Expressions of Interest

@anon99384609 please read the topic I invited you to, and the one linked from it. We don’t do speakers. We don’t do CFP. Just read and understand where you’re stepping, please.

Ah yes, indeed it’s not clear. The idea is to create a meeting point, not to fill the place with more schedules. The only thing we accept is meeting points for groups, e.g., a dedicated room for the Tor Relay Operators Meeting or the SocialHub. But there are not many rooms, and we do not intend to make FOSDEM 2. The proposition is different and not to be packed with more FOSDEM.

Unexpected, in the sense of: nothing like FOSDEM, but rather stuff involving non-technicians. This is not an extension to FOSDEM, this is OFFDEM, where hackers meet non-hackers, share common time. I think this should become clear. There is no schedule and no track.

Hi @how :slight_smile:
I think it’s important to break the CFP / speakers-star-system thing, but that person (that deactivated their account now apparently) seemed to genuinely want to participate to the OFFDEM spirit and was maybe frustrated with a somewhat blunt answer!

For example I think having people talking about “self-organized sessions” (which is a big word for writing a topic and an hour on a whiteboard), as that person proposed, is not fundamentally at odds with the OFFDEM spirit (since it can be interesting to have some topic to start a discussion, even if it’s not connected to a room and formally structured). What do you think? :slight_smile:

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Hey @how !

Nice to hear! Considering we have the Decentralized Internet and Privacy devroom on sunday @FOSDEM, we’d like to ask if it is doable to have the Tor Relay Operators Meeting on saturday?


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We’re trying hard not to fall into the same processes over and over again. It’s certainly important to have a diversity of participants, and we can only have such diversity if we orient the topics in a way that does not reproduce FOSDEM (and other tech conventions) settings.

In the coming weeks we’re going to work on formulating topics that will not necessarily come from a technical perspective, but rather from an intersectional perspective – hopefully.

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Yes I agree both things are compatible, but its important to keep the space welcoming. One thing we have started to realise, by asking the few people around we know from different disciplines is that they are intimidated by the developers conferences and would not see any appeal to come because they do not see how they would be concerned.
We should also make sure in the format that we are open to question technological practice along with people from other disciplines. From different converstaions we have had it appears that to bring along people from different background we should announce ahead of time that we will dedicate moments to talk about things that actually concern their practice.
Maybe a couple sessions approaching problematic of the commons, or ways of sharing information between activists (not only security concerns but also open practices), would be welcome.

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Hi, I intend to participate and possibly host a small gathering/discussions around p2p/collaboration topics.

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I would also be interested in having discussions about p2p topics; Including implications in modeling social systems using p2p principles.

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We’d be interested to discuss LibreHosters. Between hosters and with users. I have no idea about the appropriate format.
Between hosters, would be nice to have a 2h slot. and with users also I guess. But then content still would need to be defined.

Should I open a dedicated thread?


Please do. Also I’d like to have a Librehosters/InfraRED meeting, but I didn’t tell InfraREDyet :slight_smile:

Couldn’t make it to PAF but I will be there for OFFDEM.

I’m expressing interest for these topics and if there are enough people interested can prepare texts and other resources to conduct a debate/talk/workshop:

A) the radical critique of technology as seen through the motivations of 19th century luddites all the way to the destructive actions of the CLODO in the 70s. This goes through a mix of Marx, anti-capitalism and practical resistance.
B) helping to push further the raising awareness from inside the hacker/system administrators communities of the ecological impact of tech, from smartphones to datacenters
C) poking at the underlying models supported by the likes of repository-based social-media-influenced systems like Docker, Github (and, yes, also Gitlab), NPM, Kubernetes, etc. This hopes for a more abstract approach, looking to feed on information and techn/ology/ique philosophy; while still aiming at a very political conslusion :))))))

Will also make a separate thread, I should have a few visuals to propose shortly to go along proposition C.


Hi @Fergus, welcome!

I think topic A could be addressed as posters or some conversational format. If you already have materials for print we can prepare A3 or A4 posters. This is only a suggestion: you do as you wish :slight_smile:

Topic B is very welcome. I would support it in priority.

Topic C sounds interesting, but it focuses on the other side. OTOH, it would probably fit with a more general conversation among independent ISPs that I’m trying to set up between Librehosters and InfraRED.

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Thanks @pierreozoux for letting us know on OFFDEM, great initiative :slight_smile:
Me and my friends at Cloud68 would also be interested to join the discussion on LibreHosters (or co-host with you). There will be 2 or 3 people from our team present there.

Looking forward.



Thank you for your interest @silva.arapi, please refer to the dedicated topic for upcoming organization of the discussion. I had @pierreozoux on the phone today and we’re planning on two sessions: one more oriented towards hosters, and one more towards users.

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Hello you all,
auto-presentation in short : i’m GNU-Linux installer at the Bxlug (G-L User Group of Brussels) and animator of Source, a FLOSS show on Radio Campus (92.1 FM), the station of the ULB, where the fOSDEM will take place.

How would you feel about the idea and opportunity of a (web)radio during the 1st OFFDEM ?

I’m interested in :

  • setting a 4 mic brodcast studio @ VSP, during the whole week-end.
  • streaming on the web 24/24 and live on air on Radio Campus 92.1 fm, on Saturday between 12-15 PM.
  • giving voice to your communities, experiences, preferred CC-BY-SA musics between talks, and inhabitants of the VSP who welcome us.
  • gathering informations about your POI to elaborate a proto broadcast time schedule in this pad.

Any advices, suggestions, demands are welcome… Let’s make it sound… Stay tuned !


Intresed in presenting this online talk with Q&A about rebooting indymedia as a part of the fedivers.

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Welcome Hamish! I would suggest, instead of a talk (since people have the time to watch it), a hands-on workshop and concrete participation involving people interested in making it happen and collaborate to reboot IndyMedia.

Happy to do that tell me more.

What’s the time frame for this?


If we organize another OFFDEM it will be the first weekend of February 2021. See Why OFFDEM?
Note that there is zero interest in making an “online” OFFDEM: it’s a presencial gathering or nothing.