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Immagine/fotoSocialhome HQ skrev følgende innlegg Sat, 13 Oct 2018 20:34:46 +0200




The #Socialhome issue tracker has finally moved to where the main code activity happens, ie the #Feneas #GitLab server: https://git.feneas.org/socialhome/socialhome/issues

The server has login over #GitHub account for those who don't want to register using email. Issues are not available via GitHub any more to avoid fracture of information.

Code contributions however are welcome also through GitHub. The GitHub repo will be 100% in sync at all times so pull requests through there are more than welcome.

Boards


To organize issues we have 3 boards for issues currently. The main development board, the bugs board and the newcomer board.

If you're looking to contribute to Socialhome, the last board is a good place to look at things to do. For any questions, come chat to us on #Matrix!

 
Pre-Crime
https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/061675-000-A/pre-crime/
#News #Welt #Erde #Planet #Germany #Deutschland #Menschen #Überwachung #Stadt #Polizei #BND #Politik #Google #Facbook #SozialeNetzwerke #Netzwerke #Daten #Matrix

 
Pre-Crime
https://www.arte.tv/de/videos/061675-000-A/pre-crime/
#News #Welt #Erde #Planet #Germany #Deutschland #Menschen #Überwachung #Stadt #Polizei #BND #Politik #Google #Facbook #SozialeNetzwerke #Netzwerke #Daten #Matrix

 
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Taller sobre mensajería libre


...Y vamos a por nuestro tercer taller del Ciclo de Autodefensa Digital.

LIBERAR LA COMUNICACIÓN SOCIAL II: Redes libres de mensajería instantánea
¿Quieres conocer sistemas de mensajes transparentes, que no te espíen ni vendan tus datos? Exploraremos modelos libres alternativos a Whatsapp, Messenger o Telegram.
Si traes a tus familiares o amigxs o a tu colectivo, les será más fácil empezar a usar estas herramientas, al hacerlo juntxs.
¿Qué necesitas?: tu dispositivo (compu, tableta, celular...).
¿Cuándo?: sábado 29 de septiembre. 15:00-19:00 aprox.
¿Dónde?: Comuna Digital (Alonso de Mercadillo OE3-125 y Ulloa, puerta verde).

#Quito #Ecuador #redessociales #taller #Riot #Matrix #XMPP #ComunaDigital

 
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Taller sobre mensajería libre


...Y vamos a por nuestro tercer taller del Ciclo de Autodefensa Digital.

LIBERAR LA COMUNICACIÓN SOCIAL II: Redes libres de mensajería instantánea
¿Quieres conocer sistemas de mensajes transparentes, que no te espíen ni vendan tus datos? Exploraremos modelos libres alternativos a Whatsapp, Messenger o Telegram.
Si traes a tus familiares o amigxs o a tu colectivo, les será más fácil empezar a usar estas herramientas, al hacerlo juntxs.
¿Qué necesitas?: tu dispositivo (compu, tableta, celular...).
¿Cuándo?: sábado 29 de septiembre. 15:00-19:00 aprox.
¿Dónde?: Comuna Digital (Alonso de Mercadillo OE3-125 y Ulloa, puerta verde).

#Quito #Ecuador #redessociales #taller #Riot #Matrix #XMPP #ComunaDigital

 

NEO





Web-based chat client.

Neo runs in your browser. It’s made using react.js, communicating over the Matrix network.

Register using Riot on one of the servers and you can give it a try.

https://neo.lain.haus

#neo #matrix #riot #riotim #messenger #im #linux #hackernews #chat #reactjs

 

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

 

Looking for a mom-and-pops-friendly IM solution


tl;dr: I'm looking for an alternative to #Whatsapp that is easy enough for my nontechie family to use. So far, #Matrix looks like the most complete solution, but seems pretty slow these days for some reason. Also, I have reasons on why I'm not 100% on choosing #XMPP this time.

What is the alternative you would recommend to mom and dad?

#CambridgeAnalytica leaks and #Facebook scandals apart, I've already been looking for an alternative to WhatsApp for many years, with the largest hurdle in this crusade definitely being the fact that my family hasn't been keen on leaving it for another app. On my side, I have the following requirements:
  • End-to-end #Encryption enabled by default, or at least built into the program (native implementation, no third party plugins)
  • Clients exist for at least GNU/Linux and Android platforms (more is better, but not needed)
  • Support for group chats with E2EE
  • Supports at least text and image transferring.
Matching all of these used to be very tough for a chat program, until about two years ago. With the tremendous progress that the XMPP movement has been doing for the past two or so years, I was hard-pressed to inevitably tell them to immediately download #Conversations for their phones and find true #privacy with #OMEMO encryption and their chats. However...

OMEMO isn't exactly a silver bullet (yet).


First off, allow me to clarify one thing: I love XMPP. I think it is a very mature and very reliable protocol, has a very diverse ecosystem of servers and clients around and has worked very well for me so far. With that said, though, the entire Go OMEMO! isn't exactly the magical crypto bullet that will save every one from surveillance. Or at least not yet.

First off, adoption of OMEMO in client applications has been slow. The only one that actually gets it right in my opinion is Conversations, but that's a phone app - a privacy nightmare. On the desktop, we have few options, and, from experience, none is mature to the point of surviving heavy usage:
  • Gajim - the go-to answer everyone receives - doesn't have native support, and the OMEMO plug-in requires little-tested versions that are unstable, or link to libraries whose versions some distros like Debian and Ubuntu do not offer, even if you add the development Gajim repo.
  • Profanity has at least two plug-ins for OMEMO (python and C), but they are also in the early stages of development (when I tested the python one, it didn't allow me to send messages, just receive).
  • Pidgin seems to have released an OMEMO library, but given the time of the release, I doubt it's any more stable than the above.
  • Dino appears to offer native support, but is still in alpha stage.
I know that this site indicates many other programs having some or full support for OMEMO already, but quite frankly, in my experience it's not accurate at all from the experience of a user (see my points above).

So much for requirement #2...

Enter (or not) the Matrix


So while I was busy digging for the grail, all the cool kids seemed to have switched to something called Matrix, specifically through the Riot webapp. Citing full integration over many different communication networks, I also decided to give it a try because, well, why not?

Turns out that Riot is glossy and bloated, but yes, fairly easy to use - very much like WhatsApp itself. That could be a selling point to the non-techies! And they have E2EE that apparently has been audited already. And it does fulfill all the four requirements I have. But I still am a little unsure about a few things:
  • By using the Riot web interface, you have to use Javascript to do cryptography. I know that the implementation was audited, but the whole thing about trusting Javascript still gives me the creeps. Also: RIP my RAM.
  • Desktop clients for Matrix are, very much like XMPP, lacking. Riot-desktop seems to be just a thin wrapper around the webapp. The weechat plugin last time I checked does not support encryption, etc.
  • It is mysteriously very slow these days. It seems that this is because of people overloading a few of the already few servers around and not wishing to host more, thus resulting in a very inefficient federation and network. That wasn't the case when I first tried it two years ago. This will not help convince WhatsApp users.
But even with all the above considered, I still think that Matrix, through the Riot App and Webapp is the best way to go to convince nontechies to move away from WhatsApp. I'm not praising Matrix either, though. It always sounded to me like a project that wanted to do everything, and seeing the bloat I get for what I intend to use it for, it seems to have kept going that way.

Perhaps when one day OMEMO finds its way into native or mature implementations in XMPP clients, I will revisit this post and lean towards XMPP again. But so far, no single free software IM solution has been 100% satisfactory in my case, and I'm still looking for more alternatives.

What is the alternative you would recommend to mom and dad?

 

Use #matrix or #rocketchat



If you want a polished UI with certain group features for an organisation go to Rocket Chat else Matrix and note the client name #Riot is the best alternative out there.

* Rocket can be self hosted but not decentralised.
* Matrix is decentralised by nature and there are official debian packages.
* Riot the matrix client is on #F-Droid and doesn't connect to google messaging.

 

#signal fans are also here. Hey peeps #Matrix #Riot is waiting for you guys. Pure Decentralised chat is on the table.


 

"How to Live Without Google" - and getting it all wrong



In a failed attempt to improve users personal privacy, DuckDuckGo jumps from the frying pan straight into the fire. With the motto
Remove Google from your life? Yes, it can be done!
they give ten advices, most of them very bad. Also, they are using inexact wording by calling things free, when they are "free as in beer", but not necessarily "free as in freedom". I comment on their three worst recommendations:
Google Search -> DuckDuckGo (free)
Let's start off with the easiest one! Switching to DuckDuckGo not only keeps your searches private but also gives you extra advantages such as our bang shortcuts, handy Instant Answers, and knowing you're not trapped in a filter bubble.
I understand, that they advertise their own service here. And while I do believe, that DuckDuckGo does not cheat and keeps your searches private, as a user, one cannot prove it. In any case, one just replaces one centralised search machine with another one. Better use a decentralised service, such as meta search engine Searx.
Android -> iOS (paid)
The most popular alternative to Android is of course iOS, which offers easy device encryption and encrypted messaging via iMessage by default. We also have tips to increase privacy protection on your iPhone or iPad.
This is certainly the worst recommendation in their list. I had to check the date of the article, when I read this. Aprils Fool's Day? I'm certainly not a fan of Android and I'm not an Android user anymore, but going for a much more restrictive jail is just stupid. Android has at least relatively free versions, e.g. Replicant. iOS, in contrast, is a carcel with beautifully painted walls. Very high walls with perfectly styled barbed wire on top. Even the most proprietary variants of Android let you at least install free software from F-Droid.org.

If you don't want to use Android anymore, like myself, better go for a free alternative, e.g. support the Librem 5 crowdfunding, or the Pyra handheld or the ZeroPhone, all three running the free Debian operating system.
Google Allo -> Signal (free)
There are several services offering private messaging but, as we've mentioned before, Signal gets our recommendation. It offers free, end-to-end encryption for both messages and private calls. It's also recommended by Edward Snowden and renowned security expert Bruce Schneier, among others.
Again, they recommend to leave one centralised service for another one. And one, that even wants your phone number, otherwise you can't use it. And one, that does not yet have a decent client for Linux. There are messengers around that are federated or completely decentralised, that do not force you give them your phone number, and that have native clients for all major operating systems. My recommendation is XMPP. If you are on Linux, use e.g. Gajim, on Android the best app is probably Conversations, for iOS there is ChatSecure and so on. Alternatives to XMPP are Ring, Matrix and more recently Wire.

Benjamin Franklin wrote in 1755:
Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.
One should also not give up libre software, which is essential in many ways, to purchase a little perceived safety or privacy through non-free or centralised services.

#duckduckgo #google #searx #replicant #fdroid #librem5 #pyra #zerophone #debian #xmpp #gajim #conversations #chatsecure #ring #matrix #wire

How to Live Without Google

Google tracking is more pervasive than most people realize. We show you some alternatives to Google services to limit your exposure.

 

Attention all Freedom Fighters!



The #LibreNetSA #Diaspora* pod has been offline for the last few days. Yes, we noticed it as well.

The problem was caused during a routine upgrade of the pod. It turns out that #Trisquel 7 did not have the new version of #OpenSSL that the new version of #Ruby required. After the upgrade failed, we were unable to rollback the changes, leaving no other option than to reimage the server.

That has been done now, and the D* pod is back online!

Notable changes: - The server is running #Debian 8.6 - We are now running the very latest version of Diaspora: Version 0.6.2.0 - We have decided to abandon the #XMPP server, and adopt #Matrix / #Riot as the primary chat system. You can find it HERE
  • IF you are actively using the XMPP for chatting and find yourself dismayed at this change, please feel free to PM: /u/falgn0n
  • If enough people rely on and use the XMPP for #chat, we will certainly restore it
Any other questions, as always, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Riot Webchat -> join the room 'LibreNetSA' (as a guest if you like, or sign up)



Your friendly neighbourhood Podmins:
DeviantAndFalgn0n

#Podmin

 

Attention all Freedom Fighters!



The #LibreNetSA #Diaspora* pod has been offline for the last few days. Yes, we noticed it as well.

The problem was caused during a routine upgrade of the pod. It turns out that #Trisquel 7 did not have the new version of #OpenSSL that the new version of #Ruby required. After the upgrade failed, we were unable to rollback the changes, leaving no other option than to reimage the server.

That has been done now, and the D* pod is back online!

Notable changes: - The server is running #Debian 8.6 - We are now running the very latest version of Diaspora: Version 0.6.2.0 - We have decided to abandon the #XMPP server, and adopt #Matrix / #Riot as the primary chat system. You can find it HERE
  • IF you are actively using the XMPP for chatting and find yourself dismayed at this change, please feel free to PM: /u/falgn0n
  • If enough people rely on and use the XMPP for #chat, we will certainly restore it
Any other questions, as always, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Riot Webchat -> join the room 'LibreNetSA' (as a guest if you like, or sign up)



Your friendly neighbourhood Podmins:
DeviantAndFalgn0n

#Podmin

 

Tech billionaires convinced we live in the Matrix are secretly funding scientists to help break us out of it



http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/computer-simulation-world-matrix-scientists-elon-musk-artificial-intelligence-ai-a7347526.html

#computer #simulation #world #matrix

 

Tech billionaires convinced we live in the Matrix are secretly funding scientists to help break us out of it



http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/computer-simulation-world-matrix-scientists-elon-musk-artificial-intelligence-ai-a7347526.html

#computer #simulation #world #matrix