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[liberationtech] Stanford Liberationtech: Ready for migration?

Gonzalo Rodríguez Hermida grodriguez.6 at
Mon Sep 3 08:24:23 PDT 2018

Hi everyone!!!

I'm a student from Spain helping with the migration of LT. Feel free to ask
me anything in either language!


On Fri, Aug 31, 2018, 02:23 Yosem Companys <ycompanys at> wrote:

> Dear Stanford Liberationtech friends,
> How are you? I hope that you and your families are all doing well and that
> you're all enjoying the summer (or the winter, depending on your location)!
> Please allow me to introduce you to Gonzalo (cc'ed), who has been working
> with the Stanford Program on Liberation Technology over the summer to help
> us spinoff Stanford Liberationtech as an independent organization. If you
> have yet to meet Gonzalo, please don't be shy to say "hello."
> Below are the recommendations that you provided in terms of the next steps
> for a newly independent Liberationtech:
>    - *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 organize the world's information about technology for
>    social good, especially 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,, 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 following:
>       - *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 bandwidth.
>       - *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. (A minority of you asked
>       Liberationtech to move to or, but the majority
>       eschewed using any closed platform or anything more complex than a mailing
>       list.)
>       - *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.
>       - *Mirror it*. Many of you asked that we mirror the site at a
>       number of locations for security reasons.
>    - *Incubation*. A number of you asked that Liberationtech continue to
>    vet technology for social good projects as we have long done on the mailing
>    list. Some of you asked that Liberationtech work 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.
>    - *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.
> Assuming that no one has a strong objection to any of the recommendations
> above, we -- and that includes all of you who have volunteered your
> services to help us spinoff Liberationtech -- will begin the process of
> implementation and migration.
> Any questions? Anything we overlooked? Please let Gonzalo or me know.
> Thanks,
> Yosem
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