We’ve had enough of digital monopolies and surveillance capitalism. We want an alternative world that works for everyone, just like the original intention of the web and net.

We seek a world of open platforms and protocols with real choices of applications and services for people. We care about privacy, transparency and autonomy. Our tools and organisations should fundamentally be accountable and resilient.


Eric Mill [LibreList] Re: [redecentralize] FireChat in Economist 2014-06-02 11:34:27 (5 years 1 mon 18 days 12:20:00 ago)
I'd go so far as to say being closed source completely rules it out from being part of the decentralized web.

Certainly, open source software that is hosted on a server can still be silently backdoored in some ways -- you can't generally verify that the server is running the same code that's in public source control.

But all the intentions, architecture, security, community engagement, good faith participation, etc. of the project are all obscured by closing the source. They exist apart.

On Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 5:33 AM, Stephan Tual <stephan.tual@ethereum.org> wrote:
Agreed - closed source really sucks.

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On Monday, 2 June 2014 at 10:10, Steve Phillips wrote:

OpenGarden sounds awesome, but it's closed source :-(.  The founders aren't worried about that though, it seems: https://twitter.com/elimisteve/status/473086170725756928


On Mon, Jun 2, 2014 at 1:04 AM, Francis Irving <francis@flourish.org> wrote:
FireChat, an iPhone app that does mesh network messaging, had an
article in the Economist this month (can't find it to link to,
and paywalled anyway).

It seems to be one app of a thing called OpenGarden, which is a
meshnetwork thingy for iPhones:


The Economist article was pretty good at explaining it to the general
reader, and why mesh networks might help with resilience, and gives
the shorter term application of use in football stadiums et al.