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Let's Keep Our Chat Local #234
[ UUID ] ec2a13aa-5a61-4d7e-99bc-c5628c99e891
[ Session Name ] Let's Keep Our Chat Local
[ Submitter's Name ] Ross Schulman
[ 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?
All weekend, as an installation, exhibit or drop-in session
@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?
Just checking in on this. Now that we're back from August vacation, I'd love to get a thumbs up or down on this if we can so I can start thinking about the engineering work that needs doing.Thanks! On Aug 15, 2017 12:21, Jon Tutcher <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: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... —You are receiving this because you were mentioned.Reply to this email directly, view it on GitHub, or mute the thread.
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 :)