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"A belief that the part you play in any global issue is 'insignificant' is no justification to contribute to any such problem."... we need to change our minds, to change things.

So far 12 people have registered to use our BBB video meeting instance. Why not try it out? No need to feed Zoom, Google, Microsoft, etc. your money and your data (and your friends, collaborators data) and you can help build inter-cooperative infrastructure.

wiki.social.coop/meet.coop-reg

Agaric's Show and Tell is this Thursday at 3PM Eastern.

This week, we will discuss Design Justice!

designjustice.org

Here are some questions to get us started:

What are some examples of design justice?
design injustice?
How do you practice design justice?

Design justice is important to our work, so we want to make sure it is on everyone's radar!

For more info on attending and joining our Show and Tell mailing list, visit:

agaric.coop/show

There's been a lot of new supporters joining my Patreon lately - thank you! One day I shall be making FOSS audio tutorials as my main job :)
#unfa #Patreon

Thank you, @fsf@status.fsf.org for adopting and publicizing a sensible approach to Twitter: "...We need to be talking about free software in places where everyone is not already a committed free software supporter -- we won't be successful if we are only in our own echo chamber, or preaching to the choir. It's important for us as activists to be reaching the people on these platforms, even if we have some reservations about using them ourselves."

i may end up trying to write a longer-form post about this, but despite the urge to try to solve problems by writing code, there are *so* many ways for a tech-literate person to support existing activism that aren't writing a new app. just by knowing that linktree or buffer exists and helping set up accounts/content, you could make a huge impact for a group that already has expertise and connections in their area of interest.

I am going to temporarily pretend that I haven't been waiting since 2019 for the #librem5 and boost some of @purism 's toots. I hope it will have been worth the wait. 😂

Akira is an upcoming free open source UI/UX design tool for Linux. You can follow the project at:

➡️ @akiraux

Akira is aimed at web designers and graphic designers, and is currently in alpha testing. You can find out more at github.com/akiraux/Akira

#Akira #UI #UX #Interface #Design #WebDesign #Software #Development #Dev #FOSS #FLOSS #Libre #Tools #Productivity

This needs some light.. I could find little in mainstream news and even Minneapolis local news about the situation there right now. Our friends at UnicornRiot have it covered.

unicornriot.ninja/2021/homeles

Cool domain trick using the TLD .whoswho: if you add .whoswho to the most common domains TLDs, you can see the whois + some dns info e.g. try it out: agaric.coop.whoswho or duckduckgo.com.whoswho

While everyone over at that chatty-bird place is focused on -ing, it's a good time to consider switching away from other addiction-inducing, privacy-invading and/or freedom-limiting services and software. The easiest to use / most complete directory I've found is at switching.software/ If you need any assistance doing so, ask an @agaric for help; it's core to what we do!

...this all came about because cameras were really hard to find when the pandemic started, but MicroCenter was clearing out refurb Wyze Cam v2's for ~$18 (they still have more). Having faith in FOSS I could do *something* with it - especially seeing it could run custom firmware, I snapped it up! Got Wyze off there and it runs Xiaomi Dafang Hacks. Been a fun thing to tinker with. I could never have imagined growing up that I'd one day have a <$20 camera that lets me ssh into it. Nuts.

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I love that FOSS enables you to do some interesting things... like rigging up an IP cam to behave like a directly connected webcam (using v4l2loopback). If it weren't FOSS, I'd probably never have tracked down this issue, either: FireFox/other apps see the cam fine, Signal would say I had no cam. Signal => Electron desktop app, and uses MediaDeviceInfo from Chromium to find cams. Finds bug w/Chromium + v4l2loopback: add exclusive_caps=1 when loading the module and at last I have cam in Signal :)

MayFirst is currently experiencing an outage with the upstream provider Hurricane in NYC. Updates available from status.mayfirst.org/

I'm excited to share my #apconf2020 talk, "Decentralized Social Media vs the Trolls."

In it, I tell how the #Fediverse, a #decentralized social network, rallied together to isolate an invasive right wing extremist group through codes of conduct, human moderators, and strong moderation tools.

Thanks to @ashfurrow, @emi, @maffsie, @catgirl, @laurelai and all the folks who gave me their time and perspective.

conf.tube/videos/watch/d8c8ed6

(Hosted on a #peertube instance, conf.tube!)

“When you expose people to violent environments, and the most violent environment in the U.S. on a per-capita basis is a jail/prison, it is much more likely that they are going to have picked up violent practices to survive,” said Flozell Daniels, the chief executive of the Foundation for Louisiana, who was the governor’s appointee to the state’s 2017 Justice Reinvestment Task Force. (Which has cut incarceration.)

(rest of the NYT article was kinda trash but that quotation is key)

Agaric uses Free Software for most of our daily business operations. If the tools are not available, we actively work to find developers who are building them. No matter what kind of work you do, these privacy protecting softwares will serve you well!

Read our blog and learn how to run your business on Free Software too!

agaric.coop/blog/daily-busines

When asked about fears of automation in 1969, Arthur C. Clarke famously said that we shouldn't worry about automation: "the goal of the future is full unemployment, so we can play." I have never seen his answer quoted in full.

Domains up for grabs:ridepairing.com + ridepairing.org

Might anyone be working on ride sharing or similar that might want these? I personally am not likely to get back to focusing on carpooling platforms any time soon. Maybe not priority during covid-daze, but...more useful some day soonish, assuming Elon's robo-taxi fleet doesn't take over before then.

Not selling, but would appreciate if you could pay the annual renewal of ~$27 and we'll set up the transfer (no time to xfer before renewal)

It would seem to me, that with nearing $50K in donations in under a month, that , having been around for over 7 years with actual software, is really missing out here. Will have to see if the devs want to start an opencollective maybe? twister.net.co/
github.com/miguelfreitas/twist

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