At Dayton today, heard an exciting overview from Bruce Perens (OSS pioneer) about a super low-cost prototype software+hardware device to extend average mobile phones into AI-powered digital transceivers using Codec2, neural networks for decoding, RISC-V, and more.

Could be truly transformative and empowering, allowing grassroots surveillance-free global communication.

Interesting conversations with Tim & David of the International Union (IARU) today at @Hamvention. Their challenges in advocating globally for policy to protect technology public goods in the face of capitalistic greed is not unlike the plight of & .

I wonder what we can learn from them.

If folks think that the world, on whole, is not an oppressive place with pervasive , they need to broaden their perspectives.

As becomes key for individuals and communities to thrive, plays a critical role in ensuring their freedoms are respected and protected in those efforts. And that's why we need to ensure we're listening to those with the least power, to help build tools that work for everyone.

Every day I become more and more convinced that in our current global society, is a critical and non-negotiable piece of breaking the cycles of neocolonialism in the global south.

More on this line of thought to come.

In $dayjob news, our org's associated projects are working with a total of 40 interns this mid-year through Outreachy, Google Summer of Code, and Season of Docs.

Exciting times ahead for all of these awesome projects. Can't recommend these opportunities enough for growing projects.

Not sure if I just missed the commentary, but did anyone else notice that the commecial by @lunduke released on YouTube is basically a copycat of the K-mart "Ship My Pants" commercial from several years ago?

Kmart: youtube.com/watch?v=lCsqABAQLj
: youtube.com/watch?v=V0a03NRpX3

I guess we shouldn't really be surprised, since their whole concept is simply taking others' work, repackaging, and reselling it.

LAST REMINDER: My dayjob is giving away $100,000 USD to 4 projects that serve international development, humanitarian response, or peacebuilding.

Applications are due by the end of Monday 15 April (Anywhere On Earth; e.g. UTC-12).

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ICYMI: developer Ola Bini, currently a major contributor to the OTR encrypted messaging protocol, has been detained with no or flimsy charges for 4+ days and counting in Ecuador. "Evidence" included having technical books and too many devices. They say he'll be held up to 90 days while they "develop charges" against him.

apnews.com/327d2dcbe0f24a2eba8

TMW I get really excited to install a app on my phone and then realize that they've done something silly like include FCM or GCM or other proprietary depedencies. Or only offer binaries from the Google Play Store ....

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Peter Diamandis (founder of XPRIZE) highlights the work of our DIAL Center grantee Ushahidi -- a leader in helping to revolutionize disaster relief, reaching 20,000,000 people in 150 countries.

diamandis.com/blog/future-of-d

"Society’s technology genius is not lacking, its moral genius is. Trust in Big Tech is eroding rapidly. No Big Tech company has core values that help our digital rights."

puri.sm/posts/the-future-of-co

And it's available!

The latest "Free as in Freedom" episode covering the new Linux Foundation "CommunityBridge" project for sustainability & support:

faif.us/cast/2019/apr/02/0x65/

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So FLOSS.social is turning one year old this weekend.

What started as a simple fun experiment has turned into (I hope) a useful resource for a rapidly-growing number of people with similar values and interests.

Thanks to our dedicated and brilliant community of & supporters for joining in on the journey! And thanks for supporting distributed social networking through !

Excited for the next "Free as in Freedom" where they'll dive into the new Linux Foundation "CommunityBridge" project to replace nonprofits like ASF, FSF, Conservancy, Open Collective with a proprietary platform.

faif.us/cast/2019/mar/27/0x64/

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