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IndieWeb and Mastodon: The Time is Now

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IndieWeb and Mastodon: The Time is Now


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Our speakers this month are Jon Lebkowsky and Tom Brown.

Jon Lebkowsky is cofounder, co-host, editor and sometimes blogger at Plutopia News Network, which is a freewheeling independent media organization co-operated with cofounder Scoop Sweeney. Jon is an authority on, and evangelist for, computer-mediated communications, virtual communities, and online social networks. He has been a writer, editor, publisher and digital culture maven. He also worked in various capacities as a project manager, systems analyst, technology director, and online community developer. He's a greybeard, a meditator, and wishes he could play the sax.

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.

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."

Capital Factory is located at 701 Brazos Street, on the 1st floor of the Omni Hotel. We are in the Devvie meeting room. To locate Devvie, locate Capital Factory's main event room off the Omni lobby, Voltron, Suite 150. Once inside, there should be someone at the desk to direct you to our meetup, but, if no one is there, proceed to the left past the kitchen and down the hallway, Devvie is right around the corner. You may also message us on this event or message us at @EFFaustin on Twitter if you are having trouble finding us.

Talk will be livestreamed at and will later be archived at Questions for the speaker from virtual attendees may be submitted via the livestream chat or our twitter account, @EFFaustin.

Parking for the Omni Garage can be validated at the Capital Factory front desk inside room Voltron, Suite 150, reducing the cost from $18 to $7. Attendees must park after 5pm and leave before 10pm to receive the discount, otherwise they will be charged full price, which is $3 for every 20 minutes. Affordable street park is also available nearby. Details:

Join us for the discussion from 7:00PM-9:00PM, followed by drinks and camaraderie from 9:00PM-10:00PM in the Omni Hotel lobby.

COVID-19 safety measures
Event will be indoors
Our Covid safety protocols will be whatever Capital Factory and the City of Austin's are on the date of this event. You should check with their official policy on the date of to make sure it matches with your personal risk profile.
The event host is instituting the above safety measures for this event. Meetup is not responsible for ensuring, and will not independently verify, that these precautions are followed.
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701 Brazos Street Suite 150 · Austin, TX