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Seth Martin

Seth Martin
  last edited: Sun, 24 Sep 2017 13:19:32 -0500  
#Freedom and #Liberty require #Decentralization

Practically everyone knows a geek. Ask your geeks to share their websites by running decentralization software such as Hubzilla, thereby making centralized social networks irrelevant.

Senatorial Candidate Austin Petersen Receives Controversial Facebook Ban 


Former Libertarian Party Presidential candidate Austin Petersen received a 30-day ban on his personal facebook account yesterday for an unspecified TOS violation. Only one post was removed and it contained a video.  The video breaks down his take on Senator Clair McCaskill‘s anti-gun record, specifically her voting for the Assault Weapon Ban. Petersen is concurrently running a promotion which involves giving away an AR-15 – a weapon which would have been illegal under the ban.

#Politics #Facebook #Social Networking @LibertyPod+

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?


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+
Andrew Manning
Not a single mention of XMPP or any other open protocol that has been developed since email was invented 5000 years ago. Just Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger and friends. Sigh.

To their credit, the article did mention that
Email’s second huge advantage is that, unlike Facebook, nobody owns it.

but then they lost credibility by following it with this ignorant statement:
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.
Letter Bomber
@Andrew Manning That's exactly what I was thinking, that the statement was ignorant. It shows that they believe that what Silicon Valley comes out with is all there is in the world, and that shows somebody who's unwilling to look elsewhere, cause there's stuff all over the place. But I don't expect any better from the Guardian, they're just the voice of the mass ignorant middle-class populace.

Seth Martin
The Internet Health Report


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


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: Sun, 04 Jan 2015 17:39:55 -0600  
MatrixianMatrixian wrote the following post Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:04:15 -0600
Redmatrix 2.0 High Range, New South Wales, Australia - 17 December 2014

Happy holidays from the Redmatrix development team. We are pleased to announce the pending release of Redmatrix 2.0; which should be publicly available within 48 hours of this news release (we're busy making a few final adjustments). Redmatrix is our next generation privacy-enhanced web publishing platform. It is a feature-rich hosted server platform which merges important elements and features of popular social networking tools like Facebook, Twitter, Friendica, and Diaspora with content publishing tools such as WordPress, Drupal, and OwnCloud - and is built on a decentralised privacy and permissions framework so that sharing (of any form of digital content) is under the content creator's full control.

Redmatrix can be used to create blogs, small business and community-oriented websites, forums, and online file repositories which all link together through a cooperative social networking environment with single sign-on and seamless access control - across the entire network. It federates cleanly with other open source social networks such as Diaspora and Friendica (though these both have somewhat reduced abilities) and implements a growing number of open protocols. It is the only existing server-based communications platform providing mobility and resilience against server disruptions and down-time and provides nomadic permissions which follow you no matter where you currently connect from. End-to-end encryption is also available for the most sensitive communications.

Redmatrix is compatible with many third-party communications clients and tools via an emulation of the original Twitter API, and available with several themes and thousands of theme variations. There are also currently over 50 "addon" or plugin services and it is easy to extend Redmatrix to communicate with other services and provide new and different functionality.

Redmatrix was created by people like you who value their online privacy yet wish to share with others on their own terms. It is highly configurable and is open source under an open license, and has been in development for more than 2.5 years.

Update your privacy expectations. Share anything on the web under your own terms. Join us on Redmatrix.

Website: Public Access Providers: Roll Your Own:

#RedMatrix #Publishing #CMS #SocialNetworking #Social Networking #WebDav #Diaspora #Friendica #Twitter #Decentralization #Communication #Sharing #Open-Source Software @Gadget Guru+

Seth Martin
  last edited: Sun, 03 Jul 2016 12:23:43 -0500  
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+
A fine piece of writing if I may say so Seth.
Marshall Sutherland
  last edited: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:31:42 -0500  
After privacy issues, I think my biggest gripe with facebook was the way they had all these controls to tell them what you did and didn't want to see which they would treat merely as suggestions. "We know what you WANT to see, but we have special algorithms, based on factors outside of your control, to figure out what you WILL see."
There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity.
– The Outer Limits.
Seth Martin
A fine piece of writing if I may say so Seth.

In fairness, most of it was copy/paste. I think that most of it was written by @Mike Macgirvin

Seth Martin
  last edited: Sun, 06 Apr 2014 16:02:43 -0500  
Announcement from 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.

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 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 :

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
Mike Macgirvin
Open source communities are a lot like growing vegetables. They need constant care and feeding -  neither too little or too much. You have to work your butt off and pray a lot to ensure the weather or the weeds or the insects don't fuck up everything you've done before they've had a chance to blossom and (hopefully) bear fruit. Sometimes no matter what you do, the damn things just curl up and die.
Thomas Willingham
I probably shouldn't have had this rant in public.  It's true.  Five days ago I was this close *holds fingers close together* to just giving up and walking away, and only restrictive permissions let me regain sanity, but I probably shouldn't have had this rant in public.

We do have a good core community, but like anywhere, we have a fuckload of whinging too.  The difference is, we've got bloody good communication so you get to hear all of it if you're not careful.
Most "communities" are not really communities ... You will find a handful of hard working people there and a lot(!) of complaining smartasses and self-exposers.
I really don't understand and will never understand the misbehaviour and ingratitude of some kind of people.
Personally I'm overgrateful to use a piece of free software which I can run on my own (with my limited technical knowledge) and also get friendly help if needed.

Seth Martin
  last edited: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:58:57 -0500  
Go here NOW and applaud the RedMatrix:
The Red Matrix
Spread the word.


This is how the internet should have worked from the beginning.

#RedMatrix #Internet #Decentralization #Knight Foundation
Seth Martin
  last edited: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:36:21 -0500  
Mike MacgirvinMike Macgirvin wrote the following post Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:07:05 -0500

The Red Matrix - at 15 months
"Connecting Websites"

Sometimes the day-to-day progress seems painfully slow and overall progress seems glacial. So once in a while one needs to turn around and look back to see how much progress has actually been made.

In July 2012 I started working on the Red Matrix, then just called "Red". It wasn't until around Xmas 2012 that we had enough of the Zot protocol implemented for two sites to communicate. Now we've got a number of people using Red for daily communications. It's much more responsive and usable than Friendica - from whence it originated. Most of the original Friendica communications and underlying interfaces have now been ported to the Red infrastructure. The notable omissions are birthday event notifications and channel deletion. We've got the infrastructure to provide these, it's just that we've been busy building more important things. (Oh, and cross-service federation, since no other providers are compatible with the capabilities provided with Zot identity and magic auth. )

We changed the name to "the Red Matrix" along the way because it was pretty hard to find the project if you Google'd "red".

So 15 months into the project, what have we got?

Decentralised identity with single sign-on across the web. This is freaking incredible once you've used it. You can go to other servers and they know who you are (and more importantly - what you're allowed to see). Even your conversations know who you are. If you're on the matrix, this is you:

(You don't appear to be on the matrix)

Nomadic identity that you can load from a thumb drive. Your channel can be decentralised so that if you back up your account your communications are immune from servers shutting down, temporarily or permanently. We're currently not trying to save all your web and media content (that will come later), but we're saving your relationships and profile and synchronising these between any cloned instances you might have.

We've got a decentralised mirrored directory. This is a potential point of failure in Friendica, and also was very confusing having a local directory and a "global" directory. Red just has a directory.

We've got website building tools - pages, blocks, menus, widgets, themes, plugins. And a layout specification (Comanche) to tie it all together and build complete websites from building blocks.

We've got an API that has been extended a bit for Red (much more to come).

We've got a very crude first start at DAV cloud storage, which will be fully integrated with our file and media sharing tools. Currently it's just a proof of concept but it's starting to come together.

You can have sourced channels which create content streams by combining things of interest from other channels. It's a matrix of channels that can publish, share and communicate.

A lot of Friendica's interface was ripped out and re-written. Things like notifications and making connections weren't consistent or very friendly.

Private things are even more private.

You can even recall a private message. This won't help if the other person already read it, but it gives you a chance to cover your ass if you wrote something you later decide that you regret and you catch it before they get to their mailbox.

There is so much more I don't even know where to begin. We've got an incredible number of features lurking under the covers - waiting for people to discover. Once you've spent some time in the matrix it's really hard to go back to the old services. They're so primitive and limiting in what they do. We're providing a way to connect the web. People, groups, information sources, organisations, websites - whatever. They're all just channels in the matrix. And they all link together in whatever ways you want them to.

Probably the best way to figure it out is to try it. And since it's free and open source, feel free to help out and make it better.

#Red Matrix #Red #Matrix #Zot #GotZot #GetZot #Free #OpenSource #Software #FOSS #FLOSS #Comanche #CMS #DAV #Cloud #Nomadic #Identity #Communication #Decentralization @LibertyPod