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Re: ActivityPub, Mastodon, and some practical application of this group's work

From: Christopher Allan Webber <cwebber@dustycloud.org>
Date: Sun, 27 Aug 2017 20:55:43 -0500
To: Kim Hamilton Duffy <kim@learningmachine.com>
Cc: public-credentials@w3.org
Message-ID: <87tw0s317k.fsf@dustycloud.org>
Kim Hamilton Duffy writes:

> This sounds great Christopher. Yes, this coming meeting is full, but we
> should be able to discuss this Tuesday September 5.

Sounds good to me.  I asked them (it's late there) but haven't heard yet
from Eugen about whether they can come yet but hopefully they can.

> I'd like to see an overview and your thoughts on how Credentials CG can be
> involved. There looks like a lot of interesting overlap between the
> concepts you outlined in your RWoT paper and CCG efforts; it would be great
> to hear more. And certainly, Eugen's involvement in the meeting would be
> appreciated.

Glad to hear you think there's so much alignment... I feel likewise :)

> Thanks,
> Kim
> On Sun, Aug 27, 2017 at 9:35 AM Christopher Allan Webber <
> cwebber@dustycloud.org> wrote:
>> Hello everyone,
>> So as many of you know, I work on a specification called ActivityPub
>> outside of this group, which provides a linked data foundation for
>> decentralized social networks (think decentralized alternatives to
>> Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc).  My work on ActivityPub is
>> in general separate from this group, but the needs of ActivityPub
>> systems did *personally* drive my interest to this group.
>> I wrote a paper on how I think the work of ActivityPub aligns with this
>> group for RWoT:
>> https://github.com/WebOfTrustInfo/rebooting-the-web-of-trust-fall2017/blob/master/topics-and-advance-readings/activitypub-decentralized-distributed.md
>> (or if you like dead tree versions, a slightly more nicely rendered PDF:)
>> https://gitlab.com/dustyweb/talks/blob/master/activitypub/rwot/even_more_distributed_activitypub.pdf
>> When I wrote the paper earlier in the week, ActivityPub's relationship
>> was still somewhat theoretical.  I'm happy to say that as of this week
>> we're starting to see practical application of this group's work.
>> Mastodon is a decentralized social network which will begin rolling out
>> the start of ActivityPub support to its users in its upcoming release.
>> This is big news since Mastodon has somewhere between half a million and
>> a million registered users at the time of writing.
>> As of this week, Mastodon began implementing Linked Data Signatures
>> support:
>>   https://github.com/tootsuite/mastodon/pull/4687
>> So that means we're already seeing movement on:
>> https://github.com/WebOfTrustInfo/rebooting-the-web-of-trust-fall2017/blob/master/topics-and-advance-readings/activitypub-decentralized-distributed.md#signing-objects
>> Would this be a good topic to talk about on an upcoming call?  It looks
>> like this week's agenda is already very full.  Maybe next week's?  And
>> maybe we could get on Eugen Rochko (Mastodon's lead developer) to speak?
>>  - Chris
>> PS: If you haven't tried Mastodon I highly recommend to it; consider
>> subscribing to me, I'm https://octodon.social/@cwebber ... you can
>> subscribe by typing that address into the search bar.
>> --
> Kim Hamilton Duffy
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> Co-chair W3C Credentials Community Group
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