers be most fairly compensated for what they build?

Watching @obra demo his Twitter to @withknown importer. He's importing all his tweets!

Hack idea: a quantified self site that hosts all your non-verbal noises from your day using a simple, beautiful interface.

A half-marathon and other obstacles slowing our progress into this morning. But we'll get there!

Learning that a service called is shutting down, and now I have the world's worst earworm. Doo doo-doo doo ...

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@aaronpk @timmmmyboy But it could _trigger_ syndication, right?

Here on this rainy day for at MIT's iconic Stata Center. Not 100% watertight, I'm told.

"You can't have perspective and be unkind. It's impossible. So is all information worth saving? Yes." @chrisdancy