FTL & LRN.FM Updates

Free Talk Live Launches Telegram Discussion Group!

January 17th, 2021 - 5:12pm by FTL_Admin in

In a recent article at Free Keene , I went over a bunch of our decentralized and polycentric, self-hosted alternatives to Big Tech social media. If you didn't read it and you're interested in what alternatives are available, you should take a few minutes and check it out .

In the article, Telegram got an honorable mention for being the best of the centralized communications options out there. We've been using it between activists in the Keene area for most of the last decade and over the past few years we've been posting our show prep to our Telegram channel . Recently, Telegram upgraded its channels - which are a one-way communication method - to allow channel owners to create and...

FTL Launches Social Network, Doubles Down on Decentralization

January 12th, 2021 - 10:06pm by FTL_Admin in

Big Tech is a big problem. The centralization of power has predictable consequences and we've been recommending alternatives to the existing social media megacorporations for years now on-the-air on Free Talk Live . However, we're definitely not perfect at it ourselves, so we're doubling down on decentralization - more on that in a moment. I recommend you consider doing the same, for as long as you are on systems run by Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Twitter and various other state-worshiping companies, you are at risk for a takedown.

At Free Talk Live , we're big supporters of free speech and so today I'm happy to announce "FTL Social" - our social network that runs on our own server, where you can speak your mind without a Big Tech overlord holding an axe over your head. While "FTL Social" is still...

New Podcast on LRN.FM :: FTL Hosts Protest at NH AG's House

November 28th, 2020 - 3:42pm by FTL_Admin in

Longtime liberty activist John Bush is back with a new show, " Live Free Now "! You can now hear it as part of our podcast lineup on LRN.FM. Also, be sure to check out John's latest activism project, Freedom Cells !

Speaking of activism, Free Talk Live hosts including me, Aria, Nobody, and Chris Waid protested yesterday at the NH Attorney General's house. Don't miss the video here: https://youtu.be/rAnzz3Cq0nU

Have you checked out our Matrix chat server yet? Get step-by-step instructions on how to join at chat.lrn.fm .

Thank you as always for listening to and supporting Free Talk Live , Ian

Matrix Chat Server: Now with Federated Channels!

November 16th, 2020 - 4:56pm by FTL_Admin in

Free Talk Live recently launched a self-hosted Matrix chat server and it's been a smashing success. Recently, I posted about why I hit the reset button on all the server's public channels . Now, we're introducing another new feature - federated chat rooms.

What does that mean? It's one of the strengths of the Matrix platform, a decentralized system which allows servers to accept connections from other Matrix servers. In this case, our server contains rooms that are federated and some rooms that aren't. The federated rooms allow connections from anyone on any other Matrix server. Each channel admin gets to decide whether or not to federate their room(s). On our server , the federated rooms include the brand new "Federated Chat" and also "Goldbacks", "New Hampshire", and...

Why we blew up all the public channels on the Matrix server.

November 8th, 2020 - 1:15am by FTL_Admin in

UPDATE: You may need to log out and log back in to the Matrix server to ensure the old channels disappear from your channel list.

After a couple months of experimenting and receiving your feedback, tonight we made a major change to the settings of the LRN.FM Matrix server . The issue was that we missed an important setting when setting it up initially. We figured out the problem when someone noticed it was impossible to create an unencrypted room on the server. Why would one want to have an unencrypted room? Simply because it makes life easier.

Encryption is a very cool feature of Matrix, there's no doubt. However the trade-off for security is inconvenience and cost. In the case of Matrix rooms, the inconvenience includes not being able to see content that was said in a room prior to joining it. This could be considered a feature from a security perspective, but for rooms that are open to the public, it's not very welcoming. Also,...

Election Night Special with Vincent & Ian

November 2nd, 2020 - 10:28am by FTL_Admin in

Tuesday night after Free Talk Live, join Vincent and Ian for an election night episode of Questioning Authority on our live video channels, DLive and Twitch: http://dlive.lrn.fm and http://twitch.lrn.fm . Bring your favorite mind-altering substances to help you cope with the results, because as you know - whoever wins - we lose.

Also, don't forget to login to our Matrix chat server to interact with other FTL & LRN.FM listeners. You can get step-by-step instructions on how at http://chat.lrn.fm

Thank you for listening, as always! Ian

Free Talk Live on Social Media

September 26th, 2020 - 8:30pm by FTL_Admin in

As you know, we just launched a brand new, self-hosted chat server and that's been busy with new users and various official and user-created chat rooms, be sure to check it out. Don't forget you can also follow Free Talk Live on social media:

Mastodon - https://toot.freetalklive.com Twitter - https://twitter.freetalklive.com Telegram - https://telegram.freetalklive.com

Also, you can directly support us by joining AMP for as little as $5 a month at http://amp.freetalklive.com and supporting our satellite fundraiser at http://fund.lrn.fm .

Thank you for your support and for listening to and following Free Talk Live, Ian

Announcing our new Matrix chat server to replace Discord!

September 21st, 2020 - 1:24am by FTL_Admin in

After Discord unceremoniously booted the LRN.FM server last week , I mentioned we were working on launching an open source, decentralized, self-hosted alternative called a matrix server. It's now online and you can create an account. I've posted step-by-step instructions here . You'll also find instructions there on how to call in to the show using the new server.

Also, the old Discord link will continue to link to Vincent's "Questioning Authority" Discord server.

Thanks for your support!