After three years of (semi) regular existence, it is now high-time that the Pervasive Labour Union zine takes a very close look at the universe of the alternatives to corporate social networks.

What do these alternatives look like? What are the requirements of a 'true' alternative?
The Pervasive Labour Union zine already broached some of these topics on its Special Issue with the Homebrew Server Club on XMPP. To follow the HBSC’s strategy, a premium should be put on alternative approaches, not on any specific alternative apps.
We need federated social networking solutions based on open standards that are able to communicate among themselves, regardless of the platform being used.

Which protocols can and are being developed to achieve interoperability between the different alternatives? How do scale and trust influence the field? What are the forces at play within this realm and how to engage with them?
With this issue, we propose not only to collect a field guide of sorts, but also to open up the discussion on the alternatives and how to tackle the challenges posed by network effects, scalability and financial viability.

DEADLINE: February 5th

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hey @SDF maybe you can submit an article about SDF??

hey @lidia_p
we are organising a round table on activity pub during #FOSDEM in the decentralized room at 17h00 I think those topics and more will be addressed by a important group of activity pub developers.

@natacha thanks for the heads up! sadly my timing is very poor, I will be in portugal at the time. will the session be documented?

Hey @lidia_p yes it will be on fosdems official video site, also we have a discourse preparatory forum, I can invite you if you pass me your mail

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