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

Submissions welcome - please boost, I’d like to spread this through the . 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 The committee will help with comments, but the review and decision is internal to Samsung NEXT.

Do make a submission if you think it fits. It’s just a straightforward form. Nothing to loose. 😊

Also, if you have any specific questions, ask away!

@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 @ricardojmendez @bob Have you bought a Samsung phone ever? I did. Got a S9+ recently. It is an absolute sewer of spyware. The usual Google crap plus custom Samsung crap. Violates every tenet of Ethical Design. Samsung cares about privacy all of a sudden? It can start by cleaning the shit off of its own surveillance devices first to prove its newfound devotion to your human rights.

@VeintePesos @ricardojmendez @bob Until that time, this & any other initiative by Samsung that purports to value privacy/peer-to-peer is a bullshit public relations effort by a company that violates your privacy by default on every device sold while simultaneously building weapons for and working with the military.

(I wiped the Google/Samsung spyware from the phone after extensively documenting them with screenshots & installed a free/open OS.)

@ricardojmendez Most of our nodes are run by volunteers with few resources. If federation is so important to Samsung then they should put their money where their mouth is and have the decency to run their propaganda through their own node so you don't have to use @aral @bob

@aral @ricardojmendez @bob
I never purcahsed a Samsung Android personally, but friends and family have. Inmediatamente, I suggest I root the sucker for them (in the old days to get rid of all the "bloatware" and provide more memory for other stuff). I do the best I can turning off as much crap as possible on the Android's, but I'm sure it's still tracking the shit out of them.

@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.

@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)

Old hackers were about hacking servers. The newer, and more fearsome have, are those that can hack the human mind - using networks as intended, but manipulating facts and inventing new ones, pretending to be people they are not, exploiting the flaws in the human psyche.

Propaganda using social networks. That is the enemy we must fight.

@ricardojmendez @bob

@rick_777 @ricardojmendez@VeintePesos This isn't new. "Social engineering" has always been a subfield of hacking and it's arguably older than digital computers.
@bob @ricardojmendez @rick777 @veintepesos

Kevin Mitnick was the king, when it came to social engineering.

Yeah, but that was just too get access to computers. What we're seeing now is mass scale social engineering in order to have a direct political effect.
@ricardojmendez @VeintePesos

@rick_777 @ricardojmendez @bob

"Propaganda using social networks. That is the enemy we must fight."

Probably just one of many. Mastodon is a good start. There's also all the tracking and AI and munching and mashing all the big data they've collected over the years to market you (sell you) and monitor WTF you're doing for The Powers That Be (TPTB)

It' appears to be here already on Gargron's pet project. Getting followers from one server with one user with one post is a little too Spooky for me. I got 2-3 last night from EXACTLY these types. TPTB want to keep an eye on us. If you want to stay anonymous, then be anonymous here as anywhere else.

@ricardojmendez @VeintePesos @bob

>if you are wondering about the motivation, I am being dead frank on that post.

That's nice to hear.

But still, isn't there someone above you, who approved this whole Samsung NEXT initiative?
It sounds like Samsung NEXT is a part or subsidiary of Samsung, which must've had some motivation to create it, and to allow it to continue existing.

Samsung NEXT's budget doesn't come from nowhere. What is the motivation of those who put money into that budget?

@Wolf480pl @VeintePesos @bob Samsung has, historically, been very focused on hardware. Samsung NEXT exists to invest in and foster software innovation, looking specifically outside the company.

Something like this is very relevant to that mandate.

@Wolf480pl @VeintePesos @bob People are smart enough to realize that, even though we do venture investments, not every project that needs to exist will be investable right away, or at all. This lets us make sure those projects continue.

Consider it enlightened self-interest. e.g., everyone benefits from Linux and OpenSSL existing, even if you don’t derive monetary value directly.

@ricardojmendez @bob
Great, do you have some work for me? I'm inexpensive.

@ricardojmendez @bob
There didn't appear to be remote jobs (bay area is out for me, as well as overseas)? Looking for graphics developers?

I sure had to block a bunch of trackers on that jobs page.

@mangeurdenuage @maiyannah @ricardojmendez Ugh. I didn't even get as far as reading all that. Looks like yet another thing funded by Google and Cloudflare. To my way of thinking there's simething deeply hypocritical about claiming to be "decentralized" and then being funded by Google or by cryptocurrency ponzi schemes. There's something really broken about how new technology is funded, and not enough discussion about it because all of the main conferences appear to be funded by Google.

@ricardojmendez Should I consider submitting a project if my team consists of only one person at the moment?

@phoe Sure! We don’t have a requirement for a minimum number of members.

@ricardojmendez Will the people who have not been chosen for the grant also be notified?

@phoe Hi Michał! Yes, we’re still reviewing some submissions, though - the end of year interfered.

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