friend-to-friend back-up option arriving on the scene...
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Date: Tue, 11 Aug 2020 13:22:11 +0100
From: Autonomic Co-operative <helo(a)autonomic.zone>
To: Luke Murphy <lukewm(a)riseup.net>
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Subject: Our first cooperative cloud 'sprout' - CoBox
Date: Wed, 5 Aug 2020 12:54:10 +0100
From: Jaya <info(a)magmacollective.org>
*Dear friends, peers, seeders and leechers,*
Over the past ten months we have been developing CoBox – a peer-to-peer
cloud <https://docs.cobox.cloud/welcome.html> infrastructure to enable
collectives, cooperatives, freelancers, artists and SMEs to securely
back-up each others files.
This is to say thank you to those of you who helped us get this far!
Following the end of our first round of funding, we are now proud to
announce the CoBox 'sprout' release <https://docs.cobox.cloud/welcome.html>!
/Many of us have been relying on corporate cloud infrastructures for
our back-ups because it is easy and we need the resilience that
these offer. //
/But in recent years, the trade-offs of cloud infrastructures is
becoming apparent for society more broadly – from security breaches,
to the use of our collective data for overt social, political and
economic manipulation. //
/With CoBox, your data will be //*encrypted*//and //*backed up
amongst a trusted network of your peers. *//Our idea is that we can
have the best of both worlds – taking advantage of the resilience
offered by the distributed nature of the cloud, but without the
centralisation of control. /
As part of the European Ledger <https://ledgerproject.eu/> programme, we
have been working to build a broader ecosystem of projects that seek to
move from nebulous ‘clouds’ that are beyond our grasp, to 'mycelial'
networks of grounded, interdependent and mutually beneficial relations.
The attached zine is a summary of where we have got to and all the
research and development work we have been doing in the background.
The CoBox 'sprout' release is 100% focused on testing, and so is not
quite ready to depend on for day-to-day use. Instead, we would love for
your cooperation to help get the software stabilised sooner - by helping
us find where and how it breaks!
* If you would like a *step-by-step guide* and are interested to learn
how CoBox works see our docs at docs.cobox.cloud
* *If you are a developer* and want to contribute, have a look at our
README repo <https://gitlab.com/coboxcoop/readme/> and email us
* *If you are a freelancer, collective, coop or SME* and would like to
be informed when a stable release is ready, simply reply to this
email saying "Sign me up!"
* If you'd like to read more about the history of the project,
research and milestones and other general information please check
our wiki <https://gitlab.com/coboxcoop/readme/-/wikis/home>.
* For more casual and irregular updates, follow us on Twitter
* If you are enjoying CoBox you might consider writing in our
Our next steps will be to test what we have developed so far in *3-6
workshops* open to any type of skills and needs. Do get in touch if you
are interested to test and build with us!
In these, we hope to already begin to *extend the network backbone* with
those of you interested in joining as peers or supernodes.
From there, we will be prioritising *new functionality, UI and the
relationship, organisational and legal innovation*...
In the meantime, we are on the search for:
* **People, cooperatives and organisations for workshops.** Do get in
touch, or put us in touch with likeminded and interested freelancers
or cooperatives that might need something like CoBox.
* *Money.* Do get in touch if you spot a good funding option or want
to partner with us.
* *Partners* to continue developing the project.
* *Integration.* Get in touch if you are working on an application or
device and want to integrate with CoBox.
- see our other projects here <https://magmacollective.org/>
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