The rules of cryptography are simple:

There is an in-group (Alice, Bob) that the math protects but does not bind, and out-group (Eve, Mallory) that the math binds but does not protect

There's a claim going around that Mastodon is "centralizing around a few instances" because 1% of instances account for 84% of users.

That's misleading. 1% of instances is ~360. That's a lot more than I expected! Impressively decentralized.

Measuring centralization as a % doesn't make sense. Hypothetically, if 100K new people each started their own instance, centralization as measured by this stat would greatly *increase*, even though that's not what actually happened.

Going to jail because you work in tech company managing content moderation is a real risk here in India. Some of us knew these details long time ago and kind of figured that these issues will now pop up more often.

The social network of the future: No ads, no corporate surveillance, ethical design, and decentralization! Own your data with Mastodon!