[spectre] Immaterial Labour Union Special Issue on XMPP - Have you considered the alternative?

Aymeric Mansoux am-lists at bleu255.com
Thu Mar 9 22:31:15 CET 2017

(via ILU)

Hello everyone,

It is with great joy that we announce that the very first special issue of
the Immaterial Labour Union zine is out and you can read it here:


Together with the Homebrew Server Club we delve into the world of
XMPP-based instant messaging alternatives.

After the announcement from WhatsApp in August 2016 regarding the
sharing of private user information with Facebook, the Homebrew Server
Club (HBSC)--a Rotterdam based initiative hell-bent on seizing the means
of serving--convened with the purpose of collectively exploring and
setting up decentralised instant messaging alternatives. Following a
philosophy that puts a higher premium on approaches, instead of apps,
the HBSC decided to explore the possibilities for federation offered by
XMPP, an instant messaging communication protocol designed as an open
standard. Those meetings resulted in the desire to write an extended
article on the world of private messaging services, as well as the
problems of scale and trust, and so this special issue was born. Besides
continuing the Immaterial Labour Union's longstanding tradition of
looking at the issue of privacy from a labour perspective, this issue
offers you hands-on guides on how to set up your own XMPP server and
XMPP Messenger (both desktop & mobile). Last but not least, at the end
of this special issue, you can find an XMPP glossary that we put
together to give a better understanding of all the jargon involved.

You can also read these articles on the Homebrew Server Club official
website! http://homebrewserver.club/

About the Homebrew Server Club:
The Homebrew Server Club is a monthly gathering for those who (wish to)
host their own online services from home, rather than using commercial
and privacy unfriendly alternatives.


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