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Re: Zoom is shite

From: Daniel Burnett <daniel.burnett@entethalliance.org>
Date: Mon, 26 Oct 2020 17:36:29 +0000
To: Kim Hamilton <kimdhamilton@gmail.com>, Yancy <email@yancy.lol>
CC: "W3C Credentials CG (Public List)" <public-credentials@w3.org>
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This may not be what Yancy had in mind, but GitCoin bounties are an option if there are some funds:  https://gitcoin.co/bounties/funder

Depends on how much we want to open up development to folks outside of the community at this stage.  Might be too early.

-- dan

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From: Kim Hamilton <kimdhamilton@gmail.com>
Sent: Monday, October 26, 2020 1:12 PM
To: Yancy <email@yancy.lol>
Cc: W3C Credentials CG (Public List) <public-credentials@w3.org>
Subject: Re: Zoom is shite

Hi Yancy -- can you share more about what you had in mind?
Thanks,
Kim


On Mon, Oct 26, 2020 at 10:03 AM Yancy <email@yancy.lol> wrote:

Previously I volunteered to help with Jitsi integration, and at the time, there was discussion about paying for Zoom premium through proceeds from DIF for example.  If there is money to allocate for buying premium hosting from organizations like Zoom, it seems like we could instead funnel some of those proceeds to help pay volunteers to focus their time.  I too would like to see a video service that more aligns with the W3C CCG community ethos, but I think we can organize our efforts so unpaid volunteers need not shoulder the technical burden.

-Yancy

On 10/26/20 11:43 AM, Heather Vescent wrote:
Ryan, Amy,

Feel free to volunteer to assist in the Jitsi transition. Current unpaid volunteers include all three chairs, Manu & the Jitsi team. We are clocking minimum 1-7+ hours *each* per week.

If Jitsi is to be a feasible long term solution, we will need dedicated volunteers to navigate/upgrade/fix bugs/etc on an ongoing basis, since I don't see operational stability provided by the Jitsi solution. So, as I wrote in the first sentence, there is a rich opportunity for _you_ to put effort where your typing is and actively support the vision of the future you want, rather than complain about not getting your desired experience without putting any effort towards it that I have seen to date.

-Heather


On Mon, Oct 26, 2020 at 2:05 AM rhiaro <amy@rhiaro.co.uk<mailto:amy@rhiaro.co.uk>> wrote:
I am also disappointed to not be able to attend due to these reasons
about Zoom, as I was looking forward to hearing about IIW. I hope
someone there will be able to take notes, I'll be present in IRC.

Amy

On 26.10.2020. 07:07, Ryan Grant wrote:
> Hi Everyone,
>
> I would like to attend the next W3C-CCG meeting, sure to be full of
> juicy IIW news, but I won't be able to attend using Zoom, or
> POTS-routed-through-Zoom.
>
> I uninstalled Zoom after their horrible vulnerability in July of 2019.
>
>   https://www.theverge.com/2019/7/8/20687014/zoom-security-flaw-video-conference-websites-hijack-mac-cameras
>
>     Today, security researcher Jonathan Leitschuh has publicly
>     disclosed a serious zero-day vulnerability for the Zoom video
>     conferencing app on Macs.  He has demonstrated that any website
>     can open up a video-enabled call on a Mac with the Zoom app
>     installed.  That's possible in part because the Zoom app
>     apparently installs a web server on Macs that accepts requests
>     regular browsers wouldn't.  In fact, if you uninstall Zoom, that
>     web server persists and can reinstall Zoom without your
>     intervention.
>
> I have never reinstalled it, because you don't make a "mistake" like
> that if you're moderately culturally aligned with security.
>
> I was glad I didn't reinstall it when I found out in April that Zoom
> was actively using servers under CCP jurisdiction.  You don't make a
> "mistake" like that if you care about privacy.
>
>   https://www.secureworldexpo.com/industry-news/zoom-traffic-through-china-data-routing-controls
>
>     [...]
>
>     Zoom was routing some of its virtual meeting traffic, and the
>     digital keys that keep the meetings confidential, through servers
>     in China.
>
> I was sad today to hear that Zoom is actively censoring paying
> customers who talk about political things that Zoom does not want
> discussed.  You don't silence people by "mistake".
>
>   https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/janelytvynenko/zoom-deleted-events-censorship
>
>     Zoom Deleted Events Discussing Zoom “Censorship”
>
>       The action follows the company canceling an event at San
>       Francisco State University where Leila Khalid was meant to give
>       a talk.
>
>     on | October 24, 2020
>     by | Jane Lytvynenko
>
>     [...]  “Zoom is committed to supporting the open exchange of ideas
>     and conversations and does not have any policy preventing users
>     from criticizing Zoom,” a spokesperson for the company said.
>
>     [...]
>
>     However, Zoom did not respond to questions about which specific
>     policy was violated or whether other events have been shut down by
>     the company.
>
>     Adam Saeed, a student at University of Leeds, said he used his
>     personal Zoom account to organize the event.  He told BuzzFeed
>     News that the company deleted his event and disabled his account
>     without explanation.  He contacted the company's customer support
>     line, but said he has not yet heard back.
>
> Sometimes there's a lot of peer pressure to do a Zoom call.
> I won't make the mistake of attending.
>



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