I think it doesn't get discussed enough how people of different levels of technical sophistication authenticate the *origin* and *integrity* of stuff they see online (to say nothing about the *veracity*, a whole 'nother question)
I think this birdsite take is right: https://twitter.com/vladsavov/status/1093724979848511488
How did we know that Medium post actually originated with Bezos? Because he authenticated it on a channel he controlled. Replacing URLs with Twitter accounts as that channel has some benefits, but also some massive and obvious drawbacks.
@xor What medium post are you talking about, tho?
@phryk oh boy are you in for... something https://medium.com/@jeffreypbezos/no-thank-you-mr-pecker-146e3922310f
@xor Well, that was… something.
Nicely hammers down the fact that corporate journalism can never be truly independent, tho.
Personally, I hope this accelerates the downfall of mainstream media – we desperately need journalists to be able to act independently of the interests of corporations and political elites.
@xor it's like OTR :P
@xor That's why I think digital signatures are awesome, and we should all use them so people will know what we're capable of.
@cy I think out at the extremes of technical sophistication this is pretty solved! Digital signatures are better than anything that preceded them, ever in history! But it's just not a factor in most people's assessments of most documents they encounter in a given day
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