The #OnlineSafetyBill must not be used to mandate nationality checks across the internet. Your name, your age, and your nationality must never be used against you, either online or off.
Great blog for ORG by Heather Burns 👇 https://www.openrightsgroup.org/blog/papers-please-nationality-checks-for-the-british-internet/
Great insight into why AlmaLinux is doing things differently (and well). https://thenewstack.io/jack-aboutboul-how-almalinux-came-to-be-and-why-it-was-needed/
I am standing for election as a #Nominet non-executive director.
Here's an introductory blog post, which I'll update as I go through the process.
If you have questions for me, get in touch however you prefer.
I'm honoured to have been appointed to the UK's Open Standards Board among distinguished and experienced company.
How it works: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/open-standards-for-government-data-and-technology
Adding an #OpenSource license to code isn't a matter of bureaucracy and legalism; it's the simplest way to make sure collaborators & users know they have permission in advance to innovate without bothering you. No license? Have to ask.
Should you donate money to the #OpenSource projects you use? Or is there a better way to help?
Read the position paper: https://ospo.zone/position-paper/
Next week, Hossein Nourikhah will join the team at The Document Foundation, the non-profit behind LibreOffice, as Developer Community Architect. He'll help to bring new contributors to the LibreOffice project, and get them started: https://blog.documentfoundation.org/blog/2021/06/16/hossein-nourikhah-joins-the-tdf-team-as-developer-community-architect/
An open source licence is a multilateral constitution of a community. Having every developer subject to the same terms is one of the pillars of community. A copyright assignment provides unqualified immunity to all that. We should no longer tolerate it.
The presence of a copyright assignment requirement in a commercially-backed project is almost certain to mean someone doesn't want to be subject the terms everyone else must abide by. They and their sham freedoms should no longer be tolerated.
I gave a new talk this week at Upstream on the characteristics of the "rights ratchet" - where companies like Elastic gradually reduce open source rights for users until only paying customers get any - and how to respond.
The Consul Project has a new sponsor so has a vacancy for a project manager. Want to work to promote open inclusive democracy? Maybe this is the one for you! https://netdem.nl/nl/articles/vacancy-consul-democracy-foundation/
The people who invented the ISO standard Schematron language have been betrayed by ISO and find their freely created work is locked behind a paywall. How should they fix this? I predict a fork of the standard.
Never say you are relicensing when you are not the copyright holder as that term can lead you to assumptions and actions that could leave you in breach of copyright.
Last week the UK Govt published a new draft of their #OnlineSafetyBill, making UK corps liable for jail time unless they censor "harmful" content (without defining harmful). Targeted at Big Tech it instead directly threatens Matrix. Read https://matrix.org/blog/2021/05/19/how-the-u-ks-online-safety-bill-threatens-matrix & raise the alarm.
The European Commission has funded an open source project to create a Gateway between the ActivityPub and XMPP PubSub Protocols, and E2EE on PubSub
From goffi: "it's my pleasure to announce that an ActivityPub XMPP gateway doubled with Pubsub end-to-end encryption project has been selected for a grant by NLNet/NGI0 Discovery Fund (with financial support from European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme)".
The XMPP ActivityPub gateway will join two major open and decentralised protocols. In practice it will be a XMPP server component (usable with any server), and implement the ActivityPub server to server protocol (or "Federation Protocol"). On XMPP side, it will be mostly a Pubsub service (with some extra, like private messages converted to XMPP message stanza).
XMPP blogging (XEP-0277: Microblogging over XMPP) will be used, and thus any client supporting it will have access to ActivityPub publications (Libervia and Movim for instance). https://squeet.me/objects/962c3e10d49fcdffb18921bec5dc1b0281d1ad2d
The UK government wants to authorise the NFI to cross-reference data between agencies so they can "detect more fraud" (and likely make the Hostile Environment more Hostile). There's a survey open until Wednesday. Full details: