FSCI Position Statement on the Controversies Surrounding Richard M Stallman's Reinstatement to the Board of FSF
April 13, 2021
FSCI is a community of contributors to the free software movement from India. At FSCI we value software freedom because it is ultimately about user freedom.
After the Covid-19 pandemic, we’re having our virtual meets via the internet and the need to communicate has only increased.
Currently, most one on one personal chats and group meetings are conducted using “free = gratis” proprietary services like WhatsApp, Google Meet, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype, etc. which collect and aggregate digital data and metadata.
Free Software Foundation of India released a comparison of different messaging apps and services a few weeks ago. When compared to centralized services like WhatsApp and Telegram, services like Matrix and XMPP which respects users' freedom (as a user or as a community) and does not lead to vendor lock-in are better according to FSF India.
Poddery, one of the earliest diaspora social networking hosts, is a community-run distributed social-network maintained by FSCI. Apart from Diaspora, poddery.com also offers Matrix and XMPP services.
Diaspora is a culture. A culture against the loss of personal privacy by the corporate social network giants. Diaspora enables you to keep your data with you and provides the flexibility to choose what you share. Since your data is stored on distributed servers and not a single company's servers you are in more control of your data.
Matrix is a decentralised instant messenger which supports end-to-end encryption, voice and video call and file sharing. You can connect with your friends and communities here. Matrix by default allows you to integrate with IRC and other communication medias. Riot is a client-side application with slack-like interface and markdown support.Matrix Clients
Poddery supports chatting and video and voice calls among your contacts in Diaspora and anybody with an account on a service supporting XMPP. You need to enable chat on your Poddery account to make use of it. There are many free clients available for PC, tablet or mobile devices. Get one for your device from the link below.XMPP Clients
Other services provided by FSCI
FSCI maintains a MediaWiki instance at wiki.fsci.in which acts as a 'decentralised central resource' as every one gets to fill in their parts and one could find all parts in one place.Visit FSCI Wiki
Free Software User Groups
FSCI maintains a list of various Free Software User Groups across India at fsug.in. FSCI also provides free sub-domains for such communities.
Git Repository Hosting
FSCI runs a free instance of GitLab Community Edition at git.fosscommunity.in. GitLab is a powerful platform for collaborative software development.Git Repository
FSCI maintains a GNU Mailman instance at lists.fsci.in. A mailing list helps us to broadcast emails to a list of e-mail addresses of people that are members of the same work group or interested in the same subject.FSCI Mailing Lists
Collaborative Decision Making
codema (Collaborative Decision Making) is a Loomio instance maintained by FSCI at codema.in. It helps us to initiate discussions and put up proposals on which users can vote.CODEMA.IN