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Uproot Nigeria: A Social Network Alternative for Occupy Nigeria

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Uproot Nigeria is a social network alternative to sites like Google + and Facebook. It is built on the Friendica software, which operates on a decentralized network infrastructure. This means that all data is hosted on local servers in the larger network, which means that your status updates are only stored on the server you join, or on that server and somebody else's server (if you are contacting someone on another Friendica server. This server is running on a minimal Linux server with an encrypted hard drive, meaning your data is totally safe on this server, even if the server got into the wrong hands (i.e. was seized). This is pretty much optimal for planning resistance, protests, strikes, actions, Occupy, etc., so please spread the word!

Uproot Nigeria: A Social Network Alternative for Occupy Nigeria

Uproot Nigeria is a social network alternative to sites like Google + and Facebook. It is built on the Friendica software, which operates on a decentralized network infrastructure. This means that all data is hosted on local servers in the larger network, which means that your status updates are only stored on the server you join, or on that server and somebody else's server (if you are contacting someone on another Friendica server. This server is running on a minimal Linux server with an encrypted hard drive, meaning your data is totally safe on this server, even if the server got into the wrong hands (i.e. was seized). This is pretty much optimal for planning resistance, protests, strikes, actions, Occupy, etc., so please spread the word!

If this sounds a lot like something you heard called Diaspora, you'd be right. But we chose to work off of Friendica rather than Diaspora for a variety of reasons:

1. Friendica allows local servers to enable themes and plugins, making customization and development of future features easier.
2. Unlike Diaspora, Friendica does not run on Ruby on Rails. Ruby on Rails has a steep learning curve and is hard to install on servers if you're not that familiar with it.
3. Unlike Diaspora, Friendica allows for community pages. This will make having speciific comité discussions or discussions related to general plans-in-the-works easier.
4. Unlike Diaspora, Friendica allows for events. This is really important for activists.
5. Friendica is easier to use for people who haven't used it before.
6. Friendica has a public member directory. (Listing yourself is optional, of course.)
7. Friendica allows you to manage multiple profiles from the same account.

There are currently two servers up. The first is for Lagos and the surrounding area and can be reached at http://24.27.25.224/ and the second is for Kano and the surrounding area and can be reached at http://70.112.17.69, I have also made a tutorial that explains how to install the Debian Linux OS with an encrypted hard drive and Friendica running if anyone wants to set up their own server: http://beta.etherpad.org/ro/r.UUJTzjanOmY4vQqj

Remember that it is often better not to use your real name for an account for safety's sake. You can also access the site(s) anonymously using a program called TOR ( https://www.torproject.org/ ) . If you are experiencing government internet shutdown or media blackout, try to go to https://chat.werebuild.eu and join the chatroom there to get chat tech support.

All information can be found on http://uproot.it where there is also a chatroom and a link to an Occupy MLK Day torrent. I can be reached at indyprtl@gmail.com if you need help with anything related.

Crypto Crocodile
http://uproot.it

PS There is also a torrent with a lot of good stuff on the main site. Cheers to the forgotten MLK!

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Uproot Nigeria: A Social Network Alternative for Occupy Nigeria
Authored by: fritz on Tuesday, January 17 2012 @ 04:13 AM CST

Thank you for letting us know about this new network, opposants in Nigeria need safe tools to avoid repression. I will spread the word and hope that many people use this network.

Grüsse aus Deutschland,

Fritz Blumen Schweiz

Uproot Nigeria: A Social Network Alternative for Occupy Nigeria
Authored by: laozi on Monday, March 26 2012 @ 05:01 PM CDT

Friendica is a complete social network, though with some peculiarities. It is compatible with diaspora (hence my misinterpretation) There are groups like diaspora (or circles on Google +) It pulls Facebook entries directly in your own timeline It can also send contributions directly to e-mail addresses (such as Google +), on request, to a related Facebook, Twitter, Blog or Identi.ca account It may have a completely decentralized network in which each individual data on a dedicated server, yet with every other user can be "friends" It allows multiple profiles with a user name (eg a public profile for everyone, a private profile, view can only be friends, a business profile with references, ...) There is a "Dislike" button It has several themes