02.22.21

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Techrights is Now in Gemini (Having Completed a Two Week-Long Migration) With Over 32,000 Pages in Total

Posted in Site News at 7:33 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Fireworks 2003

Summary: The site is now mirrored across an alternative to the World Wide Web

THE ambition of making the site static*, at least for some consumption using lightweight software clients (sometimes dubbed “browsers”), materialised last year when we started making text-only bulletins. Later in the year our IRC logs also had text-only manifestations. Nothing too complicated about that.

Techrights is now in Gemini space entirely (except the wiki and some documents or assorted pages).”Earlier this month we began converting the site to Gemini, which is a lot lighter and simpler. It also has privacy-related advantages. We’re now documenting a bunch of stuff.

Fake cops censorshipTechrights is now in Gemini space entirely (except the wiki and some documents or assorted pages). It is self-hosted (completely, from home) and code is being prepared for the general public to reuse. The licence is AGPL. It helps convert WordPress sites into Gemini. It also deals with RSS feeds and static files. A self-hosted Git instance will hopefully be ready to “go public” very soon.

Perhaps it was inevitable that Techrights would write a lot more code, seeing the growing need to resist censorship, reduce the reliance on the (increasingly-monopolised and censored) Web, decentralise to the degree possible, and generally put the eggs in many baskets. Being a ‘moving target’ certainly helps when publishing suppressed and sometimes controversial material. Earlier today I became aware that YouTube (Google) began censoring, at least in the UK, a bunch of perfectly lawful videos that expose abuse. This is the kind of thing that should discourage the outsourcing to monopolies, which have their own private interests. All our videos are locally hosted. As for the site, it is sort of ‘out there’ and it’s becoming more difficult to silence, intimidate, and ban.
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* For the uninitiated, this means no database and typically just a single “static” (unchanged, albeit it can be edited) file per article, sometimes with some peripheral files for stylesheets and/or graphics. Minimalism and simplicity (everything as a file) is a guiding principle.

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