I’m working on a software stack that deploys a private social, office and communication platform called https://nextcloud.com.
Nextcloud is a very attractive software collection aiming at providing a truly private and secure platform that respects the integrity of the community that deploys it.
Some of the components are:
Web conference using technology that doesn’t allow for third party eavesdropping.
Online office tools for creating and sharing content, while not allowing for a third party to analyze, track, profile and commodify the members of the community.
- Storing and sharing files - while not allowing for a third party to analyze, track, profile and commodify the members of the community.
- Tons of community plugins. Here is a list: https://apps.nextcloud.com/
Nextcloud approach is very similar to the offerings from the ad-tech companies - Google and Microsoft.
Google and Microsoft runs well known popular public services on their advertisement platforms “Google suite” and “Microsoft Office365”. They deliver excellent quality on their services, but the price for a community is high:
- Submits to commodification of its members.
- Submits to tracking if its members for opaque reasons.
- Subjects the whole community to data harvesting, without consent or knowledge of the intent of the harvest.
- Denies community members to revert/rollback/forget their data stored within the platform.
So, when trying to build a community based on values of consent, privacy, integrity, freedom - there will be a fundamental principal problem using these ad-tech platforms - despite their excellent quality.
From my discussions in other threads on the topic of open source, with @nadia (and others; @MariaEuler, @felix.wolfsteller, @johncoate, @hugi @matthias) the issues raised above are not unknown.
I don’t have the full knowledge on the needs and challenges of Edgeryders, but it would be interesting to know if there are more people what would be interested in collaborating on creating and maintaining a Nextcloud instance for Edgeryders…
I have the knowledge to teach and deploy Nextcloud, which I would be happy to provide training for to anyone within the community that would be interested. It could intersect with the effort that @MariaEuler does within Edgeryders.
I plan to host a session on this topic on the 1-3 may for another NGO for the Openhack2020 Australia: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1G7wzXV-YGU … so it wouldn’t be too much effort to run it more times.