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End of 2021: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

Posted in Site News at 9:09 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: 2021 was probably one of our best years; with over 3,000 blog posts in total (for the first time since 2010) and many bits of leaked material we’ve grown our trove of information, which is moreover replicated fully in gemini:// (fully self-hosted)

THE year is nearly over (2.5 days before the end) and we’ve had an exceptionally productive year. We made a big splash at the start of the year with Raspberry Pi revelations and Intel leaks. Then we started a number of in-depth investigations of the EPO; many people are still reading these in an effort to better understand their home countries. At the middle of this year we had major IRC scandals as Freenode was in a state of flux and we ended up setting up our own IRC network, as we had already wanted or planned in prior years, especially in 2020. IPFS and Gemini adoption increased (1,543 live capsules and persistent linear growth); a lot of people now read Techrights using protocols other than HTTP/S, in formats other than HTML. Our Git repository finally went public and it is discoverable through Geminispace-wide search. More and more projects now choose to present Git over Gemini Protocol — an encouraging trend we expect to carry on.

“IPFS and Gemini adoption increased; a lot of people now read Techrights using protocols other than HTTP/S, in formats other than HTML.”The informal video above explains what’s to come next. We have a number of internal document to put out there and we have a lot of stuff to show about Team Mono (Microsoft GitHub Exposé — Part XIII is due Monday).

Means for communicating with us securely have further expanded, from self-hosted IRC to E2EE for voice. We hope it will encourage more people to send tips and documents our way.

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