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

Lídia Pereira lidia.pmr at gmail.com
Thu Mar 9 22:07:13 CET 2017

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:
http://ilu.servus.at/issue9.html <http://ilu.servus.at/issue9.html%21> !
Together with the Homebrew Server Club <http://homebrewserver.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
<http://homebrewserver.club/> official website!

About the Homebrew Server Club <http://homebrewserver.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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