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Greg McVerry

You don't need blockchain in a community you need people #mb #el30

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 In @downes el30 class we discussed community and much of the week revolved around "how do decentralized networks arrive at trust" we talked a ton of blockchain.

blockchain...schmockchain...trust isn't an engineering problem it is a human problem. Blocks don't build communities people do.

Stephen laid out three paths to trust through blockchain

  • Proof of Work - any entity can add a block to the chain by performing a complex mathematical calculation and including the result of this calculation in the block. Reliability is ensured by the cost of introducing falsehoods into the chain.

 

  • Proof of Authority - only entities who are authorized may add blocks to the chain (where the identity of these entities is secured, say, by digital signatures). Reliability is ensured by the reliability of the authority, and the impossibility of any non-authorities to add blocks to the chain.

 

  • Proof of Stake - entities can mine or validate block transactions according to how many coins they hold. Reliability is ensured by the existing stake entities hold in the blockchain.

I believe this to too expensive and fruitless endeavors. Communities online take shaping and grooming.Time and we will not be able to engineer our way out of the problems the web currently has.

Greg McVerry

After @downes I think we should all agree to stop versioning learning. It didn't work for the web, doesn't work for learning to even greater degree. Learning hasn't shifted. Evolution doesn't work that fast. Teaching, society, power structures...yeah that's all up in the air...but how we learn is still pretty much how we have rolled since time eternal.

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

At what point in history did the syllabus become more a tool for external forces outside of the classroom rather than a tool to guide the learners in the classroom?

Greg McVerry

Attention all @wordpress users, after testing we can say post-kinds is 5.0 compatible BUT do not turn on Gutenberg editor. Post-kinds and other plugins WILL break

Greg McVerry

why many of us folk do the way we do on . Had amazing opportunity to chat with talented @eddiehinkle on myurlis.com episode here: https://myurlis.com/episodes/003/
We Describe why web matters.

Greg McVerry

Twitter also sells your privacy. I rely pretty much on students who can answer the question, "My url is...." but many courses organize on twitter just to name a few.

Greg McVerry

Team behind Samizdat: Journal of Blogging and Social Media Research continues to grow. Need experts from all disciplines and corners. Please lend expertise. Reclaim our research. https://samizdat.jgregorymcverry.com/ourteam.html

Greg McVerry

Using this search engine built by @snarfed and @csweike https://cse.google.com/cse?cx=001473925626342383772:izm-5gxypp4 of 2,300 sites there are 154,00 results for [learn microformats] 9 results for [learn h-card] 434, 000 for [how to h-card] over 24 million for [problem h-card -issues] rough results but interesting knowledge graph

Greg McVerry

I have fallen quite a bit behind in . I need to do my knowledge graph and identity graph. I want to think about how h-cards, nickname caches, and channels can help distributed knowledge. An identity graph is a knowledge graph.