[smc-discuss] WhatsApp and mental torture in school communities

Pirate Praveen praveen at onenetbeyond.org
Sat Jun 6 05:30:32 PDT 2020

On Sat, Jun 6, 2020 at 5:50 pm, Nandakumar Edamana 
<nandakumar at nandakumar.co.in> wrote:
> Praveenettan,
> Thanks for considering the main with importance.
>>  We can start with an open letter to IT at School director.
> Of course. I've sent mails to KITE CEO and the the Minister of 
> Education
> on my behalf, expressing my personal feelings, but of course, a letter
> from a community is a must.
>>  I think for managing courses, Moodle will be a better fit than using
>>  WhatsApp groups I think.
> I don't think primary school teachers and students can handle Moodle.
> Colleges and universities should use it, and they already do.
>>  Also Signal is still centralized (we can't run our own servers if we
>>  want to interact with users on official Signal servers), so I
>>  recommend Matrix, which is decentralized and we already run our own
>>  server at poddery.com.
> That's true, but such complications are beyond the technical expertise
> of school teachers and students. I think Signal will be a good 
> starting
> point, way better than WhatsApp. Or our government should develop/host
> one (I think there is no point caring about government surveillance 
> when
> it comes to school activities).

School teachers or students does not have to install their own servers. 
Organizations like KITE or ICFOSS can do it for them. I don't think 
Signal is a good fit as we still depend on Open Whisper Systems for the 
service, I agree it is better than WhatsApp, but not good enough when 
we have even better options like Matrix.

>>  I have started a cryptpad here
>>  https://cryptpad.fr/pad/#/2/pad/edit/CLrd8men4PdS4n9+iPs+OzBT/ we 
>> can
>>  add more points and finalize it.
> Thanks. I'll forward my original mails. Please share further thoughts.
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