Sympossium about the Fediverse in Cologne, Germany

Tobias Diekershoff, member of the core maintainer group of the Friendica project, will provide input at the The world after Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. A new generation of the Internet? symposium organized by the Free Software Foundation Europe, the Centre for Civic Education of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the Adult Education Centre Cologne.

The event in Cologne (Germany) will provide insight into decentralised social networks (the Fediverse) through talks and workshops on 22.09.2023. Tobias will give an input talk about What is the Fediverse? Overview and delimitation and organize a workshop together with Katharina Nocun about Using decentralised services for individuals and institutions.

This is a German-speaking event. Participation is free of charge, but online registration is required.

Edit (2023-10-25) The recordings of the symposium are now available at the Peertube instance of the FSFE at


waldstepper says:

@tobias Mir persönlich fehlt noch eine Ankündigung auf deutsch, das wäre für mich und einge Andere verständlicher.

Fred says:

I only came across this website by chance.
That´s a pity, because information about organizations like the “Free Software Foundation Europe” or “Friendica project” – and others more in this subject area – should be much more present in the general public.

Is it possible to create more publicity? And if so, how can it be done and why doesn’t it happen?

I have been using free software for more than 10 years now.
One of the biggest obstacles for the German-speaking area that I always come across are tutorials in English. Often those documentations are written in a language that is only understandable for people who are already familiar with the topic.
Or they’re written in nerdy language.

There is a lot to improve yet!

Maybe I can help a little. If only I would know how?

Tobias says:

Write and speak about Free Software, Friendica and the Fediverse in German 😉 Create a blog, or a podcast, or just talk about it with your friends. It is true that most of the materials are in English, but the easiest way to change this is to start providing them in your own language. Every little piece can help, as others can pick up that piece and enhance it (assuming you publish it under a license that allows to do so).

GNU/ has a good series of articles in German at introducing various platforms. And while a bit older, the “Better – Der Podcast” has also a nice German introduction into the decentralized social networks

The FSFE has some information materials that you can order (for free if you are from Europe) from their website to promote the idea of Free Software. In addition seek local/linux users groups in your region and join their meetings. Talk about FLOSS there and discuss ways to promote it in your area.

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