Barcelona, October 20, 2017
Plone Conference 2017
The origins of the Mocambos network are in the Casa Cultura Tainã (Campinas) and the Brazilian government's free software programs in the 2000's
It's about building infrastructure
But the struggle has a serious side to it too
Ongoing massacre/genocide of black people in Brazil
Economic growth is eating all natural resources.
Quilombolas and indigenous people are facing a real war to protect natural environment and preserving their communitarian way of life.
Baobáxia is a distributed communication network that works with or without internet
The initial Baobáxia application is a network of multimedia archives (audio, video, images and files)
The name refers to the baobab tree which lives thousands of years
The baobab tree is the symbol of African ancestrality
The baobab tree is also the symbol of the communities' shared memories
Baobáxia is the combination of Baobab and Galaxy
The galaxy of shared memories linked to the land
A mucua is the fruit of a baobab tree
Mucua is our word for the nodes of the Baobáxia network.
Each community belonging to Baobáxia has its own mucua, which is a computer with the Baobáxia system installed
Apart from the fixed mucuas there are also mobile mucuas based on pendrives, hard disks or laptops
A mucua is not a "server"
It's digital land for the African culture to grow for thousands of years
Every community hosts its own mucua
The content is hosted locally, but may be copied by other communities
by internet, if there is internet..
If there is no internet, one person can be a messenger and bring content from one community to another using a local mucua (e.g. a laptop, pendrive or external hard disk)
Control over the digital
the content is distributed by the communities and not by a commercial server
Technical software and infrastructure which link each community's files on a common network
When a mucua belonging to a community is synchronized with the network (over the internet or through another mucua), it receives the "catalogue" of updated media.
Parallelly, it will send the catalog of locally updated media to the network
The mucua can be online or on a local network
It's possible to see the catalog for the whole network, and individual content may be requested
If there are active requests for contents, a content item may be transferred to the desired location during synchronization
This transport can be over the internet or by a messenger, who will also carry the list of requests from other communities
The lists of users in each community is transferred to the other mucuas.
In this way, if you already have a login in your community, it is possible to use it in any other mucua
Backend - git, git-annex, json
Middleware - python, django, REST-API
The system is working, and the git-annex foundation is solid
Installed in 30+ communities
However, the front-end is slow
and there are difficult bugs in the Django layer
Rewrite front-end in Angular?
Re-implement backend without Django? In Flask ...
or maybe even in C/C++ to allow to put on low-end devices?
Next week, we're doing a brainstorm/code sprint in Benevento (near Napoli, Italy) to bootstrap the next phase
Preservation and diffusion of afro-Brazilian and indigenous cultural heritage
Educational and pedagogic material to empower local communities sharing common solution.
Customizing with functional tags ("heritage", "private", "radio")
Wordpress plugin for easy publication
Bundled installation with radio, video conferencing, etc. for the community
Have a look to our code repo and
Bbx is based on a offline/eventually connected asyncronous paradigm that opens news fields for research
Bbx is a community based, non-profit project. We need financial support, get in contact if you can help funding