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Let's Keep Our Chat Local #234

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mozfest-bot opened this Issue Jul 26, 2017 · 9 comments

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[ UUID ] ec2a13aa-5a61-4d7e-99bc-c5628c99e891

[ Session Name ] Let's Keep Our Chat Local
[ Primary Space ] Decentralization
[ Secondary Space ] Privacy and Security

[ Submitter's Name ] Ross Schulman
[ Submitter's Affiliated Organisation ] New America's Open Technology Institute
[ Submitter's Github ] @rschulman

[ Additional facilitators ] Matthew Hodgson,

What will happen in your session?

New America's Open Technology Institute and the team at Matrix.org propose to provide the backchannel communications platform for MozFest. Instead of using Slack, WhatsApp, or other walled gardens, we will create a temporary, local Matrix server accessible to all participants.

In addition to the existence of the server on the local network. The physical server itself should be present to drive home the privacy, control, and power that decentralization brings. If technically possible we may also want to make the server itself mobile, so that participants can pick it up and carry it around.

Finally, we would like (if technically possible) to attach a visualization to the server demonstrating statistics such as number of connected users or frequency of messages sent.

What is the goal or outcome of your session?

  1. To spread knowledge of the matrix system and its abilities.
  2. To demonstrate physically the nature of decentralization. Its ability to shift power, enhance locality, and benefit privacy.
  3. To experiment with making matrix homeservers portable/carryable.

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All weekend, as an installation, exhibit or drop-in session

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The inrastructure proposed here is beyond our scope as Space Wranglers. Marking this to the attention of @edrushka and @Saallen

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bunnybooboo commented Aug 5, 2017

The inrastructure proposed here is beyond our scope as Space Wranglers. Marking this to the attention of @edrushka and @Saallen

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rschulman Aug 6, 2017

Also tagging @ara4n who runs the @matrix-org project and can help with infrastructure needs.

rschulman commented Aug 6, 2017

Also tagging @ara4n who runs the @matrix-org project and can help with infrastructure needs.

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Thanks for the proposal @rschulman. This is a really interesting exhibit. Looping in @jontutcher for feedbacks.

I had few questions:

  • How much does it take to setup the chat platform?
  • What do you think would be the major roadblocks in setting this infrastructure for the whole of Mozfest?
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dvigneshwer commented Aug 15, 2017

Thanks for the proposal @rschulman. This is a really interesting exhibit. Looping in @jontutcher for feedbacks.

I had few questions:

  • How much does it take to setup the chat platform?
  • What do you think would be the major roadblocks in setting this infrastructure for the whole of Mozfest?
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I like the idea of this and the visualisation aspect - a lot of it comes down to whether we can make it happen or not...

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jontutcher commented Aug 15, 2017

I like the idea of this and the visualisation aspect - a lot of it comes down to whether we can make it happen or not...

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rschulman Aug 18, 2017

@vigneshwerd: Setup on the part of Mozfest should mostly be surrounding getting credentials to attendees. If we want to prepopulate the server with usernames, we will need a list of registered attendees at some point in the week or so prior to the event. We will also need a way to give each attendee a piece of paper with their username/password combo and information on how to get the client app and log in.

My thinking is that @ara4n and I can do the hardware setup. What we will need help with on that front will be a static IP lease for the time of Mozfest and possibly a domain name to point to that IP. Other than that, My thought is that the server itself will probably just be a Raspberry Pi or equivalent, depending on what @ara4n thinks the horsepower needed will be.

Do we have a sense of how many attendees there will be?

rschulman commented Aug 18, 2017

@vigneshwerd: Setup on the part of Mozfest should mostly be surrounding getting credentials to attendees. If we want to prepopulate the server with usernames, we will need a list of registered attendees at some point in the week or so prior to the event. We will also need a way to give each attendee a piece of paper with their username/password combo and information on how to get the client app and log in.

My thinking is that @ara4n and I can do the hardware setup. What we will need help with on that front will be a static IP lease for the time of Mozfest and possibly a domain name to point to that IP. Other than that, My thought is that the server itself will probably just be a Raspberry Pi or equivalent, depending on what @ara4n thinks the horsepower needed will be.

Do we have a sense of how many attendees there will be?

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Hi @rschulman we should have a decision for you imminently - one quick question - would you like a timetable session to talk about the Matrix technology, or is the installation alone sufficient?

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timcowlishaw commented Sep 11, 2017

Hi @rschulman we should have a decision for you imminently - one quick question - would you like a timetable session to talk about the Matrix technology, or is the installation alone sufficient?

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ara4n Sep 11, 2017

Hi @timcowlishaw - it would be wonderful to have a timetable session to talk about Matrix if at all possible; both to publicise the chat server but also to tell the Mozfest community about the project and the importance of decentralised, e2e encrypted open communication :)

ara4n commented Sep 11, 2017

Hi @timcowlishaw - it would be wonderful to have a timetable session to talk about Matrix if at all possible; both to publicise the chat server but also to tell the Mozfest community about the project and the importance of decentralised, e2e encrypted open communication :)

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Adding @marcwalsh

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dvigneshwer commented Sep 11, 2017

Adding @marcwalsh

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