Hi friends, I would like to gently discourage use of Zoom, especially as a maker community.
You may have heard of a Zoom hack recently - it doesn’t matter when you read this, I would wager there’s a new hack every month, so my statement will remain true. Though we don’t know what happens on zoom’s servers (they use closed-source code) we can see that by their track record they are not interested in privacy. (For example their end-to-end encryption ISN’T).
My employer, the Government Digital Service (part of the Cabinet Office), has banned Zoom for internal use for this reason.
Zoom is also not an inclusive service, in that the apps only work on a laptop, iphone, or android. In my world of raspberry pis, screenreaders, and open hardware devices, this is a ludicrous and unacceptable limitation - why Zoom can’t roll out a web app and join us in the 21st century is beyond me. (yes I know you can install the zoom browser plugin, I don’t count that because it’s just as inaccessible and just as not working on my raspberry pi)
AND THEY CHARGE FOR THIS CRAPPY THING!
Friends, I have a solution in mind. A free (as in beer AND freedom), open-source, audited by the security industry option that works everywhere a web browser does. http://meet.jit.si (Jitsi ALSO have ios and android apps, if you were worried)
I urge you to try it for your next call - there is no registration needed, you can password protect your chats, it’s all there. (The only feature of Zoom’s it doesn’t have is breakout rooms, but you can make as many jitsi rooms with as many people in as you want, which mitigates this)
I’d be happy to do any organisation and documentation the SLMS need to give it a go (though it’s easier than installing Zoom, just make up any unique name and type it after “http://meet.jit.si”, eg http://meet.jit.si/my-great-slms-room <- a working example I just made up)
Choose free software! <3