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Hey there social media hosting people and developers working on any of the #Fediverse systems!

Is there anyone of you at the Chaos Communication Congress in Leipzig this year right after Christmas? Is there anyone interested to have a meeting there?

Just some exchange, we would need some people to moderate the event, but basically some meetup to exchange information and get to know other players in the field.
"Someone" could then register a "talk" or "meetup" for the upcoming congress, I'd say a duration of about 1.5 to 2 hours and maybe 60+ people can be expected, assuming there is many #webmasters or #developers among the visitors at the #35C3.

Any #devs and #webmaster of the following systems, or any that I might have missed that are using #ActivityPup and can communicate with the others, please comment here if you like the idea!
#Friendica #Diaspora #red #Hubzilla #GnuSocial #StatusNet #Mastodon #Pleroma #Socialhome #Ganggo

Let me know if you have any questions.
@utzer
#35c3 #fediverse #federation

 
Thanks for all of the re-shares of my earlier welcome to the #gplusrefugees (from my Diaspora account). Some folks who are #newhere have expressed frustration with the lack of certain features on #diaspora. Please consider trying out #hubzilla or #friendica as alternatives if you are looking for the abilities to ...
- Edit posts or comments.
- "Like" comments.
- Post pictures in comments.
- Create groups (e.g., around a common interest).
- Receive autocompletes of mentions while composing on the mobile site.

Friendica and Hubzilla implement the Diaspora protocol as well as others ones. I moved from D* to Hubzilla about a month ago and took all of my D* friends with me and then made a bunch of new friends from Mastodon as well. A bonus on Hubzilla is that when the primary instance (pod) for my channel goes down--remember, these #federation instances/pods are all volunteer operations, so you gotta be patient and flexible--I can switch to using a cloned instance. No downtime! (My primary is on hub.disroot.org and my clone is on hub.libranet.de.)

Now, please enjoy a few more warm-hearted folks to follow:
@splendorsolis loves pets and people being kind to each other.
@JB Carroll generously makes his tech knowledge accessible. (And he's on Friendica!)
@Passagier 451 generously boosts newbies and shares humor and joyful curiosities.
@Johnny Rei shares his enthusiastic love of nature.

If you decide to try out Friendica or Hubzilla and want to follow warm-hearted people from the #fediverse as well, I recommend starting with @Ignacio Gallup-Diaz and @Gwenfar, aka Julieanne.

Have fun, make friends, and block the nazis!

Update: Hey, it would have been helpful if I provided some links to learn about the Federation and Hubzilla. Fortunately, on Hubzilla, I can edit my post! Where to start:
\* How the Free Network (Federation and Fediverse) work: https://bit.ly/2Gw0VlG
\* Intro to Hubzilla: https://bit.ly/2IXT6Ye
\* Where to find nodes (instances) of everything: https://the-federation.info/

Immagine/fotoAlyson wrote the following post Sun, 14 Oct 2018 01:03:51 +0200

Welcome to the #gplusrefugees . It's energizing to see so many new faces embracing #diaspora .

The #federation is amazing invention, and a very different way of finding and connecting to others. Briefly, your pod (the part after the @ sign in your webbie) is one instance of the software platform known as Diaspora (which implements a protocol also called Diaspora). And Diaspora is just one platform in a multitude of other platforms that interconnect. You can connect with people on any platform that implements the Diaspora protocol (e.g., Friendica, Pleroma, Hubzilla, or Socialhome). For example, I usually post from my Hubzilla account ( @alysonsee ), and my posts from that account are seen by all of my D\* friends and I see their posts. Here is a handy intro.

If you are looking for new friends out here, let me suggest some of the most welcoming, warm-hearted folks I've met: @Adam Hunt is always ready with a helpful hand, whether on the shoreline IRL or out here in the ether. @Jose Luis always brightens my day. @Birne Helene makes it easy to find other lovely and interesting Diasporans to connect with. makes me a better person just by being who he is.

 
Thanks for all of the re-shares of my earlier welcome to the #gplusrefugees (from my Diaspora account). Some folks who are #newhere have expressed frustration with the lack of certain features on #diaspora. Please consider trying out #hubzilla or #friendica as alternatives if you are looking for the abilities to ...
- Edit posts or comments.
- "Like" comments.
- Post pictures in comments.
- Create groups (e.g., around a common interest).
- Receive autocompletes of mentions while composing on the mobile site.

Friendica and Hubzilla implement the Diaspora protocol as well as others ones. I moved from D* to Hubzilla about a month ago and took all of my D* friends with me and then made a bunch of new friends from Mastodon as well. A bonus on Hubzilla is that when the primary instance (pod) for my channel goes down--remember, these #federation instances/pods are all volunteer operations, so you gotta be patient and flexible--I can switch to using a cloned instance. No downtime! (My primary is on hub.disroot.org and my clone is on hub.libranet.de.)

Now, please enjoy a few more warm-hearted folks to follow:
@splendorsolis loves pets and people being kind to each other.
@JB Carroll generously makes his tech knowledge accessible. (And he's on Friendica!)
@Passagier 451 generously boosts newbies and shares humor and joyful curiosities.
@Johnny Rei shares his enthusiastic love of nature.

If you decide to try out Friendica or Hubzilla and want to follow warm-hearted people from the #fediverse as well, I recommend starting with @Ignacio Gallup-Diaz and @Gwenfar, aka Julieanne.

Have fun, make friends, and block the nazis!

Update: Hey, it would have been helpful if I provided some links to learn about the Federation and Hubzilla. Fortunately, on Hubzilla, I can edit my post! Where to start:
\* How the Free Network (Federation and Fediverse) work: https://bit.ly/2Gw0VlG
\* Intro to Hubzilla: https://bit.ly/2IXT6Ye
\* Where to find nodes (instances) of everything: https://the-federation.info/

Immagine/fotoAlyson wrote the following post Sun, 14 Oct 2018 01:03:51 +0200

Welcome to the #gplusrefugees . It's energizing to see so many new faces embracing #diaspora .

The #federation is amazing invention, and a very different way of finding and connecting to others. Briefly, your pod (the part after the @ sign in your webbie) is one instance of the software platform known as Diaspora (which implements a protocol also called Diaspora). And Diaspora is just one platform in a multitude of other platforms that interconnect. You can connect with people on any platform that implements the Diaspora protocol (e.g., Friendica, Pleroma, Hubzilla, or Socialhome). For example, I usually post from my Hubzilla account ( @alysonsee ), and my posts from that account are seen by all of my D\* friends and I see their posts. Here is a handy intro.

If you are looking for new friends out here, let me suggest some of the most welcoming, warm-hearted folks I've met: @Adam Hunt is always ready with a helpful hand, whether on the shoreline IRL or out here in the ether. @Jose Luis always brightens my day. @Birne Helene makes it easy to find other lovely and interesting Diasporans to connect with. makes me a better person just by being who he is.

 

Tags and Aspects and Federation, Oh My!


For us Google+ refugees, adjusting to Diaspora* (and pluspora) can be a bit of an adjustment. We were all used to circles and collections and communities and we were comfortable. Sure, Google+ had hashtags but almost no one used them so it was almost like they did not exist. The good news is that Diaspora* works almost exactly like Google+ and you merely need to tweak your vocabulary.

TL;DR

  • Post everything to Public using the drop-down menu next to the Share button.
  • Add hashtags liberally so that people can find your posts.
  • Follow interesting people, especially if they use a different pod (have something different after the @ than you do)

Tags


Tags work like supercharged circles. When you post, you add hashtags to it. These hashtags group your posts by subject, like a Google+ collection. You can add as many hashtags as you like, which is different from G+ which restricted a post to a single circle.

Tags are supercharged because they are also used for reading, to control which posts show up in your stream. You can follow a tag, regardless of who posts using the tag. On Google+, you could follow an individual's "caturday" circle but there was no way to follow all caturday circles.

Aspects


When you follow an individual on Diaspora*, you add them to one or more aspects. This is almost the same as adding a Google+ person to one or more circles. Their posts will show up in your stream.

Federation


I wrote that aspects are "almost" like circles because there is a key difference between Google+ and Diaspora*: Federation. It makes following important. Google+ was one huge system; you could always see all posts. Diaspora* is a federation of smaller systems, called pods, and you can only see the posts which are on your pod. When you follow someone who uses a different pod (add them to one of your aspects), your pod copies that person's new posts from the other pod. This makes interesting stuff spread around the federation, since a public post becomes visible in more places.

#diaspora #tip #googleplus #tags #aspects #federation

 

Tags and Aspects and Federation, Oh My!


For us Google+ refugees, adjusting to Diaspora* (and pluspora) can be a bit of an adjustment. We were all used to circles and collections and communities and we were comfortable. Sure, Google+ had hashtags but almost no one used them so it was almost like they did not exist. The good news is that Diaspora* works almost exactly like Google+ and you merely need to tweak your vocabulary.

TL;DR

  • Post everything to Public using the drop-down menu next to the Share button.
  • Add hashtags liberally so that people can find your posts.
  • Follow interesting people, especially if they use a different pod (have something different after the @ than you do)

Tags


Tags work like supercharged circles. When you post, you add hashtags to it. These hashtags group your posts by subject, like a Google+ collection. You can add as many hashtags as you like, which is different from G+ which restricted a post to a single circle.

Tags are supercharged because they are also used for reading, to control which posts show up in your stream. You can follow a tag, regardless of who posts using the tag. On Google+, you could follow an individual's "caturday" circle but there was no way to follow all caturday circles.

Aspects


When you follow an individual on Diaspora*, you add them to one or more aspects. This is almost the same as adding a Google+ person to one or more circles. Their posts will show up in your stream.

Federation


I wrote that aspects are "almost" like circles because there is a key difference between Google+ and Diaspora*: Federation. It makes following important. Google+ was one huge system; you could always see all posts. Diaspora* is a federation of smaller systems, called pods, and you can only see the posts which are on your pod. When you follow someone who uses a different pod (add them to one of your aspects), your pod copies that person's new posts from the other pod. This makes interesting stuff spread around the federation, since a public post becomes visible in more places.

#diaspora #tip #googleplus #tags #aspects #federation

 

Converse 4 released

After more than 7 months of active development, Converse 4 has finally been released.
Converse is an open source XMPP-based chat client written in JavaScript and which runs in your browser.
This release contains lots of highlights, including rewriting the UI to use Bootstrap 4, support for OMEMO Encryption of private messages, message corrections and file-sharing via HTTP file upload.
XMPP is an IETF standardized messaging and presence protocol with multiple independent server and client implementations.
Unlike other popular open source teamchat applications like Mattermost and Rocket.chat, Converse doesn't depend on any particular server (e.g. backend) application. Any XMPP server which supports the relevant extensions (aka XEPs) will do.
Converse is 100% front-end JavaScript and CSS. The only backend you need is an XMPP server, which you can either set up and host yourself or you can sign up on an existing one.
read more...

#community #xmpp #freesoftware #omemo #im #federation #encryption #converse #jsxc

 
Another strange thing happening on the federation. Two years ago I made a reshare on my family poddery profile. I just wanted to show one of my Phill pages from my @Katharsisdrill profile to them (my family).

The last couple of month or so I have begun getting many likes on this reshare, always from joindispora users who seem to never have done anything else. How does these profiles find a two year old post on a profile that for many years has only been posting in a closed aspect?

I see it as a catalogue of some internet vulture trying to see if the network can be used somehow for dubious activities... but I don't know of course.

#diaspora #federation #mystery #joindispora

 

We need to talk about **joindiaspora.com **

Flaburgan diaspora* community staff // Aug 2013
We are facing a lot of problems with joindiaspora and I think it’s time to change our strategy about it.
At the moment, we simply don’t deal with joindiaspora. But there are many downsides. They almost all come from one point: people don’t make any difference between “diaspora” and “joindiaspora”. Result: when “joindiaspora” is slow / buggy / down, it’s “diaspora” which slow / buggy / down. When “joindiaspora” doesn’t respect privacy (Amazon, Google analytics which has now be removed), it’s “diaspora*” which doesn’t respect privacy.
https://discourse.diasporafoundation.org/t/joindiaspora-crisis/237

August 2013, nothing has changed, no comment.

#joindiaspora #diaspora #diasporafoundation #federation #history #archive #privacy

 

Another (and so far final) repost: EU copyright reform… Dear fellow Diasporians, please take action now.


(a near-copy from @itri's near-copy of my own recent post)

The vote on this is going to happen tomorrow, and, as I understand it, the new law will also affect networks like Diaspora, in fact many smaller sites and businesses.


(It affects "online services" that allow data to be uploaded and published... It will most probably affect federated networks like Diaspora or Peertube, all kinds of sites that deal with free and open software, probably also artists who want to upload their own work, maybe smaller e-mail providers, it might raise prices for getting one's own website hosted by a webspace provider etc etc...)

On https://saveyourinternet.eu/ you can act now, and write bulk or personal e-mails to members of parliament of your country (by only a few clicks). Please do!


Arguments against the implemented reform (taken from https://saveyourinternet.eu/):
  • Article 13 is bad for the Internet as a whole: … it “would mandate Internet platforms to embed an automated infrastructure for monitoring and censorship deep into their networks”.
  • Article 13 is bad for EU citizens’ fundamental rights: … it “would violate the freedom of expression set out in (…) the Charter of Fundamental Rights” and “provoke such legal uncertainty that online services will have no other option than to monitor, filter and block EU citizens’ communications”.near
  • Article 13 threatens legal certainty in the EU: … there is scientific consensus on the fact that Article 13 “threaten [s]the user participation benefits of the e-Commerce Directive (2000/31/EC)”.
  • Article 13 will be bad for the European economy: … “these rules are bad news for publishers who rely on an open and competitive internet to source, create and disseminate stories to their readers” … “the suggested filtering technology will raise the cost of launching a startup in Europe and drive talent away”.
  • The Parliament must promote a balanced and evidence-based approach to copyright enforcement and not fall into the trap of so-called ‘easy fixes’ to the detriment of our fundamental rights.

Call your MEP now and if you know others who are residents in the EU, tell them to call or write to their MEPs too.

You can find info on each of your MEPs on the SaveYourInternet.eu site, or on Parliament’s own site (just click on the maps).

If you’re outside of Europe, please consider sharing this blog post with your European friends and family and let them know that this is a red alert. We have just days until the vote.

Tell them to reject the Voss amendments, and reject Article 11 and 13, reject copyright filters, and reject ancillary rights on press snippets. Encourage your MEP to choose options that avoid filtering uploads or restricting links.


Here's a little about it that also hints on who would benefit from this new law.


(Youtube, 2:24 min)
#FOSS, #reform, #politics, #politik, #creativecommons, #cc, #legislation, #europa, #freedom, #freedom-of-speech, #fairuse, #fair-use, #link, #link-tax, #linktax, #freeweb, #free-web, #sharing, #uploading, #uploads, #version-control, #EU, #EU-copyright, #law, #copyright, #censorship, #savecodeshare, #open-source, #software, #software-development, #social, #Europe, #diaspora, #peertube, #thefederation, #federation, #the-federation, #fediverse, #internet, #web, #european-union, #europeanunion, #email, #irc, #laws, #law, #DeleteArt13, #xmpp, #jabber, #tax, #taxes, #Mastodon, #SaveYourInternet

 

Another (and so far final) repost: EU copyright reform… Dear fellow Diasporians, please take action now.


(a near-copy from @itri's near-copy of my own recent post)

The vote on this is going to happen tomorrow, and, as I understand it, the new law will also affect networks like Diaspora, in fact many smaller sites and businesses.


(It affects "online services" that allow data to be uploaded and published... It will most probably affect federated networks like Diaspora or Peertube, all kinds of sites that deal with free and open software, probably also artists who want to upload their own work, maybe smaller e-mail providers, it might raise prices for getting one's own website hosted by a webspace provider etc etc...)

On https://saveyourinternet.eu/ you can act now, and write bulk or personal e-mails to members of parliament of your country (by only a few clicks). Please do!


Arguments against the implemented reform (taken from https://saveyourinternet.eu/):
  • Article 13 is bad for the Internet as a whole: … it “would mandate Internet platforms to embed an automated infrastructure for monitoring and censorship deep into their networks”.
  • Article 13 is bad for EU citizens’ fundamental rights: … it “would violate the freedom of expression set out in (…) the Charter of Fundamental Rights” and “provoke such legal uncertainty that online services will have no other option than to monitor, filter and block EU citizens’ communications”.near
  • Article 13 threatens legal certainty in the EU: … there is scientific consensus on the fact that Article 13 “threaten [s]the user participation benefits of the e-Commerce Directive (2000/31/EC)”.
  • Article 13 will be bad for the European economy: … “these rules are bad news for publishers who rely on an open and competitive internet to source, create and disseminate stories to their readers” … “the suggested filtering technology will raise the cost of launching a startup in Europe and drive talent away”.
  • The Parliament must promote a balanced and evidence-based approach to copyright enforcement and not fall into the trap of so-called ‘easy fixes’ to the detriment of our fundamental rights.

Call your MEP now and if you know others who are residents in the EU, tell them to call or write to their MEPs too.

You can find info on each of your MEPs on the SaveYourInternet.eu site, or on Parliament’s own site (just click on the maps).

If you’re outside of Europe, please consider sharing this blog post with your European friends and family and let them know that this is a red alert. We have just days until the vote.

Tell them to reject the Voss amendments, and reject Article 11 and 13, reject copyright filters, and reject ancillary rights on press snippets. Encourage your MEP to choose options that avoid filtering uploads or restricting links.


Here's a little about it that also hints on who would benefit from this new law.


(Youtube, 2:24 min)
#FOSS, #reform, #politics, #politik, #creativecommons, #cc, #legislation, #europa, #freedom, #freedom-of-speech, #fairuse, #fair-use, #link, #link-tax, #linktax, #freeweb, #free-web, #sharing, #uploading, #uploads, #version-control, #EU, #EU-copyright, #law, #copyright, #censorship, #savecodeshare, #open-source, #software, #software-development, #social, #Europe, #diaspora, #peertube, #thefederation, #federation, #the-federation, #fediverse, #internet, #web, #european-union, #europeanunion, #email, #irc, #laws, #law, #DeleteArt13, #xmpp, #jabber, #tax, #taxes, #Mastodon, #SaveYourInternet

 

Reposting and reposting about the planned EU copyright reform... Dear Diasporians, please take action.

The vote on this is going to happen tomorrow, and the new law will also affect networks like Diaspora, in fact many smaller sites and businesses.

On https://saveyourinternet.eu/ you can act now, and write bulk or personal e-mails to members of parliament of your country.


Arguments against the implemented reform, taken from https://saveyourinternet.eu/ :
* Article 13 is bad for the Internet as a whole: ... it “would mandate Internet platforms to embed an automated infrastructure for monitoring and censorship deep into their networks”.
* Article 13 is bad for EU citizens’ fundamental rights: ... it “would violate the freedom of expression set out in (…) the Charter of Fundamental Rights” and “provoke such legal uncertainty that online services will have no other option than to monitor, filter and block EU citizens’ communications”.
* Article 13 threatens legal certainty in the EU: ... there is scientific consensus on the fact that Article 13 “threaten [s]the user participation benefits of the e-Commerce Directive (2000/31/EC)”.
* Article 13 will be bad for the European economy: ... “these rules are bad news for publishers who rely on an open and competitive internet to source, create and disseminate stories to their readers” ... “the suggested filtering technology will raise the cost of launching a startup in Europe and drive talent away”.
* The Parliament must promote a balanced and evidence-based approach to copyright enforcement and not fall into the trap of so-called ‘easy fixes’ to the detriment of our fundamental rights.

#FOSS, #reform, #politics, #politik, #creativecommons, #cc, #legislation, #europa, #freedom, #freedom-of-speech, #fairuse, #fair-use, #link, #link-tax, #linktax, #freeweb, #free-web, #sharing, #uploading, #uploads, #version-control, #EU, #EU-copyright, #law, #copyright, #censorship, #savecodeshare, #open-source, #software, #software-development, #social, #Europe, #diaspora, #thefederation, #federation, #the-federation, #fediverse, #internet, #web, #european-union, #europeanunion, #email, #irc, #laws, #law, #DeleteArt13, #xmpp, #jabber, #tax, #taxes, #Mastodon, #SaveYourInternet

Hashtags were taken from a post by @itri, thanks a lot.
Home

 

Devastating EU Copyright review - one day left to take action


^a^ ^near-copy^ ^of^ ^this^ ^@Blutpumpe's^ ^post^ [^here^](https://despora.de/posts/38f0408097e00136ed19543d7eeced27)^.^ ^Thanks^ ^for^ ^supporting^ ^the^ ^cause!^ ^(reposting^ ^for^ ^wider^ ^exposure)^

The vote on this is going to happen tomorrow, and the new law will also probably affect networks like Diaspora, and many smaller sites and businesses.

On https://saveyourinternet.eu/ you can act now, and write bulk or personal e-mails to members of parliament of your country.


Arguments against the implemented reform (taken from https://saveyourinternet.eu/):
  • Article 13 is bad for the Internet as a whole: … it “would mandate Internet platforms to embed an automated infrastructure for monitoring and censorship deep into their networks”.
  • Article 13 is bad for EU citizens’ fundamental rights: … it “would violate the freedom of expression set out in (…) the Charter of Fundamental Rights” and “provoke such legal uncertainty that online services will have no other option than to monitor, filter and block EU citizens’ communications”.
  • Article 13 threatens legal certainty in the EU: … there is scientific consensus on the fact that Article 13 “threaten [s]the user participation benefits of the e-Commerce Directive (2000/31/EC)”.
  • Article 13 will be bad for the European economy: … “these rules are bad news for publishers who rely on an open and competitive internet to source, create and disseminate stories to their readers” … “the suggested filtering technology will raise the cost of launching a startup in Europe and drive talent away”.
  • The Parliament must promote a balanced and evidence-based approach to copyright enforcement and not fall into the trap of so-called ‘easy fixes’ to the detriment of our fundamental rights.

Call your MEP now and if you know others who are residents in the EU, tell them to call or write to their MEPs too.

You can find info on each of your MEPs on the SaveYourInternet.eu site, or on Parliament’s own site (just click on the maps).

If you’re outside of Europe, please consider sharing this blog post with your European friends and family and let them know that this is a red alert. We have just days until the vote.

Tell them to reject the Voss amendments, and reject Article 11 and 13, reject copyright filters, and reject ancillary rights on press snippets. Encourage your MEP to choose options that avoid filtering uploads or restricting links.


#FOSS, #reform, #politics, #politik, #creativecommons, #cc, #legislation, #europa, #freedom, #freedom-of-speech, #fairuse, #fair-use, #link, #link-tax, #linktax, #freeweb, #free-web, #sharing, #uploading, #uploads, #version-control, #EU, #EU-copyright, #law, #copyright, #censorship, #savecodeshare, #open-source, #software, #software-development, #social, #Europe, #diaspora, #thefederation, #federation, #the-federation, #fediverse, #internet, #web, #european-union, #europeanunion, #email, #irc, #laws, #law, #DeleteArt13, #xmpp, #jabber, #tax, #taxes, #Mastodon, #SaveYourInternet

 
438 PRO / 226 AGAINST upload filter in the vote of the EU parliament. LinkTax adopted as well.

Oh fuck this shit
RT @Senficon Article 13 vote: The European Parliament endorses #uploadfilters for all but the smallest sites and apps. Anything you want to publish will need to first be approved by these filters, perfectly legal content like parodies & memes will be caught in the crosshairs #SaveYourInternet




#SaveYourInternet #Fediverse #Federation #UploadFilter

 
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The Great Diaspora Treasure Hunt 1.1


With the influx of new people and new pods it is time for an updated version of The Great Diaspora Treasure Hunt Post

The treasure hunt is about resharing. Resharing can not of course, replace making new posts. But reshares are like ants in the forest. They can be quite a nuisance, but they are a valuable part of the ecosystem as they help the federation. If you are on a new pod there might not be so much federated material yet - because when a pod is opened it will slowly gather new things that are posted but not the old ones. When you reshare an old post with a person on a new pod it becomes visible to him or her.

The federation is a small community and have to do some work to make the community thrive. I have seen the same tendency in small communities in Greenland and the Faroe Islands where the cultural life was a common project. When you return to Copenhagen or another big city you can see how lazy and blazé people are about their local culture. So reposting a thing you just saw is good, but the clever ant goes on a treasure hunt in old posts too (and this means you have to be on an old pod of course). The good thing about doing this is that the post might fell new - even if it’s an oldie’n’goodie - the chance of duplicates in the stream is minimal, and, most importantly, it will help new pods be part of the history of the federation. Digging up a really interesting, fun, thought-provoking or obscene post from the past makes you a Diaspora archaeologist, a pillar of federation society, a provider of quality content to the hungry masses - and it’s (almost) just as easy as a normal reshare.

Follow the tags and you will find the treasures!

Personally I would be pleased if some of all the creative commons artworks on my @Katharsisdrill-profile were shared so more could see and use them.

#thefederation #facebookrefugees #newhere #thefederation #Diaspora #Friendica #GangGo #Hubzilla #Socialhome #reshares #federation #treasure #hunt

 

Converse 4.0.0 released


Converse is an XMPP chat client for the web browser, similar to JSXC.

New Features


* #161 XEP-0363: HTTP File Upload
* #194 Include entity capabilities in outgoing presence stanzas
* #337 API call to update a VCard
* #421 XEP-0308: Last Message Correction
* #497 XEP-0384: OMEMO encrypted messaging
* #968 Use nickname from VCard when joining a room
* #986 Affiliation changes aren't displayed in the chat
* #1081 Allow for shift-enter to insert newlines
* #1091 There's now only one CSS file for all view modes.
* #1094 Show room members who aren't currently online
* #1106 Support for Roster Versioning
* #1137 Autocompletion and support for XEP-0372 References, specifically section "3.2 Mentions".
* It's now also possible to edit your VCard via the UI
* Automatically grow/shrink input as text is entered/removed
* MP4 and MP3 files when sent as XEP-0066 Out of Band Data, are now playable directly in chat
* Support for rendering URLs sent according to XEP-0066 Out of Band Data.
* Geo-URIs (e.g. from Conversations) are now replaced by links to openstreetmap (works in reverse also)
* Add a checkbox to indicate whether a trusted device is being used or not.
If the device is not trusted, sessionStorage is used and all user data is deleted from the browser cache upon logout.
If the device is trusted, localStorage is used and user data is cached indefinitely.
* Initial support for XEP-0357 Push Notifications, specifically registering an "App Server".
* Add support for logging in via OAuth (see the oauth_providers setting)
#xmpp #freesoftware #omemo #im #federation #encryption #converse #jsxc

 

Let's talk about XMPP UseCases for Language Content in Media Files

error will talk about XMPP UseCases in querying xml-data and providing language content and media content for language learning purposes.

It is a research project of three German universities and has very broad UseCases which can be refined.
Maybe there will be an ad-hoc key signing "party", too.

XMPP-Meetup in Berlin
overmorrow, Wednesday 2018-09-12 18:00 CEST
xHain, Grünberger Str. 14, 10243 Berlin

#xmpp #berlin #meeting #meetup #federation

 

Parola filtrata: nsfw


 

Föderation Statistik


Ich liebe Friendica und Co einfach......
Momentan kennt dieser Knoten 925 Knoten mit insgesamt 626044 registrierten Nutzern, die die folgenden Plattformen verwenden:

Friendica (86/12492)
diaspora (88/98224)
red (4/27)
hubzilla (61/2413)
GNU Social (47/159)
StatusNet (1/1)
Mastodon (551/510844)
pleroma (84/1218)
socialhome (3/666)

#federation #freiheit #Fediverse #Friendica #diaspora #red #hubzilla StatusNet #pleroma #socialhome

 

Föderation Statistik


Ich liebe Friendica und Co einfach......
Momentan kennt dieser Knoten 925 Knoten mit insgesamt 626044 registrierten Nutzern, die die folgenden Plattformen verwenden:

Friendica (86/12492)
diaspora (88/98224)
red (4/27)
hubzilla (61/2413)
GNU Social (47/159)
StatusNet (1/1)
Mastodon (551/510844)
pleroma (84/1218)
socialhome (3/666)

#federation #freiheit #Fediverse #Friendica #diaspora #red #hubzilla StatusNet #pleroma #socialhome

 

Hello federation, my name is Feneas


Hey we set up this association dedicated to #federated networks 🎉

https://feneas.org/hello-federation/

#feneas #federation #decentralization #nonprofit

 
Übrigens, der Asta der TU Berlin hat einen #Friendica Server im #Fediverse #Federation
♲ astatu@friendica.astatu.berlin:
Thanks to our admin!
Our #friendica server is now faster. 😀
[l]#Berlin #Studenten

 
Übrigens, der Asta der TU Berlin hat einen #Friendica Server im #Fediverse #Federation
♲ astatu@friendica.astatu.berlin:
Thanks to our admin!
Our #friendica server is now faster. 😀
[l]#Berlin #Studenten

 

Federation myths


Many of us embrace federation values and, somehow, build or mantain ideas about this model which are not always true. Here are some thoughts and information that may foster awareness about federation.

https://infosec-handbook.eu/blog/federation-myths/

\#technology #tech #federation #networks #XMPP #Mastodon #Diaspora #Hubzilla #Friendica #Matrix #Riot

 

Federation myths


Many of us embrace federation values and, somehow, build or mantain ideas about this model which are not always true. Here are some thoughts and information that may foster awareness about federation.

https://infosec-handbook.eu/blog/federation-myths/

\#technology #tech #federation #networks #XMPP #Mastodon #Diaspora #Hubzilla #Friendica #Matrix #Riot

 

Federation Statistics, List of Servers, Fediverse


Just some links for looking at statistics, list of pods, etc. First one lists Federation statistics:
- https://the-federation.info

There are also statistics for separate networks, e.g.:
- https://the-federation.info/diaspora
(Does someone maybe know why was there a sudden drop in the number of total users in the middle of '15?)

Fediverse data:
- https://fediverse.network/

List of servers on podupti.me:
- https://podupti.me/

List of Hubzilla public servers:
- https://hubzilla.it/pubsites

This site helps to choose a Mastodon instance (and also shows statistics):
- https://instances.social/

List of Friendica public servers:
- https://dir.friendica.social/servers

#federation #fediverse #statistics #hubzilla #friendica #diaspora #mastodon #pleroma #gnusocial #linux #gnu #gnulinux #network #socialnetwork

 
Probably everybody here knows this already, but I only found it out today: #federation @Gruppo Linux Como

 
2 days to get to Delux v1 version of #peertube
Help is needed!
https://www.kisskissbankbank.com/en/projects/peertube-a-free-and-federated-video-platform

#federation #youtube #alternative #open

 

A symbolic donation challenge


Since you are reading this post I guess you are directly interested in the improvement of Diaspora*. As you probably know Diaspora* couldn't improve without the hard and enthusiastic work of the developers. That is why

I challenge you to give at least a symbolic €0.01/week amount to the Diaspora* developers


€0.01/week is not much. It just €0.52/year so probably you can easily afford that. I guess you throw away much more to buy some fancy junk you don't even need at all ;-)

Isn't €0.01/week too little?

Yes, it is symbolic, but it is much more than nothing.

Also it can be a lot if most of us are willing to join (especially if some of us are willing to give a bit more).

For example, imagine if just 1% of the currently registered users of the federation have been taking this challenge. That would mean about €65/week for the developers. Just 15% of the users that were active in the past 6 month could give €75/week this way. 70% of the monthly active users could give €105/week for the developers by this "symbolic" donation.

Of course, you are free and encouraged to give more. (I also do so.)

How to participate?
- Create an account at https://liberapay.com.
- Add some money to your wallet.
- Start directly donating the developers.

Please, also encourage others to join this cause by spreading the message and voting on the poll below.

#diaspora #developer #donation #liberapay #crowdfunding #freesoftware #free-software #opensource #open-source #foss #floss #gnu #freedom #privacy #poll #hubzilla #gnusocial #friendica #federation

 

Friendly reminder that FSF endorses decentralization and federated networks among its high priorities.



So, if you're contributing to any of those, you are doing the right thing 🙌

#decentralize #decentralize-everything #federation #fsf

h/t to @Diego Ariel Capeletti for the link

 

Katarina Barley fordert Öffnung von WhatsApp für andere Dienste


Huch, eine Ministerin mit einer richtig guten Idee? Was ist denn da passiert?

Chat-Dienste sollten genauso wenig monopolisiert sein wie Email oder Telefonie. Menschen, die bei verschiedenen Email-Providern oder Telefonie-Anbietern sind, können trotzdem miteinander kommunizieren. Nur bei IM ist das anders: Bei Whatsapp sitzt man im rostigen Käfig. Die Politik sollte in der Tat durchsetzten, daß IM-Dienste ab einer bestimmten Größe geöffnet werden müssen. Dafür gibt es seit knapp zwanzig Jahren sogar einen offiziellen Internet-Standard. Whatsapp, Google, Facebook haben genau diesen Standard sogar jahrelang genutzt, sich von diesem aber verabschiedet um sich abzuschotten.

Auch sympathisch: Frau Barley ist weder bei Whatsapp noch bei Facebook.

#barley #katarinabarley #im #whatsapp #spd #xmpp #chat #federation

 
Immagine/foto
#Pixelfed, the ethical alternative to #Instagram, has started its beta testing and looks nice 😎 It uses #ActivityPub to federate with #Mastodon and #Pleroma.

You can get the latest news on PixelFed's beta and its upcoming #federation by following:

https://mastodon.social/@pixelfed

PixelFed's official site is at https://pixelfed.org and the beta testing instance is at https://pixelfed.social (Registration was closed at the time of posting, but is due to open again during the weekend)

Apparently the first PixelFed cat photo was posted at https://pixelfed.social/bremensaki

#DeleteInstagram #DeleteFacebook

 
Immagine/foto
#Pixelfed, the ethical alternative to #Instagram, has started its beta testing and looks nice 😎 It uses #ActivityPub to federate with #Mastodon and #Pleroma.

You can get the latest news on PixelFed's beta and its upcoming #federation by following:

https://mastodon.social/@pixelfed

PixelFed's official site is at https://pixelfed.org and the beta testing instance is at https://pixelfed.social (Registration was closed at the time of posting, but is due to open again during the weekend)

Apparently the first PixelFed cat photo was posted at https://pixelfed.social/bremensaki

#DeleteInstagram #DeleteFacebook

 

Public Jabber Chat rooms



Christopher Muclumbus: A listing of public XMPP/Jabber chat rooms/groups.



If you are in a public MUC, that is not yet listed, you can add it by inviting xmpp:christopher.muclumbus@dreckshal.de to the room. In Gajim, you have to type in the message field when you are in the specific chatroom: /invite christopher.muclumbus@dreckshal.de.

#xmpp #jabber #muc #federation #chatroom #freesoftware #agpl

 

XMPP-Meetup Berlin: Daniel Gultsch about good and bad client UX



Next Meeting:

Thursday, 2018-06-07, 19:00

co-up, Adalbertstr. 8, 10999 Berlin

Daniel Gultsch:
I’m going to talk about how to deal with baggage and how legacy UX (something that long time users are used to from other clients) makes it difficult to create good clients. (Which for example lead to the creation of the infamous »Expert Settings«.)
#xmpp #berlin #meeting #ux #android #conversations #federation

 

Have you considered the alternative?



Good read. The authors make clear, that end-to-end encryption, as important as it is, is not the most important tool to protect privacy. Federation or decentralization is much more important. They also see clearly, that centralized messengers have much better funding opportunities than federated ones.
While OWS provides thorough expertise in the field of cryptography, Marlinspike is currently advocating centralisation as the only answer towards user-friendly, fast and secure messaging apps. Decentralisation, according to him, has no place in the modern world and apparently hampers innovation. However, some of his arguments have not remained unchallenged. In particular, where Marlinspike accuses federation of stalling evolution, Daniel Gultsch provides a counter argument by using the Web as an example of successfully federated system. Furthermore, Gultsch states that the problem is not that federation doesn't adapt, but rather that there are problems with its implementation for a very significant reason: software developers working on federated systems mostly work for free in their spare time or with little means, given the difficulty to monetise a system which design can only succeed if it is open and can be appropriated easily beyond its original scope, and thus making its capitalisation particularly challenging. In that sense, the most interesting aspect of this debate is that while Marlinspike seems to defend his product from a technological perspective, Gultsch's counter argument moves back the discussion to the context of political economy.

Hosting your own infrastructure allows you to scale your communication in a way that is the most meaningful for the group or community you belong to. It is also a way to make sure your system matches your own threat model?, while simultaneously allowing you to deal with trust that is not mediated by an app. It also allows you to experiment with economic models other than those linked to large-scale infrastructure involving surveillance and capturing of your social graph for financial gain. Maybe you want to share the cost of the server or the responsibilities of administrating it, maybe you want to collectively learn how to run all this stuff, or maybe you want to start meetings to exchange tips, etc. However, this does not mean that you need to cut yourself off from the rest of the world and this form of localism should not be misunderstood for a hipsterist and reactionary form of escapism. Instead, such an approach is quite the opposite as it provides a possibility to actively engage with societal issues. It allows groups to collectively think, in the sense of defining questions and hypotheses themselves, acquire skills and knowledge and respond to issues that are both relevant to their own situation but that can also resonate globally, enabling others to start a similar process.
#whatsapp #facebook #signal #xmpp #conversations #gajim #chatsecure #selfhosting #federation #politics #freesoftware

 

The rocky road to OMEMO by default



Daniel Gultsch, developer of Android XMPP client Conversations, writes,

Why it took us more than two years to enable End-to-End encryption by default: The first in a series of essays leading up to the release of Conversations 2.0



...
The other big hurdle we had to overcome was the adoption rate in clients. If you send OMEMO encrypted messages by default you should have a reasonable expectation that your contact will be able to decrypt the message. Reasonable expectation doesn’t mean that every single client out there has to support it—In an ecosystem with hundreds of small, badly maintained clients that’s just not feasible—but the major clients should at least have a plugin available.
In March 2018 we finally reached the point where every plattform has one or more clients with OMEMO support. Conversations and Zom on Android, ChatSecure on iOS, Psi and Gajim on the desktop. The up and coming desktop client Dino—despite not having had an initial release—already has support for OMEMO as well. And even the webclient JSXC has a plugin available.
Considering the complexity of OMEMO and the fact that most of these clients are developed by people in their spare time, this is actually quite an impressive adoption rate.
...
Moxie Marlinspike, in his 2016 propaganda piece ignorantly bashing XMPP, had one valid point: Enabling end-to-end encryption in a homogenous environment is easier than introducing it in a heterogenous one like Jabber. Nobody is denying that. However, if something is hard to achieve there are two possible approaches: Either try your best and don’t give up, or put your head in the sand and create yet another walled garden that is no different from other proprietary solutions.
Admittedly it has taken us a while to get to a point where we can enable end-to-end encryption by default, but it was worth the effort in that we ended up with something that is different from WhatsApp in more than just marketing.
#xmpp #omemo #conversations #psi #gajim #zom #chatsecure #dino #jsxc #federation #encryption

 

Slack's bait and switch



The developer of the beautiful Converse.js web browser XMPP client, JC Brand, writes:

On Federation



When we talk about "federation" in networks, we mean the ability to communicate between different service providers.
For example, email is federated. You can set up your own email server, and then send emails to people with their own email servers, or to people with Gmail or Yahoo! accounts.
You can email any other email address in the world, regardless of where that email address is hosted.
If email never existed, and a company like Slack today would come out with this brand new concept of "Electronic Mail", let's call it digimail, do you think they would standardise the digimail protocol and allow you to send messages to other digimail purveyors?
We all know the answer to that. They won't, and neither would Google, Microsoft or Facebook.
Heck, Facebook is actively trying to replace email since years.
The reason email is federated, is because it was developed before surveillance capitalism was a thing and because it was established and entrenched long before these companies came around.
There's a reason why your email address is still the de facto way to sign up for any service on the web (sometimes with one or two degrees of separation), and it's because of federation.
XMPP is designed to allow federation. Think about that. Instead of having to sign up to various different chat providers, all which try to lock you in and monetize your conversations, you could instead have one chat account, and use that to chat with anybody else, regardless of which chat provider they are using.
Alas, that's the dream, but because XMPP came much later to the scene, it didn't develop the critical mass as email has, and here we are. With dozens of chat apps, all non-interoperable and closed off.
#slack #xmpp #federation #surveillancecapitalism

 

On the demise of Slack's IRC / XMPP gateways



Say no to Slack.



Debian developer Gunnar Wolf writes:
I have grudgingly joined three Slack workspaces, due to me being part of proejects that use it as a communications center for their participants. Why grudgingly? Because there is very little that it adds to well-established communications standards that we have had for long ~~years~~ decades.
On this topic, I must refer you to the talk and article presented by Megan Squire, one of the clear highlights of my participation last year at the 13th International Conference on Open Source Systems (OSS2017): «Considering the Use of Walled Gardens for FLOSS Project Communication». Please do have a good read of this article.
Thing is, after several years of playing open with probably the best integration gateway I have seen, Slack is joining the Embrace, Extend and Extinguish">-minded companies. Of course, I strongly doubt they will manage to extinguish XMPP or IRC, but they want to strengthen the walls around their walled garden...
So, once they have established their presence among companies and developer groups alike, Slack is shutting down their gateways to XMPP and IRC, arguing it's impossible to achieve feature-parity via the gateway.
Of course, I guess all of us recognize and understand there has long not been feature parity. But that's a feature, not a bug! I expressly dislike the abuse of emojis and images inside what's supposed to be a work-enabling medium. Of course, connecting to Slack via IRC, I just don't see the content not meant for me.
The real motivation is they want to control the full user experience.
Well, they have lost me as a user. The day my IRC client fails to connect to Slack, I will delete my user account. They already had record of all of my interactions using their system. Maybe I won't be able to move any of the groups I am part of away from Slack – But many of us can help create a flood.
Say no to predatory tactics. Say no to Embrace, Extend and Extinguish. Say no to Slack.
See also @Carl Chenet, another Debian developer, post The Slack Threat.

Btw. I never used Slack, but some people still try to drag me into it. I stay with XMPP, and in IRC by means of the biboumi XMPP-IRC gateway.

#xmpp #slack #irc #walledgarden #federation #biboumi #debian

 

Berlin XMPP meetup a.k.a. eXciting Monday Public Powwow



Monday, 2018-02-26, 19:00 CET



co.up, Adalbertstr. 7—8, 3rd floor, 10999 Berlin-Kreuzberg

Let's talk about Movim, and about the XMPP Summit!



This time, we will talk about Movim (the "kick ass social network"!), and about the latest XMPP Summit, which took place in Brussels a few weeks ago. Hope to see you all on Monday!
Language will probably be English or German. Or Volapük. Let's see.

#xmpp #jabber #summit #movim #berlin #federation #socialnetwork

 

Help translate Movim!



If you know English plus another language, this is for you! Please help with the translation of Movim at its translation page. At the moment German and French are almost complete, no help needed now. The following languages are nearing completion (≥¾), so this might be the perfect moment to achieve 100% without having to work much:

Russian, Norwegian Bokmål (Norway), Portuguese (Brazil), Chinese (China), Polish, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, and Danish.

Of course, all other languages are welcome, too! This is your chance to participate in free software, open source, and federation, without having to be a programmer :~)

(Btw. I never worked with transifex myself, so please do not ask me about it.)

What is Movim anyway? It is a free software, federated, social network, but very differerent from Diaspora, based on the XMPP standard. You can try it e.g. here or check the more or less up-to-date pod list.

#help #translation #movim #xmpp #federation #languages #freesoftware #i18n

 

The Jabber Spam Fighting Manifesto

Version 0.3, 2017-12-30

The Jabber network (a federated set of thousands of servers with many
tens or hundreds thousands of users) is under a continuous flood of spam
messages for multiple years. Similar to the open email relays of the
mid-1990s, public (and often abandoned) XMPP servers are being abused to
deliver those messages.

We, as the operators of public XMPP servers, commit to the following
Server Policies to fight spam on our servers, and we announce our intent
to block incoming communication from public servers that distribute spam
messages and do not adhere to the Server Policies. Furthermore, we
will inform other Public Server operators and the general public of
domains sending spam and not reacting to abuse reports.

Server Policies



A Public Server is an XMPP server that allows both the registration of
accounts by third parties (either via [In Band Registration][XEP-0077]
or by other means, like a web form), and federation to other XMPP
servers, making it possible for its users to reach out to other XMPP
domains.

The operators of a Public Server shall perform the following actions to
fight spam:

* Implement [XEP-0157: Contact Addresses for XMPP Services][XEP-0157] and
react to incoming abuse reports in a timely fashion.

* Limit the number of new user registrations per IP address and hour.

* Monitor or block registrations from IP addresses with bad reputation
(open proxy servers, Tor exit nodes), or enforce additional checks on
those users, like a CAPTCHA or a valid phone number.

* Throttle the traffic from local clients, especially unsolicited
subscription requests and messages.

[XEP-0077]: https://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0077.html
[XEP-0157]: https://xmpp.org/extensions/xep-0157.html

Schedule



With our signature under this Manifesto, we assure that our servers are
already following the above stated Server Policies.

Starting with July 1st, 2018, we will start blocking incoming server
connections from Public Servers not following the Server Policies above,
if those are forwarding spam messages to our users. The blocking message
will contain a reference to this Manifesto.

Committment



Signed,

Georg Lukas, yax.im (https://yaxim.org/yax.im/)

...
#xmpp #jabber #spam #spim #yaxim #draft #federation #abuse #server #s2s #manifesto

 

Gajim 1.0.0-alpha2 (= 0.98.2) now in Debian 9 stable (stretch-backports)



Just sudo apt install -t stretch-backports gajim gajim-pgp gajim-omemo gajim-httpupload gajim-urlimagepreview and start chatting.

#gajim #xmpp #jabber #freesoftware #release #omemo #pgp #chat #im #federation #debian #ubuntu

 

Gajim 1.0.0-alpha2 (= 0.98.2) now in Debian testing and Ubuntu bionic



Just sudo apt install gajim gajim-pgp gajim-omemo gajim-httpupload gajim-urlimagepreview and start chatting.

#gajim #xmpp #jabber #freesoftware #release #omemo #pgp #chat #im #federation #debian #ubuntu