Re: [GMG-Devel] MediaGoblin enters the Knight News Challenge
Marco Solieri <soujak@...
2014-03-25 19:58:27 GMT
Dear Chris and all the MediaGoblin developers,
On Wednesday March 19 2014 12:51:02 Chris wrote:
> I'm excited to say that GNU MediaGoblin has entered the Knight
> News Challenge [...] There's an easy way to help make it happen... you
> can leave a constructive comment or hit "applause" on the submission,
> which help
I am happy to read this, and hopeful for receiving their support!
I just posted an enthusiastic and heartfelt comment in the MediaGoblin
submission page of Knight News Challenge [http://j.mp/1gnaIKq], to stress
the importance I feel for the project, in particular with respect to civil
rights and democratic freedoms and targeting a non-technical audience.
Please, find all my encouragement in the rest of the message.
Most of outstanding web services are offered for free, but such gratuity is
only apparent. Indeed, users' data (emails, photos, videos...), when having
a sufficiently large volume , constitute an incredibly precious resource
for data analyses, so big web companies can simply monetize them, instead
of asking their users to pay for the services. This makes the web getting
more and more centralized and the web companies bigger and bigger.
If one can accept to have his/her data somehow sold to web companies, and
to the advertisement companies which buy analyses from them, the danger of
having centralized data is unacceptable. A commercial or governmental
entity may easily access or manipulate private information, when they are
owned by a few web companies, so they could easily menace people's civil
and democratic freedoms with acts of censorship or mass media control. This
scenario is already happening, to different extents, in various places of
the world, including the United States.
Some of the technologies building our Internet services from the very
beginning, such as the email or the web itself, were explicitly designed
and standardized with decentralization in mind. The most recent ones, such
as social network or media publishing platforms, have been designed and
implemented by centralizing companies, and we still miss a complete and
federated implementation for most of them.
MediaGoblin is an outstanding project having this precise direction --
creating a federated media publishing platform built with Pump.io, the
emerging federated social networking protocol. Its freedom attention is
twofold, because it is released with a free and open source software
license, so that anyone can use it, study it, expand it and distribute it.
Thus, it is a completely market-neutral solution allowing to implement
media publishing in a safe way.
Development started about 3 years ago, and thanks to many volunteers lot of
progress have been made since the first releases. But the platform lacks
some crucial features, therefore a support to the project would boost the
Our freedom of media publishing can't wait the completion of MediaGoblin!
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