Escaping-Social-Media

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The workshop/discussion looked to explore what FLOSS options are available as an alternative to Facebook and Twitter. The session ran for a couple of hours and surveyed a number of tools, use cases and issues to be considered.

The initial plan was to develop a set of recommendations that someone could adopt to begin on the road to leaving behind the corporates, things turn out a bit different than planned and instead it was more of a sketching of a number of use case scenarios.

Rough notes

Contents

The tools discussed were

The basic criteria for inclusion are that the systems are FLOSS, open standards and federated media, systems that don't look to exploit peoples' social graph.

StatusNet

http://status.net

About status.net on the Techtools for Activism

https://techtoolsforactivism.org/alternatives-to-twitter


Use cases
  1. An individual or organisation that doesn't want to have their personal data farmed or have advertising, but still want to stay in touch with friend on Facebook and Twitter.

Using a StatusNet account you can post on the micro-blogging site and the posts can appear on Twitter and Facebook. Additionally posts made on Twitter and Facebook will appear on your StatusNet account.

Example StatusNet site's where you can create or request an account are, Identi.ca (create an account) and indy.im (FOAF invite only).

First off we'll give the example of using Identi.ca as this an up-to-date install of StatusNet.

To connect to Twitter and Facebook you'll need your user name and passwords, as well as access to your email so you can get your new account authorisations.

  1. Step one create an account on Identi.ca
  1. An organisation running its own social network that then connects out to FB and TWitter
  2. Anonomised Twitter and FB: TOR > status.net > twitter - facebook
  3. Anonomised Twitter and FB: Anon Wordpress > status.net > twitter - facebook

http://Identi.ca

StatusNet Android App

mustard android app for StatusNet

https://launchpad.net/mustardroid

Appleseed

http://opensource.appleseedproject.org/

GNUsocial

http://foocorp.org/projects/social/

Buddycloud

http://buddycloud.com/

Pirate Social

pirate.social UK

Elgg

http://elgg.org/

Diaspora

https://joindiaspora.com/

Tumbler

Tumbler

Mediagoblin

Mediagoblin http://mediagoblin.org/index.html

Gnu-Net

gnu-net - P2P file sharing

Friendika

http://project.friendika.com/

Lorea

https://n-1.cc/ - Lorea

Presentation https://n-1.cc/pg/file/read/1226119/unlike-us-short-lorea-presentation

Crabgrass

Crabgrass - https://we.riseup.net/

GNU Social

http://foocorp.org/projects/social/

XMPP federated chat services

About

https://techtoolsforactivism.org/content/instant-messaging

Use case

1. anon campaigner

2. not being farmed

3. totally private

Stop being farmed

Three things to stop your social graph being farmed, while keeping a mobile phone and a facebook account

Example of being farmed

Donttrack.us

devils in the detail campaign - UK

1. Dont be tracked

2. work towards not using FB - start using: wordpress, identica, crabgrass, email, wiki

3. ??

Lost and found

https://mat.boum.org/ - photo metadata stripping

Resources

http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/unlikeus/resources/

Reading and ideas

Federated chat servers XMPP

Personal tools