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Seth Martin

Seth Martin
  last edited: Sun, 25 Oct 2015 11:18:19 -0500  
I am closing my personal #RedMatrix website ( and making one of my public #Hubzilla hubs ( my new home. Since #diaspora doesn't have #Zot, communication between us will end unless you add my new hub location ( to your connections.

This is taking effect today, so go ahead and remove from your contacts and add to your contacts if you wish to continue communicating.

My diaspora* pod ( and my #Friendica node ( are still up and running with current code but I really don't use them much, plus I'm not certain that I will keep them running much longer, so please do add to your connections.

Thanks and have a great day!
Chris en
So you consider that hubzilla is much more higher than diaspora and friendica
Seth Martin
So you consider that hubzilla is much more higher than diaspora and friendica

For my purposes, yes, Yes, YES! Some people just want a social network, and for them, other options may be better. I'm happy that I don't need all those applications thanks to the plugins available for Hubzilla. Thanks @Mike Macgirvin
Sean Tilley
Your hub is looking pretty good. :)

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 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), will not be allowing any new account registrations.

I have launched a new public Hubzilla website at for anyone that wants to join the grid (matrix) now but lacks the resources to set it up themselves. RedMatrix channels at can be cloned to 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.

Chris en
This morning I received my password and could create an account on Lastauth. I don't know how to do a clone
Haakon Meland Eriksen
Profile photo menu > Channel Manager > Create channel > Import
I registered and I created my first two clones in hubzilla ...

Seth Martin
  last edited: Sun, 04 Oct 2015 16:10:42 -0500  
I have cloned my personal channel to and it's now my primary location where I will eventually re-add my diaspora* connections when there's a working compatible version. Please, #diaspora users, don't add me until after your pod updates with a fix for broken #federation in a future version.

It was silly of me to think that having a redmatrix hub all to myself was a good idea, so I'm going to stop spending resources irresponsibly by shutting down and simply forward the domain to my channel - this only affects diaspora users which will need to reconnect if desired.

Since the #RedMatrix became too resource intensive and is on the way out in favor of #Hubzilla, I have closed registrations at and will soon decide on an end date for the website.
Seth Martin
I haven't put a pretty face on it yet. Just needed it to be running so that I can begin the migrations.
Seth Martin
Mike MacgirvinMike Macgirvin wrote the following post Mon, 16 Feb 2015 16:10:37 -0600
If this isn't your hand, you're doing it all wrong.




#RedMatrix #Cloud
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
Mike MacgirvinMike Macgirvin wrote the following post Sun, 12 Oct 2014 18:43:25 -0500

#redmatrix - putting the decent in decentralisation.
Seth Martin
  last edited: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:58:23 -0500  
Free Speech Gets Tricky When ISIS Shows Up


Social networks struggle with open access as terrorists’ account proliferate

It looks like Adam Rawnsley didn't notice the #IS accounts on #diaspora before he finished the article.

#Friendica #RedMatrix #FreeSpeech #Freedom #Liberty #Social Networking #FOSS #FLOSS #Twitter #Social Media #ISIS #Terrorism @LibertyPod+
Seth Martin
  last edited: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:34:38 -0500  
It looks like they have found their home in diaspora land.

Going by the new accounts sharing with diaspora* HQ, the majority of people currently signing up to diaspora* are Islamic State jihadists (15-20 yesterday, about 40-50 overnight).
Thomas Willingham
I always thought it'd be gay porn that broke Diaspora.

I posted one SMBC comic once about gay engineers, and overnight, my stream became 99% gay porn posted by random strangers who followed me because of a comic.

Giving head to beheading in three short years.  Well done, Diaspora.
Thomas Willingham
This cartoon:


Seth Martin
  last edited: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 23:00:37 -0500  
Well, that was unpleasant. I had to remove a channel and account from my #RedMatrix website at

The channel name was "Free Speech" which made it even more unpleasant. I sent an e-mail to the address the account holder entered during signup:
I wish to provide a free speech platform for everyone but cannot. I cannot host Islamic State channels because it jeopardizes my safety and the safety of others.

You made the right decision by choosing the Red Matrix for your communications but you need to host it yourself. Instructions are here:

I must now remove your channel(s) from my servers to protect our safety.

Now I look back on that message and wonder if the message is jeopardizing our safety by providing a suggestion.

#Liberty #Freedom #RedMatrix #Free Speech @LibertyPod+
Mike Macgirvin
We provide a network that is relatively free of censorship - providing you follow the rules of the house.

If you're hosting the site - it's your house, you get to set the rules. You're responsible for the content on it, and in most countries you can go to jail if the content is of an illegal nature - no matter who posted it. Therefore as the site owner you must have the right to remove anybody or any content any of your site members post.

The network itself does not have any rules about who can be a site owner and what content is allowed or not - and cannot enforce any rules on anybody. The site owner alone gets to set the rules, and they will usually do so based on the laws in effect in their jurisdiction.

So if you want freedom from censorship, you need to do two things...

1. Host the site yourself or find a site owner who is comfortable with your views
2. Ensure the site is located in a country whose laws are compatible with your views.
Mike Macgirvin
[Between you and me, you can also make your content private. The house usually won't try to remove questionable content that it can't see.]
Thomas Willingham
Well, that was unpleasant. I had to remove a channel and account from my #RedMatrix website at

The channel name was "Free Speech" which made it even more unpleasant

Like I said in the other thread, there's an awful lot to consider here, and a painful decision that'll leave you wondering whether you did the right thing either way - but ultimately, what Mike said.

The network is free.  Individual hubs were never even supposed to be free - in either sense of the word - unless they're your own.
Seth Martin
#RedMatrix to #Diaspora crosspost test.
Seth Martin
Ah, that explains a lot. I'll enable logging again and take a peek next time it fails.
Thomas Willingham
Shit...I almost wish I'd read that now.  I didn't bother because, well, Diaspora.  But that's a Monty Python sketch, not an addon.
Mike Macgirvin
Ironically I believe there's still a post API for buried in the Diaspora code somewhere which uses OAuth, but nobody knows how it works.
Seth Martin
Mike MacgirvinMike Macgirvin wrote the following post Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:43:50 -0500

Announce: Red Matrix release "stable-1.6".
Announce: Red Matrix release "stable-1.6". This release incorporates a number of bug fixes and theme/UI enhancements; the introduction of the Red app control panel and the ability to easily create and share your own webapps. Additionally birthday event notifications have been revived. New plugins include Diaspora posting, and apps for QR generation, hex conversion, project donations, and a flashlight. And much more.

Seth Martin
  last edited: Sun, 25 May 2014 11:54:50 -0500  
Yet another reason to completely switch to open-source, decentralized and distributed communications and content management methods such as the red#, Friendica and XMPP/Jabber.

#^FBI: We need wiretap-ready Web sites - now - CNET


CNET learns the FBI is quietly pushing its plan to force surveillance backdoors on social networks, VoIP, and Web e-mail providers, and that the bureau is asking Internet companies not to oppose a law making those backdoors mandatory.

#CALEA #Wiretapping #Social Networking #Communications #Privacy #FCC #FBI #Surveillance #Security #Backdoors #Snooping #RedMatrix #Friendica #XMPP @LibertyPod+

Seth Martin
  last edited: Sat, 03 May 2014 17:28:17 -0500  
It appears the status quo may be finally making its moves to getting control over the heretofore free and open internet.

There's already an open-source, decentralized, single sign-on solution via the Zot protocol in use by the r# today.

The White House Wants to Issue You an Online ID


A few years back, the White House had a brilliant idea: Why not create a single, secure online ID that Americans could use to verify their identity across multiple websites, starting with local government services. The New York Times described it at the time as a "driver's license for the internet."

#Single Sign-On #Internet #Security #Privacy #Passwords #Authentication #Zot #RedMatrix #Online ID #Internet ID @LibertyPod+
Mike Macgirvin
Netscape Introduces Netscape Navigator 2.0

To use secure email and other client authentication capabilities, Netscape Navigator 2.0 users will be able to obtain digital certificates from Netscape partners such as VeriSign, Inc. Digital certificates serve as a user's secure "Internet driver's license", identifying the user through public key encryption technology for secure mail and other applications. For users who desire a listing, Netscape will maintain a directory of email names and public keys so that other users can send secure mail to them.
Mike Macgirvin
The thing that most people instinctively "get" is that he who owns identity on the internet owns the internet. That's why I feel it so important to have identity on the internet which is decentralised and cannot be owned. But most people haven't thought that far ahead. Centralised identity will solve a lot of problems and the forces of complete control of everything will eventually get it.. That is unless we show that our decentralised solution is viable and fixes everything that will go wrong with centralised identity - before it even gets off the ground.

What we don't have is people who understand what control of identity is all about and are willing to fight for freedom. They're too busy complaining about shit that doesn't matter in the bigger picture - like whether or not they've got a link that does 'x'. or their link that does 'y' is off by a few pixels from where it should be.

The EFF has had a few days and haven't responded to mys calls for how to work together with DoNotTrack assuming we need third party cookies for the Matrix and decentalised identity to survive and they are opposed to third-party cookies.

So we're probably doomed.
  last edited: Mon, 05 May 2014 07:37:40 -0500  
Such a thing is already available since 2010 in Germany. Current ID cards sport an RFID chip, and with a reader that you can connect to the PC, you can identify yourself. To some app on the computer, or in the internet. Or at an airport terminal, to the police etc.

It's theoretically done rather smartly, i.e. there's always a PIN required before data can be read (except if the authorities read it, of course), and any app that wants to read certain fields has to present a certificate that entitles it to, which is provided by the state.

There is also a "pseudonym" function which tells some ID to the company that reads it and thus allows identifying a recurring customer. As every company is served a different ID, it cannot be used to track users outside a single business. (Only theoretically, of course, because they'd just have to outsource that to a third party that is used by many businesses, but still.) For age verification, companies can ask the chip if the owner is over 18, e.g., without the owner having to reveal his actual birth date. Or they can ask if a location where someone lives that was given is correct, without having the possibility to read the data itself.

It's also designed in a way (or least said to be so) that without entering a PIN, the RFID chip, even if it gets near enough to a reader to be contacted, will never spit out anything that can be tracked, i.e. an always same serial number or something that could be used by shop owners to track their customers.

If you upload a certificate to the chip that you could (theoretically) buy from a cert provider, you can use the ID card to digitally sign documents.

There is also biometric data on the chip that can only be read by the authorities with the corresponding certs, consisting of (or only including?) fingerprint scans, which have been made optional for the ID cards, though (different from the passports).

This electronic ID card was introduced with a lot of publicity, depicted as the revolutionary new form of identity proof that everyone would use in the internet from now on. A few thousand RFID readers were even given out for free, though these were the insecure ones without a pinpad (yay!).

The actual outcome was that most people didn't want or need something like that. During a grace period, nearly everyone tried to get the old kind of ID card without RFID chip instead of the new one. Now you don't have a choice anymore; when my ID card runs out next January, I'll have to get the RFID one. Which is much more expensive than the old one, of course.

To my knowledge, there is no company that would offer digital signature services with the ID card. No internet services that use it, either.

I think you can use it when you digitally send your tax declaration, but I'm not sure even about that.

A lot of expensive technology that goes mostly unused.

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: 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