Open Tech Will Save Us

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Open Tech Will Save Us is a virtual meetup, taking the form of a monthly live video stream broadcasting on the second Wednesday of every month at 6pm UK time.

We discuss issues relating to technology, especially the importance of Open, Interoperable standards, and how they can enable decentralised tech to keep our data private while still enabling communication.

Next Event

14th April 2021

Return to this page at the specified time to watch the stream. You can also add us to your calendar.

  • Creating a SAFE SUPPORT CHAT on the Matrix API
    • Kim Allen of PRIMAL GLOW Communications will be joined by Safe Support Chat Project Team Members, Sharon Kennedy of Nomadic Labs and Brent Edwards to talk about why and how this online crisis support tool for sexual assault centres was built on Matrix, using a custom implementation of Element and other Open Source resources.
  • Open Web Docs: web documentation as critical infrastructure
    • Will Bamberg is a technical writer who works on MDN Web Docs, originally for Mozilla and now for Open Web Docs. He's especially interested in ways we can make documentation more engaging and accessible. Open Web Docs is a collective of people and organizations that exists to support web documentation.
  • Hydrogen Deep Dive
    • Bruno from Element will do a deep dive into the architecture of Hydrogen, the upcoming next-generation Matrix web-client. What are the guiding principles, what makes it fast, what is different about it, and how could it also benefit Element Web?

Previous Events


Edition 11: 10th March 2021

Event #11 was held on 10th March 2021. Watch the recording here.

Get ready for 10th March 2021!


Edition 10: 10th February 2021

We're skipping January 2021! Next event will be 10th February 2021.

  • Matthew Miller, Distinguished Engineer at Red Hat and the current Fedora Project Leader:
    • Linux on the Desktop: It's Not About "Better" (or, This OS Was Made for You and Me)
  • Alex Siman, Founder of Subsocial, presents:
    • Subsocial Network: an open protocol for social finance on Polkadot and IPFS tech stack
  • Plus, a chat with the Matrix team responsible for pulling off FOSDEM2021: a fully-online, decentralised conference

Edition 9: 9th December 2020

Event #9 was held on 9th December 2020. Watch the recording here.


Edition 8: 11th November 2020

Event #8 was held on 11th November 2020. Watch the recording here.

  • Muhammad Radwan, on behalf of Tactical Tech, will present their work on The Glass Room Misinformation Edition.
    What happens when we increasingly rely on social media and the web for nearly all our information? What information do we see, and what do we miss? How do we know if a picture or a tweet is genuine or truthful? And what can we do if we can’t be sure?
  • Popi from CHATONS will present the work done by CHATONS ("Collective of Alternative, Transparent, Open, Neutral and United Hosters")
    CHATONS has been initiated by Framasoft, in the wake ot the success of its campaign "De-google-ify Internet". A CHATONS member pledges to propose fully FLOSS-based online services, in an ethical and united spirit.
  • Hubert|Uhoreg Chathi will present on the state of encryption in Matrix, and more broadly
    Why the PGP model is insufficient, what properties we want from encryption (e.g. why we want perfect forward secrecy), how the newer protocols (OTR, double-ratchet, megolm) give us some of the properties we want, and then what's coming in the future (MLS, and what that gives us)

Edition 7: 14th October 2020

Event #7 was held on 14th October 2020. Watch the recording here.

  • Holger and Karissa, representing DeltaChat, and Matthew from Matrix, will hold robust discussions on the subject of Open Tech: will it save us? Surely Open Tech can be used for all kinds of bad things? They will also discuss how Matrix and Delta Chat's approaches differ technically and organisationally.
  • Dendrite, a next generation Matrix homeserver written in Go, has entered beta. Join Kegan, from the team, to find out the state of the project and why we're all excited about it again.
  • David Jacovkis (@dvdjaco:matrix.org) from femProcomuns (https://femprocomuns.coop) will present https://meet.coop, a videoconf service operated by coops. He'll discuss the challenges and opportunities of this approach for the sustainability of Free and Open Source projects.

Edition 6: 9th September 2020

Event #6 was held on 9th September 2020. Watch the recording here.

  • Ag3m, from La Quadrature du Net will join us to present "Some thoughts on moderation and censorship in a decentralised world" .
    As a member at LQDN for three years and a volunteer for more than that, Ag3m cofounded a queer feminist hackerspace in Paris called le Reset.
  • Sean DuBois (Sean-Der, @sean-der:matrix.org), WebRTC-knower and author of WebRTC for the Curious will discuss his recent work in the space.
  • Damir Jelić presented the latest news on the Matrix Rust SDK

Edition 5: 12th August 2020

Event #5 was held on 12th August 2020. Watch the recording here.

  • Jonathan Beri, known Maker of Things ( @[email protected]) will be presenting Making it easier to make Things: WebAssembly and the Internet of Things
    WebAssembly is moving beyond the browser - but is it ready for IoT apps and tiny embedded devices? Yes...ish. In this talk, learn about the state of running Wasm on embedded devices and what's left to solve.
  • Matthew Petry from Pine64 ( @fire219:matrix.org ) presents his experience with running Synapse on RockPro64 cluster, plus some thoughts on his time with Pine64!
  • Nad from Element dives into the recent rebrand, in which he worked to combine three brands into one, all while working to maintain a strong identity - highly recommended for Design and Product nerds fans

Edition 4: 8th July 2020

Event #4 was held on 8th July 2020. Watch the recording here.


Edition 3: 10th June 2020

Event #3 was held on 10th June 2020. Watch the recording here.

  • rabble , who has worked on a whole lot of things, will be discussing Planetary, his in-beta Secure Scuttlebutt (SSB) venture!
  • Annie Elequin , creator of Ditto Chat will discuss her work to produce great UX in an Open Source messenger with React Native.
  • Our very own Erik Johnson will give an overview of the recent sharding work being done to improve Synapse performance. Users of the Matrix.org homeserver may have already seen these benefits!

Edition 2: 13th May 2020

Event #2 was held on 13th May 2020. Watch the recording here.

  • Mike Hoye from Mozilla will be talking about "Verbs in the fediverse"
  • Eugen ( @[email protected] ) will talk about "how we keep mastodon.social running at scale" as a Q&A
  • ... and a new VIP tour of Dendrite, the next-gen Matrix Homeserver!

Edition 1: 8th April 2020

Event #1 was held on 8th April 2020. Watch the recording here.

  • Matthew Hodgson technical co-founder of Matrix.org to introduce and speak about the importance of decentralisation and privacy
  • Saúl Ibarra Corretgé from Jitsi on the rapid growth they've experienced since the start of the 2020 crisis
  • David Dias from IPFS IPFS introducing gossipsub in libp2p, including the security hardening work that they've been putting into v1.1!
  • Valère , from Matrix and Riot , who will present the importance of UX and cross-signing keys in end-to-end encrypted communications.

How to join

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From the live chat, you can ask questions to the presenters! We can invite you to join the broadcast, or if you prefer we'll read them out for you.

Important note on timezones

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  • 7pm in Berlin
  • 6pm in the UK
  • 1pm in New York
  • 10am in California