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[liberationtech] Fwd: Presenting the new Lorea distribution: Foxglove

Anne Roth annalist at
Tue Nov 6 09:32:09 PST 2012

News about Lorea

("Lorea is a project to create secure social cybernetic systems, in
which a network of humans will become simultaneously represented on a
virtual shared world.

Its aim is to create a distributed and federated nodal organization of
entities with no geophysical territory, interlacing their multiple
relationships through binary codes and languages.")

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Betreff: Presenting the new Lorea distribution: Foxglove
Datum: 	Mon, 05 Nov 2012 21:12:17 +0100
Von: 	spideralex <spideralex at>

*The new distribution of Lorea is called Foxglove: Social networks of
the people and for the people!*

As part of the ACT! 2012 <>, Lorea
social networks have migrated to a new version called Foxglove based on
the version 1.8 of Elgg free software <>. This new
distribution has several improvements regarding the design, usability
and stability of the networks and offer also new tools (the full list
can be viewed here

Among them there is a new module that allows you to design assemblies
agendas collectively, keeping minutes and highlighting decisions and
previous consensus. It also enables decision making either by majority
or by consensus, with the option of blocking decisions and modifying
proposals for decision. This wide variety of options is intended to suit
the various decision making processes of groups engaged with
assamblearism, thus preventing the software of imposing its criteria
above collective practices. Other new options are customizing the
working environment, search box for groups contents, new images
galleries, improvements of the Etherpads (collaborative writing in real
time) and the integration between fora and mailing lists (persons not
registered inside the networks will be now able to subscribe to groups
mailing list).

During the course of this November, Lorea's fairies will work into
refining the migration and complementing the documentation such as the
manuals in order to help people become familiar with the new version. It
should also be kept in mind that Lorea are self-organized networks where
all its inhabitants can engage with their development and gardening.

Lorea calls for collaboration in this joint project, first by being
patient with the potential errors that might occur occasionally during
the migration process, secondly, by testing the tool, reporting
shortcomings and making suggestions to keep improving (bugs can be
reported here <>) and in
third place by making diffusion of this new version (either by
publishing this news and/or giving talks and workshops). Donations are
also logically welcomed <>.

*About Lorea*

Lorea means "flower" in Euskera and uses the metaphor of seeds to refer
to each ones of its networks' planted in an experimental field federated ".

The project stems from an informal group of people concerned about
security and privacy on the social web, providing from the field of free
software and technological activism. It was launched during the 2009
Hackmeeting <>,
the annual gathering of hackers in the Spanish State. There two social
networks Digital Free Art and N-1 <> converged and
decided to join forces to develop further social free, secure, federated
and self-managed social networks.

ACT! 2012 is an action derivatived from the Barcelona Consensus
performed by an active citizenship, GLOBAL, simultaneously and with an
effective PARTICULAR result looking for social, political, economic
palpable transformation. For this purpose different organizations /
networks / groups have supported as ACT! 2012 Lorea and another movement
(Ekta Parishad). The Nova-organization Social Innovation (driving
Consensus Barcelona) has awarded 4,000 Euros each organization to carry
out its actions. Thanks to the support you
gave us the Lorea community have used this incentive to free programmers
who developed the project. Also with ACT!, During days 27 to 2
September, we held a Hacktahon Lorea to outline the development of
assemblies, modules, feedback and suggestions and work together on
migration., and are already migrated,
rest will follow soon

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