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Seth Martin
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Seth Martin
  last edited: Sun, 12 Mar 2017 12:14:19 -0500  
Finally, if you could create an alternative open standard system that could do all the things that email can do, it would probably have the same problems. That’s why I don’t think it will happen.

Oh look, Hubzilla is "an alternative open standard system that could do all the things that email can do", and it doesn't have the same problems. Now how can Hubzilla's Zot protocol gain popularity?

Is there a replacement for email?

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David is fed up with spam, phishing and viruses, and thinks email is no longer fit for purpose. What could he use to replace it?


#email #Spam #Malware #Communications #Hubzilla #Zot #Decentralization @Gadget Gurus+ @LibertyPod+
The Internet Health Report

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Welcome to Mozilla’s new open source initiative to document and explain what’s happening to the health of the Internet. Combining research from multiple sources, we collect data on five key topics and offer a brief overview of each.


#Decentralization #Privacy #Internet #Security #Cybersecurity #Mozilla @LibertyPod+ @Gadget Guru+
Seth Martin
  
Jason RobinsonJason Robinson wrote the following post Mon, 17 Oct 2016 16:23:33 -0500
FOSDEM 2017 - Accepted developer rooms
I see there is a "Decentralized internet" room for the first time, great news! Anyone from #Diaspora, #Friendica, #Hubzilla, #GNUSocial, #Pumpio, #Mediagoblin or other #decentralized social network project peeps planning to submit talks? Doesn't look like the call for proposals is out yet for this room. Will be sure to spend some time in this room in any case.

@ (Christopher) - maybe a good chance to push out #ActivityPub if you're planning to attend this year, hmm?

FOSDEM 2017 - Accepted developer rooms

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We are pleased to announce the developer rooms that will be organised at FOSDEM 2017. Developer rooms are assigned to self-organising groups to work together on open source projects, to discuss topics relevant to a broader subset of the community, etc. The individual developer room organisers will issue their calls for participation in the next few...


#FOSDEM #decentralize #internet #thefederation


#Decentralization @We Distribute @LibertyPod+ @Gadget Guru+
Seth Martin
  last edited: Sat, 10 Oct 2015 13:14:52 -0500  
The r# was built for compatibility using common webserver technology and with a goal of supporting communities of any size, however, as libertypod.com and other public hubs grew, it became obvious that the current database schema needed altered slightly for scalability. Changing the database schema at an existing hub is not a simple task, so until code has been written to migrate hubs from #RedMatrix to #Hubzilla (Hubzilla is a continuation of RedMatrix with the new database schema), libertypod.com will not be allowing any new account registrations.

I have launched a new public Hubzilla website at https://lastauth.com for anyone that wants to join the grid (matrix) now but lacks the resources to set it up themselves. RedMatrix channels at libertypod.com can be cloned to lastauth.com or any other Hubzilla location to experience any new functionality. Diaspora*s protocol doesn't support clones so if you have diaspora connections and are changing your primary hub, you would need to re-add them at the new Hubzilla location.

Continue enjoying and I'll let you know when/if registrations open back up.

@LibertyPod+
Seth Martin
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Mandatory Encryption on XMPP Starts Today

Last year Peter Saint-Andre laid out a plan for strengthening the security of the XMPP network. The manifesto, to date signed by over 70 XMPP service operators and software developers, offered a rallying point for those interested in ensuring the security of XMPP for its users.

Today is the date that the manifesto gave for the final 'flip of the switch': as of today many XMPP services will begin refusing unencrypted connections. If you run an XMPP service, we encourage you to do the same. On the xmpp.org wiki you can find instructions for all the popular XMPP server software. While XMPP is an open distributed network, obviously no single entity can "mandate" encryption for the whole network - but as a group we are moving in the right direction.

If you use an XMPP service provided by someone else and you encounter problems contacting family, friends or colleagues starting from today, it may be a sign that either your XMPP service or theirs is not properly supporting encryption. Contact the administrator of your service and let them know about this change. You can also use xmpp.net to test any server.

We still have some way to go, for example today's change only ensures encryption (enough to beat passive capturing of traffic), it does not require you to have a valid certificate issued by a certificate authority (though some services do already choose to require this).

There is a whole lot of work being done to pave the way for a future without CAs, as they are a sticking point for many people - whether for financial, trust, privacy or philosophical reasons. Some current initiatives include DNSSEC, Monkeysphere, and some folks prefer to trust nothing less than hand-verified fingerprints! We already have experimental plugins available in prosody-modules for these things (mod_s2s_auth_dane, mod_s2s_auth_monkeysphere, mod_s2s_auth_fingerprint, etc.). If this is something you are interested in, take a look, help us test, and perhaps contribute code even!

#XMPP #Encryption
Seth Martin
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The days of thriving Facebook pages are coming to an end quickly. If you run your own Facebook page you’ve already experienced this problem of reaching your own fans. These people who opted in and want to receive your updates won't ever see them now unless you pay money.

These two videos reveal the shadiness of what’s happening on Facebook right now. The videos explain why we often don't see each other’s posts, why all of our pages are filled with fake users, and how Facebook makes more money because of it.



Facebook Fraud
by Veritasium on YouTube



The Problem With Facebook
by 2veritasium on YouTube

The solution is of course to abandon the decrepit, privacy abusing, centralized walled gardens like Facebook. The free and open internet now has all of the social networking features of Facebook available without the problems and limits.

The most feature-rich option is the RedMatrix:

The RedMatrix is a decentralized network where the people using it are in charge and the size of your server farm and wealth do not offer any comparable advantage. Anybody may participate on a level playing field. Cloud storage, file sharing, communications, content creation and management belong to everybody and can be shared with anybody (or somebody, or nobody). This is only a representative sample of the services that the RedMatrix plans to offer. In an internet where creativity is allowed to flourish and corporate overlords have no power, the door is open to entirely new forms of expression and applications. The RedMatrix software is free and open source; created by volunteers and distributed under the MIT license.

And the RedMatrix has Got Zot.

So what the heck is Zot? I'm glad you asked...

Your identity is your own. One identity across the network.
Zot is a revolutionary protocol which provides decentralized communications and identity management across the matrix. The resulting platform can provide web services comparable to those offered by large corporate providers, but without the large corporate provider and their associated privacy issues. Communications and social networking are an integral part of the matrix. Any channel (and any services provided by that channel) can make full use of feature-rich social communications on a global scale.

We use the full power of the matrix to offer friend suggestions and directory services. You can also perform other things which would typically only be possibly on a centralized provider - such as "wall to wall" posts and private/multiple profiles and web content which can be tailored to the viewer. You won't find these features at all on other decentralized communication services. The difference is that Zot also provides decentralized identity services. This is what separates the men from the boys, and what makes life in the matrix so awesome.

Zot's identity layer is unique. It's like OpenID on steroids. It provides invisible single sign-on across all sites in the matrix; as well as nomadic identity so that your communications with friends, family, and business partners won't be affected by the loss of your primary communication node - either temporarily or permanently. The important bits of your identity and relationships can be backed up to a thumb drive and may appear at any node in the matrix at any time - with all your friends and preferences intact. These nomadic instances are kept in sync so any instance can take over if another one is compromised or damaged. This protects you against not only major system failure, but also temporary site overloads and governmental manipulation. You cannot be silenced. You cannot be removed from the matrix.

As you browse the matrix viewing channels and their unique content, you are seamlessly authenticated as you go, even across completely different server hubs. No password dialogues. Nothing to type. You're just greeted by name on every new site you visit. How does Zot do that? We call it "magic-auth" because it really is technology that is so advanced as to be indistinguishable from magic. You login only once on your home hub (or any nomadic backup hub you have chosen). This allows you to access any authenticated services provided anywhere in the matrix - such as shopping and access to private information. This is just like the services offered by large corporate providers with huge user databases; however you can be a member of this community and a server on this network using a "plug computer" like a Rasberry Pi. Your password isn't stored on a thousand different sites where it can be stolen and used to clean out your bank accounts.

You control your data. RedMatrix enforces your permissions.
Zot's identity layer allows you to provide fine-grained permissions to any content you wish to publish - and these permissions extend across the RedMatrix. This is like having one super huge website made up of an army of small individual websites - and where each channel in the matrix can completely control their privacy and sharing preferences for any web resources they create.

Example: you want a photo to be visible to your family and three select friends, but not your work colleagues. In the matrix this is easy. Even if your family members, work colleagues, and friends all have accounts on different hubs.

Currently the matrix supports communications, photo albums, events, files, chat rooms, content management services (web pages) and WebDAV cloud storage facilities. Every object and how it is shared and with whom is completely under your control.

Again, this type of control is available on large corporate providers, because they own the user database. Within the matrix, there is no need for a huge user database on your machine - because the matrix is your user database and for all intents and purposes has infinite capacity and is spread amongst hundreds, and potentially millions of computers. Access can be granted or denied for any resource, to any channel or any group of channels; anywhere within the matrix. They do not need to have an account on your hub.

Reclaim your privacy. RedMatrix is built for you, not governments and corporations.
Your communications may be public or private - and we allow your private communications to be as private as you wish them to be. Private communications comprise not only fully encrypted transport, but also encrypted storage to help protect against accidental snooping and disclosure by rogue system administrators and internet service providers.

Want more? You can fully encrypt your messages "end to end" using your choice of encryption ciphers and using a passphrase that only you and the recipient(s) know - in addition to our standard multi-layer encryption.

Want more? Our end to end encryption is pluggable. You can define your own chain of multiple encryption steps with multiple keys, and include algorithms known only to you and the recipient. At some point even the US National Security Agency will have to throw up their hands. There won't be enough computational power available in the universe to decode your private message.

We also provide optional message expiration as a standard feature. When the expiration date/time passes, your message is removed from the network.


Another great decentralized option is a social network called Friendica, which was created by the same developers prior to the RedMatrix but has less features and is often used because people are familiar with the simple social network permissions. Friendica also federates with other decentralized social networks like diaspora*.

#Facebook #Fraud #Social Networking #Decentralization #Open-Source #Communication #Friendica #RedMatrix #CMS #WebDAV #Zot #GotZot? #GetZot @LibertyPod+  @Laissez-Faire Capitalism+
Announcement from silentshard.org diaspora* podmin:

Please copy all of your data off the server, and close your accounts. This is not a drill.

Closing up shop
Due to unforeseen circumstances, and disagreements with the developers of Diaspora, it is with a heavy heart that I have decided to leave the Diaspora community.

Why?
After the fiasco surrounding the D*ViewSkew pod, and unresolved issues with the internal code of Diaspora; coupled with the lack of direction of the project; the attitude of a handful of developers; the complete lack of basic functionality and a general disappointment with how the project is progressing; not to mention the grossly neglected documentation, It is time to give up my attempts to help the project along.

I have more to worry about than spending my every waking moment worried if the server will fall over again with the same problems that have persisted for over a year now.

My family and work are my primary concerns. To be honest, I'm just sick of the bullshit.

What happened?
After a short conversation, it came to my attention that certain developers are no longer interested in supporting the pods; and cannot understand the frustrations felt by podmins who are attempting to run their code.

It seems they have forgotten the relationship that exists between a developer; an administrator and a user. You cannot have one without the others.

Without a developer, there is no platform.

Without an Administrator, there is no server.

Without the user, there is no funding.

If an Administrator cannot run the code that is created by the developer because it is not complete or is buggy, then we cant get users. If we cant get users, then we cant get funding.

In the end, it came down to the same tired excuses, and the high and mighty attitudes of certain "higher ups" in the community.

Do you have any pointers for the Community?
Diaspora is lacking direction and leadership. Being a community run and funded project, does not mean that it shouldn't have a leader with a clear vision.

Diaspora could be great. It was once. With clear goals and agreed deadlines.

Now, it has become lost in the mire of leaderless politics. There have been no major changes to D* for almost 2 years.

If you look at a snapshot of D* over a year ago, its almost identical in appearance and function to now.

Everyone has been focused on bugs and fixes, infighting and arguing. I think the biggest failure to date, has been relying on loom.io to make decisions.

People vote, have their say, and then nothing gets done. Its like politics in the real world! Look at that.

Do you have any pointers for the prospective podmins?
  • Expect no help
  • Do it yourself
  • You will never get any financial support
  • You will never have enough time
  • You will cop attitude from all sides, both Dev and User
  • According to both, any problems are your fault
  • Expect no thanks
  • Never approach a dev and expect a direct answer
  • Rely on the other podmins, they are the only help you'll get
  • Brush up on your Google Fu
  • If it ain't broke, don't upgrade
  • Grow VERY thick skin
  • Kiss your family and working hours goodbye

Financial reasons
In the entire time I ran a pod, I only ever received one donation of 0.01 bitcoin. I never complained, and I never asked or begged for more. But this too is a deciding factor.

I put my own hard earned money into the project; into the pods, and my time into the work/effort.

It's gotten to the point where I feel I have wasted my money and time, with practically no thanks.

To this end, it's time to leave.

Will you still be around?
No. I've decided to quit D* indefinitely.

If I feel the need, I may start a Friendica instance, or maybe something like Red Matrix.

Unless D* changes dramatically, I will never be back here.

If you want to catch me, you can still find me on XMPP/Jabber :

starblessed@silentshard.org

I don't know how long that will last though.

Final Shutdown
Will occur on Sunday 6th at 23:59 NZST.

Final Words
Goodbye, and good luck.

If only I had noticed his D* post about the problems he was unable to resolve, I could have told him how to solve the problem by simply compiling curl from source to use c-ares. There's no other solution for Debian Wheezy.
He was probably gonna shut it down anyway at this point.

#Diaspora #Decentralization #Open-Source Software