We’re 100% FOSS and a publicly funded non-profit.
All of our work is publicly available. Anyone can clone, fork, open issues, or make PRs and we are hoping that many see the benefits of this work and make these contributions.
We are leading collaboration with any and all interested parties on the important interoperability standards that are required for a secure networked capability-powered decentralized world: Please checkout and join the OCapN project: https://ocapn.org/ We have contributors there from several interest groups. Check it out! This critical interoperational protocol work is all in the open and not “closed off” in any way. If you have something constructive to contribute, please join us!
As to Goblins (our capability programming platform), Hoot (intended to allow us to deploy everything everywhere), and the Agency (a universal base p2p client/server) - These are each in various stages of initial development. There is a “minimum viable” configuration that can serve as a common base for parallel development by many different (divergent) parties. We need to get them to a place where they are “good enough to use/critique/improve.” It’s hard work and we can’t wait to get you more involved. This is why we’ve been doing 0.x releases whenever we can, even though it’s super rough, some people are willing to help us shake out and improve the components.
That all said, the big news is we just hired our Open Source Developer Relations Manager (exciting announcement on our blog in the next few days) because that we agree that we have been a bit behind on the community front. We’ve now got the help we need to spend more time communicating our progress and plans, as well as being active in working with integration partners and early-adopters.
Here’s a very crude layer-cake diagram from one of our presentations - I hope it helps. We’ve been focused on the “White/Core Layer” (aka Goblins) and Hoot helps us start on the Agency… There is so much more to do, but much of it will be making use of existing standards and various groups that want to integrate.
But, to be clear - None of our grants have been work-for-hire for anyone. They are all donations. We pitched work that we want to do, asked for donations, and they said “Sure! Here’s some money to help get that important work done!” No strings attached. No Blockchain or AI or Metaverse or any other strings. Don’t get me started about stupid tech bubbles!
We also applied for an NSF POSE grant [application is still pending] specifically to get money to focus on expanding our open source ecosystem. The new hire is included in that grant proposal, but we felt we couldn’t wait on the grant evaluation period before we hired this person. We took 15 pages in that application to describe our plans for the future - we’ll be compressing that for sharing on the website as soon as we can.
That plan describes how we want the same thing you do, for parties with genuine interest and stakes in re-decentralizing the social web to be able to fully participate in the design/development/governance process for a common set of protocols, exemplars, patterns, and objects.
So - if you want to help, step right up!