Today’s OStatus interview will be with Pablo Martin, a developer from the Lorea project.
Give us an overview of your software. What is it, and what does it do?
Pablo: Lorea is a project to create secure social cybernetic systems, in which human networks will become simultaneously represented on a virtual shared world.
Its aim is to create a distributed and federated nodal organization of entities with no geophysical territory, interlacing their multiple relationships through binary codes and languages.
On the scope of the project we use different open source software, like elgg, postfix or ejabberd to implement such communication, where we’re developing key modules to extend their possibilities.
Why did you decide to implement social web federation?
Pablo: One of our main goals is to have good federation mechanisms for communication among networks of people. We think federation is critical for privacy in the internet because it guarantees you can decide where your data is while still being able to communicate with people on other networks.
Why did you choose OStatus?
Pablo: Our systems want to talk to everyone that wants to speak to them, so we decided to implement OStatus since its an open standard with high alignment with our project in the scope.
What parts of the OStatus suite have you implemented?
Pablo: We have implemented activity streams, salmon and pubsubhub support for many types of objects. We also have some extensions currently, and are in the process of finishing of webfinger support for better connection with StatusNet.More detailed info can be followed at: https://n-1.cc/pg/dokuwiki/1760/doku.php?id=federation
What problems did you have?
Pablo: Our main problem is the activity streams/OStatus ontology misses some important things for us. Other thing I can see I regard as problematic is the difficulty to do inter-network federation tests with other software.
How can users try out OStatus in your software?
Pablo: On a shared node, they can participate on remote groups to a certain extent, and message or friend remote users, also soon subscription of remote OStatus profiles will be possible directly for users (right now the admins of networks are the only ones capable of pulling remote users or groups). Also, our profiles can be subscribed to by OStatus users. Current nodes supporting OStatus federation include http://redesenred.net, https://n-1.cc, https://red.artelibredigital.net.
On personal nodes, since the user is the admin there are a lot more things that can be done including a lot of experimental use of OStatus with other techniques. Any group or profile can be subscribed to.