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Danyl Strype Public Seen by 133

With a huge proportion of the world's population facing weeks of lockdown, as part of the attempts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, a lot of those people are having to figure out on the fly how to work from home, teach/ attend online classes, or socialize with family and friends without leaving the house. This is an opportunity to test the capacity of existing free code software to provide for these needs, as well as the capacity of community-hosting groups that provide non-geeks access to these tools when they require a server. It's also an opportunity to identify gaps that might require new apps or hosting services, new ecosystems for deploying and connecting them, and new revenue models for sustaining it all.

Examples of the software freedom movement responding to community needs during the pandemic:
* NZ Open Source Society: https://nzoss.nz/covid-19-response-help-those-working-home
* Disroot.org: https://disroot.org/en/blog/covid19-kit
* Open Educational Resources universitas: https://tech.oeru.org/working-home
* Purism: https://puri.sm/posts/our-essential-list-of-free-software-for-remote-work/
* Scaleway: https://blog.scaleway.com/2020/building-jitsi-solution-powered-by-scaleway/
* COVID-19 OSS help: https://discourse.covid-oss-help.org/
* Matrix: https://matrix.org/blog/2020/04/06/running-your-own-secure-communication-service-with-matrix-and-jitsi
* CoTech: https://community.coops.tech/t/tech-co-ops-and-covid-19-solidarity/1972
* Hypha Cooperative: https://covid19.hypha.coop/

More examples at:
https://wiki.p2pfoundation.net/Free_Code_for_Remote_Working

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Danyl Strype Fri 10 Apr

Does anyone know of any other free code projects offering services to those stuck at home due to the current pandemic? Any comments on the UX of services folks have tried for the first time because of it? Other related thoughts?

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Steve Huckle Sat 11 Apr

And the reverse is true, too. I've had a research project fall through, and my temporary teaching contract at the uni' where I just got my PhD will not get renewed, so I find myself over-educated and under-employed. Does anyone need my help? I'd gladly give my time freely to any community-oriented projects that require development skills.

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Graham Sat 11 Apr

Hi Steve. I don't know where your core interests lie, but I know that the open credit network - https://opencredit.network - is looking for dev help with their cooperative platform (a mutual credit system). Also worth posting on the CoTech discourse site - https://community.coops.tech

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Daniel Harris Sat 11 Apr

@Steve Huckle please come and join my nonprofit open source project, Kendraio. It's ground breaking! We're building a personal "data browser" that plugs into service/APIs. Some jump in points:

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Steve Huckle Sat 11 Apr

@Daniel Harris - thanks - I've been having a look around in kendraio all week - I may well pitch in...

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Steve Huckle Sat 11 Apr

@Graham - I've been on the CoTech website for a while. I've made myself available for a couple of jobs, too (offering my services for next-to-nothing), but nothing's come of it so far. Thanks for the heads up about https://opencredit.network, though - I'll take a look!

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Lynn Foster Sat 11 Apr

It also makes a difference what your technical skills are, including from school. And whether you really enjoy (and can be somewhat self sufficient in) learning new technologies on the fly, or would rather build on your existing skills and be productive more quickly. Different personalities there, both useful. Looks like you have been into blockchain, at least in your research. How close do you want to stay to blockchain technology?

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Steve Huckle Sat 11 Apr

@Lynn Foster "including from school". Whatever do you mean? In my 30 years as a developer, I've never once been asked to show what I did at school. Or by "school", are you including universities, there?

Anyway, I'm a very experienced developer that is able to adapt to new technologies quickly - in fact, I enjoy new challenges. I'd argue that's the nature of the beast.

I can do blockchains, yes, but I'm not fixated on them; in some respects, I'm more interested in their architectural and political implications for society. Indeed, I'm currently writing a paper about Coronavirus and what blockchains can tell us about how we might organise afterwards. It's a fun write - if anyone is interested in contributing to that, do get in touch.

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Lynn Foster Sat 11 Apr

@Steve Huckle sorry, didn't mean to insult you - but I don't know you, looked at your loomio profile, it said PhD and teaching job, so I didn't know you had dev experience.... and it seemed like the skill set piece might have been missing from the discussion.... but I get it now, and I'll shut up. ;)

P.S. I learned to program in a 6 month trade school night class before there even was computer science, so I'm not hung up on schooling for devs.

P.P.S. Your paper sounds interesting - no time to contribute, but will be interested in reading it when it is ready. I think "how we might organize afterwards" is a critical question.

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Steve Huckle Sat 11 Apr

@Lynn Foster - I took no insult whatsoever! I will admit to being puzzled as to how we got from, "I'm available to help", to career advice, but I'm well aware your reply came from a good place x

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Vincenzo Giorgino Sun 12 Apr

Hi Steve, i am curiosa about your paper on Covid-19 and blockchain. I am writing a short book about Covid-19 with other 4 co-authors. Maybe we can talk.

Best,

Vincenzo Giorgino

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Vincenzo Giorgino Sun 12 Apr

... and just in case you can work in the field of distributed ledger applications for social good as software developer please get a look to Commonshood.org If you are interested i can introduce you to the team. Best, Vincenzo

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dilgreen Sun 12 Apr

Hi Steve, Dil from Open Credit Network here! If you're interested, I'm happy to answer any questions I can.

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Steve Huckle Sun 12 Apr

Hi @dilgreen - fantastic initiative - I hope it's going well! Meanwhile, I have registered to be listed on the site - it seems there are a couple of projects there to which I may be able to contribute. And are you looking for dev' help?

ps. interesting profile pic' - are you Borg?

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Steve Huckle Sun 12 Apr

@Vincenzo Giorgino - I'd like that! You can get a sneak preview of my paper here: https://github.com/glowkeeper/cbppPaper/blob/master/cbpp.md - it's an early draft and ignore the conclusion as currently, I've just dumped stuff there (or wait until tomorrow evening, when I'd have drafted that properly). Also, a friend of mine from Madrid uni', who specialises in commons-based peer production, is going to be making a contribution and tightening up some of my arguments. Nevertheless, I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts!

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Steve Huckle Sun 12 Apr

Hello again :) I can definitely work in that field! However, I tried loading Commonshood.org, but it didn't resolve :(

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dilgreen Sun 12 Apr

Hi Steve,

Not Borg - I think it looks more like Thanos - the weird chin creases. I was playing with art filters on an uninteresting avatar pic and this one got stuck...

OCN does indeed have dev needs. The dev team (closely aligned, but not an inside team) that build the tools at trade.opencredit.network - the directory and the accounting/ledger engine - made it as a 'throw-away' monolith, and are currently hard at it making an API driven back end.

Meanwhile we have many issues that we're keen to move on with which need work - from realtively small tweaks like re-rdering the onboarding/sign up process you've just been through to more exciting but chewier things like looking at integrating messaging into the site (using matrix.org - probably).

The monolith is written in Go - here's the repo: https://github.com/ic3network/mccs-alpha/blob/master/README.md

We're in the early stages of scoping out whether a rapid increase in ambition is possible / necessary in the light of the coming post Covid slump - at which point we'd be getting funding within a month or two to start work on a bigger/faster/deeper rollout of Mutual Credit for struggling SMEs everywhere.

This would be looking to go straight for federation, which we don't have yet - as per the Credit Commons vision (whitepaper here: https://creditcommons.net ) - which there is a technical architectural functional spec for, if you'd like to see more.

Regards,

Dil Green

digital anthropology blog ( http://www.digital-anthropology.me )

Open Credit Network ( http://opencredit.network )

@dilgreen on twitter and generally

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Steve Huckle Sun 12 Apr

Yup - I can see the resemblance to Thanos - mind you, I always thought he was an incredibly good looking chap ;)

Oo - Go - despite being an Ethereum dApp developer (a world that's moving more towards Go), I've not done any, yet :( But I have been looking for an excuse and I'm a fast learner when there's a need - if my lack of Go skills is okay, may I chip in? Perhaps, for starters, I can do something simple (like that onboarding job)? Then, if I'm successful, we can see where to from there?

I'm also very interested in seeing that technical architectural functional spec'...

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dilgreen Sun 12 Apr

Hi Steve,

I see Oli has jumped in with another suggestion - which is fine, but maybe a whole front end is a bit much to ask on first meeting? Up to you of course ;)

I think you're right about the onboarding being a good learning job. I'll do a separate email introducing you to Geoff Turk who was the team lead on that build, and with a description of what we're hoping to achieve.

As to the Credit Commons stuff, it's a stage beyond where open credit network is at present - proposing a ledger which understands that it might be a child of another ledger (which requires a couple of special accounts for Balance of Trade) - and that any account it has may in fact be a Balance of Trade account for a child network.

This enables an arbitrarily large tree federation structure. This is hierarchical in terms of scope - base/twig tiers are more local, branches are more like telephone exchanges.

Here's a link to the overall project outlines: https://gitlab.com/credit-commons-software-stack/credit-commons-org/-/blob/master/README.md

And I've sent an invite to the microservices repo (to this email address).

Matt Slater ( credit commons co-author) has written a proof-of-concept version in php which he is going to be demonstrating in the next couple of days on a call with Trustlines - I think it would be fine for you to come on if you wanted.

Dil Green

digital anthropology blog ( http://www.digital-anthropology.me )

Open Credit Network ( http://opencredit.network )

@dilgreen on twitter and generally

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Steve Huckle Sun 12 Apr

Ah - I've just realised https://github.com/glowkeeper/cbppPaper is a private repository, so you won't be able to view it. It should probably remain that way, too, because I will shortly try and get it published somewhere and they will ask that it has not been made public elsewhere. Are you on GitHub? If so, I could add you to the repository. Failing that, I can always email you a draft...

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Vincenzo Giorgino Sun 12 Apr

Hi Steve,

nice to hear that you are interested.
About Commonshood I was wrong - sorry! the right link is: https://www.commonshood.eu/

Please get a look also to this: https://www.projectco3.eu/

About the Covid-19 stuff I am developing an enactive approach (1) to this biosocial virus for a sort of instant book of 50-60 pages. We are four co-authors with various skills but a very articulate competence in the DLTs stuff is very welcome as applied to the activities dealing with the virus responses.
The orientation is to ground its understanding on a practical wisdom approach in which P2P commoning is the main social and economic form that could be of help now and after this shut down period.

We sent a proposal to Palgrave McMillan three weeks ago and we are waiting for them to respond. We also have a second option.

BTW, I did not find the draft in your GitHub page...

Maybe it could be easier to communicate via email directly: vincenzo.giorgino@unito.it

Best,

Vincenzo Giorgino

(1) embodied, embedded, expanded and... enactive

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Steve Huckle Mon 13 Apr

Hi @Vincenzo Giorgino! Indeed - oops - I realised after posting that my GitHub repository is private and it should probably stay that way if I'm to publish somewhere. I've sent you an email with my article attached, instead.

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Lynn Foster Mon 13 Apr

Hi Dil, I was thinking of starting a separate thread and trying to pull together a list of possible related projects, but you may not be interested, so I'll make it short and just do it here. :)

>This would be looking to go straight for federation, which we don't have yet

In newer news, Commonspub is being actively developed now, and it has federation already (using the ActivityPub spec). A couple devs are adding ValueFlows so there will be economic activity extending the AP social networking, on a federatable "backend". The first piece is offers/wants, which is part of what mutual credit will need. Should we look again at possible collaborations? If not, no worries....

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Vincenzo Giorgino started a proposal Sun 19 Apr

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Dear All,

To all those in Europe who are interested in contributing to the digital response to the Covid-19 I report this initiative:

https://euvsvirus.org/

SIGN UP TODAY

WARM REGARDS,

PLEASE DO NOTE VOTE! Just READ AND ACT.

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Danyl Strype
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Hi Vincenzo, thanks for sharing this, but please don't use the proposal tool just to make a comment. It's confusing for other group members. Also, please try to add your comments to a thread where they're on-topic or start a new one. I have moved your 'comment' to a thread where it's more on-topic.

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dilgreen Tue 28 Apr

Lynn,

Update: Open Credit Network decided it was worth a punt on a 'go Big, or Go Home' initiative for Mutual Credit ( https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Fp7z2XDhini0YNopNwLxPdNXCuZz4FbAhvHvFU9jJzI/edit?usp=sharing ) - and it appears to have been a good idea - we have attracted collaborators from the social enterprise, municipal engagement and investment worlds who never spoke to us before.

Interestingly, we seem to be getting away with all the full-strength versions of what we like: open source, mutual orgs, no shares/rent seeking, without any resistance. So far.

It's a tiger by the tail, but so far we are moving fast. If it goes, it will provide good money for development - fast, from June or so. exact route not decide (!). One option is to use the next version of opencredit.network software - Directory and ledger ( https://github.com/ic3network/mccs-alpha/blob/master/README.md ) - but this is a single ledger that knows nothing of federation and doesn't include it in the base architecture.

The other version will be look at commons pub and try to go fast, using the proper credit commons protocol.

We could do with some help evaluating these approaches / options in the next few weeks.

Dil Green

digital anthropology blog ( http://www.digital-anthropology.me )

Open Credit Network ( http://opencredit.network )

@dilgreen on twitter and generally

Use this link to book a half hour slot with me!

https://calendly.com/dilgreen/30-min-video-call

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