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If you enjoyed our first issue and believe in what we’re doing, please become a subscriber!

We’d love to keep this project going and know that we have you, our community, backing us. ❤️🕸️

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If you’d prefer to donate cryptocurrency to support us, you can donate to compostmag.eth or through Gitcoin

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If we meet our next goal, we’ll make COMPOST posters!

Our other goals are to create a web ring with sites of allied projects, and to host a micro-conference about solidarity-based tech, online publishing, and supporting artists on the internet.

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We have fundraising goals for monthly paying subscribers or one-time donations, which we decided with our Issue 01 contributors.

The one we’re most excited about is to make **physical stickers** of Angelica’s kaoani anigifs from Issue 01!

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We believe dedicated readerships can directly sustain small alternative publications, without relationships being mediated by the usual suspects.

The funds will go to our contributors, design and web development contractors, and the core team of this project, Mai, Ben, & Udit.

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Why a Digital Bake Sale? We’re experimenting with funding goals, a la Patreon, but based on financial transparency & sustainability of the collective instead of an individual creator.

To do this we use @opencollect, a platform we're deeply aligned with:

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We currently only have our budget secured for our next issue (out in August 👀 ).

So we're boosting our Digital Bake Sale! The best way to support us is with a recurring subscription — that helps us make projections about our financial sustainability. 💫

Our second issue includes a speculative sci-fi piece by Kola Heyward-Rotimi, an interactive narrative piece by Celine Nguyen, a narrative photographic essay by Margaret Warrn & Andi Wong, and beautiful photographic anigifs by @liaizon 🌻

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We're excited to announce our theme for Issue 02!

🍄 Inoculate 🍄

We’re exploring ways to grow alternative networks with spores of capitalophagous fungi, to transfer nutrients from our hosts to feed the digital commons.

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This looks like it'll be a good discussion.

How do we democratize technology? How can we develop better models for developing, owning, and organizing the infrastructures of our lives?

Lovely guide with workshop activities from Taeyoon Choi (co-founder of the School for Poetic Computation) that comes out of their Distributed Web of Care project:

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Wondering how much flack I'm going to catch for shooting my mouth off about this CA "worker co-op" bill...

"a game of chance that alters the ways you sense, make, and navigate public space."

Directions to Nowhere in Particular is part art project, part urban exploration, part internet challenge. Newly launched from The Bentway, From Later & Nomadic Labs.

wander outside + follow the prompts at

Other free software we use include Passbolt for password management & Hugo ( and Jekyll ( for static website publishing.

And of course Mastodon and for social media'ing. 😁

These are just the tip of the iceberg! We hope this inspires other free software projects to back their stacks to build better infrastructure together. ✌️

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We use Element by @matrix hosted by Toronto Mesh for day-to-day communications among editors and contributors. Check it out as a secure, decentralized + interoperable alternative to Slack >>

Our newsletter uses GNU Mailman hosted at It’s old school but it’s solid and it works.

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So we're *backing our stack* today, naming and contributing to some of the free software that makes COMPOST possible.

First up — we rely on Meet.Coop for our videoconferencing needs with Big Blue Button. Donate to this co-op alternative to Zoom >>

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As an open source project ourselves, we recognize the immense amount of hidden labour that goes into public-benefit projects.

It’s crucial for free + open source tech projects to be mutually supportive of each other — this is the basis for a healthy digital commons. 🕸️ 💗

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This is a great article in @compost on the role of the client-server model in the enclosure of the digital commons, and how peer-to-peer can punch some cracks in the big tech pavement.

I think there's some space for reflection on the other aspect of the article, the use of nature analogies for technological concepts. I like them (e.g. digital garden) but I think need to think about what they might hide or distort, too.

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