Principles

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  1. Data with representation
    • Everyone should have the opportunity to direct how data about them is used
    • The best way to guarantee this is an organisation owned and democratically controlled by its users
    • In disagreement, don't rush. Give people time to migrate if necessary.
    • If you leave, reasonable steps should be taken to remove your data.
  2. Promote the dignity of data ownership
    • We value privacy, your control over who you share with and how
    • We reject mass surveilance by companies and government alike
    • We do not guarantee secrecy, and cannot protect against targeted investigation
  3. Provide the freedom to host some or all services yourself
    • It must always be possible to migrate your data, preferably in widely used formats
    • The software we run must be Free/Open-Source, so you can always run it yourself
    • Services should be separable to reduce the barrier to individually hosting a service
  4. Federate and interoperate where possible
    • We should use open standards wherever possible
    • We prefer decentralised protocols and federation over centralised services
    • This reinforces and protects your ability to individually host services
    • This allows other groups to adopt these principles and work together

When evaluating software and procedures we will apply these principles to guide our decision making. When explaining what we do any why this document can be a useful reference.


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