2019 11 — Friendica

Location: Room 1301 — Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd. N. · Waterloo, ON N2L 3G6 (bottom floor, in the hallway that connects the main building to the Chapel-Residence building)
Date: Monday, 11 November 2019
Time: 7:00-9:00PM

With all of the recent issues going on with social media giants, and, of particular with Facebook, we look to open source solutions where securing data and the sharing of personal data is of primary concern.

One such solution and replacement for FB is Friendica, which has gained some recent popularity. Built along the concept of federated Friendica servers and making use of various protocols such as ActivityPub (formerly ActivityPump from Pump.io), OStatus (from GNU Social) and Diaspora but apparently not Zot (from Hubzilla, which is odd considering Mike McGirvin created both applications); there is a lot to be said about Friendica’s appeal to social media.

On Monday, 11 November 2019, , we welcome Sean Howard who will work us through Friendica’s place as an open source alternative to FB and cover topics such as Friendica’s installation process and ease of server maintenance. We should also have time to cover Friendica’s interoperability with other open source solutions, protocols, data security, etc.

It should make for interesting conversation at a time when seeing social media giants at US congressional and senatorial investigations has now become the norm.

Marc, Steve and Bob

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