[SFD-discuss] SFD 2021 Preparation

Ali Reza Hayati arh at gnu.org
Mon Jun 28 14:58:39 UTC 2021

On Mon, 28 Jun 2021 21:31:03 +0700
Frederic Muller - DFF <fred at digitalfreedomfoundation.org> wrote:

> which basically gives our different addresses and hashtags. For this 
> year it says: "For twitter, flickr and any service using hashtags, our 
> tag is #softwarefreedomday or #sfd(plus)year e.g. #sfd2021 for year 2021

Should there be such notice, and a Facebook address? Like we're trying to invite people avoid such networks, not to invite them participate in Software Freedom Day using privacy-violating networks. Needless to mention that those networks make people run nonfree JavaScript.

> Ok... we're still struggling to log back into Twitter because... you 
> know what?... not really into those SN private/I still your data/but I 
> don't tell you things. And I never tell anyone when I hurt my foot.

What's the matter? Is there anything we can help?

> > - Let's have an account on Mastodon (on fediverse).
> mmm... I'm not sure. SN comes and goes. Over the past (almost!) 20 years 
> we've had our shares of different ones. However we would be more than 
> happy if someone can help us and take care of what they think matters. 
> We can discuss further, and with pleasure.

Mastodon is a decentralized federated social network made by free software (licensed under AGPL) and many free software organizations like FSF and GNOME are active there. It would be wonderful if we make an account there. Postings to/from Twitter and Mastodon can be automatic using some bots/services.

Also, I don't think "we had some accounts on some social networks 20 years ago" is a good excuse to avoid a popular ethical social network. In fact, we should be happy that such software and network exist and we can invite people to participate in that, instead of an unethical nonfree network.

> > - Make a guideline for people to know how to celebrate SFD during the 
> > pandemic including hold an online program on ethical/FLOSS platforms.
> > 
> So we have a start "something" here:
> https://wiki.softwarefreedomday.org/VideoConferencing
> and it is a work in progress.

I don't think that's what Ahangarha meant. I believe he meant something like inviting people to post that hashtag or join us fixing that bug or talk about free software and their rights with your friends kind of thing.

Happy hacking everybody.

Ali Reza Hayati (https://alirezahayati.com)
Free culture activist and privacy advocate
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