I'm looking for a self-hostable analog to #Nextdoor (https://www.nextdoor.com). Are there any #opensource #decentralized projects that are comparable? I joined Nextdoor and now that they've started adding "sponsored posts" (ads), my neighbors are unhappy with the service. In many ways, it's like forum software, but with the ability to define neighborhoods. Is there anything like this?

#social #socialnetwork #neighborhood #federated

Nextdoor ist das kostenlose, private soziale Netzwerk für deine Nachbarschaft.
Viele Nachbarschaften in Deutschland nutzen bereits Nextdoor, um aktivere Gemeinschaften zu bilden.


#Hashgraph The #Future Of #Decentralized #Technology.
#Superior #Distributed #Ledger Technology.
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Rixty Rixty

Le #CfP pour la #devroom #Decentralized au #fosdem est ouvert ! https://blog.cozycloud.cc/post/2017/10/23/CFP-FOSDEM-2018-Decentralized-Internet-Privacy

Qui propose une conf sur @{Duniter Team; duniter@framasphere.org} ??

#privacy #decentralizedinternet

François Revol

Outside the walled gardens

Many folks online are unaware of the decentralised roots of the online world. To them, the Internet is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google and the like- understandably, that’s where the focus is- the problem is, these platforms are, subtly and not so subtly, manipulating us. Internally, by constantly tweaking the interface to keep us inside the platform. And externally by marketing based off of the harvesting of our collective unconscious.

I will go into detail on what I mean by that in a future post. In this post, I would like to explore some of the alternatives…

First, there’s email- it’s been around for a long time- most people use things like Gmail, Yahoo or other corporate run services. Luckily, it hasn’t been closed off, I don’t need to have a Gmail account to send and receive email to/from someone with a Gmail account. There are many ways to get an email address- beyond the mentioned services, many Internet Service Providers provide one with their account (this is less common now). The email address I use is part of my webhosting package- where this blog is located- I pay less than $10/month for all my webhosting needs, an unlimited number of email addresses and a bunch of other stuff- it’s pretty inexpensive, but here are some free alternatives-

There’s also https://riseup.net where they vet new accounts, but offer more than just email- their mandate is to empower people and groups working on liberatory social change. Beyond email there are a variety of other communication tools they offer.

The precursors of social networks have been around long before Facebook and the like, in the form of forums, newsgroups ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usenet_newsgroup ) and chat clients (like http://www.irc.org ).

These days there is a growing list of alternatives to Facebook, Twitter, etc. The ones I’m most interested in are decentralised- they aren’t tied to a single server or company. Here’s a couple that I use-

Diaspora* is similar to Facebook, but gives you, the user, a lot more control over who sees what you share and what you see.

Mastodon is similar to Twitter, but is self moderated and, again. gives the user more control over who can see what you share and what you see in your feed.

Riot.im, Diaspora* and Mastodon can be used in a web browser or with apps- available in mobile and desktop versions.

For more direct communication there’s https://about.riot.im
Based on the decentralised matrix.org network, Riot.im is based on “rooms”- you can create a room that is completely open and public or closed and encrypted- members of the room can then meet and chat at the same time, or leave messages and files for others members to see and access at any time. Roit.im has been expanding with numerous plugins that offer functions such as collaborative document editing and a whole lot more.

So that’s a start

Head image from https://openclipart.org/detail/277506/Centralized-Decentralized-and-Distributed-Networks

#Social #networks #alternatives #communication #privacy #security #decentralized #social-networks
Originally posted at: http://blog.webmadman.net/2017/10/23/outside-the-walled-gardens/

Wayne Elliott

#Mastodon 2.0

Congrats to Mastodon for a 2.0 release! The biggest #decentralized & #federated social network keeps getting better. Still not using it myself though. Going to #federate with it instead from #Socialhome. This is what decentralisation is about after all. Not just nodes of one platform, but nodes across platforms.


Mastodon 2.0 – Eugen Rochko – Medium
The Big Emoji Update

Jason Robinson

Riot, a Decentralized Slack‐like Messenger (Powered by Matrix)

#matrix #decentralized #comms

Riot makes it possible to run a powerful instant communication system yourself, without the middleman. It leverages the Matrix protocol, and the experience is fast, smooth, and everything you might want out of Slack itself.


Riot, a Decentralized Slack‐like Messenger (Powered by Matrix)
Look out, this might be your organization’s next Slack.


Meet #Movim Simple, light and respectful. Discover the #social #network as it should be. MOVIM

#Open #Source Movim's source code is completely open allowing anyone to study how it works to improve it, share it and redistribute it freely. Visit our Github: https://github.com/edhelas/movim

#Decentralized Movim is based on a fully decentralized and standard network. You can create your own account on the server of your choice.

movim - Movim - Kickass Social Network