Paul Sutton

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Deleting DMs from Twitter using the GDPR

With every one moving off Twitter, this is a really good article about how to use the GDPR to get your data removed from twitter

Michael Veale can be followed on Mastodon via @mikarv@someone.elses.computer with the profile at

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#Mastodon,#Twitter,#Data,#Deletion,#GDPR,UserRights

Please note that as of 18/11/2022, the Twitter situation is very fast moving. People are moving to Mastodon in large numbers, so by the time this is published, who knows what the situation will be.

Reporting problems on Mastodon / Fediverse

We want to try and make the Fediverse a safe place for everyone, to this end there are a range of reporting systems to help. Please see embedded post below for details.

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#Mastodon,#Fediverse,#Reporting

Twitter to Mastodon Migration.

One of the accounts on Mastodon gives stats on how many new users have joined.

+66,669 in the last day

Pretty impressive.

#Mastodon,#Stats,#NewUsers,#Fediverse

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Paper on Covid 19 transmission

I was sent this during a discussion on Mastodon about masks and how effective masks are, when worn by people who may not put on properly, compared to a doctor who has a team of people to ensure this happens. Interesting discussion and nice be sent a link to an actual paper to provide some help with the discussion.

Feel free to join / continue the discussion, however you will need to join mastodon and follow me @zleap@qoto.org to do so.

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#Science,#Journal,#PNAS,#Article,#Research,#Covid19,#Transmission,#Mastodon.

Bibliography Information (just for reference)

@article {Bagherie2110117118,
	author = {Bagheri, Gholamhossein and Thiede, Birte and Hejazi, Bardia and Schlenczek, Oliver and Bodenschatz, Eberhard},
	title = {An upper bound on one-to-one exposure to infectious human respiratory particles},
	volume = {118},
	number = {49},
	elocation-id = {e2110117118},
	year = {2021},
	doi = {10.1073/pnas.2110117118},
	publisher = {National Academy of Sciences},
	abstract = {Wearing face masks and maintaining social distance are familiar to many people around the world during the ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Evidence suggests that these are effective ways to reduce the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection. However, it is not clear how exactly the risk of infection is affected by wearing a mask during close personal encounters or by social distancing without a mask. Our results show that face masks significantly reduce the risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection compared to social distancing. We find a very low risk of infection when everyone wears a face mask, even if it doesn{\textquoteright}t fit perfectly on the face.There is ample evidence that masking and social distancing are effective in reducing severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) transmission. However, due to the complexity of airborne disease transmission, it is difficult to quantify their effectiveness, especially in the case of one-to-one exposure. Here, we introduce the concept of an upper bound for one-to-one exposure to infectious human respiratory particles and apply it to SARS-CoV-2. To calculate exposure and infection risk, we use a comprehensive database on respiratory particle size distribution; exhalation flow physics; leakage from face masks of various types and fits measured on human subjects; consideration of ambient particle shrinkage due to evaporation; and rehydration, inhalability, and deposition in the susceptible airways. We find, for a typical SARS-CoV-2 viral load and infectious dose, that social distancing alone, even at 3.0 m between two speaking individuals, leads to an upper bound of 90\% for risk of infection after a few minutes. If only the susceptible wears a face mask with infectious speaking at a distance of 1.5 m, the upper bound drops very significantly; that is, with a surgical mask, the upper bound reaches 90\% after 30 min, and, with an FFP2 mask, it remains at about 20\% even after 1 h. When both wear a surgical mask, while the infectious is speaking, the very conservative upper bound remains below 30\% after 1 h, but, when both wear a well-fitting FFP2 mask, it is 0.4\%. We conclude that wearing appropriate masks in the community provides excellent protection for others and oneself, and makes social distancing less important.Previously published data were used for this work (https://aerosol.ds.mpg.de/). All other study data are included in the article and/or SI Appendix.},
	issn = {0027-8424},
	URL = {https://www.pnas.org/content/118/49/e2110117118},
	eprint = {https://www.pnas.org/content/118/49/e2110117118.full.pdf},
	journal = {Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences}

Science Daily : Articles on Plastics and Polymers

The two articles were posted to Mastodon.

Firstly a look at the problem of Micro-plastics

Secondly an article on Polymers

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Science,#ScienceDaily,#Articles,#MicroPlastic,#Polymers,#Chemistry, #Plastics,#Research,#Mastodon,#SocialMedia,#TheYearOfTheFediverse

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Collaborative editing

One of the really great things about the Fediverse is that others are willing to chip in and help. I was working on another article for the Beach Hut [1]. As this was about Mastodon and the Fediverse. I asked for help.

Pasting a draft in to a Disroot [2] pad and then pasting a link in to mastodon so that others could collaborate editing, within an hour the article was pretty much completed with others users connecting and editing.

Collaborative Ediitng

This was real time collaboration using free software and also open source software tools. The article will now be submitted for hopeful publication in the January 2022 issue.

You can find out more about Mastodon at [3].

References

  1. The Beach Hut
  2. Disroot 3 Join Mastodon]

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#Fediverse,#Disroot,#Collaborative,#Editing,#Mastodon, #TheYearOfTheFediverse,#Promotion

Citing posts on Mastodon

As I have an interest in Science, and am on a STEM based Mastodon instance 'qoto' [1]. I suggested a feature which helps users cite individual posts (if writing a paper for example).

This has now been added to the issue tracker [2]. The actual issue suggestion can be found at [3]. At present this is a very rough idea.

Links

  1. [https://qoto.org]
  2. Mastodon Issue Tracker
  3. Feature Suggestion – Citing posts

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#Mastodon,#Issue,#Tracking,#Feature,#Suggestion

Electronic dating violence starts as early as 12

This is an interesting article

We could do with proper discussions on how to deal with this.

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#Mastodon.#Online,#Dating.,#Harrassment,#Violence,#CHildren,#Youngpeople,m#Teens.

Mental health and the fediverse

Mental health has hit the headlines more often since the Covid 19 pandemic hit the world People at home with little contact with other people.

Couple this with the impact of centralised social media services, giving people personalised content, which in some cases is causing more problems for people of all ages.

Shout Out

To this end, this article is more of a shout out to organisations who offer mental health services to set up on the fediverse. Services such as a Mastodon and Peertube could provide an excellent platform to share your message and connect.audience who may need help

As a user of decentralised social media I do find people who need help, you can tell by what they write, their tone that they need to perhaps talk to someone for advice.

This post also comes as a result of my own attempts to ask people on to the Fediverse. I have had conversations on Mastodon and there is support for this, but that is not enough. If we want something then it is up to people to be pro-active and act, rather than waiting for expecting someone else to do it.

So I am taking action and trying to do something about this.

Not Alone

Signing up to the fediverse is easy, however you are not alone, people can and will help you with this.

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#Fediverse,#Mastodon,#Peettube,#SocialMedia, #TheYearOfTheFediverse