On the week-end of August 24-25, 2013, we gathered at Berlin's CCC headquarters to develop a rough consensus on what the criteria should be for a GNU internet and to prepare for the upcoming sessions at 30C3. Carlo von lynX gave a presentation on how secushare intends to provide messaging and Facebook-like functionality on top of GNUnet. Keywords: ...
Skip to content, sitemap or skip to search. by John Sullivan, Executive Director, and Ward Vandewege, CTO Earlier this year, we announced an instant messaging service for our members using Jabber (XMPP). This service is federated, so like email, you can talk to people whose account is hosted somewhere else than the FSF. Your account is, say, johns@...
The WebID protocol specifies how a Service can authenticate a user after requesting his Certificate without needing to rely on this being signed by a well known Certificate Authority
Imagine a future with ubiquitous open Internet. We're working with a coalition of volunteer engineers to build technologies that will let users open their wireless networks without compromising their security or sacrificing bandwidth. And we're working with advocates to help change the way people and businesses think about Internet service.
In a sense, federation is an attempt to provide online services while restoring the old decentralized structure of the web. Yet, MediaGoblin’s intent is to go further than what has existed before, with search across all federated sites, including the ability to choose between multiple meanings of words in search filters.
Nicholson suggests that federation is a preferred alternative to that available from projects like Friendi.ca, which offers to return control to users by giving them a new site from which to control all the large centralized sites.
Although she finds Friendi.ca useful, Nicholson adds that, “I don’t think it’s the whole solution. It would be great for people to have lots of things to choose from, but there aren’t. There’s a couple. Most people think of one big site that they go to for all their hosting. What’s important now is that there should be multiple places where you can find media.”
In many ways, federation is central to the entire concept of MediaGoblin. For this reason, Nicholson and Webber emphasize it when discussing the project...
This 0.1 version is primarily a developer release, which means that it focuses on architecture and infrastructure rather than finish work. The exception to this is privoxy-freedombox, the web proxy discussed in previous updates, which people can begin using right now to make their web browsing more secure and private and which will very soon be available on non-FreedomBox systems.
... I mean, it sounds great in principle, but with all of the excitement stirred up over the last week, nobody's bothered to talk about the harsh reality that it's all nothing more than a pipe dream.And people wonder why I use the word "$cam" when discussing D*. lolz
...A very well-funded pipe dream.
Take a look at what these kids are selling for a moment -- and yes, I said kids, because that's what they are, kids. There isn't even a product here, just a promise, and it's being made by four fixie-hipster computer science majors at NYU who can't even act mature for the four minutes needed to film the video they somehow thought necessary to sell their "idea" to the masses.
What's this super-amazing, fantastical idea they've come up with? It's a distributed social network that would exist as individual nodes, called seeds, which would be owned and operated by the users of the network. Why seeds, you ask? Well, it might have something to do with a little open source project that's been floating around for a few years now, since this idea is so strikingly similar to one that was tried for the first time, in 2005, with a project called Appleseed...
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... if you donated money to these guys, you didn't participate in some grand assault against Facebook's foothold on the Internet. You probably paid for an appletini or two (of thousands) that will be consumed over the course of the next few summer months ... as they party their faces off. And why shouldn't they? They only asked for $10,000 in pledges. They've just pulled off a heist worthy of a bad Hollywood movie.
Update: Salzberg points to Diaspora’s Kickstarter page for a full profit-and-loss report detailing how the $200,000 in Kickstarter donations was spent. He and Grippi will indeed be focusing on Makr.io going forward, but in an email he stressed that they still plan to be very involved with Diaspora:Amazing to think MS sincerely believes that P&L statement will help the D* crew appear less $cam-ta$tic to all those they've conned.
On Hacker News, a social news site started by Paul Graham, one of the founders of Y Combinator, defenders and critics of Diaspora are posting their reactions to the announcement.Always much lulz to be had when D* becomes the topic of conversation on HN.
Diaspora started in New York in April 2010 by four New York University students in the wake of a furious user backlash over new privacy changes enacted by Facebook. Promising to build a new social network that still protected the privacy of users, the students launched a Kickstarter campaign that raised $200,000, including a donation from Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.First it was D*, now it's App.net. :hahaha
The project later moved to San Francisco, although by July 2011, the money was gone and the project was $238 in the hole. And in November 2011, co-founder Ilya Zhitomirskiy, 22, committed suicide.
While Facebook more than survived the backlash (and now has 950 million members), Diaspora's network still numbers only in the thousands, hardly the "Facebook killer" some had predicted. And attention has shifted to another alternative crowd-funded social network called App.net.
Der Erfinder des World Wide Web sagte geschlossenen Apps auf Smartphones oder Tablets den Kampf an und warb stattdessen für eine offene Web-Plattform für Anwendungen auf Basis von HTML5.@Open Web
Copyleft.next is an experimental "-ng"-type version of the GNU General
Public License, version 3. (It is *not* a fork.) Contributions of
patches, ideas, and criticism are welcome. The goal of this effort is
to develop an improved strong copyleft free software license. Needless
to say, no one should actually *use* a development version of
Copyleft.next as an actual license.
When you use the Service, we may keep track of certain information related to your use of the Service, including but not limited to the status and health of your network and networked products; which apps relating to the Service you are using; which features you are using within the Service infrastructure; network traffic (e.g., megabytes per hour); internet history; how frequently you encounter errors on the Service system and other related information (“Other Information”).
You agree not to use or permit the use of the Service: (i) to invade another’s privacy; (ii) for obscene, pornographic, or offensive purposes; (iii) to infringe another’s rights, including but not limited to any intellectual property rights; (iv) to upload, email or otherwise transmit or make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, spam, junk mail or any other form of solicitation; (v) to transmit or otherwise make available any code or virus, or perform any activity, that could harm or interfere with any device, software, network or service (including this Service); or (vi) to violate, or encourage any conduct that would violate any applicable law or regulation or give rise to civil or criminal liability.
... reserve all influencing of political decisions and elections to individuals.Yup.
The sum of these paragraphs is: “We control your digital life. We can spy on you, we can filter your traffic, we can cut off your net access unilaterally if you do anything we don’t like, and you have no recourse.”
And why can they do that? Because there’s a blob of closed-source software in that router that you can’t modify, that only Cisco can modify. You don’t own it, it owns you...
... This is why you should demand open source in your router, open source in your operating system, and open source in any application software that is important to your life. Because if you don’t own it, it will surely own you.
This is also why people who make excuses for or actively advocate closed-source OSs and network software (and yes, Apple/iOS fanboys, I’m looking at you) are not merely harmlessly misguided cultists. They are enemies of liberty – enablers and accomplices before the fact in vendor schemes to spy on you, control you, and imprison you. Treat them, and the vendors they worship, accordingly.
Probably there should be a configurable image which can be shown when users close their [~F] account.How about this?
When the United States was founded in 1789, American Indians had nearly 200 years of experience dealing with Europeans. During those years, Native people offered distinct protocols of diplomacy—ceremonies, forms of address, and material culture—that governed relations with the colonial powers. Benjamin Franklin published the record of treaties where these protocols formed the primary construct of negotiation. The oral traditions surrounding and informing the early protocols continue in living memory through elders and ceremonial cycles of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) longhouses. Their material legacy is found in the record of wampum and wampum belts of archeological, cultural and historical value.
At Preamble to the Republic, three representatives from a distinguished traditional family spoke on the history, culture, and meaning of the Great Law of Peace, the clanmother system, and the symbology of the longhouse leadership culture as represented in wampum and other materials.
A venerated elder of the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, Chief Jake Swamp is an internationally recognized spokesperson for the traditions of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) longhouse. Ceremonially released from duties as a chief of the Wolf Clan after nearly forty years, he continues his activism as president of the Tree of Peace Society, a global peace and environment initiative. His wife, Judy Swamp, is a traditional elder of the Mohawk Nation, and his son, Skahendowaneh Swamp, is an installed speaker of the longhouse, educator, and traditional artist.
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"The truth is, we have a story worth talking about. We have a history worth celebrating. Long before the first Europeans arrived here, there were some 500 nations already in North America. They blanketed the continent from coast to coast, from Central America to the Arctic. There were tens of millions of people here, speaking over 300 languages. Many of them lived in beautiful cities, among the largest and most advanced in the world. In the coming hours, 500 Nations looks back on those ancient cultures, how they lived, and how many survived.... What you're about to see is what happened. It's not all that happened, and it's not always pleasant. We can't change that. We can't turn back the clock. But we can open our eyes and give the first nations of this land the recognition and respect they deserve: their rightful place in the history of the world." -- Kevin Costner
#6. The Indians Weren't Defeated by White Settlers...
#5. Native Culture Wasn't Primitive...
#4. Columbus Didn't Discover America: Vikings vs. Indians...
#3. Everything You Know About Columbus Is a Calculated Lie...
#2. White Settlers Did Not Carve America Out of the Untamed Wilderness...
#1. How Indians Influenced Modern America...Historians think the Iroquois Confederacy had a direct influence on the U.S. Constitution, and the Senate even passed a resolution acknowledging that "the confederation of the original thirteen colonies into one republic was influenced ... by the Iroquois Confederacy, as were many of the democratic principles which were incorporated into the constitution itself."
But as Ben Franklin noted in a letter..."It would be a strange thing if six nations of ignorant savages should be capable of forming a scheme for such a union and be able to execute it in such a manner as that it has subsisted ages and appears insoluble; and yet that a like union should be impracticable for 10 or a dozen English colonies."In 1987, Cornell University held a conference on the link between the Iroquois' government and the U.S. Constitution. It was noted that the Iroquois Great Law of Peace "includes 'freedom of speech, freedom of religion ... separation of power in government and checks and balances."
Join, or die (or plagiarize from the Indians).
We are now at a moment, a crossroad in history and time, where the decisions we make about the #Internet, and its importance to our lives and #freedoms, will have lasting effects for many years, decades, or perhaps far longer.@Open Web
Will the Internet be sucked completely into the pit of oppression, censorship, and greed, or will we have the moral fortitude to say, "No! Not to our Internet. Not to what we worked so long and hard to achieve in the name of freedom, humanity, and community."
I love the adrenalin rush of being in the middle of something changing the world. Would I jump in again? Absolutely. But next time it'll be purely for the rush.
How can they voluntarily lock themselves into another walled garden when they joined Diaspora to escape walled gardens in the first place?Seize this opportunity to show others what Friendica truly represents!
They're not just willing to accept being part of a walled garden, but they actually cling to the walls...embrace them, even. They've made a deliberate choice to be walled in, and even though they're now feeling the effects they still cling to it. They're losing friends. Forever.
And let me reiterate - they embrace it.
Diaspora is very much alive as in some misguided hipster kids are lolcatting people into a trendy website...Let me make a note of that... so as not to get it completely wrong when asked to describe D*.
I don't know enough about both infrastructures to really judge this, but I know for sure you won't get end users to install something like Friendica on a big scale, not in a hundred years, which means it will stay a toy for geeks like you and me for the forseeable future.I'd love to know what @Mike thinks about these statements. Somehow I just don't believe he ever intended Mistpark/Friendika/Friendica to simply be "a toy for geeks." I strongly suspect his intentions were & are FAR more serious than that.
have they dropped connectivity to anything without the Diaspora branding on it?
couldn't people just set their own pods up the way they want them?
... This is the golden age of global communications, a time when ordinary people almost anywhere in the world have or will likely soon gain the capability of dealing directly with counterparts in other countries, other cultures, with an array of different lifestyles and circumstances.= Pure Awesomeness!
The question is, how long will this freedom be permitted to exist?
When people have the easy and inexpensive means to communicate directly, especially in informal settings and about the everyday aspects of life, they usually discover that they have much more in common than they perhaps expected. This seems true whether we're using written communications, or audio and video links like Skype or #Google+ Hangouts -- working our way ever closer toward a full "virtual presence" that makes our common humanity impossible to ignore.
And frankly, I believe that such capabilities genuinely worry some governments around the world, for whom maintaining a certain level of "us vs. them" sensibilities is considered crucial to their control regimes...
... I spend much of my time considering the ways in which the wonders of the Internet could be wrecked, or blocked, or subverted. But it's also important that we consider the vast potential the Net holds for improving the world in the most relevant and important of ways.
Not just in terms of science and research, though those are great. Not just in regard to commerce and the global economy, though these are crucial.
But also in terms of the basic fact of fundamental human communications, of being able to as freely and openly as possible discuss with other mere mortals around the planet the nature of our lives, hopes and dreams, our loves, and yes, our fears as well.
Personal communications capabilities of these sorts, enabled by technology in general and the #Internet in particular, have more potential to save the world in the long run than do all the governments on the globe.