Let’s look at a new #fashernista social media project from the perspective of the #4opens


Are a simple way to judge the value of a “alt/grassroots” tech project.

Open data – is the basic part of a project https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_data with out this open they cannot work.

* you can download your data, though I cannot find the link. No RSS or other open data standards – 1/2 open

Open source – as in “free software” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_software this keeps development healthy by increasing interconnectedness and bringing in serendipity. The Open licences are the “lock” that keep the first two in place, what we have ain’t perfect but they do expand the area of “trust” that a project needs to work, creative commons is a start here.

* its closed source, though likely used open source code backend but not listed – no open

Open “industrial” standards – this is a little understand but core open, it’s what the open internet and WWW are built from. Here is an outline https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_standard

* nop, it’s all proprietary. – no open

Open process – this is the most “nebulous” part, examples of the work flow would be wikis and activity streams. Projects are built on linking trust networks so open process is the “glue” that binds the links together. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Process

* nop, the is no view of the company behind the project #dotcons – no open

* mewe is 1/2 out of 4opens so is not a 4opens project.

The #geekproblem pushing over #openweb agen

https://www.wired.com/story/how-blockchain-can-wrest-the-internet-from-corporations The #encryptionists are trying to pushing there flagging project over the healthy #openweb reboot.

Q. need a new hashtag? lovers of blockchain (bloccatenaphile?) are a breed unto themselves, and not likely to be as sensible as some those who are in to encryption.

how broad is your definition of #encryptionist?

A. #encryptionists my “fuckyou” thoughts started with the #indymedia network. The #geekproblem installed a self signed certificate on the domain to increase “privacy” alongside not logging ip addresses on the local server.

The “good affect” only securaty theater, the bad affect, every user received a browser pop up saying “do not trust this site” and the IP addresses could just be collected “upriver” at the ISP/switch level by the state actors who were monitoring the project


The affect of not logging IP address locally was a rising deluge of spam and moderator burn out.

The was not democratic process on these changes, and no way to role them back or even address the issue. The project of over 100 globle news sites, with thousands of media creators and millions of users. Ossified and then died, the #dotcons soon replaced it.

#fashernistas moved on, the #openweb started to die.

The #geekproblem pushing #encryptionists agenders OVER #openweb projects.

The is a role for #encryptionists /closed but it’s on balance a smaller one than “open” is my core experience over the last 20 years.

All tech is “ideology” as code, we need to talk about this #4opens

Draft outline script – 01. Buying the boat & motivation

* Hamish life in London – activism (Diaz film money windfall) visionontv video training workshops

– find (do talking head) presenting film/film clip, training workshop montage.

“my name is Hamish have been a media activist for 20 years, i recently was paid a wodge of cash from an Italian feature film. I had been in London for 5 years runing media workshops, i decided it was time to sail away. I had found out about converting lifeboat on the internet. Wile out for a Coffey i discovered a big orange lifeboat covered in concrete blocks”

* Peters boat (need interview)

“I found the source of the London lifeboat and gave a call, a wee man in Aberdeen. dealys lead to a visit to geece”

* Rainbow gathering geek/Albanian border (montage) waiting for boat off rig.

“At the end of the gathering i get a email that my boat would be arriving in a few days” music montage to the sea.”

* Trip to Scotland – best railway line in world/camping on island/ my interview about why boat.

“open with train, call the guy boat is not going to be in a for a few weeks” order later.

Talking head. delay.

* Second trip to Scotland selecting/working on boat – boat speck, what is a enclosed lifeboat.

delay –  the truck was supposed to be a week delay. in the mean time instead of starring out the window, spikes and fluffs working together I decide to goto balcome to do some media training.

* Balcombe – the truck is delayed/ climate change and solar skills

“everything is broken so have to fix the tech side of the camp and no media training is done”

* Boat final arrives – craning (montage)

” talking head fuck what do we do know,

* Boat in water driving to London (montage) with section on low bridges and cyclists. (check cyclist)

“talking head/interview angalgrinding”

“talking head – cycalist” find video

arive in london – talking head.


Find out about the film here https://www.patreon.com/boatingeurope


The Open Media Network is a trust based, human moderated, #4opens project that builds a database shared across many peers. The project is more important for what it DOES NOT DO, than what it does do. It uses technology to build human networks.

There are ONLY 5 main functions:

* Publish (object to stream) – to publish a blog post or FB/instagram etc update

* Subscribe (to stream of objects) – to a person or organization, a page, a group, a subject

* Moderate (stream or object) – you can say I like/not like this

* Rollback (stream or object) – you can remove from your flow untrusted historical content

* Edit (meta data of object or stream) – you can edit the metadata in any site you have a login on.

[A simple single user example: you publish something, you add metadata (give tags) on your site, if someone is subscribed to you they receive what you’ve just published (into a page, a side-bar, moderation queue, etc) and they can add a new tag to it.

If you find interesting content you should subscribe to that person/organization/tag/site… if you’re not sure about them you can put them on moderation (they appear only on your private news feed, not your public one), if you trust them you can let them through (they appear on your public news feed) if they break your trust, you can rollback their content (back in time to when they’ve started spamming you. Their new content is now shown on your private news feed only, but you can let individual pieces through).] this is not quite right… need updating, its hard to wright simple user story’s.

Meany more user story’s https://github.com/Openmedianetwork/OMN/wiki/user-storys

This is the back-end of the project, it is a DIY trust based grassroots semantic web building project. The front-end can be anything you like.

We have a basic news version coded http://omn.openworlds.info and there is a plan for a video and audio versions in the future.


Extinction Rebellion outside the filterbubble



If you won’t to network about this outside #failbook https://activism.openworlds.info/about or http://campaign.openworlds.info

We need to reboot our networks outside the #dotcons if they are to speak beyond the #filterbubles to wider society.

You can find this wider view by searching on the #openweb http://openworlds.info


A look at how technology shapes progressive/radical media- looking forward – looking back

3 events at newspeak house this winter:
Session 1) Looking back – how technology shaped the production and distribution of radical/progressive media like #Undercurrents, #Indymedia etc.

Session 2) The current day – failure of radical media technology. The rise of the #dotcons and the new alt-media projects.

Session 3) Looking forward – The #activetypub meetup. This is an update on the state of current #openweb projects. A continuation of the very successful #Mastodon meetups that I setup last year, opening up to the wider projects like #Peertube, #Pleroma, #Pixalfeed etc.

What kind of format do you imagine?

First two would be presentation, with long Q&A sessions and feedback from other participants that arrive on the day. Following the successful meetups last year, the last session is a user group go round with a few lightening talks and Q&A.

Session 1) I’m planning to invite one of the founders of both Undercurrents and IMC to speak. I was also involved in both so we would have 3 perspective’s. I would have to cover the expenses of these speakers.

Session 2) I’m currently looking for speakers. I can talk/guide on this subject to shape the agenda to the subject.

Session 3) We have a list of people to invite from our meetup group from last year, so it will be a continuity user group meetup with fresh outreach.

And who do you imagine as your target audience?

Session 1) People who were involved (a lot) on the production and distribution of radical/progressive media. Historians (a few), and people interested in the 3 workshops and the subject of tech and politics in general.

Session 2) The same people from the first session will come to the second one, plus next generation who built good things inside the #doctons (for example UK uncut, student protests, current radical media projects and their ordinances).

Session 3) The same people from the first two sessions, plus the people running the Mastodon instances. Both developers and users, as well as the new alt media producers to connect with the developers/sysadmins

For outreach there will be two bites of the cherry, the publicity for the event and the publicity for each of the sessions.

Draft of our funding for the story

Become partners in the story telling and invites to live events.

£1 reward – Buys ana a coffee so she can get out of bed in the morning.

• you get to see the draft edit of the show before it goes live

£10 reward – Buys 1GB of mobile internet to allows us to upload one video.

• you get access to the photo/video albums

• you get to see the draft edit of the show before it goes live

£20 reward – You fill our water tank while in a rare marina stop.

• You get invited to a monthly live video chat

• you get access to the photo/video albums

• you have access to the live working documents.

• you get to see the draft edit of the show before it goes live

£100 reward – Replace a key part of equipment that brakes all the time.

• you are sent a small souvenir of the boat

• you get to see the draft edit of the show before it goes live

• you get acess to the photo/video albums

• You get invited to a monthly live video chat

• you have access to the live working documents.

£300 reward – Upgrades a key part of the boat.
• you get to see the draft edit of the show before it goes live
• you get access to the photo/video albums
• You get invited to a monthly live video chat
• you have access to the live working documents.
• you are sent a small souvenir of the boat
• You get a special thankyou at the end of the next video

21 episodes of our video travel-log from London to the Black Sea and back via the East. One episode to be released approximately every month

Video Blogging
01. Buying the boat & motivation
02. London boating life + building the boat
03. Preparing to leave + Medway
04. Kew to Medway
05. Medway + English Channel
06. Calais to Paris
07. Paris to winter mooring
08. Winter mooring to Strasbourg
09. Strasbourg to Bamberg
10. Bamberg to Linz
11. Winter mooring / back to London
12. London life / getting boat ready ( drones ) / back on the water / boat club waving us goodbuy
13. Danube / Linz to Serbian border
14. Danube / Serbia
15. Serbia to Black Sea

Carrying on:
16. Constanta to Ukraine
17. Ukraine to Kiev
18. Kiev to Warsaw / boat on truck
19. Warsaw to Berlin
20. Berlin to the Low Countries
21. Low Countries to London

Patreon: 21 episodes during 2yrs aprox 1 episode/month
+ picture book of the trip

The shows will be 20-30 mintes long and free to watch on the #openweb (https://visionon.tv) and youtube.

Then Crowdfund for a feature length documentary

Helping the stepaway from the #dotcons






I have 5 working/funded/stable #openweb projects to push this winter to wider ordences.

Covering News, Social Media, Video and Search.

Be the change you wont to see #stepaway from the #dotcons back to the openweb. #4opens are key for projects to work dont drink to deeply from the #encryptionist stream 😉