Ecstatic to be able to announce the Samsung NEXT Stack Zero Grant: an effort to help support teams doing non-profit work on #decentralization, including #federation, #research, #p2p and other areas.

Submissions welcome - please boost, I’d like to spread this through the #fediverse. Reach out if you have any questions!

@ricardojmendez For a microsecond I considered doing a submission to this, but then I check the reviewers and they all appear to be cryptocurrency people or libertarians. :thinkingghost:

@bob @ricardojmendez
I was going to ask where's the money coming from? Always follow-the-money.

@VeintePesos @bob It’s Samsung NEXT’s budget.

And if you are wondering about the motivation, I am being dead frank on that post. I think we, as an industry, should do more.

Hopefully my post history helps convince you, including the one about “supporting the random” (will look for the link).

@VeintePesos @bob Found it!

From over a year ago (six months before I joined NEXT):

I’m sure the message is recognizable.


@ricardojmendez @bob
Ok sure, I can't argue with those posts. I'm going a little off topic here, but the whole damn thing was setup and funded by DARPA--do I really trust them? I'm not calling you out specifically, just saying that we need to follow-the-money on these startups that seem all bunnies and birds to begin with only to find out 10 years later they've been harvesting our habits all that time and selling the info for profit to "undisclosed" customers.

@VeintePesos @bob Ah, sure. But we still get to build cool, private things on top of it.

Enter discipleship

@ricardojmendez @bob
Ever watch the Bob Redford movie "Sneakers". One of my favorites. It's actually pretty freakin old at this point.

Cosmo: There's a war out there, old friend. A world war. And it's not about who's got the most bullets. It's about who controls the information. What we see and hear, how we work, what we think... it's all about the information!

Cosmo: The world isn't run by weapons anymore, or energy, or money. It's run by little ones and zeroes, little bits of data. It's all just electrons.

As developers as well as everyone else, we always need to keep this in mind. (are Cosmos's quotes 100% correct, probably not).

@VeintePesos @bob I have. I am old enough. 😊

All the more reason to support efforts furthering decentralization and privacy.

@ricardojmendez @bob
I'm all for it Ricardo. And even if you have all of us in mind, there are those that follow you and may leverage your work for evil. Hell, the content delivery networks are already somewhat de-centralized, with different Locale (languages) around the world (all kinds of fancy stuff they can do based on Locale). Who says decentralization is the panacea for privacy?


Thanks for reminding me about Sneakers. I loved that film as a kid!

(Hmm, maybe that explains my choice of PhD topic, futures of privacy protection)

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