2021 Technology Infrastructure and Services / Infraestructura y servicios tecnológicos

Tuesday, November 9, at 3:00 pm (America/New_York, 1.5 hours)

If you want to learn more about our current technology and services, help plan how to engage the movement in their development, and plan our future development, join us and meet the TIAS team. This meeting will produce about 6 - 8 priorities for the coming year.
Please add any questions or comments you have before or after the session here.

Martes, 9 de noviembre, a las 15:00 horas (América/Nueva_York, 1,5 horas)

Si quiere saber más sobre nuestra tecnología y servicios actuales, ayudar a planificar cómo involucrar al movimiento en su desarrollo, y planificar nuestro desarrollo futuro, únete a nosotrxs y conoce al equipo de TIAS. De esta reunión saldrán entre 6 y 8 prioridades para el próximo año. Puedes expresar dudas o comentarios tanto antes como después de la sesión en este hilo.

Please see our report to the Board of Directors about the TIAS program team.

Por favor revisa nuestro informe a la Junta Directiva sobre el equipo de programa TIAS.


I am super excited to mention that my friends and I are moving towards creating ‘Solidarity Economy IT Systems’

In this proposed network, both the systems development and human networking will be fused and inseparable.

Infrastructure such as MayFirst’s will be a very important part of this! We are already experimenting with an XMPP bot service connected to @MayFirst.org

The current sketch (It’s really rough) of the idea :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes::grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes: is as follows:

By way of explaining the idea, I will use this example. In Japan, there are many Vera Napoli pizza restaurants. I have never been disappointed by any establishment with this certification. Bringing the same idea over to IT, what if we create ‘Solidarity Economy IT Network’? The participants will agree to certain values:

  • We will end the model if Producer and Consumer - all participants will be co-developers and co-users

  • All software in the network will be free software or open source. No black box service will be allowed

  • Where desired software does exist, registering ideas or specifications of required software is encouraged

  • Do not engage in “Premium” software model, where the concept of Free Software or Open Source is abused to manipulate users to adopt some technology and then later screw them with unfree licenses

  • Recognize the harm of information asymmetry and offer education, documentation, etc., without charging money

  • This network will facilitate development, cataloging and hosting of useful “in-house” software for all sorts of software to be used by participating organizations and individuals. Users are encouraged to make software public as much as possible

  • Customers ordering software will need to understand and agree that a portion of the bill will be spent for the overall Solidarity Economy IT systems development, when a user-specific component of the system will be developed

  • Software made public in the network will have visibility and continuous integration that runs against all such software. It will also be reviewed by the General Assembly of the network for overlapping features with other software so that projects can be urged to merge

  • Open Protocols will be preferred over complicated and opaque software implementations

  • Just like I like those Vera Napoli establishments, I hope participating software vendors, etc, will be preferred by the customers in the market :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

Hi, this is a very interesting proposal. I hope it’s ok with you but I’ve moved your comment to this thread where I think it might be more relevant.

Should this kind of Solidarity Economy IT Network certification and rules be backed by a larger organization like US solidarity economy network https://ussen.org/ ?

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No, I don’t mind at all and thank you! Yes, I am also thinking about talking to a few people I know :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:

Time to come with a massive positive proposal in a form such as Solidarity Economy, rather than (well justified) criticism of Capitalism (we can just let it die on its own :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:).

Information Technology will be instrumental in this!!