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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #302 - Digital, Decentralization: Framafin de (some) framatrucs (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:22:33 +0200

In September, the Framasoft association announced the imminent closure of several services that are part of its "Deooglisons Internet" project. Back on an adventure that UCL supported and approved. ---- In 2014, following the revelations of Edward Snowden [1], Framasoft tackles a titanic project: making the Internet usable without Google ! Framasoft is thus part of a pragmatic militant thought: what can we do to counter the all-round surveillance of our lives on the internet ? What practices and tools should be implemented to make the "Internet[a place]of sharing and independence" ? ---- The word "degoogliser" is however reductive: Framasoft's approach is not limited to offering libristic imitations of Google tools. "Through the services we deploy, we promote an economic model based on cost sharing, sharing of resources, and accessibility to the greatest number. This model also has an educational character because we believe that by documenting the deployment of services, a large number of users will in turn be able to share these resources."

More than four years later, the project has aroused the support, support and enthusiasm of Internet users. It also served as a springboard for an even more militant project, Mobillizon[2]. This inspiring observation can comfort us about the capacity of activists to initiate "utopian" actions which may seem impractical at first glance and which nevertheless end up being done and even by convincing widely.

Internet deframasoftisons
But that should not make us forget one of the crucial issues: how to "degooglize" the Internet without falling into a form of centralization yourself? It is clear that for many of us, the process has become easy: are you looking for a Gafam tool to replace? Go see framatruc!

But it's a fight lost in advance: Framadavid is not the same weight as the GoliAth inFAMe. "[Framasoft]is, and wishes to remain, an association on a human scale, a group of enthusiasts who experiment to try to change the world (one byte at a time).[...]We hold to our associative model, we do not want to grow in mode "the start up which wants to be made larger than Google". If we want to keep our identity without exhausting ourselves[...], and if we want to continue to experience new things, we have to reduce the burden on us." Hence the desire of restricting association or stop multiple services[3]currently on offer.

The stop will be gradual (2021 at the latest) and Framasoft's wish is that others take over, in order to host, maintain and improve these tools, while respecting the librarian ethic: decentralization, mutualisation and sharing . We regularly see the obstacle, unconscious and collective, to self-management that is specialization, one of the facets of which is centralization. Efficiency, displayed as a pretext for strengthening this specialization of mandates, cannot be held for a single reason. If there is no miracle cure for expanding and making self-management practices last, Framasoft gives us an answer.

Long live self-management !
As libertarian communists, we salute this humble initiative which must be emulated ... even if it will put us in the dark! We will do our best to help this decentralization.

Marouane Taharouri (UCL Naoned)

[1] "Surveillance: Let's cut the big ears" , Alternative libertaire from October 2013.

[2] https://joinmobilizon.org/fr/

[3] Complete list in the article "Deframasoftisons internet" of September 24, 2019 on the Framablog.org website.

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