Because *somebody* has to stand up for the people of the Internet
...from the folks of Friendica comes Red:
"Red is essentially a "personal CMS" linked to a decentralised permissions and communication platform. This creates a grid of small servers which link together to form a much larger system (much like the internet itself). This allows one to create services with social contexts and extensible permission controls which are all integrated together as if they were offered by a single large data provider - but without the inherent privacy problems and costs associated with centralisation. Privacy and access controls are instead maintained at the local level where they can be enforced by those who own the data being shared. Additionally, identities in Red are not tied to DNS endpoints and have some degree of mobility between providers.
For example, let's say "Iggy Normak" is a colleague of mine. I can create a web service called "Mike Macgirvin" which acts as a blog or social networking hub, and share files and data with Iggy. These are stored on my website, which is served by a small hosting provider (or perhaps running on an old PC in my garage). Iggy can access my private photos from anywhere on the web, while logged into any Red website (for instance, from Iggy's own business website) - without encountering any additional authentication dialogues. Nobody else is able to access these files and photos without my permission, even if they "guess the URL". This kind of decentralised access control is somewhat unique and opens up new possibilities for creating very large scale web services from smaller operators, providers, and website designers.
Red has somewhat limited functionality at the present time, and is being provided as a "developer preview". The communication layers, authentication and permission systems are all basically functional. Much development work remains. Red is free and open source distributed under the MIT license."
"Red is kind of like a decentralised social network (along the lines of identi.ca, Friendica, and Diaspora) , but we've thrown away the rule book. Red has no concept of "people" or "friends" or "social". Red is a means of creating channels which can communicate with each other and to allow other channels permission to do things (or not). These channels can look like people and they can look like friends and they can be social.
They can also look like a great many other things - forums, groups, clubs, online websites, photo archives and blogs, wikis, corporate and small business websites, etc. They are just channels - with permissions that extend far beyond a single website. You can make them into whatever you wish them to be. You can associate web resources and files to these channels or stick with basic communications. There are no inherent limits. There is no central authority telling you what you can and cannot do. Any filtering that happens is by your choice. Any setting of permissions is your choice and yours alone.
You aren't tied to a single hub/website. If your own site gets shut down due to hardware or management issues or political pressure, the communication layer allows you to pop up anywhere on the Internet and resume communicating with your friends, by inserting a thumb drive containing your vital identity details or importing your account from another server.
Your resources can be access controlled to allow or deny any person or group you wish - and these permissions work across the Red network no matter what provider hosts the actual content. Red "magic-auth" allows anybody from any Red site to be identified before allowing them to see your private photos, files, web-pages, profiles, conversations, whatever. To do this, you only login once to your own home hub. Everything else is, well - magic.
Red is free and open source and provided by volunteers who believe in freedom and despise corporations which think that privacy extortion is a business model. The name is derived from Spanish "la red" - e.g. "the network".
Welcome to "the network". Welcome to the free web. Welcome to the grid. Red has arrived."
The Social Capital World Forum 2013 which will take place September 4th-6th in Scotland this year will be titled Creating Space for Abundant Community, will be run as a Learning Village, and focus on social capital, sustainable development and participatory processes. We will be using Art of Hosting as a facilitation method to maximise opportunities for delegates to engage, share and learn.
In times of increasing complexity and division in the world, the Art of Participatory Leadership brings forward knowledge and drive that may be hidden in your teams and community and galvanizes alignment.
It provides methods and techniques to bring out the best in groups in a way that creates common understanding and decisions that stick.
Based on the success of Switzerlands first training in Participatory Leadership in December 2012 this years hosting team is happy to invite you to the second training from 12 to 15 November 2013. This 3-day residential training workshop will include both theoretical content and experiential learning with lots of practice opportunities.
Heute 23. April um 20 Uhr, Wyttenbachhaus, Jakob-Rosiuis-Str. 1, Biel
Saatgut ist zusammen mit Wasser und Boden die Grundlage unserer Ernährung und unseres Lebens. Das Monopol weniger Saatgutkonzerne nimmt zu, während die Sortenvielfalt nicht nur beim Gemüse stetig sinkt. Die beiden Agrochemiekonzerne Monsanto und Syngenta dominieren beim Gemüse teilweise über 50% der geschützten Sorten. Auch beim Bio-Gemüse wird vielfach auf patentierte Sorten sowie Gemüsesetzlingen aus Europa gesetzt. Konzerninteressen und Gesetze bedrohen das selbstverständliche Recht, Saatgut selbst herstellen und tauschen zu dürfen. Welche Mittel wenden die Konzerne an und was können wir dagegen tun? Wie verfahren unsere Landwirte? Welche Alternativen können wir gemeinsam erarbeiten?
Ein Abend mit Udo Schilling (Europäische Saatgutkampagne und Longo maï) Hans-Ulrich Müller (Fachkommission Gemüse Bio Suisse und Produzent TerreVision)
"Die Europäische Kommission will den Landwirten und Gärtnern in Zukunft die Verwendung von Einheits-Saatgut vorschreiben. Alte und seltene Sorten haben kaum Chancen auf eine Zulassung, ihr Anbau wird strafbar - auch wenn er im privaten Garten erfolgt."
On the 40th anniversary of the famous Blue Marble photograph taken of Earth from space, Planetary Collective presents a short film documenting astronauts life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside a perspective-altering experience often described as the Overview Effect.
CONTINUUM is a feature length documentary telling the story of where we came from, who we are, and the possiblities of our future. The film features interviews with poets and astronauts, physicists and storytellers, anthropologists and Tibetan lamas, and stunning cinematography from around the world. The many voices of the film share a unified vision: we must start acting as a planetary civilization.
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