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

Alex Comninos alex.comninos at
Wed Nov 7 09:06:37 PST 2012

On Nov 6, 2012 6:32 PM, "Anne Roth" <annalist at> wrote:

> 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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