Sun 15 May 2016 1:00PM

Private messaging focused phase 2

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First phase was targetting normal users, I propose we do a second phase targetting student contributions to xmpp based encryption, improving apps like conversations, chatsecure, kontalk to interoperate. OMEMO should be available everywhere and should be default.

  • We should visit campuses where Free Software already has roots.
  • We should talk to all these projects and find mentors
  • We should crowd fund so students can be paid for their work.
  • Think of it like Google Summer of code or RailsGirls summer of code but focusing on standards based, federated, encrypted messaging

More ideas: Make it easy to run kontalk and diaspora from same xmpp server, initially as virtual hosts and later as integrated.


Sun 15 May 2016 1:35PM

I can deliver a session at my college, School of Information Science, Manipal University. I'll be going back to college for delivering my final internship report. Date I can finalize in one week.

The target students are from Embedded Systems, VLSI, etc. I will need some help making the content, what to present.


Pirate Praveen Mon 16 May 2016 10:48AM

@jayaura great! We can prepare content here.

Let me list the basic points,

  • Why we need privacy?
  • Why only Free Software (we should be able to audit and verify binary correspond to source)?
  • Why we need federation (we should not depend on any single entity and if required, we should be able to run our own service)?
  • Explain encryption and end-to-end encryption
  • Explain benefit to computer science students (or those who like coding) in contributing to Free Software.
  • introduce apps, standards (kontalk, conversations, chatsecure, zom, briar, pidgin, gaj, pgp, otr, omemo)
  • show specific tasks like 'omemo for kontalk'

Wed 18 May 2016 6:00AM

I will make a draft and share it by this weekend


Pirate Praveen Thu 19 May 2016 9:52AM

First task I want to focus on is OMEMO for kontalk


Pirate Praveen Mon 23 May 2016 5:50AM

I'm in talks with folks from CET TVM, NIT Calicut and LBS Kasargode. Update here if you are in touch with others.


Mon 23 May 2016 4:51PM

I can talk to:
* Govt. Engg. College, Thrissur thro their IEEE Student branch.
* MIT and SOIS, Manipal University

A draft of the presentation is here:
Lets finalize a structure for the presentation and then add the speaker notes.


Mon 23 May 2016 4:56PM

What are the plans for funding? Have anybody promised any sum which we can provide to the students? How much would be the amounts like ?


Pirate Praveen Mon 23 May 2016 5:08PM

@jayaura once we find the students, we can go for crowd funding. I was thinking about 1000 usd per project.


Anand Jagadeesh Tue 24 May 2016 4:54AM

Sorry for being late. We had internals and project going on.

I've been running behind a permission for this year's FOSS Conference at our college. I got permissions for ICEFOSS '16 to be conducted in August this year at FISAT. I think it will be a great platform to promote this second phase. We are thinking of a session from the dy2 team.

I'm having exams until 16th of June. So I'll join the campaign once my exams are over. :smiley:


Anand Jagadeesh Tue 24 May 2016 4:56AM

And I think we can get some FOSS enthusiasts at the meet for the development.

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