Dave Britton, MFMT Board member, active in weekly coordination team meetings.
personal email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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MFMT interests: facilitating inter-member communications, supporting members working collectively on movement technology projects
What awesome stuff could we do if we, as members of a cooperative, organized ourselves to work on projects together in groups? That’s what this member exchange section of the MFMT Discourse installation is for.
As of this past Monday 6/8/2020 the coordination committee has approved reaching out to the membership at large to see what interest there might be to set up opportunities for coop members to contribute and participate directly.
The current biggest priorities are getting the free/libre open source software tools we have to be easier to use and more feature-filled for movement communications and organizing, and perhaps more centered on our needs instead of commercial corporate purposes. Linked to that is the need to raise consciousness about the politics of using open source software in preference to closed proprietary programs that open us to invasions of privacy and vulnerability to corporate and government shutdown.
We’ll need more than software developers, although we’ll need them too, of course. We need power users who can help define what the software should do, and how to make it easier to use and learn. I’m a developer myself and I often find myself too close to the software I’m writing to realize what it’s like for someone who doesn’t know it at all. We also need writers and graphic artists who can prepare training materials to help activists come up to speed faster, and documentation so users can look up how to make the software work most usefully and get directions for obscure functions. We need translators to put written materials (and maybe training videos) into (at least) Spanish as well as English. We need evangelists to spread the word, and to encourage movement activists to make the commitment to using open source tools whenever possible, so we’ll all stay safer from surveillance and intrusions. We need trainers and support people who can be available to help individuals and groups learn the new software and get help easily from people they can trust.
Post here (or drop me an email if you prefer) to tell us if you can get involved, and let us know how you would like to contribute! Also, let us know what your favorite and recommended open source tools are, which programs you wish were improved, and what proprietary software you rely on that doesn’t have an open source alternative.
We can set up video meetings on Jitsi Meet (or voice-only on Mumble) as soon as a few of us express interest.