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Hi there! Are you an avid free software user or open source developer? NGI Zero is an R&D funding program for open source software & hardware to enhance online privacy and improve open search and discovery. Together with @fsfe, @APC, Radically Open Security, Translate House and many more we fund and support projects like @pixelfed, @delta, @cryptpad... Check it out here -> and here -> or submit your own idea to make the internet a better place!

Castopod is an in-development FOSS self-hostable podcasting platform, which now has Fediverse support too. You can follow at:

➡️ @Castopod

The project website is at

It's still in alpha testing, but the latest version adds ActivityPub support so that people on Mastodon etc. can interact with Castopod posts.

The git is at

#Castopod #Podcasting #Podcasts #Podcast #Fediverse #ActivityPub #FOSS #FLOSS #Libre #FreeSoftware #OpenSource #SelfHosting

So I have an announcement. I sent an email to my work saying that I wanted to be able to focus on my work on taking advancing the federated social web to the next level. Read: better security / abuse resistance, richer interactions, virtual worlds.

How will I be funded to do this? I don't know. I do know that the state of the political world scares me enough that I feel I have to do this. If you want to support me:

Wish me luck. More updates soon.

Okay, okay, okay.

NFTs for carbon offset certificates.

/me drops mic

I'm happy that I'll be part of two meetings this month in front of the EU Commission talking about decentralized social networks and the work we've done

I believe this conversation is an important one to have, and I'd like to expand on why below.

@NGIZero @humanetech @silmathoron @how

I am only aware of one German state on Mastodon, if with state we mean its data privacy office.

Also der federal responsible person (?) for data privacy is here.

Both may be interested in these webinars on how administrations can connect citizens.

I presume you are mainly thinking of governments setting the right rules, but do you know of any (local) government funding the communication infrastructure for their citizens?

So join the talk and save the dates! Let us know what your thoughts are on interoperability, federation, how public services should communicate online, ActivityPub, everything :) We are looking forward to these great events and are thankful for all the help of the -community, from @humanetech @how and many more. Check it out! ->

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If you want to help out or suggest topics, please join ( and join the conversation about the need for federation and interoperability for national and EU-entities to break away from walled social gardens.

This message needs to be heard now, since the need for federation is resonating in EU and EC-circles, for example with the GDPR-watchdog EDPS and questions posed by European members of parliament like (

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Through the webinars and the workshop we aim to showcase to national and European administrations how and the can help institutions retake their online presence.

Co-authors and advocates of together with -devs will engage with representatives of EU-institutions (European Commission, European Data Protection Supervisor, European Parliament) about the possibilities of federation and how the EC can share important news on the fediverse.

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Talking & connecting is a basic human need, so why should we allow our online interaction to be seized by companies that (by commercial design) are after personal data? Especially for public services like national/European administration citizens deserve to connect in a way that serves them, instead of data-hungry third parties.

NGI Zero is happy to announce a series of webinars and a workshop organized together with the -community & -devs on April 19, 26 and 29.


The DREAM Team is proud to announce the first public release of our DREAM Data Specification (D1.1).

This first release will enable developers to start looking into DREAM innovations. Early adopters can discuss this specification with #dream-catchers and enjoy open access to our collaborative research facility.

Follow-up discussion:

Distributed Mutable Container (DMC) specification:

#rdf #eris #dmc

Lightmeter 1.5 is out: now you can monitor remote #mailservers using either sockets or sync'ing! (#Logstash users: we've got you covered 😉). Also past delivery performance now gets analysed and Insights created, producing a handy digest of found issues 📜

Indeed great, thanks @ilumium

Maybe @InteropNews might share our #SocialHub #interoperability event (2 webinars and a workshop) on the site, which we are preparing for European Commission representatives in April together with #NGI0

More information here:

Tomorrow @NGIZero will send an official announcement.

And also maybe you'd like to join the Special Interest Group on SocialHub that'll lobby for #fediverse interop standards in EU,

The evidence speaks for itself. The spread of biometric mass surveillance across different EU countries shows why we need a new law banning it.

Pass this on.

🔎 Read the EVIDENCE:

✏️ SIGN our formal ECI:


The EC/EU also realizes that they need to cooperate with open communities and innovative initiatives to achieve their goals.

And that these initiatives are often fighting uphill battle against Big Tech and need to be supported by funding and other forms of help.

Here @NGIZero is already playing a big role, and is central to many plans. But there will be other funds and grants too.

At #SocialHub we track all @activitypub dev opportunity.

E.g. at

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Part of the workshop will be focused on bringing to the #fediverse

The #EC just laid out their digital targets for 2030

Per 4 years they set their #OSS strategy

And for upcoming legislation i.e. EU Digital Services Act they look for #interoperability standards, and we promote @activitypub for that in our #SocialHub SIG.

All this is where our #FediverseFutures align.


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If you are interested in helping, or want to suggest topics for discussion, then we invite you to join #SocialHub as a member.

This event is a great opportunity for #fediverse evolution. The EC/EU itself is interested in making a move towards #foss and pursues a set of values of being more #Open #Privacy respecting #Collaborative with #Transparency and #Inclusion as principles.

We can help them get there!



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Dear #fediverse and especially #foss and #activitypub tech enthusiasts amongst you ..

At #SocialHub we're preparing a great event in the form of two webinars and a workshop in April, for representatives of the European Commission.

The topics are #ActivityPub #Interoperability and #FediverseFutures within the EU.

Interest for the event came from EC itself, who via @NGIZero - funder of many great AP projects - approached SocialHub to organize.

You can help prepare and certainly join the Event!

We want to thank our EU MEP fedizen @echo_pbreyer as great advocate for #fediverse in EU parliament.

"The Commission provides information to the public via various commercial, closed-source and centralised social media [..] accessible only to users who agree to legally and ethically controversial practices. Thus far, it has not provided [..] platforms that support open-source social networking protocols such as #ActivityPub [..]"

#privacy #foss

@NGIZero @activitypub

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✔ Periodic overview of recently added #ActivityPub projects

CastoPod Host: an open-source hosting platform made for podcasters who want engage and interact with their audience
GoToSocial: headless #Mastodon compatible Fediverse server project written in #Golang
Tranquility: small ActivityPub server written in #Rust
hacker-don: server and web frontend written in #Clojure, prioritizing user sanity, safety and privacy
Kazarma: A #Matrix bridge to ActivityPub

For all projects visit:……
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