August Community Chat: Reclaim Social Networks

For Reclaim Hosting’s August Community Chat we had the good fortune of being joined by Bonnie Russell of Michigan State University’s MESH Research Lab to talk with us about the work she is part of to think more broadly about using federated networks that leverage ActivityPub, amongst other syndication protocols, to continue to build community for the Humanities Commons. The work this group has been doing with the Mastodon fork Hometown over at underscores both the need and demand for alternative, federated social spaces for academic communities. Bonnie eloquently captures the expansive thinking this group is doing to design academic commons for the age of federation, and it’s truly some of the most exciting work happening since mother blogs 🙂 You can see her slides here, but I highly recommend taking the time to listen to her very succinct overview during the first 10-15 minutes of the above video.

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