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[liberationtech] Plan for a New Liberationtech, 2.0
Hapee de Groot
hapee at hapee.org
Sat Nov 10 08:31:24 PST 2018
according to me Greenhost is absolutely not out of the running, so I
contacted Yosem directly and hope you will give us some more time so
sort this out.
Hapee from Greenhost.
On 10-11-18 17:22, Yosem Companys wrote:
> Hi All,
> I'm in the process of migrating Liberationtech from Stanford to a new
> independent site, but I have run into a difficulty.
> Most of you recommended Greenhost for hosting services, but I have yet
> to receive a reply from Greenhost despite multiple email attempts.
> Is there another hosting service you'd recommend? Please remember that
> the criteria are the following:
> * The host should operate from a location that has the privacy- and
> security-friendliest laws in the world;
> * The host should also be the most privacy- and security-friendly
> host in the world (or the second most, assuming Greenhost is #1 in
> this area); and,
> * The host should offer great customer service.
> Our original plan (described below) was to ask Greenhost both to host
> and develop our new website. Now that Greenhost appears to be out of
> the running, I intend to explore the other options you suggested below
> for website development.
> On Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 8:55 PM Yosem Companys <ycompanys at gmail.com
> <mailto:ycompanys at gmail.com>> wrote:
> Below is the amended plan for the new Liberationtech based on your
> feedback. Should you have any questions, please let me know.
> * *Corporate Governance: Fiscal Sponsorship, NOT Legal Status*.
> Most of you recommended that we not incorporate legally as a
> 501(c)3 at this time. Instead, you recommended that we use a
> fiscal sponsor instead. A number of fiscal sponsors were
> proposed including Creative Commons; the Electronic Frontier
> Foundation; Freedom House; the Free Software Foundation; the
> Information Ethics and Equity Institute; Mozilla; Oasis; the
> Open Source Institute; the Public Sphere Project; the Puerto
> Rico Science, Technology, and Research Trust; the Renewable
> Freedom Foundation in Germany; Software Freedom Conservancy;
> and Wikimedia. There is also the Tides Foundation. The
> advantage of fiscal sponsors is that they can accept
> charitable contributions on behalf of Liberationtech and take
> care of the legal and accounting requirements needed to
> maintain the organization, thereby freeing Liberationtech to
> pursue its vision and mission. We have decided to find fiscal
> sponsors for different legal jurisdictions to ensure that we
> have a global presence. [Down the line, the Sustainable
> Economies Law Center was proposed as an organization to help
> Liberationtech incorporate as a 501(c)3.]
> * *Vision*. To research, design, and implement technologies for
> social good, especially for privacy and security.
> * *Mission*. To create and support a community of practice
> around technology for social good that incorporates privacy
> and security by design.
> * *Hosting Service*. Most of you expressed concerns about
> hosting in the U.S. and asked that Liberationtech use the most
> privacy- and security-friendly legal jurisdiction instead.
> Most of you also recommended Greenhost.
> * *Website Design and Development*. Some of you kindly offered
> to work on a pro bono basis to design and develop the
> Liberationtech website. Others suggested contacting groups
> such as the Agile Collective, Aspiration Technologies, CoTech,
> Digital Life Collective, Equalit.ie, and Greenhost for these
> services. What should the website have? You asked that we keep
> the Liberationtech website simple. Beyond a basic description
> and a list of the board of advisers, you asked that we do the
> o *Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS)*. Most of you asked that we
> build a site that is as simple as possible so that it may
> be viewed even by those who have slow devices or weak
> o *Just a mailing list, please*. Most of you also asked that
> we only use open-source mailing list software that has
> been around for a long time for convenience (i.e., you get
> the email in your inbox) or security reasons and to make
> it easier for any list subscriber to download the list or
> port it from one device to another.
> o *Use Matrix and/or Discourse*. Enough of you feel
> passionate enough about using Matrix and/or Discourse
> beyond the basic mailing list capabilities that we've
> decided to do so.
> o *Let me create my own list, please*. Many of you asked
> that we allow list subscribers to create their own lists
> around specific subjects, whether by chapter (read more
> below), geography, sector, or topic. For example, some of
> you asked that Calls for Papers (CfPs), jobs, and
> announcements be moved to separate mailing lists.
> o *Make the site mobile*. Self-explanatory.
> o *Mirror it*. Many of you asked that we mirror the site at
> a number of locations for security reasons.
> * *Incubation*. Because we've decided to continue to research,
> design, and implement technologies for social good that
> incorporate privacy- and security-by-design, we aim to raise
> funds to become an incubator of technology for social good,
> where the funds would go to support the development of
> projects based on the ideas the community likes the most.
> We'll also try to incubate student projects on tech for social
> good that could be sponsored by companies to help students get
> jobs post-graduation.
> * *Directory*. Some of you suggested that we create a wiki (or
> similar) with tips, good practices, tools, and apps for secure
> communication and digital privacy, along with a list of the
> organizations and platforms that work in the technology for
> social good space.
> * *Funding*. Some of you suggested that Liberationtech contact
> foundations such as Omidyar and the Open Technology Fund.
> Others suggested that Liberationtech engage in crowdfunding.
> Yet others suggested charging a yearly fee for people to
> create their own Liberationtech chapters in geographies around
> the world.
> One question that lingers is the following:
> * What is the key differentiator of Liberationtech vis-a-vis
> other existing groups, organizations, and/or sites in the space?
> If any of you want to take a stab at answering the question,
> please do so.
> Otherwise, Gonzalo and I will be more than happy to do a review of
> the field and try to answer that question in a more explicit manner.
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