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

micah anderson micah at
Wed Nov 7 10:43:06 PST 2012

Nadim Kobeissi <nadim at> writes:

> Either I'm a total idiot or this is the most pretentious website on the
> Internet

Is this list really consisting of 'lolwut' and the above, plus every
once and a while massive drama flameouts? I feel like I am being
downgraded against my will.

Frankly, both of those reactions are embarassing. Are you unaware of the
most important tool that has been used for the most recent Spanish
mobilizations, not to mention many occupy groups around the world and
are letting the entire list know that?

Seriously, I'd be a better person if people kept their knee-jerk
reactions to themselves (or just on twitter where you can egocast in
your echo chamber), and we could instead have an actual dialog like
adults on this list.

> On Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM, Alex Comninos <alex.comninos at>wrote:
>> Lolwut?
>> 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.")
>>> -------- Original-Nachricht --------
>>> 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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