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HaP Seminar - A Tour of ActivityPub

Published in 2019-05-08 by Diogo Peralta Cordeiro.

Last update: 2019-05-18

I’ll be doing a seminar on ActivityPub this 2019-05-17 starting at 15:00:42h in FC6-0.29 (Anf. 2), Department of Computer Science - Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, 4169-007, Rua do Campo Alegre 1021, Porto.

The ActivityPub protocol is a decentralized social networking protocol based upon the ActivityStreams 2.0 data format. It provides a client-to-server API for creating, updating and deleting content, as well as a federated server-to-server API for delivering notifications and content.

In this Talks@DCC, we will go for a small tour through the history of the Fediverse, the context in which ActivityPub was introduced, and the internals of its implementation among other challenges we find in the software and networks engineering of a federated social network.

Major topics to be covered during the seminar:

At the end of this journey, we should be able to better understand some of the advantages of this kind of social platform as well as some of the technical complications in their maintenance and conception.