The IT infrastructure of our civilization is largely centralized and addicted to electricity and human services. And we, as humans, are very addicted to IT-infrastructure. We believe that based on the technology of moving electromagnetic signals one can not only build techno-totalitarianism, but also an ecosystem of free software. We want to reduce our addiction to a centralized IT infrastructure by creating de-centralized and local alternatives of those parts of infrastructure that we want to keep. We started with the most important functions from our point - exchange (and storage) of knowledge (and information). Now we grow a worldwide distributed network of microservers with instant messenger and digital archive, which in case of disconnection of the external Internet will continue to work locally in their communities.
There are two modes of functioning of this network.
- In a situation of a working external Internet (as it is now): you communicate with each other inside the community in a secure messenger and store files on your own server. At the same time, save some files to the part of the server reserved for the digital archive. These are the files with the information that you have chosen to save. The selection of such information may be regular formalized or even ritualized community practice. At certain specified intervals, community representatives with microservers synchronize their digital archives.
- In a situation of disconnecting the external Internet: communities lose their connection with each other, but inside the community you can still communicate with each other. You will not lose access to your files. And you have access to the knowledge stored in the digital archive, you can use it yourself and share it with others, because now it depends on you what from the past will be in future!
We have already begun to create an ecosystem of such microservers. They are located in different countries with members of our community. Here you can find a map of this network.
Through this workshop, you can:
- learn how to build your own microserver using a Raspberry Pi;
- learn how to download and store entire websites and other useful post-collapse resources onto your server;
- learn how to share and synchronise this content with other servers in the ecosystem;
- participate in a community of shared resources, to discuss your practices, choices, or even digital rituals with other people.
The workshop consists of three online meetings and “homework” between them:
- At the first meeting, which will be held on June 29, we will assemble a microserver based on the Raspberry Pi together with you, configure a standalone messenger and connect the microserver to the rest of the network.
- At the second meeting, tentatively July 1, we will share decentralized and non-profit alternatives to popular services such as Google documents and Dropbox.
- At the third meeting, which will be held on July 3, we will share with each other the experience of using the microserver over the past week, and possibly community practices that have already arisen around the microserver. For example, how was the process of choosing knowledge to store in the digital archive. And finally, we will carry out the first synchronization of digital archives accumulated for a week, and also add new servers no the map.
Between meetings, we will provide technical support by the chat and individual calls to the best of our ability.
To participate in the workshop, you must register using this link. After registration, we will send you a list of equipment that you will need to buy (total cost within 100 euros).
Participation in workshop is free.