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Start: 2022-12


Federating software forges with ActivityPub

The platforms that software developers use for hosting and collaborating on their projects, known as software forges, are centralized systems. And some of the most popular forge websites run proprietary software and controlled by a single company. The values, methods, policies and interfaces of the tools we use with our software projects often don't align with our values and needs, but despite having coding skills, we're powerless to change the situation. ForgeFed aims to put the power back into the hands of the Free Software community, and to allow for systems that are truly trustworthy and support inclusion, freedom, participation, censorship resistance and alignment with needs, by turning software forges into a decentralized network. ForgeFed is a protocol and vocabulary for federation of servers and services related to the Software Development Lifecycle, and an attempt to implement federation into existing free-software forges. ForgeFed has been based on the ActivityPub protocol, which is widely adopted on the Fediverse, and is augmenting it with Object Capabilities, an essential component for distributed secure flexible authorization of collaborative resource access.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Entrust Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 101069594.