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Hi folks. Just a note for those interested that I have resigned my day job at the United Nations Foundation.

I am looking forward to continue my work as a champion for & digital rights, particularly for humanitarian causes, international development, and peacemaking.

For now I'm eager to spend some time over the year-end holidays and do some reading and learning about the best initiatives out there.

(And of course continuing to help serve the delightful community!)

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A few folks have asked how they can support the expenses of running the instance. There are not a lot of expenses right now (€10/month) but if you're interested in chipping in, you can now become a "Monthly Supporter"! Donations accepted via CommitChange, who run the free software Houdini Project to manage transactions. πŸ™‚


ForgeFriends (aka FedeProxy) is a federated free open git for software development, using the Fediverse's ActivityPub protocol. You can follow the project at:

➑️ @forgefriends

The project website is at and there's more details about how it works at

#ForgeFriends #FedeProxy #Dev #Devs #Development #Software #SoftwareDevelopment #FOSS #FLOSS #Libre #FreeSoftware #OpenSource #Git #Gits #Forge #Forges #GitHub #Alternatives #Fediverse #ActivityPub

Your direct, continued support enables us to do the important work. Here are some highlights from the past year that have been made possible by our sustainers:

I'm sorry fans, but I first used like 20 years ago, and the user experience is still just as bad and confusing.

The usability and learnability of @matrix is far above and beyond in every way.

Yes, has a lot of performance improvements still needed, but the two just can't compare. And yes, I self-host both of them.

The newly-agreed government coalition called for a Europe-wide ban on public and other dangerous biometric , as part of negotiations over the forthcoming Act.

Poorly designed regulations cause more problems than they solve. To assert control over online platforms, government in granted itself expansive and powers through "IT Rules" that include provisions to undermine . Now the rules are the target of multiple lawsuits. Here's why no one should back off.

Support our mission: The GNOME Foundation is a non-profit organization that believes in a world where everyone is empowered by technology they can trust. We support this by building a diverse and sustainable free software personal computing ecosystem.

The new German coalition treaty: β€œWe stipulate open standards for public IT projects. Procurement for software development will usually commissioned as #opensource the corresponding software is made public as a matter of principle.”

We welcome that the new government wants to focus on the use of Free Software. We will now closely observe and accompany the concrete implementation.

#FreeSoftware #PublicCode

A new episode of EFF's "How to Fix the Internet" podcast has dropped, and focuses on with the always-insightful @jamesvasile.

Listen to "The Revolution Will Be " via the Internet Archive:

Maybe, just maybe, some day the "powers that be" will stop relying on centralized walled gardens controlled by private corporations for the purpose of data exploitation?


OpenSSL Is Looking to Hire Two Full-time Positions: Developer, and Manager

closing date 9th December 2021

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Related, from 02018: "The difference between optimism and hopefulness is that hope is a choice."

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My longtime teacher Howard Rheingold quoted among many other excellent voices in this new report on digital spaces and democracy:

"The rising tide of internet communications lifts all boats by enabling like-minded people to meet, communicate and organize; it lifts both the hospital ships and the pirate ships, the altruists and the fascists."

Happy #GivingTuesday! We are thrilled to announce our annual fundraiser along with our largest match drive yet! Through sponsors large and small we need to match $159,191 this season to continue our work in 2022!

Last day for


Governance & Community
Sustainability & Funding
Legal & Compliance
Diversity & Inclusion
Growing Open Source

hybrid conference in March

Strengthening digital infrastructure and #opensource - "The goal of the fund could be to sustainably strengthen the open source ecosystem, with a focus on security, resilience, and the people behind the code."

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