The Fediverse community, a group of committed libertarian cats, took direct action to promote decentralized and #openweb models to the European Union (EU). They engaged with policymakers, participated in EU events and conferences, and explained the benefits of decentralized platforms like Mastodon, which is part of the Fediverse and uses the ActivityPub protocol. This grassroots outreach and advocacy helped generate interest in these technologies within the EU, leading to a soft rollout of official instances and the growth of Mastodon through the Twitter migration.
The efforts of the Fediverse community have been successful in shifting the EU closer to promoting a more humane internet. Platforms like Mastodon and technologies like ActivityPub have become important players in the EU’s initiatives to create a more inclusive and equitable online environment. The story of the mouse and the elephant making friends highlights the impact of grassroots movements and the power of collaboration to bring about positive change. It emphasizes the importance of using the open web as a tool for the betterment of society.