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    WordPress blogs can integrate with the ActivityPub protocol to Fediverse social networks

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Monday, 27 December, 2021 - 20:57

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The plugin implements the ActivityPub protocol for your blog. Your readers will be able to follow your blogposts on Mastodon and other federated platforms that support ActivityPub.

The plugin works with the following federated platforms:

  • Mastodon
  • Pleroma
  • Friendica
  • HubZilla
  • Pixelfed
  • SocialHome
  • Misskey

See https://wordpress.org/plugins/activitypub/

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    PeerTube 4.0 (open source self-hosted decentralised alternative to YouTube) with channel customization, playlists search, custom instance homepage and more video filters is out!

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Friday, 17 December, 2021 - 10:19

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PeerTube is decentralised by most useful definitions of the word. Anybody can run their own PeerTube instance, and the instances can follow (or “connect”) to each other to form a larger whole. This is not an option you have with YouTube.

When you watch a video on PeerTube the data will come from the instance hosting the video, any other instance that follows that instance and has redundancy enabled and other people watching the video at the same time as you do.

See the new features at https://linuxiac.com/peertube-4-0-free-video-platform/

#technology #opensource #alternativeto #decentralised #PeerTube

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    Fosscord is a free and open source self-hostable and decentralised platform compatible with Discord... There should be such an alternative too for Meta / Facebook

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Sunday, 31 October, 2021 - 10:16

This project really exemplifies what I believe should happen to Meta / Facebook too (the use of interoperable standards). Users should be able to opt to use free and open source self-hostable alternatives that can still keep them in contact with their family and friends that choose to stay behind on a platform. It's the best of both worlds for the individuals, and also means they can more freely move to another platform without being locked in.

Fosscord is free, open source, extendible, self-hostable, decentralised, themeable, secure, encrypted, and compatible with Discord... It's going to be better than Discord! Right now it is still a work in progress, so not everything is fully in place.

See https://fosscord.com/

#technology #opensource #decentralised #selfhosting #alternativeto #discord #privacy #deletemeta

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    Matrix - An Open Network for Secure, Decentralised Communication

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Friday, 27 August, 2021 - 10:01

Matrix is an open source project that publishes the Matrix open standard for secure, decentralised, real-time communication. You can self-host and federate, or join existing servers, to enable instant messaging, text chat in chatrooms, voice and video chat, file transfer, and even bridging between many other networks such as IRC, XMPP, Signal, Telegram, WhatsApp, RSS, Facebook Messenger, Discord, Slack, and many more.

End-to-End-Encryption, device verification and trust, replication of chatrooms for redundancy, are all hallmarks of Matrix. It can serve as a secure communications platform for governments with roving diplomats, or for end users be an alternative to Signal, Telegram and WhatsApp.

It is the opposite of a walled garden, with its vision of acting as a generic HTTP messaging and data synchronisation system for the whole web - allowing people, services and devices to easily communicate with each other, empowering users to own and control their data, and select the services and vendors they want to use.

Watch at https://youtu.be/3AVsNqH_-9M

#technology #opensource #security #privacy #instantmessaging #matrix #alternativeto #selfhosting #federated #decentralised

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    List of Alternatives to Big Tech Social Media Networks

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Friday, 30 July, 2021 - 09:18

This webpage has been created for those seeking alternatives to Big Tech run Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Reddit, LinkedIn, etc.

There are many reasons for people seeking such alternatives:

  • They can be dissatisfaction with the terms and conditions that must be complied with
  • Or that a particular network is a walled garden not allowing outside viewing
  • Or they want to separate their work/family/social lives
  • Or a dissatisfaction with how their metadata or posts are shared with advertisers or third parties
  • Or that the feed algorithms are manipulated to show adverts or other posts they don't follow
  • Possibly they've been banned already from a network
  • Or that a large centrally hosted service is under scrutiny from their government
  • Or possibly certain such sites are even censored or banned in their country

The list is actually endless, and the aim of this page is to highlight a few worthy alternatives to consider. These are mostly all sites that I actually use myself, and I will try to highlight any particular aspects that stand out.

See https://gadgeteer.co.za/altsocialmedia

#technology #socialnetworks #alternativeto #BigTech #decentralised

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    The Decentralized Web of Hate - How and Why Hate Groups Started Using Peer-2-Peer Technology - But P2P Can Be Used For Positive Social Impact Too

    Danie van der Merwe · news.movim.eu / gadgeteerza-tech-blog · Saturday, 15 May, 2021 - 17:01 · 1 minute

Emmi Bevensee, of Rebellious Data, SMAT, and the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, has finished the second of Rebellious Data new Research Insights series of deep dives into the critical topics of our time. This report looks at how hate movements are decentralizing using emerging technologies in ways that make them harder to combat. These technologies ask us critical questions about the future of society and the internet but also pose incredible potential to help us along our way.

This was a real growing issue near the end of 2020 and there was a lot of worry that the technology intended for privacy and protection of those feeling marginalised, would in fact be taken over and abused by hate groups. I saw those hate groups making a presence on Aether P2P network, and the debate starting there, but also on Scuttlebutt and RetroShare.

What is different about P2P is that your network and what you see in your feed, consists of who you are linked to and following. So if your 'community' unfollows or blocks problem individuals, they disappear from view. It does not mean they are gone as they can exist in their own community, but a P2P network is not a centralised moderated service liker Twitter or Facebook, and it effectively protects everyone. It also cannot really be shut off as it only exists between individual peers without any central server (hosting) or country managing it.

If the report whets your appetite to try Scuttlebutt and venture down the rabbit hole, I'd suggest trying it via the Planetary mobile app, or Patchwork for desktops.

See https://rebelliousdata.com/p2p/#more-2630

#technology #P2P #SSB #socialnetworks #decentralised

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    The Decentralized Web of Hate - How and Why Hate Groups Started Using Peer-2-Peer Technology - But P2P Can Be Used For Positive Social Impact Too

    Danie van der Merwe · Friday, 14 May, 2021 - 19:41 · 1 minute

Emmi Bevensee, of Rebellious Data, SMAT, and the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right, has finished the second of Rebellious Data new Research Insights series of deep dives into the critical topics of our time. This report looks at how hate movements are decentralizing using emerging technologies in ways that make them harder to combat. These technologies ask us critical questions about the future of society and the internet but also pose incredible potential to help us along our way.

This was a real growing issue near the end of 2020 and there was a lot of worry that the technology intended for privacy and protection of those feeling marginalised, would in fact be taken over and abused by hate groups. I saw those hate groups making a presence on Aether P2P network, and the debate starting there, but also on Scuttlebutt and RetroShare.

What is different about P2P is that your network and what you see in your feed, consists of who you are linked to and following. So if your 'community' unfollows or blocks problem individuals, they disappear from view. It does not mean they are gone as they can exist in their own community, but a P2P network is not a centralised moderated service liker Twitter or Facebook, and it effectively protects everyone. It also cannot really be shut off as it only exists between individual peers without any central server (hosting) or country managing it.

If the report whets your appetite to try Scuttlebutt and venture down the rabbit hole, I'd suggest trying it via the Planetary mobile app, or Patchwork for desktops.

See https://rebelliousdata.com/p2p/#more-2630

#technology #P2P #SSB #socialnetworks #decentralised

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  • 13 February Steven Baxter

    True. But would you also say it is true that a certain amount of hate for the conservative thinking is what caused them to seek their own place elsewhere? But my reason for being here is not at all political; but for the uninterrupted communication with the greater community of people wishing to reach across all borders to build a better world. This is a valiant struggle for survival in a world where previous order has given way to divisions and interrupted service, the obvious solution is decentralization of both communications and energy production.