From the Organizers:
The Wikipedia article describes IndieWeb as "a community of people building software to enable personal, independently hosted websites to independently maintain their social data on their own web domains rather than on large, centralized social networking services." It's been percolating for over a decade, and we're finally at a point, with the Musk acquisition of Twitter, where people are saying enough is enough, we need clear alternatives to corporate social media platforms. Mastodon is the IndieWeb equivalent of Twitter, and many who are leaving the Musk version of Twitter are going there. Jon Lebkowsky and Tom Brown will talk about IndieWeb in general, Mastodon in particular, and the potential future of the web and the "Fediverse."
Jon Lebkowsky is cofounder, co-host, editor and sometimes blogger at Plutopia News Network, a freewheeling independent media organization co-operated with cofounder Scoop Sweeney. Jon is an authority on computer-mediated communications, virtual communities, and online social networks.
Tom Brown is an open source software developer interested in digital identity, and he often attends Internet Identity Workshop and more recently IndiewebCamps. Tom has added open standards related to identity to several popular software projects. He can be found online as herestomwiththeweather.
This event will be followed by drinks and camaraderie from 9:00PM-10:00PM (CT) in the Omni Hotel lobby.
Tuesday, December 13
7 pm – 9 pm CT
The Devvie Room at Capital Factory in the Omni Hotel at 701 Brazos Street, Austin, TX
Talk will be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/austintechlive and will later be archived at https://www.youtube.com/user/effaustin. Questions for the speaker from virtual attendees may be submitted via the livestream chat or our twitter account, @EFFaustin.
This event is organized not by EFF, but by EFF-Austin, a grassroots group participating in the Electronic Frontier Alliance. The EFA is a network of grassroots organizations across the country committed to promoting digital rights. Together, we're building a movement to promote freedom of expression, privacy, security, creativity, and access to knowledge.