Yesterday we held our first regular IRC meeting for GNU Telephony. While it was not widely circulated, I was happy with the turnout and those things we were able to accomplish. This is particularly good as there were no predefined agenda. We have set some clear goals particularly for helping making our software more easily usable and better documented for the next month. We also have adopted someone who I think will be in the role in our project as the user’s advocate, that is the one who will advocate directly what we need to do to help people participate and work with our software.
We are going to continue to have regular IRC meetings open to everyone. As we touch upon politically sensitive work, such as openly providing peer-to-peer cryptographic communication solutions to enable human privacy directly to the general public in societies that are becoming more closed to human freedom, or otherwise in direct conflict with the goals of the modern surveillance state, historically we have operated much more as a conspiracy than a public project in some key ways. However, we do have people spread worldwide, and I had wished to finally change how we operate so that we are even more effective at what we do as well as more transparent.
Our goal remains to empower people, individually and collectively, to communicate and collaborate, whether publicly, privately, or anonymously, in real-time worldwide through the use of free software. We choose to explicitly facilitate secure and anonymous communication to enable users to exercise their basic human birthright to privacy. We choose to do so on all computing and communication platforms where possible.
Our next meeting will be held April 23 at 21:30 GMT in #friendica on irc.freenode.net.