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Lets look at some alt projects from the perspective of the #4opens - corporatewatch.

https://corporatewatch.org/

Open data – the site has RSS output and the content licence is CC so a open

Open source – hard to tell what the site is runing but likly open source so a open for now

Open “industrial” standards – they support RSS, but thats about it so half a open

Open process – Process is opaque (likely open internaly) Thats ½ a open

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corporatewatch is a “silver” 4opens project depending on some clarification.

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Lets look at some alt projects from the perspective of the #4opens - Novaramedia

novaramedia.com

Open data the site has RSS output and a API running on a custom version of wordpress (that is on github) so it kinda has opendata, would need clarification to confirm. ½ a open for now.

Open source – Yep the site is opensource and it up on github, the content licensing is not not stated so ½ a open till clarification.

Open “industrial” standards – Well wordpress is kinda a standard, they support RSS, podcasting and seam to have a open API. Will give them a open.

Open process – Process is opaque (likely closed) for content but the code is on Github for tech. That ½ a open

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Novaramedia is a “bronze or silver” 4opens project depending on clarification.

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Lets look at some alt projects from the perspective of the #4opens - realmedia

https://realmedia.press

Open data – the site has RSS feed but is copyright so 1/2 of a open

Open source –  its wordpress kinda open 1/2 

Open “industrial” standards –  they do not easely support RSS podcasts and most media is corp hosted so 1/2 a open

Open process – Process is opaque.

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realmedia is a Bronze #4opens project, need clarification. 

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Lets look at some open projects from the perspective of the #4opens - Mastodon

https://mastodon.social/

Open data – YES Can I save my data?

Yes, some of it! It‘s under Preferences->Data export

Open source – YES

GNU AFFERO GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE

Version 3, 19 November 2007

 

Open “industrial” standards – YES We are using the OStatus suite of protocols:

  1. Webfinger for user-on-domain lookup

  2. Atom feeds with ActivityStreams, Portable Contacts, Threads extensions for the actual content

  3. PubSubHubbub for subscribing to Atom feeds

  4. Salmon for delivering certain items from the Atom feeds to interested parties such as the mentioned user, author of the status being replied to, person being followed, etc

Open process – YES its organised in a open way on Github

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Mastodon is a “gold” 4opens project.
 

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Lets look at some #dotcons from the perspective of the #4opens - Facebook

 

https://facebook.com/

Open data – A small YES and many many NO's the is a obscured link were you can download a lot of data that facebook holds about you it's a SMALL YES. But all the interlinking and meta data that is used is hidden and for sale to the higist bidders, a BIG NO.

Open source – NO open licences for the data, its privatised. Some of the backed projects are opensource but not in a really socially useful way – the big project is CLOSED SOURCE.

Open “industrial” standardsthey use um and pervert um to CLOSED

Open process – this is very much CLOSED

So 1/4 of a open for data and 1/4 of a open for source that make 1/2 a open.

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Facebook is not a 4opens project.

 

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Lets look at some alt projects from the perspective of the #4opens - thecanary

 

https://www.thecanary.co

 

Open data the site has a RSS feed, but contet copyright so ½ of a open

Open source –  wordpress so a open

Open “industrial” standards – Well Wordpress is kinda a standard, they support RSS but no podcasts and all media on closed corporate accounts so ½ a open

Open process – Process is opaque (likely closed) for content. No open

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thecanary is Bronze #4opens project.

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Lets look at some alt projects from the perspective of the #4opens - democracynow

 

https://www.democracynow.org/

 

Open data – the site has RSS feed, no copyright/CC notice on site so ½ of a open till clarifyed 

Open source –  hard to tell if the code base is opensource so no open for now.

Open “industrial” standards –  they support RSS and podcasts and all media is openstandered so a open

Open process – Process is opaque to ouytisders but likly relativly open to insiders so 1/2 open maybe.

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Democracynow is a Bronze #4opens project.

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Building alt/grassroots media networks to challenge the traditional media

Our current groups doing alt/grassroots media are to limited in there idea of what media could/should be. The is either a naivety or a dishonesty to all the current grassroots/alt media. They act and think they can be “big media” with out controlling the distribution of there content in any real way. This is in no way unusual the mainstream media is continually making this very same mistake. All of them rely on the the #dotcons which nowadays is largely the Facebook algorithm for the there content distribution.

 

Our current grassroots/alt media have web sites so already have one foot in the openweb, but non of their sites prominently link in any meaningful way to each other. They do podcasts so anther foot in the open web, but all their effort for outreach is inside the #silos such as Apple itunes etc. it's hard to directly blame them, though we should and will, for this sorry state.

 

So why are we here? On the one hand we have the #fashernista embrace of the #dotcons which most of the current crew built there careers inside. On the other we have the suicidal embrace of #encryptionists complexity and parallel “standardisation” into a pointless/shrinking in to nothingness alt-tech ghetto were our alt-geeks are.

 

With these issues in mind I have been outreaching to these groups for the last year, and building real working openweb linking tech as part of the #OMN project. This currently is not been getting far past their naivety/self interest/career focused thinking. Fair anufe if that is as far as there imagination/aspiration goes, but this is a clear problem for working alt/progressive/left media that urgently needs to be addressed. I will keep outreaching, if you wont to help with this outreach get in touch.

 

 

They link to meany alt-media crews at the end of each story which is nice, but no links on front page yet.

 

They have no links on the front page to alt media crews. They used to have a linking page inside there site, now I cannot find it? If anyone can find links can they send me a URL please. They are looking like going backwords to a more tredtional 20th centery view of what media is?

 

 

They have no links on the front page to other alt-media crews and I cannot find any links inside their site. They have source links in there story's which is not much of a step. This is a clear a failer in alt/grassroots media turms. 

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Support reviewing offgride tech

Would like to test some bits from banggood for cheap offgride life. If you would like to push me a donation on the button on the left would help to make this happen.

Here are 2 potentially useful pieces of off grid kit


12000mAh 12V Car Jump Starter Car and laptop/USB Power Supply Battery


In theory this should charge off a portable solar panel, and run a laptop and any USB device. Almost all of these will fail to charge off 12-14v needing 16-19v to charge properly, this one says it will charge off a boat/car (12-14v) so good to test if this is true so I can recommend it as a backup winter boat/summer travel power source.

Nitecore MH20 CREE XM-L2 U2 1000LM USB Smallest LED Flashlight 18650



This would not only make a good flash light for dark nights on the tow-path it would make a good anti mugging device to scar away undesirables 1000 lumen is blighting bright. The current touch i use for this is only 70 lumen which works fine. This charges by USB so easy plug and forget no battery’s to replace.  Will it work? Hands on testing is the only way to tell.

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