[free-software-melb-announce] FSM May 21 - Staying connected with Free Software - Jami and Signal

PuZZleDucK puzzleduck at gmail.com
Sun May 10 15:36:25 AEST 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic as upended the lives of billions of people around the
world. To prevent transmission of the virus, we have been asked to stay at
home, practice social distancing and avoid crowds. As such, 100’s of
millions of people have started using chat and conferencing software to see
friends, family and conduct business. Unfortunately, many of the popular
options in this space are proprietary and most users are unaware of the
privacy and security issues that proprietary software brings into our
lives. However Free and Open Source software has us covered with many
options for communications software.

As a part of this year's theme of de-FAANG (removal of predatory big tech
companies from your life), we are exploring the world of online
communications and presenting Free/Libre and Open Source solutions to
keeping in touch and connecting with people. Instead of using proprietary
messaging apps on our mobile and PC’s such as WhatsApp, Line and Viber. We
will take a look at two great freedom respecting messaging apps, Jami (
https://jami.net) and Signal (https://signal.org/) and how we can use these
to keep connected through the crisis.

Never has the need for robust, auditable and trusted communication software
been more important. Not only for our privacy, but also for the privacy and
security of your friends and loved ones. The recent media coverage of
privacy and security concerns in conferencing and communications software
demonstrates why we need to be able to trust our software with our personal
and confidential communications.

We’ll be meeting virtually via Jitsi (a freedom respecting video
conferencing app we've discussed before) at 6:30pm on Thursday the 21st of

Thursday 21st May, 6:30-8:00pm
Jitsi Meet Room: https://jitsi.puzzleduck.org/FSM
Meeting Tips: Please mute your mic when joining and headsets are
recommended to reduce feedback.
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