Already €30,000 worth of donations! Only €5,000 more to reach the second milestone!

Amazing! We’ve almost reached the second milestone of this fundraising! And that’s thanks to you!!! We really appreciate your encouragements! We hope to reach the 2nd milestone of €35 000 very soon. If we succeed, we commit to do everything we can to provide you with a fully federated Mobilizon around fall 2019.

What does a federated software mean?

It’s not easy to explain the principles of federation, but we’re going to try to keep it simple. The main interest of federation is to be decentralized, which means that the power isn’t centralized in the hands of only one person.

Contrary to GAFAM’s services, federated services don’t offer a big platform centralizing the whole world’s contents. Big Tech’s platforms concentrate millions of users on their servers. That gives them the dangerous powers to control information and to hoard users’ private data, using it for commercial profit (and who knows what other purposes). The Federation is a network of many small hosting providers connected to each others. When a provider install Mobilizon on his server, they create an instance, like a website where you can sign up, create and publish events.

Giving power to instances

We wish for Mobilizon to ease the instance’s administration. For example, we imagine a tool that will incite server administrators to explain their different choices: terms and conditions, code of conduct, moderation policy, federation policy, audience or subjects they promote, etc.

Once set up, each instance can voluntarily decide whether or not to connect with others instances. This choice is based on its own choices, rules and internal policies. We want to include administration tools that give maximum control in the way you ask or agree to federate one instance to another, directly in the v1 release.

Making life easier for people

Let’s imagine that I am registered on my university instance called MobilizeDatCollege. For example, if this instance federates with the EcoMobilized instance, I could find, consult and register for a "Climate Walk" event from my MobilizeDatCollege account even if this event is created on EcoMobilized instance!

Federation doesn’t only allow you not to "put all your data in the same basket". It’s also the possibility of creating different doors into the Mobilizon federation, each instance offering its own conditions, identity, culture or interactions policies… Thus, I can pick the instance that corresponds to my expectations, which is always better than a centralized platform with "one-size-fits-all terms and conditions".

Speaking a common language

The ActivityPub protocol (which is the federation protocol chosen for Mobilizon) also allows you to interact with other softwares that speak the same "language". That is how PeerTube (alternative to YouTube) and Mastodon (alternative to Twitter) are linked: it’s possible to "follow" a PeerTube user from Mastodon, or even to comment on a video hosted on a PeerTube instance directly from a Mastodon account.

Integrating ActivityPub protocol in Mobilizon allows it to enter the Fediverse (contraction of federation and universe), which provides possibilities of interactions that we can’t imagine now! However this integration requires many hours of development and design…

Thanks to your donations and sharing, the good news is that we are very close to being able to afford it! Share and forward this news to inform your family and friends... because we’re counting on you!

The first step has been reached: thanks!

Honestly, we couldn’t imagine that we would reach this first step so quickly! In less than a week, you already supported the Mobilizon project up to €20,000.

This is an important step for us. First, because this money allows us to cover the sums already invested in Mobilizon’s conception and design. But, most importantly, we now know that we’ll have enough financial resources to create a version of Mobilizon, at the very least a free and basic one.

The question we are asking you with this fundraising is "should we create this alternative?" Your answer seems to be an enthousiastic "yes" and it warms our hearts!

However, this is not the time to stop! It is now, as this first step has been completed, it is now that we get to the serious part. Mobilizon will only make real sense if it becomes a federated free software. And integrating ActivityPub protocol represents several hours of coding.

Now the ball is in your court, for it is now that we can make the difference between a just free/libre project and a decentralized project which will offer more autonomy and independence to communities!

It’s up to you to spread the word and to convince your communities that this project matters.

You’ve already made €15,000 worth of donations! Only €5,000 more to reach the first milestone!

Thank you! 2 days after launching our fundraising campaign, we have almost reached the 1st milestone! We just achieved €15,000 and hope to reach the 1st milestone of €20,000 during the weekend. Such a crazy surge of donations gives us a lot of hope: not only hope of reaching the €20,000 milestone, but also hope of reaching our overall goal!

And now, it’s up to you!

We are a small French non-governmental organisation that knows how to reach out to the French FLOSS community. But it is more difficult for us to communicate about Mobilizon to a larger audience. We need you to help us reach alternative communities (activists, freedom fighters, environmental campaigners, etc.). So please go ahead and:

  • Share the information on your favourite social networks (even those we don’t really like!) using #JoinMobilizon!
  • Share the website with your activist friends who also want to change the world!
  • Forward this information to the communities you are a part of. You can find inspiration and more info in our blog post!
  • Send the info to every person who dreams of a more ethical and free tool to gather, organize and mobilize.

Our only form of advertisement is the best we know: you!

The levels of Mobilizon crowdfunding

We believe in the need to create user-friendly software that allows people to organize their events away from Facebook or Meetup (and others).

We believe in it so deeply that we have invested time, work and money to imagine its design.

Since our association is financed only by donations, we set up this crowdfunding to ask you how far you want us to take the development of Mobilizon.

Level 1 - Free & basic version

This amount will cover our prototype expenses.

We will thus recover the sums fronted to design and promote the software, pay for the development time of its functionality as well as the work of the designers who contributed to its design.

The code will be returned to the community in a state that can be taken back by anyone.

Level 2 - Federated version

We will be able to implement an essential protocol to make Mobilizon a success: the ActivityPub federation. Thanks to the federation, any community will be able to install Mobilizon on its own servers, and connect each instance to the rest of the network.

This makes it possible to multiply the number of entry points and decentralise the data, and to connect to the fediverse which already includes Mastodon (an alternative to Twitter) and PeerTube (an alternative to YouTube).

We will also open a demo instance of this beta version, so that everyone can go and see for themselves what the software will look like.

Level 3 - Ideal version

This will give us the means to make the Mobilizon of our dreams come true!

Thus, Mobilizon will allow the creation of groups, with messaging tools and exchange between members. Mobilizon will also make it possible to display, organize and manage the external tools that your group already uses to create documents together or set the next meeting date, for example.

Lastly, each account holder will be able to create several identities, in order, for example, to display a different identity for sporting events, family reunions and activism marches.

And beyond – to version 1

We did the math: with €50,000, we will have the means to make the best software we can. If we receive more money, we won’t do more, or faster, but we can go further.

In the fall of 2019, we will release a beta version. From then on, with the feedback and comments we will receive, we will work toward a first complete release, a V1, which we aim to be ready in the first half of 2020.

But there’s a lot of work to do until we get there. We dream of setting up a mapping server to facilitate the localisation of events, of creating a Mobilizon app for smartphones, and much more…